SSN Staff  - 
Wednesday, January 1, 2003

CompTIA, IHA launch certification program

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -A new home technology certification has been introduced that is designed to credential technicians who install and maintain networked home security, entertainment and environmental systems.

The Home Technology Integrator (HTI+) certification was developed by the Computing Technology Industry Association and the Internet Home Alliance, as well as  other companies such as Honeywell, Gateway Computer, Cisco Systems and CompUSA.

Large service organizations are expected to begin certifying technicians in 2003.
Brink’s Home Security parent sells coal biz

RICHMOND, Va. -Brink’s Home Security’s parent company, The Pittston Co. said in mid-December that it had completed the sale of most of its coal operations in Virginia, and would now focus on its other businesses, including the home security division and BAX Global, an air-freight company.

The coal operations were sold to subsidiaries of Alpha Natural Resources LLC, an affiliate of a Greenwich, Conn. company and garnered about $50 million, according to published reports.

About 900 people worked for the company in coal mines in three Southwest Virginia counties, including Russell, Dickenson and Wise counties.

Brink’s Home Security has about 750,000 customers in North America.
ADS takes home award from First Alert

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -ADS Security was awarded the 2002 Technical Award at the First Alert International dealers conference in November in Orlando, Fla., where ADS was represented by 32 employees.

The award was given to ADS to honor its installation and service record, company officials said.

The First Alert program has more than 300 dealers in the U.S., Canada, Central and South America, U.K. and in Europe.