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Residential

American Alarm gets $57k 'boost' for employee training

December 30, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

ARLINGTON, Mass.—American Alarm & Communications plans to use a new state grant of nearly $57,000 to train its employees to enhance customer service, complete projects as efficiently as possible and to gain sales skills.“We're excited,” Sheryl Gillis, human resource manager for American Alarm, which is based here, told Security Systems News. “It's a good boost for the training budget.”She said the independent security company, which has been in business about four decades...

American Alarm & Communications, Massachusetts Workforce Training Fund, Sheryl Gillis


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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

SDA Security: Something old, something new

December 30, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

San Diego-based SDA Security is proud of its long history, but is known for being a forward-thinking company decidedly not stuck in the past. Now, a fun, new, “silent movie” commercial about the company on YouTube celebrates both its past and its present. SDA, one of Southern California's largest security systems providers, was started in 1930 and originally called the San Diego Burglar Alarm Company. The family-owned business changed its name in 1995 as it grew and broadened its selection...

SDA Security, Shandon Harbour, YouTube


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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Lack of detectors = tragic Christmas fire lesson

December 29, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

The early morning Christmas Day house fire in Connecticut that took the lives of three little girls and their grandparents is an event sad beyond all words. And adding to the sadness is a report that the century-old Victorian mansion's smoke detectors weren't working as the blaze—which officials say was caused by fireplace embers that were improperly disposed of—raced through the wood structure as everyone was sleeping around 3 a.m. I can't help imagining a totally different outcome if...

Christmas, fire, Madonna Badger. Connecticut, smoke detectors, Stamford


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Monitoring

Toledo considering CCTV to deter crime

December 28, 2011Rich Miller

TOLEDO, Ohio—Toledo could soon join the list of U.S. cities employing CCTV cameras on the streets, supplementing traditional patrols with data-driven policing.A proposal announced by Police Chief Derrick Diggs in early December calls for a CCTV system with about 75 cameras, two trailers, security software and monitoring equipment.The project, estimated to cost $800,000 to $1.2 million, would also establish a “real time” crime center to monitor the video from the streets, according...

CCTV cameras, Derrick Diggs, Michael Troendle, Toledo


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Commercial

IMS: Video analytics market to be worth $600 million in 2015

December 27, 2011Rich Miller

While the availability of free content analysis in video surveillance devices continues to grow, the need for chargeable higher-end applications will push the market for video analytics to nearly $600 million in 2015, according to a new report from IMS Research.Features like motion detection and camera tamper, embedded in surveillance devices and offered as free by manufacturers, will be increasingly joined by applications for more sophisticated video content analysis (VCA). A clear divide will emerge...

IMS Research, Jon Cropley, VCA, video analytics


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Residential

Boyd acquires Bay Security

December 21, 2011Martha Entwistle

NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—In a deal designed to bring patrolled response services to alarm customers, Boyd & Associates, a security company that provides guards, monitoring and alarm installation, on Dec. 15 acquired the assets of Bay Security & Communications of Costa Mesa, Calif.Terms of the deal were not announced.“It's increasingly important to find some way to verify alarms rather than dispatching authorities,” Dan Boyd, president of Boyd & Associates, told Security Systems News.The...

Bay Security & Communications, Boyd & Associates, Dan Boyd, Mark Elder, Sharon Elder


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New SIAC training program takes on user error

December 21, 2011Rich Miller

FRISCO, Texas—False dispatches mean user error.In the majority of cases that's the reality, according to the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, which has found that customer errors account for up to 77 percent of false police dispatches. And while initiatives such as ECV, model ordinances and CP-01 equipment standards have cut into that number over the years, the problem continues to dog the industry.“We've broken down what the causes are and how to address them, but quite honestly we've...

Alarm Center Inc., Ron Haner, Ron Walters, Security Industry Alarm Coalition, SIAC, Stan Martin


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Residential

Cox at home with security in Arizona

December 21, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

MESA, Ariz.—Cox Communications, one of the largest cable entertainment and broadband service providers in the country, has been offering a home security/home automation product in Tucson, Ariz., since last summer, and expects to launch it in additional markets in the new year, a company spokesman said.“We're still going through the single-market launch and evaluating the product and the customer response and interest and sales [and] we expect to continue in additional markets sometime...

Arizona Alarm Association, AT&T, Cox Communications, Frontier Communications, Maria Malice, Time Warner Cable, Todd Smith, Verizon


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Residential

SEC charges Utah security company investors with Ponzi scheme

December 21, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

AMERICAN FORK, Utah—Wendell Jacobson, a Utah real estate magnate who with his son provided the primary startup capital for Platinum Protection, is now facing charges from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he and his son have been running a $220 million real-estate Ponzi scheme—using their membership in the Mormon church to make connections and win the trust of potential investors.Wendell and Allen Jacobson no longer have any involvement in Platinum Protection, based here...

Allen Jacobson, Andrew Kindfuller, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Jared Hallows, Mormon, Platinum Protection, Securities and Exchange Commission, Utah, Wendell Jacobson


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Commercial

ASG acquires two, opens two, goes after national accounts

December 21, 2011Martha Entwistle

BELTSVILLE, Md.—By wrapping up the year with two major acquisitions that add $615,000 in RMR, opening two new branch offices, and having a plan in place for “significant sales force expansion,” ASG Security CEO Joe Nuccio said the company is ready for “explosive growth in 2012.”“The strategy for 2011 was no different from prior years,” Nuccio said. ASG has been working on building out its infrastructure and adding new regions every year since its inception...

Andy Snyder, ASG Security, Brad Wallace, Joe Nuccio, Luther King Capital Management, LV Systems, Ronald Lee, Texana Security, TnT Security


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