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Archive: March 2018


On The Editor's Desk

Spending bill provides funding for school safety

March 28, 2018Paul Ragusa, Editor

School safety grants administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)—a major policy priority for the Security Industry Association (SIA) since 2008—will provide $25 million immediately, and $33 million annually, as provisioned in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, which was officially signed into law by the president earlier this week. The new law provides $25 million immediately for school security technology and equipment in addition to emergency communications systems...

School safety and security, SIA


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Monitoring Matters

SentryNet to host 23rd SentryCon

March 28, 2018Spencer Ives

BILOXI, Miss.—As SentryNet is preparing to host its 23rd annual SentryCon, in Biloxi, Miss., from April 23-26, I thought it would be a good time to hear more about the event, its history and what the company is planning for this year. Peggy Page, marketing manager for SentryNet, and Julie Beach, STANLEY Security's vice president of Sonitrol and SentryNet dealers sales, each shared their perspective on the upcoming conference. Speakers come from both in- and outside of the industry, according...

Julie Beach, Peggy Page, SentryCon, SentryNet, Stanley Security


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General News

Five Questions: Ronald Virden

March 28, 2018Paul Ragusa, Editor

Ronald Virden was recently appointed COO for ACRE, a global provider of security products and solutions for the access control, intrusion, smart traffic and video surveillance markets. Virden is a seasoned global executive with extensive experience with Fortune 50 organizations, including most recently at UTC. Security Systems News asked him five questions.Are you married? Kids?I have been married to my wife Eileen for 26 years. We have two kids. My daughter, Kate, just got married a month ago, and...

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Residential

Parks announces keynotes for connected home conference

March 28, 2018Paul Ragusa, Editor

DALLAS—Parks Associates, an IoT research firm based here, recently announced the full keynote lineup for its 22nd annual CONNECTIONS: The Premier Connected Home Conference, May 22-24 in San Francisco, which features executives from Comcast, Google, Intel, Samsung and T-Mobile.In conjunction with the conference, Parks will delve into newly published research around the smart home, including home security.“It's going to be a great event and we have new research to share about consumer adoption...

Elizabeth Parks, Parks Associates


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General News

AI and smart homes: We may not notice the future

March 28, 2018Kenneth Z. Chutchian

The Jetsons are not walking through your front door anytime soon. Or perhaps they're already here and you don't remember life without them. That's the way technology blends into our lives, often without a formal invitation. The security industry knows this.Industry experts interviewed by Security Systems News agree that most of us take for granted the ways in which artificial intelligence has changed our lives at home. They don't necessarily agree on the speed of change over the last five to 20 years,...

alarm.com, Brad Russell, Jeremy Warren, Parks Associates, Sridhar Solur, Vivint, Xfinity Homes and Data Services. Jeff Bedell


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General News

A security company's three keys to compete

March 28, 2018Gretchen Gordon

What does it take to be successful in the noisy, competitive security market? Based on the data we have on over 4,000 security salespeople, it takes three key competences, “Hunter,” “Qualifier,” and “Consultative Seller.” I thought it would be fun to dive into that data further for more insights.Where Are the Hunters? Security company owners frequently seek our help because they are frustrated their salespeople just don't hunt. After analyzing the data, I am not...

Braveheart Sales Performance, Gretchen Gordon


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Monitoring

DICE announces new mass notification system

March 28, 2018Spencer Ives

BAY CITY, Mich.—DICE on March 21 formally announced its new mass notification service, Matrix SMS Check-In, which is now available.“This allows you to mass notify groups of people or your entire company,” Cliff Dice, company president and CEO, told Security Systems News. “This is our first venture into mass notification.”The company initially developed the system for an oil company and other Fortune 500 companies. Beta testing ran for about six months, according to Dice,...

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Monitoring

Bold adds a new data center

March 26, 2018Spencer Ives

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bold Technologies recently announced that it is adding a second data center in Los Angeles to support its Manitou Cloud Service.Having a second data center will essentially double the company's footprint and “allow us to offer different things like being a large center's secondary location. … A lot of these large central stations are purchasing—or they're going to have to purchase—a second facility to meet the new UL spec. We can actually act as that...

Bold Technologies, Shaun Blair


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Also Noted

SIA establishes Women in Security Forum

March 22, 2018SSN Staff

SILVER SPRING, Md.—SIA announced on International Women's Day, March 8, the establishment of the SIA Women in Security Forum to support the participation of women in the security industry. Through programs, professional development and networking events, the committee will engage members, both men and women, who share this goal. The inaugural steering committee for the SIA Women in Security Forum includes: Elaine Palome, Axis Communications; Chelsea Render, Bosch; Kelly Bond, Brivo; Vicky Lowe,...

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Also Noted

ASSA ABLOY Academy launches to help security professionals

March 22, 2018SSN Staff

NEW HAVEN, Conn.—ASSA ABLOY recently announced the launch of ASSA ABLOY Academy, a consolidation of its robust training programs that enable security professionals to be more effective at their job of protecting both people and places. The program offerings are highlighted on a new website at www.assaabloyacademy.com/americas, which features an upgraded learning management system to streamline coursework through an enhanced user interface. The Academy features all of the existing content from...

Assa Abloy, ASSA ABLOY Academy, Mark Brewer, Sean McGrath


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