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News Poll: Casual and ‘fun’ is prevalent, helpful in the office

Some ‘focus on productivity over structure’
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12/08/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—John Loud, owner of LOUD Security believes that without a positive company culture, “nothing else matters.” SSN readers discuss Loud’s approach and issues such as cellphone policies and casual working environments in the latest SSN News Poll.

Security market confidence on rise

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New product introductions, sales and new orders drove SIA’s Security Market Index up to 74.6 in November, SIA reports.

That’s up from 72.3 in September and 62 in July.

Independent researcher Maddry Associates conducted the bimonthly Internet survey of nearly 100 executives from SIA member companies.

"Across the board, security companies indicated that they are feeling bullish about the performance of the security industry in the coming months," Ron Hawkins, SIA manager of special projects and partnerships, said in a prepared statement. "The survey's findings are consistent with the performance of the U.S. economy overall, with strong growth in the past two quarters providing hope that we are, perhaps, about to finally escape the post-Great Recession doldrums."

Executives participating in the survey gave this take on how they expected their companies to do during the next three months:

  • 38 percent, they would fare much better
  • 42 percent, a little better
  • 15 percent, no change
  • 4 percent, a little worse
  • 1 percent, much worse

The full results of the SIA Security Market Index are available to SIA members and can be found here.

B Safe acquires Dunlap Electronic Security

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11/26/2014

WILMINGTON, Del.—B Safe, a regional provider of security and fire alarms, has acquired Dunlap Electronic Security of Red Bank, N.J.

The purchase of Dunlap furthers B Safe’s growth plan, Philip Gardner, B Safe president, said in a prepared statement.

Scout Alarm system now shipping to crowdfund backers

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11/26/2014

CHICAGOHomesecurity systems provider Scout Alarm is finalizing partnerships with Lockitron and IFTTT that will allow consumers to integrate Scout’s home security product with Lockitron and IFTTT by the end of the year, according to Scout.

Helping building owners keep watch

SW24’s new offering for multi-family housing
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11/25/2014

NEW YORK—SecureWatch 24 used ISC East 2014 to showcase SecureWatchman, a new offering of customizable video analytic alerts for building owners.

New ASIS president named

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11/25/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Dave Tyson, senior director, information security and CISO for SC Johnson, will become president of ASIS in January.

Tyson has nearly 30 years of experience in enterprise security, ASIS says.

More on Honeywell Life Safety award ...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

I couldn’t resist. I wrote about Honeywell presenting its annual Life Safety award at its Connect2014 event a few weeks ago.

But when I received a photo from Honeywell from the awards ceremony and remembered the moving tribute, I had to repost with some more details to give this amazing kid as well as the outstanding first responders in Palm Bay, Fla., their due.

Six-year-old Romeo Rodriguez, one of the recipients of the award, was instrumental in saving his friend, an 8-year-old girl, Kathy. He found her unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool during a Memorial Day party. He swam to her, brought her to the surface and yelled for help.

Adults came to his assistance, called 911 and started CPR. A Palm Bay police officer, Amy Revis, was enroute. Upon her arrival, she instructed one of the adults to continue CPR while she applied an AED and followed its advice about how many shocks to give, if at all. Palm Bay Fire/Rescue arrived and took over. The girl started to show signs of life. She was taken by helicopter to a hospital and made a full recovery.

The young survivor was on stage at the Honeywell Connect2014 event to hand out the awards to her rescuers, and she gave a brief speech thanking them for the fact that she was alive. Romeo, who received a personalized fire helmet from the fire department in addition to his medal, showed grace and confidence way beyond his years in front of the audience of hundreds.

The audience, by the way, gave the first responders, the kids and the rescuing civilians a very long standing ovation.

Here’s an explanation of the event from TV news personality Larry King, who notes that it shows how a community “came together to save a young girl’s life.”

Bravo young Romeo, Roger Fox, Jana Watts, Officer Revis, Lt. Brian Gent, Driver Engineer Mike Kurrus and Firefighters Kevin Plunkett and Randy May. 

On this Thanksgiving week, I can truly say we here at Security Systems News are thankful for people like you.

Five Questions: Jack Johnson

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11/21/2014

Jack Johnson is Securadyne Systems’ new director of strategic sales. Previously, he was co-founder and VP of sales and marketing for Intelligent Access Systems of North Carolina, which was acquired by Securadyne in 2014. He also was co-founder of Entry Systems Inc., which specialized in nationwide sales, service and deployment of hotel locking systems. He has more than 35 years of experience in the industry. In October, Security Systems News caught up with Jack and asked him five questions.

‘Get with the social media program’

Company reputations, brands, customer loyalty—and sales—are at stake, pro says
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11/19/2014

ORLANDO, Fla.—Jeffrey Gitomer, best-selling author and sales and customer service professional, likes to quote Bob Dylan—a lot. “The times, they are a changin’,” he said during his keynote speech at Honeywell’s Connect2014, held here.

Alliance targets domestic violence

R.I.-based company provides free safeguards for victims
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11/19/2014

WARWICK, R.I.—Alliance Security, based here, is helping victims of domestic abuse with free installation, monitoring and maintenance of home alarm systems.

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