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Archive: July 2014


On The Editor's Desk

Speco woos integrators with IP savvy

July 31, 2014Martha Entwistle

Speco Technologies, a video surveillance manufacturer based in New York, may be best known for its analog solutions, but it is well into IP-based technology these days. Today, Speco counts 25 of the largest and most sophisticated independent integrators in the U.S as its valued resellers, with Protection 1 as one of its marquee customers. These are relationships the Speco management team has actively pursued. And, their pursuit of integrators has just begun, they say. The company's sales, engineering,...

Intensifier, Peter Botelho, SecureGuard Plus, security systems integrator, Security Systems News, Speco Technologies, TJ Dickson, Todd Keller, video surveillance


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Suppliers

Michael Dell makes 'multi-million dollar' investment in VMS provider Eagle Eye Networks

July 31, 2014Martha Entwistle

AUSTIN, Texas—In his first personal investment in physical security, Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc., today announced a “multi-million dollar” investment in VMS provider Eagle Eye Networks.“Eagle Eye is the first company in physical security where I have personally led with the investment decision,” Dell told Security Systems News in an email interview.Eagle Eye, a cloud-managed video management system launched in January by Dean Drako, an entrepreneur who...

Barracuda Networks, cloud-based VMS, Dean Drako, Dell Inc., Eagle Eye Networks, Michael Dell, MSD Capital LP, Security Systems News, video management system, VMS


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Monitoring Matters

Are wireless home systems vulnerable?

July 30, 2014Leif Kothe

Tech publication Wired magazine may not focus too closely on alarm monitoring or residential security, but it does devote a good deal of ink to assessing network security threats, no matter what the context. Just last month a writer for the magazine, Mat Honan, sketched a funny, dystopian picture of the connected home in revolt, commandeered by wayward hackers on some perverse quest for Internet notoriety. Identifiable only by screen names evoking bad cyberpunk movies, these lonesome code junkies...

alarm monitoring, home security, physical security, SSN, Wired magazine


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Monitoring Matters

Security threats to wireless alarms?

July 30, 2014Leif Kothe

Tech publication Wired magazine may not focus too closely on alarm monitoring or residential security, but it does devote a good deal of ink to assessing network security threats, no matter what the context. Just last month a writer for the magazine, Mat Honan, painted a funny dystopian sketch of the connected home in revolt, commandeered by morally wayward hackers on some perverse quest for Internet notoriety. Identifiable only by screen names evoking bad cyberpunk films from the 90s, these lonesome...

alarm monitoring, physical security, SSN, Wired magazine


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Monitoring Matters

Security threats to wireless alarms?

July 30, 2014Leif Kothe

Tech publication Wired magazine may not focus too closely on alarm monitoring or residential security, but it does devote a good deal of ink to assessing network security threats, no matter what the context. Just last month a writer for the magazine, Mat Honan, painted a funny dystopian sketch of the connected home in revolt, commandeered by morally wayward hackers on some perverse quest for Internet notoriety. Identifiable only by screen names evoking bad cyberpunk films from the 90s, these lonesome...

alarm monitoring, physical security, SSN, Wired magazine


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Monitoring Matters

Security threats to wireless alarms?

July 30, 2014Leif Kothe

Tech publication Wired magazine may not focus too closely on alarm monitoring or residential security, but it does devote a good deal of ink to assessing network security threats, no matter what the context. Just last month a writer for the magazine, Mat Honan, sketched a funny, dystopian picture of the connected home in revolt, commandeered by morally wayward hackers on some perverse quest for Internet notoriety. Identifiable only by screen names evoking bad 90s cyberpunk films, these lonesome code...

alarm monitoring, physical security, SSN, Wired magazine


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General News

Poll: Readers view door-to-door scams as major problem

July 30, 2014Leif Kothe

YARMOUTH, Maine—Door-to-door scams were given a big stage at ESX 2014, where ADT held a press conference devoted to rooting the problem out, with representatives from law enforcement, CSAA and ESA weighing in.Judging by the responses to the latest SSN News Poll, the issue has, without question, grabbed the industry's attention, and given rise to some vociferous opinions regarding both the source of the problem and how it should be fixed.“These door-to-door scams need to stop and should...

ADT, door-knocking, door-to-door scams, ESA, physical security, SSN


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Residential

Amherst Alarm takes 'deliberate' path to success

July 30, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

AMHERST, N.Y.—Amherst Alarm, one of the nation's leading alarm companies, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. CEO Tim Creenan credits his company's long-term success to its "slow and deliberate" approach to business.“We've kind of had slow, steady, controlled growth over the years, where we didn't, [for example], jump from 100 accounts to 10,000 accounts or something crazy like that, [which is] unmanageable,” Creenan, who co-founded Amherst in 1984, told Security Systems...

Amherst Alarm, DMP, DSC, IQ Certification, New York State ESA, physical security, SSN, Tim Creenan


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General News

Centrals get social

July 30, 2014Martha Entwistle

Social media may not be a major revenue generator at this point, but third-party monitoring stations are making more use of popular social media sites to reinforce traditional sales and marketing efforts, according to a group of executives from five well known third-party monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News for this report.Which social media platform is the favorite for central stations? Well, no one mentioned “Thumb” or “Pheed.” And Instagram, Pinterest...

Affiliated Monitoring, Caroline Brown, Daniel Oppenheim, Don Childers, Dynamark, Morgan Hertel, physical security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Security Central, SSN


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Fire Systems Installation

Study: Hybrid suppression systems need own standards

July 30, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

QUINCY, Mass.—A hybrid fire suppression system is a combination water mist and gas suppression system, and because this new technology is a hybrid, there is no one NFPA standard that covers it. Should there be? A recently released study looked to answer that question.The Fire Protection Research Foundation initiated the project, which is titled a “Literature Review on Hybrid Fire Suppression Systems.” The foundation, based here, is an affiliate of the National Fire Protection Association.Amanda...

Amanda Kimball, fire suppression, NFPA, physical security, SSN, University of Maryland


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