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Residential

Alarm Detection Systems reaches 50th anniversary

August 29, 2018Spencer Ives

AURORA, Ill.—50 years ago, Bob Bonifas got started in the security industry with a Dictograph Security Systems franchise here, with the name Alarm Detection Systems.Prior to joining the security industry, Bonifas managed a grocery business and got his first taste of security when putting in a security system at a tavern across the street from the store.“We started out in Aurora. Having been in the grocery business, I was a businessman and new a lot of the business people. So, I focused...

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Residential

Alarm Detection Systems expands outside of Midwest

September 2, 2015Amy Canfield

AURORA, Ill.—In its biggest acquisition in 47 years, Alarm Detection Systems has acquired Safe Systems, a residential and commercial security business in Louisville, Colo.The buy expands the company's territory outside of the Midwest for the first time, adds more than 10,000 accounts to Alarm Detection's existing 30,000 and more than $500,000 to its previous RMR of $2.3 million, Ed Bonifas, EVP of Alarm Detection Systems, told Security Systems News.The two companies' central stations will stay...

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Monitoring

Monitoring companies called to action at NFPA meeting

June 15, 2015Spencer Ives

CHICAGO—Alarm monitoring organizations, including CSAA and IESA, are rallying the industry to vote on two motions at the NFPA's annual meeting, scheduled to take place June 25.“What's happening in Chicago is that some of these communities are operating their own monitoring centers. This [motion would change the NFPA code and] enable that community to have an effective monopoly on alarm monitoring,” Kevin Lehan, executive director for the Illinois Electronic Security Association...

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Monitoring Matters

Monitoring companies called to action on NFPA vote

June 3, 2015Spencer Ives

The alarm monitoring industry is taking notice of the NFPA. There are two motions proposed for vote at NFPA's meeting this year that could have a serious impact on the industry. This pair of motions directly refers to the NFPA 72 Nation Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, which, in the current draft of the 2016 edition states that listed central stations can be used for fire alarm monitoring. A group based in northern Illinois opposes this language, and seeks to alter it, giving local municipalities more...

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General News

How I Use My System: John Spooner

March 23, 2015Spencer Ives

John Spooner, executive VP for Alarm Detection Systems, based in Aurora, Ill., has been in the industry for 28 years. Spooner rose from service technician, to installation manager, service manager then to EVP of operations. Four years ago Spooner was appointed to his current role. In February, he talked with Security Systems News about the system he has at home.What kind of system do you have?I have a Honeywell VISTA-21ip with Tuxedo keypads. It's a graphic touch, it also has a web browser built...

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Monitoring

ADS creates six executive positions

February 13, 2015Spencer Ives

AURORA, Ill.—Alarm Detection Systems, based here, is seeking to strengthen its executive team by promoting six people to new roles.“Of the individuals that are being promoted a lot of them are on the monitoring side, and [that] has to do with account growth,” John Schwartz, marketing director for ADS, told Security Systems News.In 2013 the company listed about 27,000 accounts, split evenly between residential and commercial. The company has grown since, he said.These new positions...

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Monitoring Matters

New positions at ADS, Rapid Response

January 14, 2015Spencer Ives

Updated Feb. 13, 2015 Alarm Detection Systems, based in Aurora, Ill., sought to strengthen its executive team by promoting six people to new roles. And today, as I write this, Rapid Response is looking to fill 70 or more positions for its headquarters in Syracuse N.Y. As I'm looking over the current events of the industry, growth has been quite the theme, and these are companies that are growing by notable proportions. At ADS, Amy Becker will become VP and Controller; Nick Bonifas, Corporate Counsel;...

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Commercial

ASG buys in Louisiana, Florida

April 23, 2014Martha Entwistle

BELTSVILLE, Md.—Bolstering its platforms in Louisiana and Florida, super-regional security company ASG on April 22 announced two acquisitions: Alarm Detection Systems (ADS) of Houma, La., and Amsafe Security Systems, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.With these deals done, ASG is working “to build the territories to continue to grow internally, which is the thesis for all the companies we acquire,” Joe Nuccio, ASG CEO, told Security Systems News.Nuccio and other ASG executives, CFO Ralph...

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Fire Systems Installation

Fire monitoring in Illinois trending in industry's favor

February 12, 2014Tess Nacelewicz

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The Lemont Fire Protection District is ending its fire alarm monitoring program, citing a recent federal appeals court decision saying public entities can't monopolize such monitoring.Lemont's decision appears part of a growing trend of fire districts opening up to commercial competition as the result of the July 2013 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, said Kevin Lehan, executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA), based...

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Commercial

ADS buys in Wisconsin

January 10, 2014Leah Hoenen

AURORA, Ill.—With its acquisition of Apex Alarm Systems, Alarm Detection Systems deepened its presence in the southeastern corner of Wisconsin, while bolstering the services available to Apex's customers.The acquisition helps ADS, whose market saturation is mainly in northern Illinois, expand its footprint in the Kenosha area, where it already has some accounts, marketing director John Schwartz told Security Systems News.Located between Milwaukee and Chicago, Kenosha sits on the western shore...

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