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Partnership allows smooth segue from resi to commercial

Connected Technolgies, ELK Products tout benefits to resi dealers
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07/07/2015

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
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07/06/2015

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
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06/29/2015

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
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06/22/2015

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
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06/22/2015

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’
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06/17/2015

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
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06/08/2015

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.

ADT’s new partnerships ‘push the boundary’

LG, Nest give ADT broader reach
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06/03/2015

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT’s recent partnership with LG Electronics and Google’s Nest is the company’s means to “push the boundary” between residential security and home automation with the goal of extending “protection and security to as many people as we can,” according to ADT chief innovation officer Arthur Orduña.

Doyle expands into mass marketing

Strategy could expand company footprint
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06/03/2015

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

AlarmForce ordered to pay Matlin court fees

Company drops suit over employee injunction
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05/27/2015

TORONTO—AlarmForce Industries must pay $45,000 in court costs to company founder Joel Matlin and others after AlarmForce dropped a lawsuit that sought to bar two employees from working for Matlin’s new company, ThinkProtection.

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SSN News Poll August 2016

The final sunset date for 2G—Dec. 31, 2016—is fast approaching. Speakers at last year’s Honeywell CONNECT conference said that dealers needed to get started. John Loud said in early 2016 that avoiding the hassle of 2G conversions would result in more companies looking to sell. Where is your company in the sunset?

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