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.
YARMOUTH, Maine—By most measures, the economy is slowly improving. But that doesn’t mask the pain of the past four years, and for many sectors—the security industry included—the recovery has been a case of two steps forward, one step back. Caution still abounds and it continues to temper growth in jobs, investment and spending.
In the face of this sluggishness, how has the monitoring industry fared when it comes to keeping and adding customers? To find out, Barnes Associates, a consulting and advisory firm specializing in the security alarm industry, teamed up with Security Systems News for a second annual survey of wholesale monitoring companies.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.