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Archive: February 2015


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Hockey team names Alarm.com official Smart Home Security partner

February 26, 2015SSN Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Alarm.com has been named the official Smart Home Security partner of the Washington Capitals NHL team. “As a local company, it's great to support our hometown Washington Capitals and their passionate fans,” Jay Kenny, Alarm.com's vice president of marketing, said in a prepared statement. Alarm.com's Smart Home Security offers HD video cameras, energy management solutions and a range of convenient home automation options for devices throughout the home, such as lights,...

alarm.com, Jay Kenny, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Patrick Duffy, Security Systems News, Smart Home Security


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Residential

'Gone Girl' for the win

February 26, 2015SSN Staff

REDONDO BEACH, Calif.—The winner of the 2015 Morepheus Award is David Fincher, film director of the thriller, “Gone Girl.”Moore Protection, a home security company based here that serves high-end clients, presents the award annually to the film that best portrays modern security technology as an integral plot point of a major motion picture.In “Gone Girl,” the lead female character manipulates an alarm system and a separate surveillance system to implicate two people...

Moore Security, Morepheus Award, Residential Security, Security Systems News


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General News

CES and the smart home

February 26, 2015Guest Blogger

Described as "the global stage for innovation," the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) draws more than 170,000 attendees and offers a unique opportunity to see big trends across consumer technology.This year did not disappoint: CES featured new technology in everything fromself-driving carstowearable techto8K televisions with stunning picture clarity. A dedicated Smart Home Pavilion featured more companies and more products than ever before, and attracted massive media coverage and consumer interest.There...

alarm.com, CES, guest commentary, Jay Kenny, smart home


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On The Editor's Desk

Meet with SSN editors at ISC West

February 25, 2015Martha Entwistle

ISC West is a short seven weeks away and the editors at Security Systems News have already started to book appointments. Are you interested in talking to us about your new products, your business plan, trends in the industry? We want to meet and talk to as many SSN readers as possible in Las Vegas, but since there are only three of us, we cannot meet everyone. We do have to make some choices. Below is some information you may find helpful. NEW PRODUCTS Will we cover your new product? Security Systems...

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News and Notes

Vivint and Undercover Boss: Lessons learned

February 25, 2015Amy Canfield

Vivint CEO Todd Pedersen wasn't “fast enough” to work in one of his own warehouses, was “moving a little slow” on an installation job and should have been more adept at handling a basic tool, according to two of his employees. Pedersen got those professional reviews during his stint on the CBS show “Undercover Boss” on Feb. 20. I wrote about that here. During that experience, he says, he learned much about being a company leader and that “details matter...

Residential Security, Security Systems News, Todd Pedersen, Undercover Boss, Vivint


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Joel Matlin launches new alarm company: Think Protection

February 25, 2015Amy Canfield

Updated March 2 with Joel Matlin interviewTORONTO—Joel Matlin, founder of AlarmForce, is launching a new alarm company called Think Protection.Matlin will serve as CEO; his son, Adam Matlin, will serve as COO.Think Protection "plans to offer the U.S. and Canadian home alarm mass markets the most advanced technology at the absolute lowest cost. We will be very customer centric with good infrastructure and a very well-managed staff," Joel Matlin told Security Systems News.The startup will make...

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Suppliers

Pivot3 gets $45 million

February 25, 2015Martha Entwistle

AUSTIN, Texas—Video analytics is an area of interest for video surveillance storage provider Pivot3, which received a $45 million equity and bank financing on Feb. 24.Most of the funding will be used for "market facing areas" to "drive the business and get it to profitability," Pivot3 CEO Ron Nash told Security Systems News. But, Pivot3 is also interested in video analytics. While major video analytics companies such as Object Video have been purchased, and other analytic companies have gone...

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20 Under 40

'20 under 40' integrators panel

February 25, 2015Martha Entwistle

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Cybersecurity, working with IT and the rewards of working in the security industry were topics touched on during the “20 under 40” Integrators' Perspective educational session at TechSec 2015, which took place here Feb. 3-4.Four members of the “20 under 40” integrators Class of 2014 participated in the discussion: Sarah Jennings, COO, QuickPass; David Sime, VP of engineering and delivery, CONTAVA; Jim Lash, director of advanced IT installation, Diebold;...

CONTAVA. Jim Lash, David Sime, Diebold, NFC, PSIM, Quickpass, Sarah Jennings, Security Systems News, Sharon Shaw, tech systems


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'20 under 40' end users work to build security success

February 25, 2015Amy Canfield

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—It's difficult to raise risk awareness among employees when everyone thinks everything is going just fine. Achieving security autonomy across different types of businesses that fall under one banner with almost 30,000 employees is difficult, too.Those were just two of the challenges discussed by two of the “20 under 40” end user award winners at during the Next Gen Security Series at TechSec Solutions 2015, held here Feb. 3-4.“Challenge is changing people's...

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Also Noted

ESX announces closing keynote speaker

February 23, 2015SSN Staff

BALTIMORE—ESX announced that economist Alan Beaulieu will give the closing keynote on June 26 at this year's expo, held at the Baltimore Convention Center. Beaulieu will cover long and short-term economic forecasts, leading economic indicators, inflation, interest rates and taxes and how they will impact the electronic security industry, ESX said in a news release. Beaulieu's company, ITR Economics, is a privately-held economic research and consulting firm.

Alan Beaulieu, ESX 2015