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Archive: May 2003


O’Gara report: Forward looking companies to gain new opportunities from Homeland Security

May 29, 2003SSN Staff

May 29, 2003 WASHINGTON - Corporate security consulting firm The O’Gara Co. this week released a report that notes that forward looking companies will find new business opportunities in the Homeland Security market, with federal spending in the private sector market expected to grow from $6.1 billion in 2003 to $7.2 billion in 2004. The report, called "The Homeland Security Market: Corporate and Investment Strategies for the Domestic War on Terrorism" examines the key policy factors that...

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NACC rolls out interactive video service

May 29, 2003Andrea Gura

May 29, 2003 IRVINE, Calif. - National Alarm Computer Center has rolled out a new Interactive Video Monitoring service for its dealer customers that it eventually expects to outpace the revenue potential of traditional alarm monitoring. With its new IVM offering, and a new IVM manager expected on board in the next few weeks, NACC expects to have about 100 dealers on board with the service at the end of the year, said Steve Baker, president of NACC. "There is potential here for 25 to 30 percent...

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Strong message sent by IR reincorporation vote

May 29, 2003Chelsie Woods

May 29, 2003 DAVIDSON, N.C. - A public employee union group received overwhelming support today as it urged Ingersoll-Rand investors at the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting to support a reincorporation of the company in the United States. Of the voting shareholders, 41.4 percent voted to support a resolution proposed by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees for Ingersoll-Rand to reincorporate in the United States. Though it did not pass, officials...

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Tyco analyst charged with issuing misleading, exaggerated research reports

May 29, 2003SSN Staff

May 29, 2003 WASHINGTON - A top Merrill Lynch analyst considered an expert on Tyco International has been charged by securities regulators with a series of securities violations that include issuing research reports on Tyco containing misleading information, giving out non-public information and giving gifts to company executives. In its complaint, filed Wednesday, NASD, a regulatory body that oversees registered securities professionals, alleges that Phua Young published reports that contradicted...

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PSI upgrades Sonitrol central

May 22, 2003Andrea Gura

May 22, 2003 SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - A Sonitrol franchisee here is undertaking an extensive renovation project that will ultimately relocate and expand the central station while upgrading to a new monitoring software platform. Protection Service Industries, which has operated a Sonitrol franchise here since the early 1980s, is gutting its entire office, which serves as the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.-based system integrator's Southern California regional office. Located in a strip mall-type structure,...

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Firms join to create APi Electric

May 22, 2003Chelsie Woods

May 22, 2003 DULUTH, Minn. - Two large electrical contracting firms owned by the same company for more than a year have merged to form APi Electric, a company that intends to grow its security business in the coming years. The new company, APi Electric was borne from Lakehead and Thompson Electric and capitalizes on each company’s strength. Lakehead was proficient in industrial and highway street lighting markets, while Thompson has focused on the commercial and electrical contracting...

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Microtec reports steep increase in commercial installs

May 22, 2003SSN Staff

May 22, 2003 ST. AUSGUSTIN, Quebec - A sharp spike in commercial business for full-service firm Microtec Enterprises led the company's 6.2 percent increase in operating revenues for the 2002 fiscal year, where revenues reached $31,039,000 compared to $29,225,000 in 2002. Revenues from the company's commercial activities, an area where the company has focused over the past few years, jumped 44.5 percent, part of a two and a half percent jump in monitoring service revenues. Despite the revenue...

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HAI to provide products for home integrator training

May 22, 2003SSN Staff

May 22, 2003 NEW ORLEANS, La. - HAI is taking part in a home technology integrator training program being offered by the Cisco Learning Institute, a non-profit center designed to train and certify contractors working with technology in the home. Products from HAI, an automation and security product manufacturer based here, will be used in the program in order to help illustrate different components of a home network. HAI's products will be used in the course that covers standards-based cabling...

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Medeco’s residential line expected to surpass commercial business

May 15, 2003Chelsie Woods

May 15, 2003 SALEM, Va. - After years of focusing on the commercial lock market, Medeco has entered the residential market. Even though it’s a new focus, company officials expect residential lock sales to surpass its commercial business in only a matter of years. The residential line launch follows the request of Medeco’s commercial lock customers, who often asked the company if it also offered locks for the residential market. –Up until now, when you want to buy locks...

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Security Pro dealer rolls out niche program

May 15, 2003Andrea Gura

May 15, 2003 LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A full service dealer here with a robust contract monitoring business has teamed up with an online community that serves the deaf and hard of hearing market and will roll that offering to other dealers in the GE Security Pro network across the country. Care Security & Monitoring, based here, will be the exclusive monitoring provider for the American Access One Online program, which uses a website, www.aa1online.com, to market home services, such as home security...

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