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FCC steps up crackdown on cell jammers

Devices used to block wireless calls can also disrupt alarm signals
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03/23/2012

WASHINGTON—The Federal Communications Commission is stepping up enforcement to halt the sale and use of radio jamming devices, which can indiscriminately interfere with cellular 911 calls and wireless signals from alarm devices.

SIAC offers e-notification for alarm ordinance changes

New Web feature automatically informs members about activity in their cities
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03/23/2012

FRISCO, Texas—The Security Industry Alarm Coalition is giving its members access to an upgraded online database to help them keep pace with ordinance changes that could affect the way they do business.

AICC seeks nationwide license to help multi-state monitors

Bill targets overlapping training, testing and background checks
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03/14/2012

VIENNA, Va.—Citing the “administrative burdens” of multi-state licensing for monitoring companies, the Alarm Industry Communications Committee is planning to introduce a bill to streamline the process across the United States.

Three out of four for Monitronics

Frost & Sullivan again names Dallas-based firm Company of the Year
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03/12/2012

DALLAS—Monitronics International has won Frost & Sullivan’s North American Company of the Year Award for 2011, making it three out of the past four years that the alarm monitoring firm has earned the honor.

Tucson council OKs permit fee for alarm users

Opponents call opt-out provision a ‘sham’
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03/07/2012

TUCSON, Ariz.—The City Council approved a revised alarm ordinance on Feb. 28 that allows end users to opt out of paying a new $20 registration fee, but opponents say the provision is a “sham” and that the fee is an unnecessary burden on their customers.

NG 911 passes despite alarm industry concerns

Language in bill unchanged, but AICC says work with NENA will protect central stations
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02/29/2012

VIENNA, Va.—A provision to establish Next Generation 911 became law Feb. 22 as part of the payroll tax bill, including language the alarm industry feared might allow unverified PERS calls to stream into PSAPs. But agreements have been reached that will prevent the measure from having a negative impact on central stations, according to the Alarm Industry Communications Committee.

Judge denies motion to dismiss in Dice v. Bold

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02/22/2012

BAY CITY, Mich.—A federal judge has denied a motion by Bold Technologies to dismiss a claim filed against it by Dice Corp. in the ongoing trade dispute between the providers of central station automation platforms.

New central in Vegas

1 Time Inc. puts MJ Vance at the helm, plans new station in Belize
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02/22/2012

HENDERSON, Nev.—The husband-and-wife team behind Southern Nevada Fire Protection has launched a new central station here, with a well-known industry veteran at the helm: Mary Jo Vance, the Central Station Alarm Association’s manager of the year in 2007.

Affiliated Monitoring opening new $25m center

Affiliated Central rebrands as Affiliated Monitoring
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02/15/2012

MILBURN, N.J.—Affiliated Monitoring is opening a new $25 million, 80,000-square-foot monitoring center here. In trials now, it will be fully operational within a couple of months, according to Mike Zydor, dealer relations manager.

Telguard step ahead of ‘2G sunset’

Company rolls out new 3G cell communicators, holds line on price
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02/14/2012

CHICAGO—The “2G sunset” is coming—it’s just hard to say when. But the 2G fade-out has already begun, eating into the frequency spectrum and posing a threat to the effectiveness of cellular alarm communicators.

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SSN News Poll November 2014

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's CEDIA Expo is a home technology trade show with products and training related to audio, video, control, security and networking—and it's growing. CEDIA says the 2014 event, held Sept. 10-13 in Denver, had more than 18,500 attendees, an increase of 3 percent, and floor space increased 14 percent for the 480 exhibitors. But is this show growing in importance for the security industry? Tell us what you think.

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