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Protect America gains investment

DIY company looks to offer more products, better customer experience

AUSTIN, Texas—Protect America, a DIY security company supported by a UL-listed wholesale monitoring center, has announced a new investment.

General Security acquires New York Merchants Protective

Purchase expands General’s presence in New York

PLAINVIEW, N.Y.—General Security, a full-service security company based here, recently acquired New York Merchants Protective Co., based out of New York City, adding 3,500 accounts.

IHS weighs in on CES 2017 trends

Smart home evolves, presents more use cases

LAS VEGAS—At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, the smart home became more refined, according to IHS, presenting more use cases to dealers and consumers.

Essence notes trends from 2016, makes predictions for 2017

Dealers will find additional revenue streams by harnessing analytics, company says

TEL AVIV, Israel—Smart home device provider Essence made some predictions about 2017’s landscape for the Internet of Things.

Research shows continued growth in smart home market

Parks Associates looks at where the industry is going at CES

DALLAS—Approximately 26 percent of U.S. broadband households today now own a smart home device, up from 19 percent at the end of 2015, according to new Parks Associates’ research that was announced at its CONNECTIONS Summit at CES in January.

SafeStreets USA changes executive line-up

Following several retirements, executives from recently merged companies take new positions

KENT, Wash.—SafeStreets USA, a large ADT dealer based here, recently announced changes to its executive line-up, including a new CEO, CFO, chief development officer and president.

Titan Alarm finishes year strong with third acquisition

Company hopes to surpass $200K in RMR by Q2

PHOENIX—Titan Alarm, a security, access, fire and surveillance company based here, made its third acquisition of 2016, finishing the year strong with the purchase of accounts and RMR of Arrow Security Design LLC, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based company owned and operated by Ray Millazo, who is retiring after more than 30 years in the industry.

Vivint unveils smart home assistant at CES

Company also announces a Flex Pay option, partnerships with Airbnb, Vivint Solar

PROVO, Utah—Vivint Smart Home, a smart home services provider based here, made several big announcements at CES 2017 last week, most notably Vivint Sky, the company’s new smart home assistant that uses artificial intelligence, or AI, to manage all of the devices in a connected home.

Vortex secures $3m in funding

Company reaches $100k in RMR, looks to sustain strong growth

JUPITER, Fla.—Vortex Security, a home and business security and automation company based here, recently secured $3 million in credit from Cassell Global Investments, funding that will help the company sustain its strong growth organically as well as possibly expand through acquisition.

CONNECT Panel: Company branding in the digital age

Tammy Beil presents on considerable factors in marketing a company

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—Tammy Beil, chief growth officer for marketing firm TABeil, kicked off her Honeywell CONNECT session by listing some of the most globally recognized brands, including Google, Coca-Cola, Mercedes-Benz and Nike.



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?