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Worldwide is latest ‘search fund' acquisition deal

Novidam’s Schuil says ramping up access, video, interactive services on the to-do list
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02/03/2016

NEW YORK—The purchase of Worldwide Security by Novidam Capital Partners is the latest example of a “search fund” acquisition deal, a specialized finance model that brings entrepreneurs into the security industry.

Integrators and end users face off at TechSec

Five of Security Systems News’ ’20 under 40’ discuss the industry
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02/03/2016

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Leading integrators and end users from Security Systems News “20 under 40” Class of 2015 discussed how to deal with manufacturers, IT staff and each other in the Next Gen educational session, which took place Feb. 2 here at TechSec Solutions.

TechSec daily updates

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Monday, February 1, 2016

Day 2

The second—and final—day went really well down here in Delray Beach. The first session of the day was Ross Bourgeios, Assistant Chief of Public Safety, Mercedes-Benz Superdome/Smoothie King Center/Champion Square—all of the buildings on the Superdome campus. Bourgeios said he has "One of the coolest jobs in America." From Super Bowls to concerts, he has to figure out the security needs. "The security threat for Tool is different from the security threat for Barry Manilow."

"Cybersecurity threatens the physical security stronghold" brought attendees to look at the ways in which cybersecurity and physical security interact. Physical protection has a real impact on cybersecurity, Hikvision sales engineer Joe Coe pointed out. "If somebody gets access to [your equipment], they can install things locally that give them the ability to take that over." 

Panelists Michael Campbell, president and CEO of MachineShop, Brian Lohse, director of sales, Secure-I, and moderator Steve Van Till, Brivo CEO, presented the final session of this year's conference: "Internet of things today and tomorrow." According to Lohse, the "real magic" happens when data gathered from multiple IoT sensors gets analyzed and interpreted into valuable information for the users.

Day 1

The first day started with a great keynote from Tony Cassell, global security director for Dropbox. He emphasized that trust is key when building out a company’s security. At Dropbox, he was told he could pick and choose the technology. To instill trust, he made the process transparent, detailing why certain technologies could be good for the company’s growth, or exactly why they needed to be changed out for better ones.  

“Biometrics: Battle of the body parts” four distinct perspectives of biometric technology were presented: fingerprint, hand geometry, facial recognition, and iris scan, each represented by a manufacturer specializing in the technology. A panel of four SSN “20 under 40” winners, Class of 2015, crowned iris scan the winner. Though, an attendee poll indicated a favor toward facial recognition as the most prominent biometric in the future.

Matthew Slatoff, VP of global security and content protection, for Marvel Studios presented on what it takes to protect a big-budget movie. Sometimes this requires badging and CCTV—traditional security measures. But, when it comes to content protection, you might have to get more creative—like using large umbrellas or parking a big bus in the way to block paparazzi.

In “healthy and wise?” Ashley Ditta, from Brigham & Women's Faulkner Hospital and Christopher C. Moore, of Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Mass., talked about the specific challenges in securing a hospital. Ralph Nerette, director of security and emergency management for Dana Farber Cancer Institute, served as the moderator. Ashley brought up a tactic: following a specific technician regardless of company because they are the one who knows the building and its safety protocols.

Five of Security Systems News’ “20 under 40” winners, Class of 2015, talked about trends in the industry in “Next Gen integrators and end users face off.” A couple of the panelists said that relationships with manufacturers can help security companies and end users plan for the future by hearing about upcoming products.

The day wrapped up with the “20 under 40” reception. SSN was pleased to hand out awards to the 17 honorees who came to this year’s conference.

Monday, before the conference

I've made it down to Delray Beach, Fla., for this year's TechSec Solutions conference. To find out what's happening at the show, check back here for more information. 

Ten top integrators talk tech

Cybersecurity, video analytics and data analytics common, but many other technologies identified
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01/29/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—For the second year in a row, Security Systems News has asked 10 top integrators which technology trends they believe integrators should be paying attention to and why. Again this year, cybersecurity and cloud were among those top trends, but several other technologies were identified including video and data analytics, big data.

How I Use My System: Barry Chisholm

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01/26/2016

Barry Chisholm, regional sales manager for American Alarm and Communications, oversees sales in three of the company’s offices, including its headquarters in Arlington, Mass. Chisholm started in sales at American Alarm in December 2011, rising to his current position in 2013. He began his career at ADT in 1994. Security Systems News caught up with Chisholm in early January to talk about his home security system.

Five Questions: Annette El-Jor

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01/26/2016

Richmond Alarm is a full-service alarm company, founded in 1947, based in Midlothian, Va. The company monitors about 30,000 accounts from its own monitoring center—two-thirds of which are wholesale. Annette El-Jor recently joined the team as its operations manager, in charge of the technicians, service, installations, fire inspections, and inventory control. In early January, Security Systems News asked her five questions.

SSN readers look online for news

Readers’ interest in business news, new technologies, and industry analysis almost equal
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01/20/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—News happens daily in the security industry, and most of Security Systems News’ readers stay current through online sources and what’s sent out through email, according to SSN’s latest News Poll.

Meet Dropbox (and former Facebook) global security director at TechSec

Tony Cassell to deliver keynote address at TechSec Solutions
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01/13/2016

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Tony Cassell, global security director for Dropbox, will deliver the keynote address at TechSec Solutions, the industry’s premiere new and emerging technology conference, which will take place here Feb. 2-3.

Five Questions: Brad Duffy

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01/08/2016

Brad Duffy has been promoted from treasurer to third VP on the executive committee of the National Council of Investigative and Security Services. The NCISS committee’s main function is to monitor legislative and regulatory activities, investigations in the security industry and develop and encourage high standards of conduct. Duffy is president of the security division at Per Mar Security Services, based in Des Moines, Iowa. Per Mar installs and services security systems throughout the Midwest out of 23 branches. Security Systems News caught up with Brad to ask him five questions.

How I Use My System: Matt Mahar

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12/31/2015

As Vivint’s VP of consumer experience, Matthew Mahar said he is “obsessed with making sure that any consumer of smart home products gets the best experience that they can, in terms of usability, readability, enjoyment using the system, and … solving real problems.” He’s involved with both software and hardware design. Prior to starting at Vivint a year-and-a-half ago, Mahar worked with video game company EA Sports and at Nike. Security Systems News talked with him about his home system…

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