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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

UTC Fire & Security acquires Simtronics

April 29, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

UTC Fire & Security is making news again. I just wrote recently that the Farmington, Conn.-based company has a new president, Scott Buckhout, and has aligned its United States fire and security services under the Chubb brand. Now UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., just announced today that it has acquired “a Norway-based provider of sophisticated gas and flame detection systems, extinguishing solutions and fire prevention systems for marine and off-shore industries.” Here's...

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Monitoring Matters

False alarms/reports are not funny

April 29, 2011Daniel Gelinas

So I'm getting ready for an interview I have today with Keyscan director of marketing Steve Dentinger when I notice an intriguing tweet from Monitronics. It linked to a sad (not sad as in, "oh, that's so sad, I think I'll cry," but sad as in "Wow... That guys a complete idiot... I'm amazed his head hasn't frozen from lack of neural activity.") story about this guy John Paul Rorech who purposefully perpetrated a false alarm in order to escape being issued a speeding ticket. I've written plenty about...

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General News

Council approves new alarm ordinance

April 29, 2011SSN Staff

HASTINGS, Minn.—An April 20 story from The Hastings Star-Gazette reports there's a new law requiring alarm system users to register their alarms with the city. The law was approved April 18. The ordinance requires anyone in control of an alarm system that is intended to summon police or fire personnel to complete a free registration process with the city. Police may issue citations if they respond to an alarm that is not registered. It also deems a public nuisance any alarm system that sounds...

false alarm ordinance, Hastings Minnesota


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General News

False alarms in KC getting more costly

April 29, 2011SSN Staff

KANSAS CITY, Mo.—An April 28 story from the Kansas City Star reports residents and business owners will soon be paying more for false security alarms. The KCPD plans to increase the the fee it charges residents who log more than two false alarms each year to $49 per false alarm, according to the story. The department also is raising the renewal fee for businesses. They don't get any freebies and must pay $49 each time they log a false alarm. The fees used to be $40. The increase was due to...

false alarm ordinance, Kansas City Missouri


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AMAG hires Bernice Noriz as new biz dev manager

April 29, 2011SSN Staff

TORRANCE, Calif.—AMAG Technology on April 28 announced it had hired Bernice Noriz as its new business development manager. In the newly created position, Noriz will work closely with security engineers, architects and consultants in the Western half of the United States to cultivate relationships and identify, create and manage new business opportunities for the company. Noriz will report to the director of business development, Jody Ross. Noriz worked for Hirsch Electronics for more than...

AMAG Technology, Bernice Noriz


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Matrix Systems hires two new industry vets

April 29, 2011SSN Staff

MIAMISBURG, Ohio—Matrix Systems, an access control and security solutions provider and manufacturer, on April 28 named security industry veteran Todd Dunham as its southeast regional sales manager and Kyle Summers as its north-central regional sales manager. Dunham reports to Bob Mosler, director of contract sales and will recruit and support access control product resellers for Matrix Systems' new Frontier Universe and Frontier Web Essentials access control products in Florida, Georgia, South...

Bob Mosler, Kyle Summers, Matrix Systems, Todd Dunham


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Custom Alarm hires Monica Nigon as project manager

April 29, 2011SSN Staff

ROCHESTER, Minn.—Custom Alarm/CCi, on April 26 announced the hiring of Monica Nigon as project manager. Monica is responsible for fire alarm systems design and project management in the special projects area. Nigon comes to Custom Alarm with a great deal of project management experience, numerous relevant licenses and significant technical training.

Custom Alarm, Monica Nigon


On The Editor's Desk

Talk of Tyco earnings and PULSE performance. Schneider rumors not addressed--directly anyhow

April 28, 2011Martha Entwistle

This morning's Tyco International conference call started with a warning that it is Tyco's policy not to respond to questions from the press or anyone else about rumors and speculations [ie talk of a Schneider takeover]. The speaker said there would not be any more comments on this issue today. There were not any more comments directly on that issue today ... but Tyco chief Ed Breen did answer a questions from a JP Morgan analyst about his “philosophy on strategic corporate actions and how...

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Suppliers

TimeSight completes $3.2m round

April 28, 2011Martha Entwistle

MT. LAUREL, N.J.—TimeSight Systems, known for its 'video lifecycle management' solution, this week announced it has secured another round of funding and added a new investor. The company received $3,184,170 in new funds, according to an April 21 SEC filing. The new investor is Contour Venture Partners of New York, which joins existing institutional investor, New Venture Partners, and a group of angel investors called “Jump Start” who have provided funding in the past and who also...

Charles Foley, Contour Venture Partners, Jerrys Nuggett, New Venture Partners, Rob Rosenberg, TimeSight Systems, video lifecycle management


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Commercial

UTI expands focus

April 28, 2011Martha Entwistle

CHESTER SPRINGS, Pa.—Known for its expertise with critical infrastructure, Unlimited Technology Inc., a systems integrator based here with offices in Houston and Valhalla, N.Y., has expanded in the past couple of years to other vertical markets. “Critical infrastructure, including utilities, water, chemical, and nuclear facilities, are still a high percentage of the work we do,” said Brent Franklin, president of UTI. “We opened an office in Valhalla [outside of New York City...

Brent Franklin, CA Technologies, Software House Enterprise, Sony, United Nations Federal Credit Union, Unlimited Technology Inc., UTI


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