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Qolsys, new home security/automation manufacturer, launches in Vegas

‘All in one’ IQ Panel, made by Foxconn, works on and Android

LAS VEGAS—The home security and home automation space has a new player: Qolsys. Based in Silicon Valley, the company introduced its first product, the 7-inch touch-screen IQ Panel, at ISC West today.

Security expertise ‘not paramount’ for next Diebold CEO

Thomas Swidarski steps down amid poor earnings forecast

CANTON, Ohio—Diebold CEO Thomas Swidarski resigned Thursday and a search for a replacement is under way. In that search, security industry expertise may be a plus, but it is "not paramount," a Diebold spokesman told Security Systems News.

HID Global completes NFC-enabled smartphone pilot at two enterprise businesses


IRVINE, Calif.—HID Global on Sept. 25 announced the completion of two pilot programs validating how Near Field Communication (NFC)-enabled smartphones allow employees to open doors with a mobile device.

SSN News Poll: Companies get set for ISC West in 2018

Respondents show interest in The Connected Security Expo @ ISC West

YARMOUTH, Maine—ISC West 2018, which will be held in Las Vegas from April 11 through 14, is one of the biggest trade shows and gathering points for the security industry. From mid-February to mid-March Security Systems News gathered opinions from its readers on the upcoming show.

How I Use My System: Mark Ein


Mark Ein, chairman of Kastle Systems, recently told Security Systems News about the security system he has at his home.

Planning underway for ISC West 2018

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Just over a month from now the Security Systems News team will be making our way to Las Vegas for this year’s ISC West Conference. That means that planning has certainly begun for exhibit floor visits and other commitments at the show.

My primary focus in the security space is the world of alarm monitoring. So, if you are a monitoring center, or are related to that side of the industry, and would like to meet up at the show, feel free to email me at It would be great if you’d also tell me a bit about what your company is planning for the show this year.

Though, I’m interested in many other areas of security as well. If you don’t fit in the above category, feel free to email me just the same. Be sure to include an overview of your company and what you'll be discussing at the show.

We've also got this month's SSN News Poll asking about companies' plans for the show. Are you planning to attend ISC West 2018? ISC West hosts several expos during the show—which interests you? How many people is your company sending to the show? Feel free to share your thoughts here

Whether we've spoken at each ISC West since my first in 2015, or if we haven't yet met, I hope to see you in Las Vegas come mid-April.

Five Questions: Greg Peninger


Greg Peninger was recently hired as Dynamark Security Centers’ director of sales for the southern region of the United States, which covers from Texas to Florida. Peninger’s role will cover account management as well as growing within the territory. He is based outside of Austin, Texas. Peninger has been in the industry for more than 20 years and has owned his own security and home automation company. In late January, Security Systems News asked him five questions.

How I Use My System: Teresa Gonzalez


Teresa Gonzalez became the president of United Central Control in 2008. Lydia Security Monitoring acquired UCC in January 2016 and Gonzalez continues to lead the brand. Gonzalez talked with Security Systems News in early December about her home security system and what she likes about it.

Specifically Speaking with Brandon Frazier

Senior technology consultant, Elert & Associates Technology Consultants, based in Stillwater, Minn.

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How does the cloud impact video surveillance?

SMEs discuss the impact cloud has at Cloud+

AUSTIN, Texas—Several professionals in video surveillance—bringing expertise in verification, data storage, consumer video and professional video—gathered here at Security Systems News’ third annual Cloud+ to discuss how the cloud will impact camera technologies.