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A mainstream view: What’s hot in home security?

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

If you’re too focused on industry news these days, as many of us tend to be—present company included—here’s a look at what at least one mainstream media outlet has to say about the latest in home protection.

“What was previously only possible in sci-fi movies is now becoming reality,” the Huffington Post said.

Sometimes it’s helpful to get a look at what the “real” people out there are hearing—and to learn from that. Some of these are big “duhs!” from you industry folks, but I do think it’s important to hear.

So here goes—the following is taking off in the form of home security, according to the Huffington report:

·      Remote monitoring.

·      Smart door locks

·      Home sensors

·      Smart garage systems

·      Fingerprint scanners, including fingerprint door locks

·      Smart cameras

·      Complete home automation system

The report goes on to say that “the digital revolution has made its way into our homes.” For you readers, I hope it makes an even bigger dent in the near future.

How I Use My System: Jeffrey Kahn


Jeffrey Kahn, COO for Wayne Alarm Systems, based in Lynn, Mass., started with the company in 2011. He has known Wayne’s president and CEO Ralph Sevinor for years, “I was at a company called Ultraguard Protective Systems, and we used Wayne as our monitoring center.” Security Systems News talked with Kahn about the system he uses at home.

Five Questions: Jason Sidok


Jason Sidok started working part time for his father’s security and fire alarm company, Home and Commercial Security, when he was 16. He recently was promoted to VP operations from director of customer support. In his new role, he will help manage daily operations, including the technical, sales and customer service departments, and is responsible for strategic goal setting and growth of the organization, as well as vendor relations, product lines, training and customer support and marketing. Security Systems News caught up with Sidok to ask him five questions.

Shannon Woodman joins CSAA executive committee


SEATTLE—Shannon Woodman, COO of Washington Alarm, based here, has joined the CSAA Board of Directors’ Executive Committee.

’20 under 40’ Class of 2015 winners show drive and enthusiasm


YARMOUTH, Maine—We are happy to present the “20 under 40” Integrators Class of 2015. See the list and links below: It’s another great class of talented young people. This is the eighth year we’ve profiled up-and-coming professionals in the security industry and it remains one of our favorite projects here at Security Systems News.

Former Dish Network exec named Tyco EVP and COO

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

CORK, Ireland—Tyco today announced it has named former Dish Network executive Robert E. Olson, 56, EVP and CFO effective in November. He will replace Arun Nayar, 65, who will retire at the end of the year.

Olson comes to Tyco from satellite communications company DISH Network, where he was EVP and CFO. From 2006-2008, Olson served as CFO of Trane Commercial Systems, the largest operating division of American Standard. He also served as EVP and CFO of AT&T's Consumer Services division and later its Business Services division. He  held leadership roles at American Airlines.  

Olson has a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Alabama and a Master's degree in business administration from UCLA.

Nayar will serve as an advisor until the end of the year when he will retire from Tyco. 

In a prepared statement George R. Oliver, Tyco's CEO said: "Robert's effective record in chief financial officer roles combined with his broad experience in service-oriented technology companies will be especially valuable as we grow our services and solutions businesses."

In connection with the announcement, the company reaffirmed its guidance of $0.60 to $0.62 of earnings per share from continuing operations before special items for the fourth fiscal quarter of 2015.

Stanley president Jim Cannon talks vertical markets, insights, standards

Cannon would like ‘one-third of future recruits to come from the military’

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Now in its “post acquisition chapter,” Stanley Security is making progress on its vertical market strategy and other internal performance and hiring initiatives, according to Stanley Security president Jim Cannon.

Per Mar gains resi clients

Acquisition of Minn. firm brings in thousands of accounts

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Super-regional Per Mar Security Services has acquired 2,000 accounts with its purchase of Northern Safety and Security of Bemidji, Minn.

Vivint latest big player to go ASAP

Company hopes to encourage more PSAPs

PROVO, Utah—Vivint in late September started planning its ASAP to PSAP adoption.

Was Umpqua’s mass notification system working?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The mass notification systems at Umpqua Community College in Oregon may have failed when a gunman killed nine people and injured another nine on the campus, according to a newspaper account.

The Oregonian/Oregon Live reported that three associate professors said they did not receive a notification on their computers, and two of them said that, even being enrolled in campus alert system, they did not receive any text messages as promised under the system. They said they did receive one warning “sent manually” from a secretary after police arrived, the newspaper said.

Umpqua college leadership told the paper it is too early to tell about the extent—if any—of emergency notification malfunctions.

If we’ve heard anything, time and time again, especially from end users at our TechSec conference, it’s that all the best security equipment in the world is for naught if proper protocol is not in place.

Granted, this mainstream media article doesn’t get into the details, and I truly hope an emergency notification meltdown didn’t happen. It’s just such a tragedy, and this is where emergency notification comes into play in such an important way.

Security Systems News sends its condolences to those affected by this terrible event.