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Archive: August 2003

Welcome back - ISC East heads to

August 28, 2003SSN Staff

August 28, 2003 New York NEW YORK - ISC East is making a return to New York in 2004, ending a three-year hiatus from the Big Apple. Reed Exhibitions, managers of the ISC Shows and this year’s National Summit on Security, announced the location decision this week. The show is scheduled for Nov. 2 – 4, 2004 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. The return to New York comes after the ISC East show moved to Orlando, Fla. in 2002. This year’s event,...

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Management goes for buyout of MAXxess

August 28, 2003Chelsie Woods

August 28, 2003 ANAHEIM, Calif. - Security management and access control company MAXxess Inc., the remaining security business unit owned by Odetics Inc., is in the midst of a management led buyout. Company officials announced the buyout plan this week, a deal being led by the senior management team at MAXxess. Members of that team include Wes Appleby, president; Brian Mallabon, vice president of engineering and Nancy Islas, product support manager at MAXxess. Additional investors are also part...

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Web service consolidates fire product info

August 28, 2003Andrea Gura

August 28, 2003 COLUMBUS, Ohio - The general manager of a Notifier and Edwards Systems Technology distributor here has developed a web resource that combines the product specifications of these manufacturers, and others, into a single spot on the web. The new website,, is designed to eliminate the mounds of paper catalogs, CD-ROMs and updates juggled by systems designers as they hunt for the most appropriate product and system for many different applications. Through SureSpec,...

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New CEO, $10 million for

August 28, 2003SSN Staff

August 28, 2003 Eagle Broadband LEAGUE CITY, Texas - Bundled digital services provider Eagle Broadband, who recently launched a home security division, announced Thursday that it had completed a $10 million round of funding and also appointed a new chief executive officer who will focus on expanding company revenues. Dave Weisman, Eagle's new chief executive officer and member of the company's board of directors, will focus on leveraging the company's broadband businesses, accelerating the adoption...

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Industry veterans take boutique approach to monitoring

August 21, 2003Derek Rice

August 21, 2003 LANCASTER, Pa. - Patrick Egan and Ron Bodnar are launching Security Partners, a new wholesale monitoring company they say will strive to provide more personalized service to its customers. The two are not new to the industry, having been involved in monitoring for a number of years. Egan was the founder and president of Commonwealth Security Systems Inc., which he sold in 1997. He currently operates Select Security Inc., a commercial and custom residential security systems provider....

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Per Mar picks up guard company

August 21, 2003Andrea Gura

August 21, 2003 DAVENPORT, Iowa - To add a piece to its security officer complement in the Cedar Rapids, Iowa, area, Per Mar Security Services has purchased competitor Nighthawk Security for an undisclosed sum. With Nighthawk, a five-year-old company, according to Bill Jackson, president of Per Mar Security, comes 60 security officers based in Nighthawk's Cedar Rapids office. That location will be closed and operations consolidated into Per Mar's existing location in Cedar Rapids. "We have an...

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Industry powers through blackout

August 21, 2003Andrea Gura, Chelsie Woods

August 21, 2003 NEW YORK - The blackout of 2003 might have lasted only 24 hours or so in most places, but the aftermath of the massive power outage that blanketed parts of the Northeast last week has sent systems integrators and installation companies scurrying to service customers left with depleted back-up batteries. According to numbers from the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, the power outage impacted more than 430 of its member companies located across New York, Pennsylvania,...

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DOT investigating surveillance technologies for bridges, tunnels

August 21, 2003SSN Staff

August 21, 2003 WASHINGTON - The United States Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Fulcrum Corp., Fairfax, Va., to report on the effectiveness of several surveillance technologies that may be used in monitoring bridges and tunnels nationwide. The $169,000 contract calls for consulting firm Fulcrum to deliver a report and technical summary on closed-circuit cameras, electronic detection and monitoring devices, tracking devices and alarm systems. These technologies will be evaluated...

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Integrated Alarm not resting on its laurels after IPO

August 14, 2003Derek Rice

August 14, 2003 ALBANY, N.Y. - A little more than two weeks ago, Integrated Alarm Services Group raised more than $200 million through its initial public offering of 22 million shares, which culminated a nearly nine-month process. Flush with that cash, the company is ready to make further advances in its monitoring business, according to Tom Few Sr., chairman and chief executive officer of Criticom, the company’s monitoring arm. "A large part of the use of proceeds from the public offering...

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VistaScape tapped for border surveillance project

August 14, 2003SSN Staff

August 14, 2003 ATLANTA - The United States Bureau of Customs and Border Protection has contracted with VistaScape Security Systems to use the company’s security data management software for automated intrusion detection along the U.S.-Mexico border. The pilot program is taking place along an undisclosed portion of the border in New Mexico. VistaScape is teaming with the Space and Naval Warfare Systems center, based in San Diego, on the project. Using VistaScape’s software, CBP...

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