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Archive: March 2003


NBFAA seeking member data for insurance program

March 20, 2003Mike Higgins

March 20, 2003 SILVER SPRING, Md. - The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association is making a push to collect vital data from its members for a new insurance plan. The NBFAA is in the process of developing a risk retention group (RRG) with Marsh Advantage America. The RRG is designed to work like an insurance company, with the ability to issue its own policies and do its own underwriting at a cost savings for members. For the past several months, the NBFAA has been collecting loss history...

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ARC moves into custom digs

March 20, 2003Andrea Gura

March 20, 2003 EUCLID, Ohio - More than a decade after the design and construction of a custom central station facility to house its operations, another central station here has moved into that facility as part of its plan for growth. American Response Center, formed in late 2001, will move into the new building in late June or early July, according to Jim Osborne, ARC’s president. The building was built and designed in the late 1980s for Emergency Response Center, a central station where...

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Head of ADT Mexico charged with fraud

March 20, 2003Mike Higgins

March 20, 2003 MEXICO CITY - Tyco International’s Fire and Security unit, already rocking as the result of bookkeeping problems in Europe and Asia, is now facing new problems in Latin America. Earlier this month, criminal authorities in Mexico City issued arrest warrants against Philip McVey, president of Tyco Fire and Security Latin America and Patricio Gonzalez, head of ADT’s Mexican operations charging them with fraud. According to Gary Holmes, Tyco spokesperson, both men left...

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Visonic acquires Elpas

March 20, 2003SSN Staff

March 20, 2003 TEL AVIV, Israel - Wireless security and home automation product manufacturer Visonic Technologies has acquired automated asset management solutions provider Elpas in a share swap that will enable the two companies to develop a single comprehensive platform for its combined customer base. To target both the large institution and home/small office markets, the company will combine facility protection, access control, asset management, personal security, infant abduction and mismatch...

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VideoMinex to pick up automotive monitoring firm

March 13, 2003Andrea Gura

March 13, 2003 FITCHBURG, Mass. - An interactive video firm here has taken over the monitoring for 300 automotive dealers from an Atlanta-based company that it intends to buy later this month. VideoMinex, with its headquarters here, transferred the 300 accounts to its main central station in Houston late last month and, earlier this week, informed customers of Atlanta-based Electroguard of the pending acquisition. The purchase of Electroguard, the first in 2003 for VideoMinex, is a continuation...

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Honeywell acquires Gamewell

March 13, 2003Chelsie Woods

March 13, 2003 ASHLAND, Mass. - Honeywell Fire Solutions Group is expanding its reach in the fire products market, recently announcing its acquisition of The Gamewell Co., a privately held manufacturer of commercial fire systems. The purchase of the commercial products manufacturer that introduced the first wide-area network fire reporting system is expected to strengthen Honeywell’s already strong presence in the fire market. The purchase price for the 151-year-old company was not released. –The...

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Former Gyyr president joins March Networks

March 13, 2003SSN Staff

March 13, 2003 OTTAWA, Ontario - The former president of Gyyr has joined up with March Networks to become its senior vice president of global sales, marketing and product management. The addition comes as March Networks continues on its path of growing in the network digital video market. The company has recently increased the number of participants in its reseller program, from 10 integrators to more than 70, and has added a new digital video recorder. –March networks has been making...

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Lau ends Viisage stock sale

March 13, 2003SSN Staff

March 13, 2003 LITTLETON, Mass. - A technology investment company that spun off facial recognition company Viisage Technology in 1996 has terminated its program to sell shares of common stock of Viisage through a manage sale program. Rest of story currently unavailable - please check back.

Verified response unlikely to come to Delaware

March 6, 2003Mike Higgins

March 6, 2003 DOVER, Del. - Recently, the topic of verified response has been a hot one in the alarm industry, with many communities looking to follow the lead of the Los Angeles Police Commission and adopt a verified response policy for burglar alarms. While most of those efforts had been limited to individual communities, the state of Delaware had been considering legislation that would move all police in the state to a verified response policy. The bill, which was introduced in February...

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Integrator books prison vehicle job

March 6, 2003SSN Staff

March 6, 2003 PHOENIX - Integrated Protective has recently completed the installation of video cameras in prison vehicles for the Scottsdale, Ariz., police department, in what could become the first of many such jobs for the systems integrator. The project including installing a two-camera system in an undisclosed number of prison vans for the city. The system enables the driver to see in the prison compartment in the back of the vehicle without getting out. The cameras record in color by day,...

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