As February 2008 gets closer and the industry waits to see if the FCC will extend the Analog Mobile Phone Service sunset, some industry members have stopped using AMPS-based products, others express concern that there are not enough available Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) products, which provide multi-path communication options to make the conversion, and some struggle to find ways to explain to customers the reason for the switch out.
With these many unknowns, the dealer and installer community and manufacturers that offer AMP solutions are acting quickly to find ways to work with one another to find a solution.
ORLANDO, Fla.--Later this month, Security Information Systems, a software automation provider to wholesale, proprietary and government central stations will move into a larger location here that will house a new training facility for customers.
SAN ANTONIO--Having made the move to a brand-new facility earlier this year, United Central Control, now in 14,000-square-foot digs, added video monitoring as a service to its account base in July, after purchasing those accounts from Advantage Security Integration of Houston.
Advantage has more than 500 accounts currently monitored by UCC, a wholesale monitoring facility, but "they were doing video monitoring themselves," said Mark Matlock, UCC's vice president of sales and marketing.
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.--On July 1, Florida became the first state in the United States to implement an enhanced call verification law, HB 1351, requiring central stations to call a second phone number for residential and commercial accounts before contacting police, in an effort to curb the number of false dispatches.
DALLAS--In an effort to generate more leads for Monitronics' network of 400 dealers nationwide, the company has developed the Lead Generation Program, which directly markets to the customer Monitronics services using Internet, radio and direct mail marketing campaigns. The leads come into in-house lead generation customer service representatives at Monitronics' corporate office, who pass along the information to dealers.
MADISON, Wis.--City Council members plan to introduce an amendment this summer to Madison's new verified alarm policy to exclude residential alarms from the ordinance, which goes into effect January 1.
CLEVELAND, Ohio--It might seem odd for a monitoring provider and manufacturer representative agency to partner, but for Jeff Cohen, vice president of wholesale monitoring firm Quick Response, and Mike Andrews, owner of Premier Marketing, a manufacturer representative agency, the business partnership formed earlier this year made sense for expanding sales efforts for each company in the markets they serve.
Premier Marketing represents 12 manufacturers serving the dealer market spanning northern Ohio, Michigan, western Pennsylvania, western New York, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Indiana and offers product lines in the video, access control and fire product market.