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Battlefield PERS: Readers break down outlook for security

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03/20/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The market for personal emergency response systems is rapidly expanding, but can security companies looking for a share expect to compete with home health-care providers?

'Doomsday' averted, but security industry still wary of sequestration

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03/20/2013

WASHINGTON—Sequestration hit on March 1 with more of a whimper than a bang, but the uncertainty it has caused continues to affect security companies that count on federal funding for initiatives in the field.

Barnes Associates/SSN wholesale monitoring survey finds accounts up nearly 11 percent in 2012

Michael Barnes calls results 'very positive indicator' for industry
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03/13/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The wholesale monitoring industry posted surprisingly strong growth in 2012, with accounts increasing 10.7 percent and average RMR for alarm companies following nearly in lock step, according to a new survey led by Barnes Associates.

Proprietary ‘smart home’ systems losing ground to open standards

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03/06/2013

Annual shipments of proprietary wireless technologies for home automation are expected to double by 2017, but proportionately their deployment in “smart homes” will be cut in half as service providers including ADT and AT&T drive a move toward open standards, according to a new report by IMS Research.

Marketing icon Roy Spence to deliver ESX keynote

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03/06/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Roy Spence, a Texas marketing icon who has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands, will deliver his message of “purpose-driven branding” as keynote speaker at this year’s Electronic Security Expo.

Education answer to alarming problem of user error

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02/27/2013

MESA, Ariz.—“Alarm schools” run by law enforcement agencies—where repeat false-alarm offenders go to learn about their systems to avoid more false dispatches—have been found to work very well.

SSN seeks nominees for ‘20 under 40’ Class of 2013

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02/27/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—It’s time once again for youth to be served.

Glow or glower? Readers chart industry’s prospects for 2013

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02/26/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—In mid-December, The Wall Street Journal defied doomsayers and the pending fiscal cliff with an article headlined “Economy Poised to Nudge Ahead in 2013.” The Journal predicted that the U.S. recovery would gain a bit of steam through the year, ushering in a period of more normal growth.

ESA honors New Jersey

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02/26/2013

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Electronic Security Association was honored as Chapter of the Year by the ESA, according to a company statement.

SIA tells Obama safer schools possible without policy shift

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02/25/2013

WASHINGTON—With the debate raging on in Congress about school security after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Security Industry Association recently sent a letter to President Obama to let him know that steps can be taken now to make schools safer without major changes in policy.

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SSN News Poll June 2015

As a follow-up on its March 2014 acquisition of Nest, Google recently received a home-security-related patent. How do you think Google’s potential move into the home security space will affect you and the industry?

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