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Illinois fire districts open up to commercial fire monitoring

New ordinances allow commercial customers to choose any fire alarm monitoring, but one company may have ‘tremendous market advantage’
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10/21/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—After an appeals court ruling this summer saying public fire districts can’t monopolize fire alarm monitoring, two fire districts recently passed new ordinances allowing commercial fire alarm companies to compete in those markets.

'There’s not a wall up for women in this industry’

For the fifth consecutive year, SSN is profiling women who are making their mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of security. Jennifer Jezek, president of York Electronic Systems, is one of seven women featured.
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10/16/2013

BROKEN ARROW, Okla.—Jennifer Jezek, president of York Electronic Systems, a low voltage provider here, brings a tongue-in-cheek “rhinestone cowgirl” approach to being a woman in a traditionally male industry.

Pinnacle Security sued in lawsuit stemming from fatal fire

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10/09/2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—An insurance company is suing Pinnacle Security in an attempt to recover its costs in a 2011 lawsuit brought against Pinnacle and a monitoring company by the children of a firefighter who died in a house fire.

NFPA 2014 National Electrical Code now available

Changes include new language on fire resistant cable systems, modular data centers and surge protection for emergency systems
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09/30/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—The 2014 National Electrical Code, available in digital format and as a hard copy, contains changes of import to dealers and installers.

SDI Specialized Fire Products expands

The New Jersey-based company establishes a permanent presence on the West Coast and opens office in South America
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09/18/2013

WALL TOWNSHIP, N.J.—SDI Specialized Fire Products, a provider of specialized fire and security test equipment based here, has expanded on the West Coast and in South America.

Honeywell broadens focus on industrial fire market

Company's new customer experience and training center in Houston, targeted at industrial clients, is one example
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09/17/2013

HOUSTON—Honeywell is expanding its focus on the industrial fire protection market and its new Life Safety Training and Customer Experience Center, which will have its grand opening here Sept. 18, is one indication of its renewed interest in the space, according to the company.

How I Use My System: Talking panels and keypads with Phil Yereck of Future Security Controls

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09/04/2013

Phil Yereck, project coordinator and senior technician at Mississauga, Ontario-based Future Security Controls, entered the security industry after stints in the data and communications fields.

Virginia company growing its fire business

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09/04/2013

WILLIAMSBURG, Va.—A former candle factory in this historic city is so large and rambling and houses so many different types of businesses that installing a new fire system in it was challenging.

Florida fire company acquires, adding sprinklers to its mix

With its new sprinkler division, Advanced Fire & Security offers customers everything ‘within the life safety realm’
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09/04/2013

POMPANO BEACH, Fla.—Advanced Fire & Security, based here, has purchased Action Fire Sprinklers in nearby Oakland Park.

New guidance for cloud ceiling fire protection

Under certain conditions, a sprinkler system isn’t needed on both the cloud ceiling and the structural ceiling, a new study finds
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08/28/2013

QUINCY, Mass.—Cloud ceilings—drop ceilings that don’t extend all the way to perimeter walls—are increasingly popular in commercial and industrial buildings. But for fire protection, is a sprinkler system necessary on both the cloud ceiling and the structural ceiling above it?

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SSN News Poll December 2014

In the wake of the recent expiration of their non-compete agreement, former sister companies ADT and TycoIS are now battling it out for a piece of the lucrative small-business pie. How will this affect the competitive landscape and regional providers? Tell us what you think.

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