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Residential

UControl launches OpenSMA

October 28, 2010Martha Entwistle

AUSTIN, Texas—Interoperability and open standards are the keys to making the “connected home” a reality, say executives from uControl, a home security and automation provider. This week they announced the formation of “OpenSMA,” a consortium of service and product providers who are committed to “complete compatibility and integration across all products and services.” “We want to give service providers the best of breed of everything, make it a free...

CentraLite, Comporium, Ember, Jason Domangue, Massillon, NewWave Communications, OpenSMA, SMC Networks, The Weather Channel, uControl


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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Security and Election Day

October 28, 2010Tess Nacelewicz

I expected to learn lots of new things when I started writing about the security industry, but I didn't expect to start looking at mid-term elections from a security angle. But a recent comment from Ackerman Security Systems CEO Jim Callahan about that Atlanta-based company's new branch in Beltsville, Md., which opened in May to serve customers in the Washington, D.C. area, has made me do just that. Callahan said Washington's revolving election cycle is one reason that Ackerman, one of the nation's...

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Residential

New investment venture for two charged with fraud

October 28, 2010Tess Nacelewicz

ALBANY, N.Y.—Security alarm investors Timothy McGinn and David Smith—whom the SEC charged earlier this year with bilking investors of at least $80 million in a Ponzi scheme—are reportedly involved in a new investment venture. Their new business, Security Alarm Credit, has come under the SEC's radar. “We are aware of it and have alerted the court to it,” Andrew Calamari, associate director of the SEC's New York Regional Office, said Oct. 27. “But at the moment,...

Anchor Alarm, Andrew Calamari, David Smith, fraud, Holloway Security Consulting, Jennifer Holloway, Mike Latty, Ponzi scheme, SEC, Security Alarm Credit


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On The Editor's Desk

2GIG news abounds

October 28, 2010Martha Entwistle

I've had lots of news about 2GIG Technologies coming across my desk in the past week or so. In case you don't know 2GIG, they're a newish (about three years old now) manufacturer of residential and home management solutions, notably its GO!Control panel. Just yesterday I spoke to Mary Miller at the Z-Wave Alliance, which is an open consortium of companies that wants to establish Z-Wave as the standard in wireless home control. Miller announced that 2GIG is its newest principal member. 2GIG president...

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Commercial

Brand Steward brings security to building controls company

October 28, 2010Martha Entwistle

ATLANTA—At a time when many security companies are branching out into energy management and other building controls, McKenney's, a major mechanical contracting company here, is doing the opposite—branching out into security. McKenney's hired industry veteran Phil Mosley, who's worked in business development and sales roles for ADT, Security Link and Johnson Controls, to develop and run the company's security department in November of 2009. One year into his tenure with McKenney's, the...

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Residential

Embezzlement probe at association ongoing

October 28, 2010Daniel Gelinas

WEST ALLIS, Wis.—Marsha Kopan, former executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association, is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation that began when the West Allis Police arrested her on Sept. 24. Police brought Kopan in on check fraud and forgery charges stemming from work she did with a non-security association. Upon further investigation into Kopan's business ties, authorities contacted the IESA, and suggested they take a look at their accounts. Kopan's paper and...

Chet Donati, Detective Jeff Nohelty, embezzlement, Emergency 24, Executive Secretarial Services, IESA, Illinoise Electronic Security Association, Kevin Lehan, Marsha Kopan, West Allis PD


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Suppliers

Opgal acquires Vumii

October 27, 2010Martha Entwistle

ATLANTA—In a deal that brings detection and assessment capabilities together, night vision camera manufacturer Vumii announced Oct. 26 that it had been acquired by Israel-based Opgal Optronics, a maker of thermal imaging systems and infrared cameras. The two privately held companies declined to release terms of the agreement. Randall Foster, Vumii CEO, told Security Systems News the two companies have worked together for close to four years and the deal is the “result of working together....

Dror Sharon, Opgal, Randall Foster, Vumii


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Fire Systems Installation

Stanley enhances its On Fire initiative

October 27, 2010Tess Nacelewicz

NAPERVILLE, Ill.—Stanley Convergent Security Solutions this year took its innovative employee fire-training initiative and made it more employee-friendly and cost-effective, company executives told Security Systems News in October. Stanley's On Fire initiative to provide in-house training for its employees in fire alarms and code safety made the news when it began in 2008. This year, enhancements made the program even better, according to Felix Gonzales, VP of strategic initiatives & business...

Felix Gonzales, NICET, On Fire, R. Lance Holloway, Stanley


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Monitoring Matters

Extrapolating video's evolution in security

October 26, 2010Daniel Gelinas

Going through my email this morning, I noticed a little further discussion of video at Ken Kirschenbaum's newsletter. I've done a lot of writing about video. Specifically, I've written a lot about verification and companies like G4S, Westec, Stealth Monitoring and Viewpoint CRM who go beyond simple verification. A reader named John asked a simple question: "Hi Ken, Whom do you recommend for off site video storage and monitoring, including live look-ins? John" To which Ken responded, "I invited...

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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

McGinn and Smith, charged with fraud, seek new investors

October 26, 2010Tess Nacelewicz

Hmm. It's interesting to see that David L. Smith and Timothy M. McGinn, two security alarm industry investors who made headlines this spring after the SEC charged them with bilking investors in a Ponzi scheme, are back in the news--with a new investment venture. Smith and McGinn have started a new investment company and have been trying to raise more than $500,000 to loan a small Georgia-based alarm company $425,000 at an annual interest rate of 19.62 percent, according to the Times Union, a newspaper...

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