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IoT ripe for monitoring

It’s not a threat but an opportunity, ESX panelists say

BALTIMORE—Consumers with home automation systems most trust security companies to monitor them, according to “Monetizing the IoT” panelists at ESX 2015. That’s a fact that the industry needs to embrace for future success, they said.

Deceptive sales practices knocked at ESX

Solicited Baltimore residents share their stories

BALTIMORE—Diane Pruitt, a resident here, recently had two young men knock on her door, lie to her about her security system and which company they were from, and persistently tried to sell her a different system.

Partnership allows smooth segue from resi to commercial

Connected Technolgies, ELK Products tout benefits to resi dealers

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill.—Partnerships between manufacturers and software development companies can mean bigger profit for residential integrators, according to Mike Simon, managing partner for Connected Technologies.

Don’t run from DIY, pros say at ESX 2015

Learn from it and leverage it

BALTIMORE—DIY is everywhere, the consumer-driven products are polished and are connected to powerful mobile apps, and it’s up to traditional security companies to decide whether they’re going to embrace it or dismiss it, according to panelists at ESX 2015.

LOUD takes on 1,200 Alarm Associates accounts

Georgia-based company continues to expand

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security has acquired Alarm Associates Inc. of Atlanta, adding 1,200 accounts and bringing its RMR to more than $210,000, according to owner and president John Loud.

Consumers ‘ho-hum’ about home automation?

Study says demand is down, products must become easier to use

LOS GATOS, Calif.—Advances in connected home technology were all the buzz at ISC West 2015, and recent studies point to a boom, too, but an alternative report from Argus Insights suggests that the big buzz is overrated. The market is stalling and may even be shrinking, it says.

Alliance Security credits employee smarts for big growth

Resi company’s learning culture leads to high retention rates, CEO says, prepping move to new, bigger HQ

WARWICK, R.I.—Alliance Security, a burgeoning resi security and home automation provider, based here, anticipates increasing its sales from $56 million to $110 million this year. It also expects to double its workforce to 600 by the end of 2015 and is in the process of moving to a new 60,000-square-foot site in Cranston, R.I.

ADS adds $70,000 in RMR in latest buy in Tennessee

Company still on acquisition roll; three more ‘in pipeline’

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security, continuing to expand its footprint in the Southeast, has acquired 3,200 customer accounts from Professional Alarms of Clarkesville, Tenn.

Ding-dong! Vivint can tell you who’s calling

Remote-access Doorbell Camera available soon

PROVO, Utah—Vivint’s new Doorbell Camera allows customers to engage in a two-way conversation with visitors from their mobile devices and provides them with a 180-degree view, with night vision, of their doorstep.

Doyle expands into mass marketing

Strategy could expand company footprint

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—To reach new audiences and expand the company, Doyle Security Systems, based here, is introducing a new mass-market strategy.



SSN News Poll May 2018

Rave Mobile Safety recently released survey info on employees’ understanding and perception of their workplaces’ emergency plans. Active shooters have become a more prevalent concern for schools, businesses and other meeting areas. Can security companies be better involved with emergency management?