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Survey: Dealers cite cost as barrier to adding home automation

That’s a misperception, says Icontrol’s Greg Roberts
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04/08/2015

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—A majority of residential security dealers thinks adding home automation services to their traditional offerings is cost prohibitive. That’s a big misperception, according to Greg Roberts, VP of marketing for Icontrol, and one that could put providers at a significant disadvantage in today’s marketplace.

Who’s afraid of Google?

Smart resi providers should take Google’s move into home security seriously, but could wind up benefitting from it
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04/01/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google’s venture into home security and automation may turn out to be a very good thing for traditional resi companies, according to providers interviewed by Security Systems News.

Elite, Evolve move in together

Security, solar partners share new facility, resources
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04/01/2015

LEHI, Utah—Elite Home Security and Evolve Solar have moved into a new, 20,000-square-foot facility here to optimize their year-old partnership.

Private equity firm buys Ackerman Security

In its first security industry investment, Toronto PE goes for super-regional
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04/01/2015

TORONTO—Imperial Capital Group of Toronto has acquired super-regional Ackerman Security.

LOUD Security to acquire three

Credit revolver fuels company’s growth
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03/25/2015

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security Systems plans to acquire three companies by June, according to owner and president John Loud.

ADT releases mobile PERS

Product allows seniors—and others—peace of mind away from home, company says
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03/20/2015

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT has added a wearable, mobile PERS device to its health product portfolio.

Google’s new patent factors in resi security

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03/16/2015

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—Home security is on Google’s agenda, according to its recently acquired patent for “Security Scoring in a Smart-Sensored Home.”

APT wins against ADT

Jury finds no evidence of trademark infringement, fraudulent sales practices
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03/11/2015

SALT LAKE CITY—Alarm Protection Technology (APT) is the victor in its legal battle with residential security giant ADT.

Conservative approach builds RMR for Memphis provider

Frase Protection grows business with a primary focus on security
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03/04/2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—While telecoms and cablecos are making inroads into the home security industry by leading with automated home services, a decades-old family run business, Frase Protection, is taking the opposite route.

NorthStar doubles credit facility to $80m

Organic growth primary goal, CEO says
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03/04/2015

OREM, Utah—NorthStar Alarm Services has increased its credit facility to $80 million, doubling it in 20 months, according to CEO Jason Christensen.

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SSN News Poll July 2015

Studies show a correlation between having women in the boardroom and profitability. And yet, there remains a dearth of women in the security industry. Some organizations, including SIA and the Women's Security Council, are actively working to expand the number of professional women in the security industry. What is your company doing? Why do you think there are so few women in the industry?

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