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Archive: May 2009


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Stanley Convergent Security Solutions names Kopplin VP field ops

May 29, 2009SSN Staff

NAPERVILLE, Ill. -- Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, Inc. announced May 28 it has named Jim Kopplin as vice president field operations. He will assume responsibility for all Stanley Convergent Security Solutions field branch operations. Kopplin has a significant amount security industry experience, having held numerous positions during his career, including: integration leader (Stanley CSS), regional vice president—central region (Stanley CSS & HSM), group sales manager (ADT), district...

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On The Editor's Desk

Was airport security really okay?

May 29, 2009Martha Entwistle

Maybe you've seen the story about the woman who faked her own kidnapping and grabbed her daughter and ran away to Florida, flying through the Philly airport by using the driver's license of her friend and coworker. Maybe you haven't. It's a tabloidy thing of no real consequence. But then I saw this story - a good one, in my opinion - where the Philly Inquirer wonders aloud whether this calls into question the validity of airport security. The TSA says, "nope. Not at all." I say, "well, not really,...

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Reliance Protectron teams with Blackline GPS for vehicle monitoring, recovery

May 28, 2009Daniel Gelinas

CALGARY, Alberta—Reliance Protectron Security Services, the second largest security provider in Canada, teamed this week with Blackline GPS Corp., a technology manufacturer of security, tracking, and monitoring devices for automotive, commercial and industry safety, and family use. Through the partnership, retailers—and eventually Reliance Protectron dealers—will be able to offer a full suite of vehicle monitoring, tracking and theft-recovery services to end users in Canada and...

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Burglaries, alarm systems sales up in Georgia

May 28, 2009Martha Entwistle

RINGGOLD, Ga.—In the first four months of 2009, Dependable Security Systems has sold 50 percent more alarm systems month-over-month compared to the previous four months, Dependable Security Systems operations manager Corey Cochran told Security Systems News on May 26. What's the secret? Cochran, operations manager at Dependable, said it has more to do with an increase in crime than any new initiative he's started. “All of a sudden [in January] things started to increase above and beyond...

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Detection, RFID products win American Security Challenge

May 28, 2009L. Samuel Pfeifle

WASHINGTON—The American Security Challenge, an event intended to identify hot new technologies for homeland security applications, held its final-round event May 21 and announced the winners of the challenge. From six finalists, Hi-G-Tek, a maker of RFID tracking solutions, was awarded a $2 million prize from venture firm Chart Venture Partners, and MINDco, a maker of nuclear detection technology, was awarded $500,000. The awards are dependent on the companies and Chart reaching funding agreements...

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On The Editor's Desk

Maybe there WILL only be one card someday

May 28, 2009Martha Entwistle

So, HID already teamed with Dell to make it so one card gets me in the door and on the network. Cool. But not nearly as cool as that same card being my debit card. That's REALLY cool. For some reason, HID put out a press release with a bunch of hot links all throughout it, but didn't actually post the link on their web site, so I can't link to it, but here's the news: IRVINE, Calif., May 28, 2009 – HID Global, the trusted worldwide leader in providing solutions for the delivery of secure...

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GVI buys VMS technology

May 28, 2009L. Samuel Pfeifle

CARROLLTON, Texas—GVI Security Solutions increased its product suite this week with the purchase of technology and intellectual property from PacketNVR, a maker of video management software. Further, PacketNVR co-founder Tom Galvin, who has worked with GE Security and Verint in the past, will join GVI and help continue to develop the VMS product through GVI's wholly owned subsidiary GVI Video Management Solutions. GVI chairman Steve Walin said a VMS provider was number one on the company's...

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Monitoring Matters

Good Samaritan security Co. saves day

May 28, 2009Daniel Gelinas

I came across this story from azfamily.com this morning and thought it was an interesting example of altruism in the industry, the more so because when I called Central Security Group seeking comment, the central station manager I spoke with had no idea what I was talking about. I relayed the story to him , and he checked their monitored account database and confirmed. "We're monitoring them, all right," he said, and promised to escalate my call to higher ups and see if I could get some more commentary...

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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Bart Didden & Supreme Court nominee Sotomayor

May 28, 2009Tess Nacelewicz

Here's a little six degrees of separation exercise for you on this Thursday morning: How are security personality Bart Didden and Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor connected? I had this very thought this morning when I saw a big ole picture of Bart (who's president of USA Central Station Alarm Corp., former NBFAA president etc.) in the New York Times in a story about Sotomayor's judicial decision history. (I really wish I could post the picture...but I can't yet... you know, it's the same old...

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SureView announces Immix/Digital Acoustics integration

May 28, 2009Daniel Gelinas

TAMPA, Fla.—SureView Systems, which provides a video-based automated alarm management software platform for central stations and other command centers, announced May 26 it had successfully completed the integration of Digital Acoustics two-way audio suite into Immix, the company's automation software platform. “It's being sold and it's actually in production at a number of different central stations as we speak,” said SureView executive vice president of sales Matt Krebs. Immix...

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