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Archive: February 2002


Johnson Controls scoops up Scientech

February 1, 2002Chelsie Woods

MILWAUKEE-Johnson Controls increased its expertise in the systems integration market with the purchase of Scientech Security Services. The acquisition provides Johnson Controls Government Systems division with a design-build security firm that specializes in government applications. The purchase price for the privately held company was not released. "We already have Johnson Controls Government Systems as a huge part of the business," said Darryl Fortune, director of public relations for Johnson...

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General News

Newspoll Results

February 1, 2002SSN Staff

We sent a newspoll to our Security Systems News Newswire subscribers asking them what they think about Tyco's plan to purchase DSC. Here's the question we asked, how people responded and comments some of you made. Question: What type of an impact do you think Tyco's planned purchase of security product manufacturer DSC will have on the security industry if approved by federal regulators? 51% - Very Significant 39% - Significant 7% - No impact 3% - No opinion   "Frankly, I'm very concerned...

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Vogel exits alarm biz to Safetron

February 1, 2002Chelsie Woods

ORANGE CITY, Fla.-Safetron Security Services picked up some new accounts in December, thanks to its purchase of the alarm division of Vogel Investigative and Protective Services. Paul Casassa, president of Safetron, characterized the purchase as small, but one that integrates well with his company because both used the same products and central station. The purchase price and number of accounts from Vogel were not released. "Everything melded in perfectly because he's a Security Pro Dealer and...

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Monitoring

Security Broadband signs on marketing partners

February 1, 2002Andrea Gura

AUSTIN, Texas-Security Broadband in January announced it struck marketing agreements with two national cable providers to market its broadband residential security monitoring service to cable customers in two U.S. markets. Comcast Cable Communications and Cox Communications will both begin to market Security Broadband's SafeVillage program sometime this quarter, an offering that uses the broadband cable network for in-home video monitoring and two-way voice. The agreements cement the second phase...

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Fire Systems Installation

Eagle Fire secures new building

February 1, 2002Chelsie Woods

WINTER PARK, Fla.-Eagle Fire Protection Inc. relocated to new offices here, an 8,900-square-foot building that provides the company with easier access to the state's highway system to serve its customers located statewide. "We're close to everything. We're about a mile away from the Greenway expansion and that allows you to go just about anyplace around here on the turnpike and interstate system," said Benny Heath, president and co-owner of Eagle Fire Protection, a company that specializes in design,...

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SAFE and SAFE Financial move to new headquarters

February 1, 2002SSN Staff

SAN RAMON, Calif.-SAFE and SAFE Financial have moved into a new 35,000 square-foot building here which is more than three times larger than the company's previous facility located here. Paul Sargenti, chief executive officer of both SAFE and SAFE Financial, said that the new facility will allow the company to serve its current customers more efficiently with updated data processing and telecommunications technologies. The decision to expand was also driven by an aggressive growth forecast and strategy...

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Fire Systems Installation

Community considers sprinklers in home

February 1, 2002SSN Staff

ROUND LAKE BEACH, Ill.-All new homes and some that undergo extensive remodeling may soon be required to install sprinkler systems. The community development committee here made the recommendation in January because homes in the town's older districts are close together, some with only a distance of 10 feet. The local fire marshal said residential sprinkler systems are inexpensive when installed in new homes. The proposal is currently being reviewed by the fire marshall and community development...

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Safeguard expands with two firms

February 1, 2002Andrea Gura

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.-A regional player in the central Arizona market has expanded both its account base and geographic reach with the acquisition of two security firms in the Southwest. With the acquisition of Santa Fe, N.M.-based Tech 2 and Phoenix-based Regal Electronics, Safeguard Security gained about 3,600 accounts. The company now monitors about 11,000 of its own accounts in a central station in Scottsdale. The bulk of accounts came from low-voltage security and communication company Royal, about...

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Suppliers

Simplex opens new headquarters

February 1, 2002Mary Raitt

WESTMINSTER, Mass.-Global fire detection and security systems provider Simplex Time Recorder Co. opened a new headquarters and operation center this spring, a move company officials say reflects double-digit growth. In April, Simplex moved from its century-old Gardner, Mass. site to consolidate its business in a 176,000-square-foot facility on 300 acres which will house all research and development, manufacturing, distribution, marketing and administrative operations. Employees at the former...

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Recession sounded cautionary note in 2001

February 1, 2002Joanne Friedrick

Caution, both on the part of capital providers and security alarm dealers seeking new or increased financing, has been the watchword during these recent recessionary times. Although characterizing the alarm industry as a "recession resilient" sector, capital providers with whom Security Sy-stems News spoke said they have ta-ken their cue from the conservative ten-or of the capital markets in general and are being more selective and restrictive in their lending practices. "Terms are tighter,"...

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