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My Alarm Center awards annual scholarships


NEWTON SQUARE, Pa.—My Alarm Center awarded Kristin Hand its annual $1,000 scholarship. Hand, from Baxley, Ga., is studying criminal justice with hopes of being a lawyer, according to a recent statement from My Alarm Center.

Business mogul Branson, others, invest in smart doorbell


SANTA MONICA, Calif.—A start-up based here that sells a smart doorbell recently received a lot of help—$28 million—from business mogul Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group; home builder J.F. Shea Co.; and home insurer American Family Insurance Group.

Georgia firm acquires, changes name


METTER, Ga.—Pineland Technology Solutions, based here, has purchased Southeastern Alarm & Technologies, also based in the area, and will now do business as Southeast Fire & Burglar Alarm Company.

Increased security at the movies


DEDHAM, Mass.—In response to recent acts of violence at movie theaters, Northeast chain Showcase Cinemas started prohibiting moviegoers from bringing backpacks into the theater.

Airline swaps boarding passes with biometrics


SEATTLE—Alaska Airlines recently tested replacing boarding passes with fingerprint scans, USA Today reported.

Durant joins Sandra Jones and Company


CHARDON, Ohio—Charles Durant, attorney, accountant, investor and security industry veteran has joined Sandra Jones and Company to provide clients with customized transition support and exit strategy services, the company said in a prepared statement.

Advanced secures Magna Carta


HOPKINTON, Mass.–Advanced, a fire systems business, is protecting an 800-year-old historic document—the Magna Carta.

COPS Monitoring adds industry vets to staff


WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J.—COPS Monitoring recently added two former alarm company owners to its executive team.

"We’re excited to welcome Ernie Gambone and Charlie Crenshaw to our team," Jim McMullen, COPS Monitoring’s president and COO, said in a prepared statement.

Mission 500 nears fundraising goal for September event


RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—Mission 500’s first Security Industry Softball game, featuring two teams of 15 security industry professionals, is approaching t

Security Central is now CSAA Five Diamond certified


STATESVILLE, N.C.—Wholesale monitoring center Security Central on July 10 achieved CSAA Five Diamond certification.