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Drako on Cobalt AI: ‘An open platform is a winning strategy’


Drako on Cobalt AI: ‘An open platform is a winning strategy’

June 5, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine — Dean Drako is a man with his thumb on the pulse of the security industry, and with his recent acquisition of Cobalt AI, he sees a diamond worth polishing.  The president and CEO of Eagle Eye Networks, IC Manage and Drako Motors, and now chairman of Cobalt AI, talked to Security Systems News (SSN) about this most recent addition to his portfolio, what drew him to the company and why he changed its name.  SSN: In a press release you mentioned that you were searching...

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cobalt AI, Dean Drako, Eagle Eye Networks (EEN), interview, Mergers & Acquisitions, monitoring, security industry, Security Systems News (SSN)

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Adams returns as DMP VP of sales

May 30, 2024SSN Staff

SPRINGFIELD, Miss. — Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) has announced that Jon Adams is returning to DMP as its vice president of sales. In his role Adams will oversee the sales department and direct initiatives to continue growth and development. “Jon brings a strong sales skill set, but most importantly, the ability to create sales strategy and develop a strong sales team to meet our goals,” said Rick Britton, DMP CEO. Adams’ early career began in central station...

Atlas Security, Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), Jon Adams, Rick Britton, security industry

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LLSSA hosts 2025 Dealer Conference

May 28, 2024SSN Staff

NATCHITOCHES, LA – The Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association (LLSSA) recently hosted its 11th annual 2025 Dealer Conference. Calling it a significant event in the life safety and security industry, the conference was held May 22-23, 2025, at the Natchitoches Events Center, welcoming a number of industry professionals, innovators, and policymakers. Attendees participated in a comprehensive program featuring sessions that offered Continuing Education Units (CEUs) toward LSPP license...

false alarm, Kenneth Kirschenbaum, life safety, Louisiana Life Safety & Security Association (LLSSA), security industry, threat detection

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Monitoring Matters

The nature of our emergency

May 22, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

The security industry has a problem, and unlike the title suggests an AI doctor probably isn’t going to fix it. In the past week I’ve probably seen half a dozen references to the shortage of manpower in the security industry. Which sector of the industry? All of it probably, but the two that stood out to me have been CISO’s and security operations centers personnel. Two cogs that are definitely needed for the larger machine to function, and currently AI isn’t...

Artificial Intelligence (AI), CISO, Cybersecurity, Fortinet, Jamison Peevyhouse, RapidSOS, security industry, security operations centers (SOC)

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Quarter pounded

May 8, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Dire continuity yields to the march of time as this week marks cleanup for the industry’s quarterly financial results. One more to go as of writing this and then the second quarter (Q2) 2024 begins for me in earnest, but most companies have probably been eager to get a jump on Q2 for some time now. It’s no secret that it’s been a rough financial quarter for everyone in one way or another, I don’t even think it’s confined to the security industry either! Go peek at...

2024, Financial Results, Resideo Technologies, Second Quarter (Q2), security industry, Snap One

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AU Global CEO Steve Jones Receives 2024 Excellence in Executive Leadership Award

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AU Global CEO Steve Jones receives 2024 Excellence in Executive Leadership Award

May 6, 2024SSN Staff

IRVINE, Calif. – In an awards ceremony held on May 6 at California State University, Fullerton, Allied Universal Global Chairman and CEO Steve Jones received the 2024 Excellence in Executive Leadership Award from the university’s Giles-O’Malley Center for Leadership. “I am honored to be recognized for the innovative strategies Allied Universal has implemented to further the security industry,” Jones said.  “Leadership and innovation have always held...

Allied Universal, Award, Giles- O'Malley Center for Leadership, security industry, Steve Jones

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NAPCO promotes two new sales directors

May 1, 2024SSN Staff

AMITYVILLE, N.Y. – NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc., has announced the recent promotion of two regional sales managers to sales director - Troy Bonanno, for NAPCO Security & Fire, and Rob Etmans for NAPCO Access Pro divisions. Stephen Spinelli, SVP of sales for NAPCO Security Technologies and its divisions, said, “Both these sales professionals, joined the company about four years ago, and in a relatively short time have distinguished themselves, with superior...

NAPCO Security Technologies, Rob Etmans, security industry, Stephen Spinelli, Troy Bonanno

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Securitas releases Global Technology Outlook Report

January 16, 2024SSN Staff

UNIONTOWN, Ohio – Securitas Technology has released its sixth annual Global Technology Outlook Report. According to Securitas the report features insights, trends, and data on a variety of security topics across all verticals. New to this year’s report is exclusive survey data from more than 900 security decision-makers from around the globe that reveals insights into new technologies, opportunities, and challenges in the security industry. "We're on a mission to become...

Global Technology Outlook Report, Securitas Technology, security industry, Tony Byerly

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With apologies to Carnac the Magnificent

January 3, 2024Ken Showers, Managing Editor

It’s finally 2024, and that means that I’ll be making good on my threats to discuss predictions and upcoming trends in the security industry this year. Not my predictions mind you, I will be putting other people’s predictions on blast anonymously, but I promise it will be just as entertaining. First up, a rapid surge of Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption by various businesses in 2024? That’s an easy one to predict of course, It’s surging right now! And was...

Artificial Intelligence (AI), convergence, Multifactor Authentication (MFA), Physical Security, security industry, Shooter Detection Systems (SDS), Stephen Carney

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SSN Interview with Barrier 1 Systems’ Mark Borto and Baxter Matthews


SSN interview with Barrier1 Systems’ Mark Borto and Baxter Matthews

September 30, 2023Ken Showers, Managing Editor

DALLAS – If there was one corner of the security industry that stood out at GSX this year it was companies offering physical barrier solutions like gates and bollards. Security Systems News (SSN) had the privilege of speaking with one such company, Barrier1 Systems, and its CEO Mark Borto along with the VP of Security Projects, Baxter Matthews. The following interview has been edited for length. SSN: Alright, gentlemen, why don't you tell me about Barrier1 Systems and what you've...

2023, Barrier1 Systems, Baxter Matthews, Global Security Exchange (GSX), Mark Borto, Perimeter Protection Group (PPG), Physical Barrier, security industry

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