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Women in Security: The Protection Bureau, 40 years and going strong

November 29, 2016Paul Ragusa, Editor

EXTON, Pa.—The Protection Bureau, a national security integration company based here, is a family-run business with more than 40 years of success serving both the residential and commercial security markets.Founded in 1975 by Keith Ladd, who passed away in 2009 at age 74, the company is now led by his son J. Matthew Ladd, president and CEO, and daughter, Karen Baker, SVP, who together continue to take the company to new heights.The Protection Bureau, which has approximately 95 employees and...

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On The Editor's Desk

The Protection Bureau moves into Virginia

August 19, 2015Martha Entwistle

Systems integrator The Protection Bureau has opened a new branch office in Richmond, Va. I talked to Matthew Ladd, CEO of The Protection Bureau, about the new office today. “We had an opportunity that came to us with people in Richmond who wanted to work for the Protection Bureau,” he said. The integrator has 152 clients in the area and has had “an ongoing service need in region,” he said. “It was the perfect fit and opportunity. It made sense to open a branch office...

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Force Security: Audio and video verification essential

July 2, 2014Martha Entwistle

MANASSAS, Va.—Force Security president Ken Kocher is a former cop who believes audio and video verification are essential elements of an effective security system.“If a customer doesn't want a verified system, we walk away,” Kocher told Security Systems News. If a potential customer insists on an intrusion-only system, “I make them sign a waiver that says they understand this is only a reactive system,” he said.Less than one percent of Kocher's customers opt for the...

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General News

Integrators eye iris recognition once more

September 17, 2013Martha Entwistle

YARMOUTH, Maine—Iris recognition technology is highly reliable and it's been available for years. But until recently, it's also been high priced and a technology that some people are uncomfortable interacting with. As a result, iris recognition's use in recent years has been limited to high-security locations such as hospital laboratories and data centers or niche applications where other biometrics, such as fingerprint, won't work.However, as prices plunge and the technology becomes less invasive,...

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Valenteen returns to The Protection Bureau

July 17, 2013Leif Kothe

EXTON, Pa.—She's back. A few things might have changed during Wanda Valenteen's two-year hiatus from the monitoring world, but the evolution of the industry, no matter how difficult to stay abreast of, is nothing compared to her experiences away from the professional sphere.From 2006 to 2011, Valenteen was central station manager at the Protection Bureau, based in Exton, Pa. She had a background in call center management, having worked previously in retail customer service. While valuable,...

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20 Under 40

'20 under 40' 2013 - Bill Fisher

June 11, 2013Leif Kothe

Bill Fisher, 36Central station manager, The Protection BureauExton, Pa.How did you get into the security industry?Prior to coming to The Protection Bureau I was in the jewelry business, and my big push came when I needed something more interesting that I could really dig my brain into—something that would challenge me more. I got an entry-level position as an operator, which was a really good icebreaker into the industry because it's where the rubber meets the road. I was the person actually...

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Employee initiatives increase profits at The Protection Bureau

April 24, 2013Martha Entwistle

EXTON, Pa.—Sharing business metrics with employees and seeking input on ways to be more efficient has increased profitability for The Protection Bureau, an integrator based here.“We have a huge wall on our office filled with graphs and metrics and the employees are challenged to look at them and come back to us with suggestions,” explained Matthew Ladd, CEO and president of The Protection Bureau.“The results have been amazing,” Ladd said. For example, an initiative...

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Security-Net: Making national accounts work for everyone

July 18, 2012Martha Entwistle

EXTON, Pa.—In existence for nearly 20 years, Security-Net is a $388 million national integration company made up of 19 independent integrators. Nineteen independent companies working together makes for a formidable national accounts provider, executives from member companies tell Security Systems News.“There are no weak branch offices,” said Matthew Ladd, CEO of The Protection Bureau.The company has an impressive list of national account customers including Sallie Mae, a project...

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Monitoring Matters

The best of ESX: And the winners are ...

June 27, 2012Rich Miller

Just off the show floor after a very busy Wednesday at ESX, starting with the CSAA Excellence Awards Breakfast. There were a number of great seminars throughout the day and the floor was abuzz with networking. I assume everyone saved a little energy for the ESX Crawl I'm about to get out there myself to sample a little of that Nashville hospitality, but I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the award winners who highlighted the day. For those who might have missed it: CSAA Central Station of the Year:...

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Virtual roundtable on new and emerging technologies

March 23, 2012Martha Entwistle

YARMOUTH, Maine—PSIM, cloud-based services, mobile apps, video analytics, identity management and access control—such new and emerging technologies and issues are changing and shaping the industry. Which ones are advancing most rapidly and are the most important? And what other new technology trends are on the horizon?Security Systems News recently posed those questions to a panel of industry experts who agreed to participate in a virtual roundtable discussion on new technologies. Find...

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