YARMOUTH, Maine--Dealer programs in the residential alarm industry are enjoying something of a resurgence in the security market. Why did they fall out of vogue and why are they now enjoying a comeback?
Michael Barnes, a partner in Barnes Associates, an investment banking and consulting firm that specializes in the security alarm industry, shared some thoughts on the topic with Security Systems News.
LAS VEGAS--Winners of product achievement awards at the April 6 Security Industry Association's New Product Showcase program at ISC West included: Cyrex's MC750 for residential systems; UltraVision Security Systems' CMD1 for intrusion detection/prevention; and Bosch's Easy Series for false alarm reduction.
Ninety-four new products and services were entered into the program this year.
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Atronic Alarms executives Perry Atha and John Erickson are eager to talk about their upcoming move to new headquarters, but what they really want to discuss is how their market approach keeps customers and employees happy and contributes to their low rate of false alarms.
NEW YORK--Brian McLaughlin, a veteran Democratic lawmaker from Queens who has been president of the city's largest labor union, the New York Labor Council, for 11 years, is being investigated for bid-rigging and other improprieties including whether contractors installed a security system in his home and provided him with a credit card for personal use, the New York Daily News reported.
LAWRENCE, Kan.--Relocating the Denver office to larger, flashier and more full-service digs in the same city marks the fourteenth such upgrade nationwide for Protection One in the past couple of years.
PHILADELPHIA--The recently released book, Confessions of a Second Story Man: Junior Kripplebauer and the K&A Gang, by Allen Hornblum, is about the exploits of a group of "high school dropouts who made an art of robbing wealthy surburban homes in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s," reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Among other jobs, the gang stole a priceless collection of paintings from the Woolworth estate in Maine and $2 million in rare coins from the du Pont compound in Miami.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?