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Talking panels and keypads with Kelly McFarland

Kelly McFarland, branch manager at Habitec Security, became acquainted with the security industry while in high school, working for his father who owned a security company in Columbus, Ohio.

Integrator opportunity with CFATS

SIA working on legislation to better manage CFATS performance guidelines, establish permanently authorized standards

WASHINGTON—Integrators could reap the benefits of a bill in the works that would improve how DHS manages a set of performance-based guidelines for high-risk chemical facilities, known as the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards or CFATS.

Readers back PPVAR’s quest for video verification standards

SSN readers support written standards, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t skeptics

YARMOUTH, Maine—More than three-quarters of respondents to an SSN News Poll survey believe written video verification standards are necessary, while a slimmer majority—55 percent—say the timeline for such standards, proposed by the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response, is realistic.

Steve Nibbelink is new IHSSF president

Eliminating crime, weapons in hospitals is top priority for Nibbelink

GLENDALE HEIGHTS, Ill.—There were 154 shootings at U.S. hospitals in 40 states between 2000 and 2011.

Harold Grimsley to keynote TechSec 2014

Overcoming challenges with technology a crucial point of emphasis at Florida Blue

YARMOUTH, Maine—Organizers have announced that Harold Grimsley will deliver the keynote address at TechSec 2014.

Finance virtual roundtable: The most interesting deals of 2013 and predictions for 2014

Holloway, Epstein and Schmidt opine on valuations for alarm companies and integration firms, offer advice for sellers

Every January, Security Systems News asks security finance experts to share their opinions on deals done, valuations sought and won, and prospects for buyers and sellers in the coming year.

Surveillance serves many uses in hospitals

A high level of security helps with shrink, regulatory compliance, and even attracting hospital employees

YARMOUTH, Maine—A health care professional might tell you that people are generally not at their best when they enter a hospital as a patient. A security professional would agree.

Talking panels and keypads with Patrick Egan


As a senior in high school, Patrick Egan, owner of Lancaster, Pa.-based Select Security, worked at a bowling alley that was broken into one night.

State of the Industry: Looking ahead to 2014

Expanding access to FBI database, school security loom large for 2014

IRVING, Texas—The past year on Capitol Hill will be remembered for legislative inaction and partisan rifts so deep they culminated in a 16-day government shutdown.

Video and analytics moving further toward the perimeter

Intelligent devices and video surveillance are becoming important components of perimeter security, and could drive growth in that segment

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—The growing trend of deploying video surveillance and analytics devices for perimeter security is showing no signs of abating.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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