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Archive: July 2011


This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Potter Electric helps young burn survivors

July 29, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

It's summer and almost time for a camp that gives children who are burn survivors a chance to enjoy everyday camp activities and also build their self-esteem with support from each other. And it's thanks to sponsors such the Potter Electric Signal Co. that the youngsters have the opportunity to attend such a special place free of charge. For more than 10 years, Potter has supported the Burns Recovered Support Group, which is hosting the annual Missouri Children's Burn Camp Aug. 8-12 this year at...

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Commercial

Vector secures $225 million

July 28, 2011Martha Entwistle

PITTSBURGH—Vector Security will use new financing to make acquisitions and investments that will better position the company for growth in the commercial space. Vector, based here, announced July 28 the completion of a new $225 million credit facility that includes $75 million in new financing. Vector CEO Pam Petrow told Security Systems News that the funding will be used to invest in three different areas. “The first will be acquisitions [that position us] in a couple of different...

Administrative Agent PNC Bank, Bank of America, credit facility, Huntington Bank, Jeffrey Hoffman, Mike Anselmo, National Association, Pam Petrow, Pittsburgh, PNC Capital Markets


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Fire Systems Installation

Fire monitoring battle ongoing in Illinois

July 28, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—A battle in this state over public entities taking control over fire alarm monitoring is still raging, despite a recent federal court ruling saying a public fire district had no legal right to invalidate contracts that ADT Security and other companies had with their customers and put itself solely in charge of commercial fire alarm monitoring. In the July 20 decision, a judge in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois said that a state law establishing...

ADT Security, commercial fire alarm monitoring, IESA, Illinois, Illinois Electronic Security Association, Illinois Municipal Code, Judge Milton Shadur, Kevin Lehan, Lisle-Woodridge Fire District


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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Security + fire = More business

July 28, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

Security companies often come across customers who also have fire needs, but if they don't do fire, they have to turn those business opportunities down. But now ADI, the Melville, N.Y.-based wholesale suppliers of security and low-voltage products, is offering a free course to show you how to add fire to your product offerings. According to the company, “the ADI Spring Into Fire Roadshow offers an accredited training class (2 hours) provided by Fire-Lite Alarms. Designed to help you expand...

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Residential

Richmond Alarm out of home theater

July 28, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

RICHMOND, Va.—Richmond Alarm this month sold a home theater/home audio business that it purchased two years ago to a local home technology integrator. The sale to Livewire of NSN Technologies took place July 18, said Wayne Boggs, president of Richmond Alarm, a Honeywell First Alert dealer based here. NSN did not perform as expected after the bottom fell out of the new housing construction market in the recession, so the offer by Livewire to purchase the business benefited both companies, Boggs...

Henry Clifford, Honeywell First Alert, Livewire, Multra-Guard, NSN Technologies, RAC, Richmond Alarm Company, Virginia Key & Lock, Wayne Boggs


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Monitoring

Cornerstone's ALARM Version 31

July 28, 2011Daniel Gelinas

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill.—Cornerstone Billing Solutions, which last year announced security industry focused products like Billing Plus collections support and the AlarmPayments.com online payment portal, in July announced Version 31 of their ALARM software. According to Cornerstone, the new version is a fine-tuned improvement. According to a release, Version 31 allows for different net terms for recurring versus service and installation invoices. This means dealers who want short-term or immediate...

ACI, Alarm Central, ALARM Version 31, Cornerstone Billing Solutions, Kerry-Anne McStravick, Scott MacDougal


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Monitoring

SIA's popular Train-the-Trainer course back this fall

July 28, 2011Daniel Gelinas

MONROE, La.—A new security industry venture, Central Station University, is bringing back a popular training program that was last offered in 2009. Interested central station managers will be able to take the SIA-APCO Central Station Operator Instructor (CSOI) Course—more popularly known as the Train-the-Trainer course—in both Costa Mesa, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. from Sept. 12-16. Security Systems News did a special report on central station training earlier this year and noted...

Alarm Monitoring Services, Central Station University, CSOI, CSU, Dera DeRoche-Jolet, Sean Rockhold, SIA, SIA-APCO Central Station Operator Instructor Course, Train-the-Trainer


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Suppliers

Cernium launches CheckVideo dealer program

July 28, 2011Martha Entwistle

RESTON, Va.—Cernium this week launched a formalized dealer program for CheckVideo solution, its intelligent video alarm verification solution. Cernium introduced CheckVideo two years ago and currently has “upwards of 100 dealers offering the product, we've been developing the [CheckVideo] ecosystems over the past couple of years. The business is taking off and now we need more dealers out there,” said Phil Robertson, Cernium VP of Security and Alarm division. “What we are...

analog, analytics, Cernium, CheckVideo, dealer program, Phil Robertson, Sprint


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Monitoring Matters

Detection, verification, apprehension and deterrence

July 27, 2011Daniel Gelinas

I received some emails lately that remind me of the importance of converged verification technologies in security. I'm talking about verification, of course, something about which I've written plenty. Of course, avid readers of my blog and stories are familiar with Keith Jentoft and his company RSI Video Technologies whose Videofied has been delivering verification, apprehensions and deterrence and securing priority response from increasing numbers of PDs everywhere. There's more than one way to...

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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

Energetic Vivint

July 25, 2011Tess Nacelewicz

Vivint has been in the news this year for changing its name from APX Alarm to signal the Provo, Utah-based company's expansion from home security into home automation. A big part of home automation is energy management and the summer-sales-model Vivint is increasingly involved with energy solutions. First, there was the company's acquisition late last year of a company that installed smart meters for utilities. Then, this month, Vivint announced it has a new energy division, Vivint Energy, and...

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