LAS VEGAS—Since August 2012, when AT&T announced it will discontinue its 2G service on Jan. 1, 2017, talk about the need for central stations and dealers to protect themselves from the adverse effects of cellular “sunsets” has picked up.
LAKE FOREST, Calif.—National Monitoring Center’s new 25,000-square-foot hot-redundant central station, located here, features upgrades in hardware, infrastructure, telecommunications and redundancies, Woodie Andrawos, executive vice president of NMC, told Security Systems News.
HENDERSON, Nev.—Verified alarms are based on the idea that more information for central station results in better, more efficient response from law enforcement. That principle is behind the development of a cloud analytic from I-View-Now, a service that suggests that even in the category of verification, there is room to know more.
DALLAS—Monitronics International, a third-party central station based here, will relocate to a new three-story, 165,000-square-foot corporate campus in the middle of 2015, Bruce Mungiguerra, vice president of operations at Monitronics, told Security Systems News.
UNION, N.J.—At its dealer summit in December, Affiliated Monitoring made clear that it was making a concerted push to develop its mobile aspect. The company is about to take another big step in that direction.
SAN ANTONIO—The big milestone early in 2014 for United Central Control, a wholesale monitoring provider based here, is the now-complete conversion to Stages, a technology platform from Secure Global Systems that Tracey Ritchie, vice president and general manager of UCC, calls an “investment towards the future.”
HENDERSON, Nev. and VIENNA, Va.—It’s likely that a new comprehensive verification standard will surface sometime in 2014. The Central Station Alarm Association is in the process of developing such a standard for all manner of verified alarms, and the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response, since its inception, has been gathering best practices toward that end.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?