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News Poll: ADT and TycoIS' to look at small business

Smaller regional providers not too worried about ADT and TycoIS’ focus
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11/14/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Now that the non-compete between ADT and TycoIS has expired and both companies have indicated that they will go after the small business market, should regional security companies be nervous about losing market share to the big national? Not too much, according to the latest SSN News Poll.

Which generation is big on smart home technology?

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MADISON, N.J—Question: Who is most willing to spend money on smart home technology?

Answer: The Millennials, those consumers born between 1982 and 2000. That’s according to a recent survey conducted by ERA Real Estate and HGTV.

Overall, 2,437 consumers participated in the survey this past August.

Forty-six percent of the respondents said they believe it is important that their current home or the next home they buy be equipped with smart home technology; 51 percent said they would consider installing such technology to make their house have a higher resale value.

Millennials were 10 times more likely than Gen Xers, those born after post-WWII Baby Boomers, to make the smart home investment, the survey showed.

"While still a growing trend, smart home enhancements have the potential to increase savings, safety and resale value," Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate, said in a prepared statement. "As we have seen through this survey and (through) our one-on-one interactions with buyers and sellers, a smart home is one that is well-positioned for the future and aligns with a growing reliance on mobile technology."

Mobile technology and control are rising to the top, particularly with Millennials, the survey found. Seven in 10 Millennials believe it is important that smart home technology integrates with their smartphones.

Five in 10 survey respondents reported having a security system in their current home. Demonstrating consumers' practical preferences, the most commonly found technologies were those that could help homeowners save money, including automated climate control, energy management, remote home monitoring and lighting control systems, the survey said.

For more findings from the survey, go here.

SIA’s Education Interest Group to become SIA PASS

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11/06/2014

SILVER SPRING, Md.—SIA announced that its Education Interest Group, formed in 2013 to address school security issues, is now the SIA Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS).

Introduction and CSAA's rescheduled meeting

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

To formally introduce myself, my name is Spencer Ives and I’m the new associate editor here at SSN. I’ll primarily be covering the central station monitoring beat. I’m brand new to the security industry and am looking forward to getting to know you. I'm excited about writing about new developments in your businesses, the evolution of monitoring technology and general trends in the monitoring world. 

The first notable item that has cropped up under my watch has been the 2014 CSAA Annual Meeting being cancelled due to a hurricane in Bermuda. However, bouncing back, the CSAA has found a new time and place for the event: It will now be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at The Crystal City Marriott, 1999 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Va.

Elizabeth Lasko, VP of marketing and communications for CSAA International told me, “The difficulty was that we had two-and-a-half days of solid information sessions. Those can’t be rescheduled. ...We can’t get all 25 to commit to a second two-and-half day segment of time.” While, it may be scaled down, the meeting will go on. The CSAA Board of Directors Meeting will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the General Membership Meeting from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The "Monitoring Matters" blog is meant to be a forum for discussion. Please feel free to comment, and if you have news tips, suggestions for stories or if you simply want to introduce yourself, feel free to call me at 207-846-0600, ext. 254, or email me at sives@securitysystemsnews.com.

 

 

Protection 1 shines up its HALO

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Protection 1, responding to consumer demand to combine home security, home automation and energy efficiency, has added central alarm operator video alarm verification and other features to its HALO home automation platform.

Using a mobile app, residential users can control and manage interactive security, video monitoring and energy management solutions along with other connected devices. It’s powered by Alarm.com’s cloud-based software platform.

To reduce energy costs, sensor information learns a home’s activity patterns and creates “Smart Schedules” for efficient energy management, Protection 1 said in a prepared statement. That includes adjusting the thermostat to save energy when the customer is not at home and turns the heat back up when the customer is on the way home.

Customers also have the option of integrating solar energy into the system.

Five Questions: Josh Cummings

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11/03/2014

Josh Cummings recently was promoted to director, engineering services, for Minneapolis-based VTI Security. He is charged with engaging and coordinating the engineering activity in all VTI offices. He will report to Rick Allan, chief technology officer, and they will identify best practices, lead VTI’s technology decisions and guide the technical training needs for the company.

American Alarm’s N.H. move promotes its growth plan

Customer service, jobs should increase as a result, president says
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10/29/2014

ARLINGTON, Mass.—In keeping with its plan for aggressive growth, New England security provider American Alarm and Communications expects to increase its customer service capabilities and add jobs with a new and bigger New Hampshire office.

CSG buys two in Texas

Deal brings in 4,000 customers, $120,000 RMR; CSG also has new $325m credit facility
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10/29/2014

TULSA, Okla.—Central Security Group has added nearly 4,000 customers and RMR of $120,000 with its recent acquisition of two security and home automation providers, Dallas-based Fort Knox Security Services and SW Security Services.

Two new accolades for Genetec

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10/28/2014

MONTREAL—Genetec, a provider of unified IP security solutions, has recently received two honors.

New resi dealer eyes Southern California market for growth

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Monday, October 27, 2014

LONGVIEW, Wash.—Aaron Wenner, the owner of Universal Security and Alarm Inc., which got up and running here in April as an authorized Monitronics dealer, is looking to the Southern California market to expand, primarily because of “its nice, big retirement community.”

“Those door-knocking companies only work four to five months out of the year, but we need to work year round, especially when it gets darker earlier; these (retirees) are home during the day,” he said during an introductory phone call with Security Systems News.

Universal “doesn’t do a whole lot” of door-knocking,” although Wenner did when he worked for Utah-based NorthStar. He got tired of coming in “behind others who had totally ripped off customers,” he said.

The company, which promises “no sneaky fees,” has been doing well since its start-up, he said.

“We have a unique opportunity with Monitronics. We can sell our contracts to them or keep them for ourselves—it’s totally up to us which ones we keep,” he said. So far he has kept 200.

The company offers residential and commercial alarm systems, medical alert buttons and fire monitors to customers in Washington, Oregon and California. The wireless systems also provide remote access.

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