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Pinky Swear

January 25, 2023Ken Showers, Managing Editor

It’s that time of the week where I look at what’s happening in the security world and I tell you what’s interesting. First up, I can’t believe I’m mentioning Pinkerton for a second time in this blog space. It’s kind of like seeing living dinosaurs, only for a second time now and they’re wearing people clothes. That is what I’m going to do, however, because the old once upon a time detective agency turned protection racket and corporate...

Barack Obama, Elon Musk, Pinkerton, Twitter


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Downloadable Content

January 18, 2023Ken Showers, Managing Editor

In the waning weeks of 2022 I briefly touched on some of the big trends I saw being prevalent in 2023. You’ve got things like Zero Trust security strategies, AI-enhanced security algorithms, cloud-based everything, but I neglected an important one I think, and that’s recurring revenue. I know because its something that’s come up multiple times in the past two weeks. NAPCO has credited its recent growth to recurring revenue, and in interviewing CEO Don Joos this past week its...

ACRE, ad-revenue, AI, cloud-based, Don Joos, Napco, recurring revenue, Security, Subscriptions, Zero Trust security


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Call Me, Call Me Any, Anytime

January 11, 2023Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Any time, any place, any day. A little Blondie to start things off. Our operators are ready to receive you, and if you hadn’t guessed it’s still a little quiet on the news front here. Everyone’s still in that holiday funk and trying to shake it off. Which is not to say there’s been no news, far from it! CES 2023 wrapped up this past week and we got a good look at the tech lineup for the coming year. For example, Ring announced the arrival of their security camera for cars....

ACRE, Arlo, Assa Abloy, Athena Security, Blondie, CES 2023, Don Joos, Euphy, Kaadas, Ring, security camera


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Watching the ball drop

December 30, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Happy New Year, or almost anyway! This will be my last blog for 2022 and what a year it’s been. I can honestly say I’ve never been without a topic of discussion every week, usually it’s a hard choice about what I should discuss. This week is no exception, but I’ve decided to talk about the ball being dropped, not the one in Times Square, but the one just south of me here on the border. Purely speaking as a security topic this is more national security than what I cover....

Border policy, deterrent, Doug Ducey, drone patrols, facial recognition, New Year, Security, security industry, Title 42


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Sleigh bells and whistles, or I’ll be home security for Christmas

December 21, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

By the time you’re reading this I’ll be gone. On a short holiday break of course, nothing nefarious. I should be right back into the saddle next week as we get ready to say our goodbyes to 2022, and what a year it’s been! Financial predictions for the security industry from physical to cyber says business is booming. AI-driven analytics appear to be the market to keep an eye on as we move into 2023, and global shake ups to hardware production might see a changing landscape...

Athena Security, infrastructure, physical security, security industry, Security Systems News


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The Season of Giving

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The Season of Giving

December 14, 2022Cory Harris, Editor

Ah, ‘tis the season of giving. It’s the middle of December, and that means it’s that time of year to take out your wallets and spend money on your loved ones for the gifts they have been yearning for. Or perhaps you plan on donating to your favorite charity, or giving a little something to a teacher, or the mailman, or the newspaper delivery person during the holiday season as a token of appreciation for what they do throughout the year. I’m definitely in the giving...

Security Systems News 40 under 40 Class of 2022


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Power Tripped

December 7, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Alternative title for this week’s blog? “Baby it’s cold outside”, especially if you happen to live in a particular county in North Carolina. You might have thought that Vivint’s acquisition would be my big topic, but I think I’m going to let that one stew for a week and see what shakes out of it. It’s also topical because we’re just days out of November, which was National Infrastructure Awareness Month. If you weren’t aware of national infrastructure...

domestic terrorists, Homeland security, Moore County, National Infrastructure Awareness Month, power grid, Security, Vivint


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As Falls Wichita, So Falls Wichita Falls

November 30, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

You’ve read that title right. I’ve got the dulcet plucking of strings by Pat Metheny going on in the background as I write this, and it’s a rambling title for a rambling blog which I'll be getting to, but for now think of this as a tale of two governments. On Nov. 25, the FCC voted to expand the ban on monitoring hardware from several different Chinese companies, chief among them Huawei, and other familiar names you have likely read on this site. While this might seem like...

Dahua, FCC, Hikvision, Homestead Strike, Huawei, Pat Metheny, Pinkerton, Securitas AB, security personnel, Telecommunications


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Thanks to you

November 22, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

That’s it, that’s the title. There’s nothing witty for you this week I’m afraid (though not for lack of trying). I’m taking this week to reflect on what we all have to be thankful for. For me, it’s the opportunity to share this blog space with you every week and discuss important topics in the security sphere and things adjacent. It’s only been a few months, but they’ve been great as I settle in with all my welcoming new co-workers. I’m also...

Community Service Trust, COVID-19, Qatar, Richard Fierro, Security, Thanksgiving, Thomas James, World Cup


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Poll Position

November 16, 2022Ken Showers, Managing Editor

Even now I hesitate to make any declaration, but ill just come out and say it. The U.S. midterm elections are over (barring a few outliers), and we came out unscathed from the ordeal. Now I’m going to look pretty stupid if a bunch of yee-hadi’s try to storm the Arizona State Capitol in the morning, but for the moment it seems like cooler heads have prevailed and we managed to have both safe and secure elections. I mean, there were some rumbles and stumbles in the lead up (My home state...

Arizona State Capitol, Dominion Voting Systems, election fraud, Security, U.S. midterm elections


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