Skip to Content

Archive: March 2015


Monitoring

Security Partners acquires 1 Time assets

March 31, 2015Spencer Ives

HENDERSON, Nev.—Security Partners, a Lancaster, Pa.-based wholesale monitoring company, acquired equipment, accounts and staff of 1 Time, a third party central station based here, Mike Bodnar, president of Security Partners, told Security Systems News.An AES radio mesh network operated by 1 Time is part of the deal. The network is established throughout southern Nevada. “[It's] a great opportunity for our dealers, local and national,” Bodnar said.“I think the most attractive...

1 Time, Mike Bodnar, Security Partners


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Also Noted

SIA Government Summit takes on convergence of cybersecurity, physical security, law enforcement tech trends and more

March 27, 2015SSN Staff

WASHINGTON—The convergence of cybersecurity and physical security, funding for safe schools and law enforcement technology trends, including body-worn cameras, will be among the topics featured at the SIA Government Summit in June. Other topics include GSA contracting, securing the electric grid, smart buildings and air traveler safety. The summit, for security industry executives, integrators, sales and marketing professionals, federal employees and Congressional staff, will be held June 8-10...

Cybersecurity, physical security, SIA, SIA Government Summit


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

General News

ESX starts TechVision Challenge for Innovation Award winners

March 27, 2015Spencer Ives

BALTIMORE—The top 10 ESX Innovation Awards winners will compete in the new TechVision Challenge, what ESX Chair George De Marco describes as “a Shark Tank-style contest” at the show here June 23.The Innovation Awards judges will decide which innovators move on to the TechVision Challenge, a separate honor.Each contestant will have five minutes to present his or her innovative product to the TechVision Challenge panel of judges, or “sharks.” The number of judges for the...

ESX, George De Marco, Innovation Awards, Security Systems News, TechVision Challenge


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

General News

Emergency communications systems not mainstream—yet

March 26, 2015Kenneth Z. Chutchian

YARMOUTH, Maine—Providers and integrators of emergency communication systems (ECS) face a number of challenges when trying to establish or grow markets: It's not cheap to expand a fire alarm system into an ECS. Private companies are not required by law to have multi-faceted ECS or mass notification systems (MNS). And it's difficult to get excited about a security system designed for worst-case scenarios that nobody really wants to think about.Some ECS developers remain undeterred. Campus shootings...

Bob Kaczmarek, ECS, emergency communication systems, Farenhyt, Firetron, Honeywell, IHS, Jared Bickenbach, Justin Siller, Loren Schreiber


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

On The Editor's Desk

Who will be the top twitterer at ISC West this year?

March 25, 2015Martha Entwistle

The top Twitterer of ISC West 2014, in terms of both quantity and quality, was the Security Industry Association. Who will be the top Twitterer of 2015? Once again Security Systems News is sponsoring a Twitter Wall at ISC West. This year it will be located near the ISC West Media stage, just outside the entrance to the show floor. Stop by to check out real-time,140-character ISC West news and notes from a variety of sources. Better yet, join the conversation using this hashtag #ISCW15 Remember to...

ISC West, Security Systems News, SIA, Top Twitterer, Twitter Wall


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

News and Notes

Former ADT finance director wants to kick-start home security company

March 25, 2015Amy Canfield

Christopher Carney, a former director of finance M&A and director of finance, sales and marketing for ADT, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his new company, Abode Systems. The 45-day campaign aims to raise $100,000 by May 7 to bring the “new kind of home security and automation solution to market,” Carney said in a prepared statement. The solution “will put big security companies on notice,” he said. Carney co-founded Abode, based in Palo Alto, Calif., with Brent Franks,...

Abode Systems, ADT, Brent Franks, Christopher Carney, DIY, home security, Residential Security, salesforce.com, Security Systems News


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Monitoring Matters

New series 'On Location: Central Stations'

March 25, 2015Spencer Ives

The biggest step I have taken, so far, in learning about the industry has been visiting American Alarm and Communications, back in December. This helped me learn a lot more about this side of the industry, to see first hand how one central station handles things. Much like putting a face to a name, seeing the workings of American Alarm's central station helped me piece together a bit more about how the industry works. It then sparked the idea to start an occasional series of articles along the same...

American Alarm and Communications, Centra-Larm, Security Systems News


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Residential

LOUD Security to acquire three

March 25, 2015Amy Canfield

KENNESAW, Ga.—LOUD Security Systems plans to acquire three companies by June, according to owner and president John Loud.Acquisitions are key to the company's growth plan, Loud said, and with a new senior revolving line of credit from Capital One Bank, LOUD can pursue those goals.Previously, “the cost of money or availability of it was limited. Many times we had to forgo opportunities. But now we have significant financing available,” he told Security Systems News.Capital One and...

Capital One Bank, John Loud, Loud Security Systems


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

Suppliers

Axis introduces Zipstream for more compression

March 25, 2015Martha Entwistle

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—In what Axis' Fredrik Nilsson called a “major innovation that will fuel the growth of the [network video] market” Axis Communications launched Zipstream, a new compression technology, that it says consumes half of the storage and bandwidth of H.264.“We launched H.264 in 2008; people ask if Zipstream is as big of a deal? It's a bigger deal,” Fredrik Nilsson, Axis Communications GM Americas told Security Systems News.Why is it a bigger deal?Zipstream...

Axis, Fredrik Nilsson, H.264, Zipstream


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon

General News

News Poll: Cybersecurity is becoming a physical security matter

March 25, 2015Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—As cybersecurity becomes a common topic of conversation among physical security systems installers, Security Systems News asked its readers whether they're concerned about cybersecurity threats and what their companies are doing to safeguard themselves and their customers.Jeff Frye, Interface Security Systems VP, says that there are multiple reasons to be concerned with cybersecurity. “Internet of Things devices raise new threats. Many manufacturers lack a security practice....

Brad Zellers, BSN Security, Contava, Curtis Nikel, Cybersecurity, Interface Security Systems, Jeff Frye, Mark McCall, News Poll, Security Central


Read Full Articlered right arrow icon