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Residential

Sentry Security acquires Stand Guard Security

August 30, 2013SSN Staff

WHEELING, Ill.—Sentry Security, based here, has acquired Stand Guard Security, of Crystal Lake, Ill., according to the Davis Mergers and Acquisition Group, which assisted in the transaction.The deal closed Aug. 15, according to an announcement this week from the Davis Group, based in Long Grove, Ill. All Stand Guard employees all have been offered jobs with Sentry. Mike Simon, Stand Guard president, will assist in the transition of the merger/acquisition and will continue to operate his software...

David Balestrery, Davis Mergers and Acquisition Group, Mike Simon, Sentry Security, Stand Guard Security


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ADT installers, techs unionize in North Carolina

August 30, 2013SSN Staff

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—A group of The ADT Corp. employees in North Carolina has joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), according to that union. Seventeen ADT installation specialists and service technicians voted in June to join the IBEW's Winston-Salem Local 342. The union says it represents more than 1,800 ADT employees who work at nearly 30 sites across the country, according to an Aug. 19 press release. Boca Raton, Fla.-based ADT is the nation's largest security...

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Burglar must pony up for victims' new security system

August 29, 2013SSN Staff

AUGUSTA, Maine—After their house was robbed, a Maine couple lost their feeling of security. They had an alarm system installed to help them feel safe. A judge has ordered the burglar to pay for his victims' security system. Brandon M. Rimes, of Fairfield, Maine, pled guilty Aug. 6 to robbing the home of Charlotte and Del Lovejoy, his neighbors, who he and Jason Horne burglarized Dec. 6, according to the Portland Press Herald. “I'm still upset. I'm still scared to death,” Charlotte...

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Suppliers

With $5M, FST21 America wants to up U.S. distribution

August 29, 2013SSN Staff

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.—Biometric security company FST21 America has raised $5 million for facial- and voice-recognition surveillance systems, and hopes to use the money to increase distribution in the United States, various news organizations report.FST21, headquartered in Rishon Lezion, Israel, has a local office in the U.S., where it is already selling security products it says combine security and convenience. Security Director News recently reported on the installation of the FST21 SafeRise...

biometric security, biometrics, FST21


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Gamewell-FCI: New touch-screen fire alarm panel simplifies use

August 29, 2013SSN Staff

NORTHFORD, Conn.—A full-color, touch-screen interface brings the style of smartphones and tablets to a new fire alarm system that provides smoke, carbon monoxide, gas and multi-criteria detection and more, Gamewell-FCI announced this week. The company announced the release of its new S3 Series fire alarm panel Aug. 28. It bills it as “the industry's first small, addressable system that features an intuitive, touch-screen display to simplify system use for facility managers and first responders.” Gamewell-FCI...

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University launches sprinkler ed campaign after student floods dorm

August 29, 2013SSN Staff

NEWPORT, Ky.—College student Rick Seal needed a place to hang his shirt. He opted for the closest fire sprinkler head. But when he tapped the sprinkler with his clothes hanger, the system activated, gushing water and soaking sleeping students in Seal's Northern Kentucky University dormitory. To help prevent a repeat of the Aug. 20 incident, the university has hung posters around dormitories to help educate students and remind them to leave sprinklers and smoke detectors alone. Northern Kentucky...

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This Blog's on Fire (And Other Stuff)

'Canary' survives coal mine, scores nearly $2 million

August 28, 2013Tess Nacelewicz

Canary, a New York City startup with what it bills as the “the first smart home security device for everyone,” has managed to raise nearly $2 million in 35 days from prospective customers and supporters through crowdfunding. The company's experience suggests this is a funding approach other security companies may want to take a look at. I wrote about Canary—which is both the name of the company and the home security device it sells—back in July when it launched the campaign...

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On The Editor's Desk

Business Optimization Center is key element of integrator's new world HQ

August 28, 2013Martha Entwistle

Aronson Security Group, the Washington-based independent integrator, is opening a new world headquarters in Renton, Wash. next week. I'll be speaking with Phil Aronson on Aug. 29 about the new headquarters and other ASG news. Look for that story next week. The official opening is Wednesday, Sept. 5., so if you're in the Seattle area, give ASG a call to see if you can attend and get a tour of their new facility. The event starts at 3 and tours will go until 6 p.m. In a prepared statement, Aronson...

Aronson Security Group, independent systems integrator, new world headquarters, Phil Aronson, Renton, Wash.


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Commercial

SDI is now $70m business after buying X7

August 28, 2013Martha Entwistle

CHICAGO—In a deal that adds $15 million in revenue and brings design-build capabilities, important industry certifications and major government and commercial clients into its fold, systems integration firm SDI has acquired X7, a Washington, D.C.-based integration company.“It's our second merger within 60 days,” Brian Diver, SDI president and COO, told Security Systems News. SDI in June acquired i-sys, a systems integrator based in Charleston, S.C. Diver said SDI is now a $70 million...

Brian Diver, David Gupta, David Taylor, Paul Garver, SDI, X7


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Residential

American Alarm's backyard buy adds density

August 28, 2013Tess Nacelewicz

ARLINGTON, Mass.—American Alarm and Communications is having a banner year: The company has acquired a bolt-on in its backyard that adds density and boosts the company's service capabilities, and it ended its fiscal year with revenues that exceeded expectations.“We had a very good year, a record year,” Louis Sampson, CFO at American Alarm, a 42-year old security company based here, told Security Systems News.Revenues as of June 30 were more than $31 million, a growth of 15 percent...

American Alarm and Communications, Electronic Alarms, Fran Cahill, Louis Sampson, P&J Alarm, Sentinel Security Systems


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