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AT&T launches Digital Life in 15 new markets

The telecom also is making a big push to sell its home security/home automation product in AT&T retail stores

DALLAS—After successful trials of Digital Life last year here and in Atlanta, AT&T today launched the home security/home automation service in 15 additional major markets nationwide, ranging from San Francisco to Miami.

Bates Security’s new home fits its growth

The Lexington, Ky. company outgrew its old office because revenues and employees keep on increasing

LEXINGTON, KY.—Bates Security, based here, has grown so much in recent years that it had to move to a larger building. Now it’s holding a grand opening for its new location on April 25, and also celebrating the fact that business has increased steadily year after year despite the economic downturn.

Vision Security gets new $35m credit facility, new president

Loan from The PrivateBank creates new opportunities for door-knocking company; CFO Dan Noble gets promotion

LAS VEGAS—Vision Security’s new $35 million credit facility will strengthen the company’s unique “hybrid” business strategy of being both Security Networks’ leading dealer and retaining some accounts in house, according to Vision founder and CEO Rob Harris.

ACA/My Alarm Center adds CFO to help handle growth

With about $4.5 million in RMR and plans for expansion in 2013, company hires finance veteran Scott Peterson

MEDIA, Pa., and NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Alarm Capital Alliance, which also does business as My Alarm Center, is growing so much that it has created a CFO position and hired industry finance veteran Scott Peterson for the job.

Vision Security closes $35 million credit facility


OREM, Utah—Vision Security, a provider of home automation and monitoring services, recently secured a $35 million syndicated loan transaction with The PrivateBank and Trust, according to a Vision statement.

Traditional security company goes retail

The Alarm Company’s new store in a strip mall draws customers, creates buzz and is part of a new trend

MADISON, Miss.—The Alarm Company, located in an isolated industrial park for years, moved in September to a strip mall on a busy road here. Going retail has attracted customers, generated lots of free publicity and is the wave of the future, according to company owner Tony Collums.

ADT goes 'Undercover'

Company exec poses as entry-level employee on TV reality show to learn inner workings of operation

BOCA RATON, Fla.—“James” is a tough former Marine, but he found his first day working at an ADT central station daunting.

ADT targeted over early termination fees, unilateral price increases

A federal class-action lawsuit calls the practices 'deceptive and unlawful'

WALNUT CREEK, Calif.—It’s standard practice for security companies to charge customers early termination fees, but now a federal class-action lawsuit is targeting ADT for the penalties it imposes for early termination and also its unilateral price increases on monitoring contracts. The practices violate federal and state consumer protection laws, the lawsuit contends.

Time Warner Cable amps up IntelligentHome rollout


NEW YORK—After launching its IntelligentHome security/home automation product in upstate New York, Southern California and North Carolina in 2011, Time Warner Cable recently announced it plans to roll out IntelligentHome in its footprint nationwide in 2013.

Lowe’s selling Iris in Verizon Wireless stores

Home improvement retailer also will expand sales of its new home automation/home security product in its own stores this year

MOOREVILLE, N.C.—In a new partnership, home improvement retailer Lowe’s has recently started offering Iris, its new home automation/home security product, in Verizon Wireless stores in 10 Eastern and Southern states.



SSN News Poll November 2015

Security industry executives need to make careful decisions about attending tradeshows and conferences. Time away from the office needs to be worth the time and money. How do you decide which events to attend?

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