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Archive: November 2006


SerVision refocuses in North America through ADI

November 30, 2006L. Samuel Pfeifle

JERUSALEM--SerVision, a company based here manufacturing video surveillance products that emphasize wireless and cellular applications, has signed a distribution agreement with ADI, which will now be the main distributor of the company's products in the United States. SerVision, which has offices in the United Kingdom and Mexico as well as in the United States, sees great potential in the United States market, said chairman and chief executive officer Gidon Tahan. He called the agreement with ADI...

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Pirate again says sell, but Brink's looks at buying

November 30, 2006Martha Entwistle

NORWALK, Conn.--Despite recent travails of its own, Pirate Capital, an activist hedge fund and major stockholder of The Brink's Company, has not given up the ship on getting Brink's to put itself up for sale. However, analysts believe that Brink's will be less likely to heed Pirate's advice and more likely to pursue acquisitions. Isa Bolotin, investor relations head for Pirate Capital, did not return a Nov. 29 call requesting comment. Pirate, in early October, lost five of its investment employees...

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Securitas USA acquires Safeguard Services

November 30, 2006SSN Staff

ORANGE, Calif.--In its first U.S. acquisition since spinning off Securitas Systems, Securitas USA announced its purchase of Safeguard Services, based in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Nov. 9. Terms of the deal were not released. Safeguard largely serves the business and property management sector in Hawaii. Securitas USA is now a completely separate company from Securitas Systems, the systems integration firm, after a successful Sept. 1 spinoff. The Safeguard purchase "provides us with a portfolio to specialize...

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Verified gets the okay for Clear

November 30, 2006SSN Staff

NEW YORK--Verified Identity Pass, one of three major players in the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program, announced Nov. 27 that is has had its Clear program approved as a Registered Traveler Service Provider. Clear is the first such program to receive approval for national roll-out and is currently in place at the Orlando airport. With this in place, Verified will install Clear lanes at New York's JFK airport, along with airports in San Jose, Indianapolis and Cincinnati,...

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Scotia Bank customers rewarded by Voxcom

November 30, 2006SSN Staff

EDMONTON, Alberta--Voxcom Security Systems announced Nov. 27 a new partnership with ScotiaStar Network, Scotia Bank's credit card rewards program. Under the deal, ScotiaStar members who buy a home security system from Voxcom and use its monthly monitoring service will receive rewards associated with their Scotia Bank account. Voxcom has more than 118,000 customers. Scotiabank serves 10 million customers in 50 countries.

Longwatch selected for EPA's WaterSentinel program

November 30, 2006L. Samuel Pfeifle

NORWOOD, Mass.--Longwatch announced this week it has been selected by Environmental Protection Agency to participate in its WaterSentinel program, created to address a portion of Homeland Security Presidential Directive 9, which outlines food and water protection. WaterSentinel will use Longwatch to comply with a mandate in HSPD-9 for a comprehensive and fully coordinated monitoring system that will detect and respond to drinking water contamination threats. The pilot project will be deployed throughout...

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Voxcom partners with Infinity for remote video monitoring

November 23, 2006SSN Staff

EDMONTON, Alberta--Voxcom became the latest company to offer remote video monitoring with its announcement, Nov. 13, that is has signed a deal to partner with Infinity Systems to provide its mobile video and remote monitoring services in Canada. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The new service will allow homeowners to use mobile phones, video cameras and electronic sensors to monitor their properties while away from home. When an alarm has been tripped, clients can be notified via text...

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DHS Inspector General has concerns about SBInet oversight

November 23, 2006L. Samuel Pfeifle

WASHINGTON--The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General released a report last week saying DHS "does not have the capacity needed to effectively plan, oversee, and execute the SBInet program; administer its contracts; and control costs and schedule." This is likely to draw congressional eyes increasingly toward Boeing, which won an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to improve border control operations with modern technology...

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Acquisition moves L-1 into Canada

November 23, 2006Martha Entwistle

STAMFORD, Conn.--L-1 Identity Solutions on Nov. 15 announced a definitive agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of Ontario-based biometrics company ComnetiX, for $12.5 million. After the deal goes through, the biometric behemoth will be poised to increase its domestic services business and take advantage of a "sea change" that's coming in Canada as that country moves from ink to electronic-based fingerprinting, said Doni Fordye, executive vice president of corporate communications for L-1...

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International Police Association endorses CP-01 standard

November 23, 2006SSN Staff

FRISCO, Texas--The International Police Association struck another blow in the war being waged against false alarms last month when it passed a resolution calling for jurisdictions to make the SIA CP-01 standard compulsory for all alarm control panels. The resolution also calls for all manufacturers to comply with the standard in future production of alarm panels. "The dealers, installers and alarm companies need to get very serious about using the CP-01 panels. It's one of the most effective ways...

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