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New security/telco partnership up North

After five years of working together ‘secretly’ IControl & Rogers Communications announce partnership
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09/14/2011

RED WOOD CITY, Calif. and TORONTO—The home security penetration rate hovers around 18 percent in Canada, but players in a new partnership say they’re going to change that. Home automation and control technology provider iControl and Rogers Communications, Canada's largest communications provider, on Aug. 30 announced a new converged home security, automation and control offering, which they say will raise that rate.  

As POTS lines continue to disappear, alternatives proliferate

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09/09/2011

LAFAYETTE, La.—Multi-site central station monitoring company Acadian Monitoring Services on Aug. 26 announced a new partnership with life safety solutions supplier Interlogix to provide what the two companies call a reliable IP answer to communications without POTS lines.

DICE sues Bold, claiming violation of trade secret act

Bold attorney calls suit groundless, vows to vigorously defend it
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09/01/2011

BAY CITY, Mich. and COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Alleging violation of the Michigan Uniform Trade Secret Act, central station automation platform provider DICE is suing its competitor Bold.

AlarmWATCH partners with Ocenture for identity theft protection bundle

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09/01/2011

HUNT VALLEY, Md.—AlarmWATCH, a central station based here, has a new partnership that it says will allow dealers to offer more protection than they've traditionally been able.

Natural disasters test concept for ASAP-to-the-PSAP program

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09/01/2011

PITTSBURGH—Vector Security CEO Pam Petrow said recent natural disasters on the East Coast have provided a proof of concept for CSAA's ASAP-to-the-PSAP program.

Telular delivers manufacturer-agnostic, cellular, two-way voice solution

Says solution eliminates need for manufacturer-specific receivers
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08/25/2011

CHICAGO—Wireless connectivity solution provider Telular on Aug. 16 announced the availability of two-way voice over cellular using its Telguard TG-1 Express solution. According to Telular vice president of marketing and business development Shawn Welsh, the TG-1 Express will save time and money for central stations and dealers by becoming the one-stop shop for two-way voice communication from the panel to the central station.

Xtralis acquires video monitoring company Heitel

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08/18/2011

BRUSSELS, Belgium—Xtralis, a global provider of early fire-, gas- and security- threat detection solutions, in July announced the acquisition of Kiel, Germany-based CCTV manufacturer HeiTel Digital Video GmbH. It's an acquisition that Xtralis says positions the company well for the surveillance market.

EMERgency24 looking to PERS, redundancy for the future

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08/11/2011

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Third-party monitoring center EMERgency24 is remaining true to its roots as well as getting ready for something new, according to PR manager Kevin Lehan and national sales manager Kevin McCarthy. The central station recently opened a new hot redundant monitoring center and is expanding its dealer offerings.

VRI partners with telehealth provider MedApps for remote biometrics-based health monitoring

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08/04/2011

DAYTON, Ohio—Valued Relationships Inc., a healthcare services company with more than 20 years of experience providing telemonitoring, medication adherence and medical alert systems, on July 13 announced a partnership with MedApps, a provider of biometric technology solutions for the collection, transmission and remote management of patient health data.

Cornerstone's ALARM Version 31

Centrals save time, money, attract dealers, according to billing software company
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07/28/2011

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.—Cornerstone Billing Solutions, which last year announced security industry focused products like Billing Plus collections support and the AlarmPayments.com online payment portal, in July announced Version 31 of their ALARM software. According to Cornerstone, the new version is a fine-tuned improvement.

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SSN News Poll September 2014

Some new door-knocking scams recently prompted the Electronic Security Association to update its code of ethics to specifically ban them. Also, ADT this summer is offering up to $25,000 to whistleblowers who expose security companies that train sales teams to use deceptive selling techniques. What do you think are the best ways to combat door-to-door sales scams?

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