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Becklar, LLC closes with BV Investment Partners

July 14, 2020SSN Staff

OGDEN, Utah—Parent company of both AvantGuard Monitoring Centers and Freeus, Becklar, LLC partnered with Boston-based BV Investment Partners.“We are very excited to join forces with BV,” Josh Garner, CEO, Becklar, said in the announcement. “They are a leading middle-market private equity firm that focuses on tech-enabled business services, software and IT services sectors. Their strategic perspective will benefit us immensely. Further, our partnership will allow Becklar to continue its...

AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, Becklar, BV Investment Partners, Freeus, mobile PERS


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Freeus, LLC launches next generation Belle mPERS

May 6, 2019SSN Staff

OGDEN, Utah—Freeus, LLC, a wholesale mobile personal emergency response system (mPERS), announced the launch of the next generation of BellemPERS, certified on the Verizon 4G LTE network. This device offers the same low-maintenance, easy-to-use features as previous Belle products, along with state-of-the-art hardware and firmware, and IP67 water-resistance.“We are proud to offer the next generation of Belle to provide a solution for the forthcoming 3G turndown,” said Freeus COO,...

Brock Winzeler, Freeus, mobile medical alerts, mPERS, Orion IoT, PERS, Verizon, Verizon 4G LTE


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Familiar faces are new owners at AvantGuard, Freeus

January 24, 2018Spencer Ives

OGDEN, Utah—On Jan. 1, executives from AvantGuard and Freeus became part owners of a newly formed holding company called Becklar.“Prior to this, I was the sole shareholder of the company, and when you just are surrounded by really great people who are working so hard to contribute to the company's success, I felt like I needed to reward and compensate them in different ways,” Josh Garner, CEO of Becklar, told Security Systems News.Garner was the sole owner of Golden Aide—the...

AvantGuard, Becklar, Freeus, Josh Garner


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Freeus starts PERS University

August 30, 2017Spencer Ives

OGDEN, Utah—Freeus, an mPERS manufacturer based here, will be offering dealers education on how to enter and grow in the personal emergency response system space, called PERS University. Freeus will offer webinars, videos, one-on-one guidance and marketing materials.“There's so many people wanting to get into the medical alert business today. Many people are looking at it—they're not sure where to start,” Arthur Von Ahnen, Freeus' new business account executive and PERS...

Arthur Von Ahnen, Brock Winzeler, Freeus, mPERS


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Monitoring

Apple Watch SOS and mPERS: Apples and oranges?

July 14, 2016Spencer Ives

YARMOUTH, Maine—On first inspection, the Apple Watch's newly announced 'SOS' feature may seem similar to an mPERS device, but PERS experts who spoke to Security Systems News said comparing an Apple Watch with an mPERS device is like comparing apples and oranges.Apple in June announced new features for its Apple Watch 2, which its expects to release later this year. Here's how the Apple Watch SOS feature works: If an Apple Watch user holds down the device's side button, nearby emergency services...

Affiliated Monitoring, Apple, Brock Winzeler, Daniel Oppenheim, Freeus, Instant Care, mPERS, Nortek, PERS, Rich Darling


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Monitoring Matters

Industry reacts to Apple, other possible PERS threats

June 29, 2016Spencer Ives

In last week's Monitoring Matters blog, I discussed the Apple Watch's new SOS feature, and its similarities and differences between PERS functions. A few security professionals took me up on the opportunity to respond. Daniel Oppenheim, VP of Affiliated Monitoring, said that the heightened consumer awareness of personal emergency features could grow the market, instead of cannibalize it, and that the demographics are different. “I think the Apple Watch, specifically, is for a more mobile, more...

Affiliated Monitoring, Amazon, Apple, Brock Winzeler, Daniel Oppenheim, Freeus, Instant Care, Rich Darling


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Market Trends: The golden years of the PERS market

April 20, 2016Kenneth Z. Chutchian

YARMOUTH, Maine—The users of personal emergency response systems (PERS) are getting younger. They are generally technologically savvy. The technology is getting more advanced. And so monitoring stations, manufacturers and dealers have reasons to believe the golden age of PERS market growth has begun.Except, of course, free markets are ultimately run by people, not data. And people complicate things.The PERS market has the type of demographics that grab the attention of venture capitalists,...

AvantGuard, Brock Winzeler, Bryan Stapp, EssenceUSA, Freeus, Medical Care Alert, mPERS, Nortek Security and Control, Numera, PERS


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Freeus more than doubles customers in post-acquisition year

March 30, 2016Spencer Ives

OGDEN, Utah—Since Freeus' acquisition of Securus' PERS assetsin early March 2015, the company has doubled its customer base and now has more than 100 dealers.“In the last year, Freeus has grown from a subscriber base of 30,000 active users to over 75,000 active users,” Brock Winzeler, GM at Freeus, told Security Systems News.Winzeler said that the company's unique Orion platform and competitive pricing led to this growth.“Some partners that are activating large quantities...

Brock Winzeler, Freeus, mPERS, Securus


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Monitoring Matters

News with Securus' buyers

March 30, 2016Spencer Ives

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about Securus and the two companies that acquired its assets. Securus, a company focused on GPS tracking and PERS, was divided and sold in two parts in the first quarter of 2015. The PERS side of the business was sold to Freeus, a newly founded sister company to AvantGuard, formed for the purpose of acquiring this part of Securus. BrickHouse Security acquired the GPS business. I find this interesting lately because BrickHouse yesterday started a Kickstarter to fund...

BrickHouse Security, Freeus, mBand, mPERS, Securus


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SSN '20 under 40' winner launches new mPERS company

March 23, 2016Spencer Ives

PHOENIX—Nicole Swartwout, one of SSN's “20 under 40” Class of 2015 award winners, has co-founded CallSafe, an mPERS provider based here.Previously, Swartwout co-founded CallTeks Security, the sister company to CallSafe.Swartwout told Security Systems News that she has been looking into the mPERS space for a couple of years. “When I brought it to my company—we are so heavily involved. I felt that mPERS was going to be muddled down in the offerings, and not something...

AvantGuard, CallSafe, CallTeks, Freeus, mPERS, Nicole Swartwout


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