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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…

Specifically Speaking with Andrew Wartell

Principal, Wartell Consulting: Security Analysis, Technology and Operations in Vienna,Va.
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12/31/2015

Tell me about your professional background before you started Wartell Consulting.

Industry gives thumbs-up to private equity

Only 12 percent pessimistic about PE
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12/16/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Private equity has a foothold in security, owning companies like Vivint, Protection 1 and CSG Security, but how does the industry really feel about private equity? Security Systems News’ latest poll showed that half of respondents have worked with private equity and most would consider selling their business to a PE group.

Panel: Biz can learn lessons from smart home tech

It should be easy to enter commercial market, they say
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12/15/2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—Smart home technology can and should bleed over into commercial market, especially for small business, according to three platform providers who spoke at the Cloud+ conference, held here.

Microsoft tells Cloud+ attendees to find the right cloud

Keynote Monica Hopelian cloud should be flexible, enterprise grade, secure
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12/09/2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—The cloud is here to stay, and physical security pros would be wise to get on it.

In the Big Easy, it's not always easy

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Just days before the 50th Super Bowl will take place, the assistant chief of public safety for New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome, which has hosted many of those spectacular games in the past, will discuss what goes into protecting thousands upon thousands of spectators.

Ross Bourgeois will speak at the TechSec Solutions conference on Feb. 3 in Delray Beach, Fla. The conference, presented by Security Systems News, will be held Feb. 2-3 at the Marriott there. The conference brings together security directors, integrators, installers, industry experts and advisors, manufacturers and consultants to look at where physical security is headed and how businesses can seize new opportunities.

Bourgeois, a former New Orleans police officer, will talk about what it takes to ensure safety at a decades-old venue in the heart of a “small big city.”

Bourgeois also is in charge of security for the downtown Smoothie King Center, home to Final Four college basketball championships and more, and Champion Square.

What does he seek to secure his urban facilities? What are his frustrations with the security industry? How does he meld customer service with making sure fans stay safe?

This interactive session will offer valuable information for those who work in other verticals.

Bourgeois is a 2015 SSN “20 under 40” End User award winner and will be honored, with his fellow awardees, at the conference.

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