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Archive: January 2002


General News

Greyfox courts security dealers

January 1, 2002Andrea Gura

PITTSBURGH-A home networking equipment manufacturer that's been a behind-the-scenes provider for the last six years is now tapping security dealers as a new sales channel for its structured wiring product. Greyfox Systems, based here, has begun to court security dealers who are looking to get into structured wiring. The company offers sales and product support for its home networking hub, the central component that controls the home's security, entertainment, communications, climate control and...

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NEACC show to relocate, expand

January 1, 2002Andrea Gura

MARLBORO, Mass.-One of the largest state-run security shows is capitalizing on the recent decision by another major industry event to hold the show outside the Northeast. In September, Reed Exhibition Companies, producers of the International Security Conference and The Home Automation Show, said the location for its ISC East show would rotate from its long-time venue of New York to be held every other year in Orlando, Fla., beginning in 2002. Board members of the New England Alarm Convention Corp.,...

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Suppliers

Digital filter technology garners patent

January 1, 2002Andrea Gura

FAIRFIELD, N.J.-A digital filtering technology company announced in late October it had been granted a patent for its image enhancement technology that reduces picture noise through an increased algorithm process. Nuwave Technology plans to license its technology to OEMs for bundling or embedding in products such as digital cameras to help reduce about 70 percent of the picture noise while ensuring the text and other elements of the image don't blur, according to Bob Webb, Nuwave's chief technology...

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It's back to business

January 1, 2002SSN Staff

Finally it's 2002. It's funny how we think that the turn of the year will result in a turn in life circumstances...but we do. And for our industry and our country, I hope that this is true. Last year we faced some pretty difficult times. Sales and manufacturing slowed down, the economy slumped, hundreds of thousands of people were laid off, the World Trade Towers and the Pentagon were attacked, and then the country and our industry stopped dead in its tracks and held its breath waiting to see what...

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Suppliers

Visionics teams with DV vendor

January 1, 2002SSN Staff

TEl AVIV, Israel - Nice Systems Ltd. announced an agreement to integrate its digital recording technology platform with facial recognition equipment from Jersey City, N.J.-based Visionics Corp. The companies say the marriage of Visionics' FaceIt with the NiceVision platform will allow on-demand face recognition by comparing high resolution digital video images and data received from third-party security applications. Thanks to the clarity of the digital video and to the close integration of the...

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General News

False alarm ordinance watch

January 1, 2002SSN Staff

Pittsburgh County, Okla. Sheriff Jerome "Snookie" Amaranto has asked the Pittsburgh County commissioners to consider allowing him to charge security companies for false alarms. The Daily Oklahoman reported in November that Amaranto made the request out of fear that the frequency of false alarms would lead his officers to "drag their heels" in an instance that turned out to be an actual emergency. Several towns in the area, including Sapulpa, Norman and Yukon, currently have false alarm ordinances...

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Monitoring

IDC to monitor GPS signals for telematics provider AerCom

January 1, 2002SSN Staff

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.-The International Dispatch Center has signed on to provide a telematics systems and services developer with GPS monitoring for that company's customers throughout North America, according to terms of a memorandum of understanding the two companies signed in early October. Aiken, S.C.-based AerCom, whose AerTrax system provides asset location reporting, emergency signaling and remote data access, will be able to expand into specialized fleets such as taxis, school buses and trailers. The...

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Protection One and BellSouth extend their joint venture

January 1, 2002SSN Staff

ATLANTA and TOPEKA, Kan.-The tag team of Protection One and BellSouth has extended its reach into three more Southeast markets. The co-branding alliance, through which BellSouth offers its residential customers Protection One services, was announced last spring. Last month, three Florida cities -- Orlando, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale -- were added to the four cities in Georgia and North Carolina that were covered in the program's initial roll out. At that time, Protection One branches in Atlanta...

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American Digital to open 40 satellite centrals across country

January 1, 2002Chelsie Woods

BELLEVUE, Wash.-This month American Digital Monitoring opened its first satellite central station in West Palm Beach Fla., one of 40 such locations that company officials plan to open over the next three to four years. The new satellite central is expected to provide American Digital with all the benefits of a regular central station, but without much of the expense. Since the location is remotely linked to the company's Bellevue, Wash. monitoring facility, it does not require all the central...

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Suppliers

IR's Bermuda bid clears one hurdle, faces another

January 1, 2002SSN Staff

WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J.-Almost 90 percent of the shareholders of Ingersoll-Rand voted in favor of a plan to change the company's place of incorporation from New Jersey to Bermuda. The December vote helped pave the way for a newly -formed Bermuda-based firm called Ingersoll-Rand Company Ltd. to become the parent company of IR on Dec. 31. The company also announced, however, that an owner of 16,000 IR shares intends to block the reincorp- oration. Arguments in the suit filed by the shareholder were set...

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