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Get your new product listed in SSN's ASIS show products section

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Manufacturers: Do you have a new product that you'll be introducing at ASIS this year? Would you like to have it appear in the September issue of Security Systems News in the ASIS show products section?

Just follow the simple instructions below, and get all the material to us before the August 10 deadline.

Is the August 10 deadline firm? Yes.

All companies exhibiting at the show can submit a product that is making its debut at ASIS 2012 in September. Companies that have more than one division may submit one product for each division.
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> To take advantage of this free editorial opportunity, please send an email with the following information in the body of the email to cdaggett@securitysystemsnews.com
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> 1. Company name (to be published)
> 2. New product name (to be published)
> 3. Description of new product (no longer than 75 words)
> 4. Photograph of your product, 300 dpi or better. This is optional.
> 5. Web site (to be published)
> 6. Company telephone number—only ONE please (to be published)
> 7. ASIS Booth number (essential; you must be exhibiting at ASIS)
> 8. Contact number at your company for follow up. (This will not be published and we’ll only contact you if we have questions or a problem.)
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> The firm deadline is August 10. Space in the print issue is limited, and products will be listed in the order in which we receive them so get your information in early.
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> Questions? Please contact Cath Daggett, advertising coordinator for SSN and SDN. Her number is 207-846-0600, ext. 300, and her email is cdaggett@securitysystemsnew.com.

Cooper Notification solution weathers storm in nation’s capital

More than 4 million emergency messages help residents in region during severe thunderstorm and aftermath
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07/17/2012

LONG BRANCH, N.J.—A rare and unusually destructive thunderstorm complex hit the nation’s capital and surrounding communities on June 29, causing a mass outage of 911 systems in some areas.

iControl helps Silicon Valley traveler keep in touch

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Monday, July 16, 2012

iControl, an interactive platform used for security/home automation by traditional security companies like ADT and the new cable entrants like Comcast, got a nice mention on the front page of the New York Times travel section yesterday.

The story, about how Silicon Valley entrepreneurs’ make travel paperless and stress-free, talks about Tim Ferris (author of The Four-Hour Work Week and other books in an updated self-help genre) has many gadgets that help him when he’s traveling, including iControl software—which keeps him in touch with his home.

From the story: “One of the world’s largest guarding companies When he’s on the road Mr. Ferriss uses iControl software, which allows him to receive e-mails with video clips from infrared cameras in his house and to receive text alerts on his phone about who’s going in and out of his home.”

Is Tim’s security system provided by a traditional provider or a cableco? I’m sure iControl wouldn’t disclose the answer to that question.

Guarda acquires McKinnon

McKinnon is $18m guard company, specializes in mining industry
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07/16/2012

MONTREAL—In a deal that will help it take advantage of the expansion of mining in the province of Quebec, Guarda Security Solutions on July 13 announced the acquisition of McKinnon Services.

House passes Secure Border Act

Bill goes to Senate with provisions important to security industry
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07/16/2012

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association announced some good news for the industry in June: The House has passed H.R. 1299, the Secure Border Act.

OV, Vivotek reach agreement

ITC trial involving Bosch, Samsung set for this week
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07/16/2012

RESTON, Va.—Video analytics provider Object Video announced in June that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with Vivotek. Meanwhile, its patent battle with major video surveillance providers Samsung and Bosch will continue, with an International Trade Commission trial scheduled to begin this week.

Study: PSIM market to grow to $2.8b by 2021

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Thursday, July 12, 2012

A couple days after PSIM maker VidSys touted one aspect of the new Frost & Sullivan PSIM study, F&S itself today sent out a release about this study.

The projections are most interesting part of the release, I think. F&S projects the global PSIM market is set to grow from a $142.9 million in 2011 to a $2.79 billion by 2021.

When I spoke to VidSys CTO James Chong the other day, he said that his company’s commercial business is on the rise. The Frost & Sullivan study says that’s the way it’s going to go. Revenue generation from will shift from solely to include more critical infrastructure to first responders and commercial entities in the future.  

The biggest driver will be “word of mouth” about PSIM capabilities, the study says.  Frost and Sullivan even gave that phrase its very own acronym—“WOM.”  That’s a new one for me.

There’s not a lot of WOM yet, because most enterprises are still grappling with the convergence of physical security and IT security.  

From the news release: "The majority of security integrators are focused on solutions they are used to and their unwillingness to learn information technology and implement software products is restraining the PSIM market," explains [Krzysztof] Rutkowski. "This is a major challenge because awareness of customers may not be improved by the systems integrators."

As such, being a well established player in the PSIM and security market is crucial for market success. Value added products will be able to capture more of the market share.

"Being well recognized in the market sends a positive message to the customers on expertise and future reliability in terms of installation and upgrades support," says Rutkowski. "Another key aspect to success is the value a PSIM provider can add to the solution i.e. a computer-aided dispatch (CAD) option or a command and control (C2) centre."

The study advises video and access control systems companies to "tie up with PSIM players" to avoid being edged out.
 

RMR Capital Group launches at ESX

New lender’s sweet spot is $150k to $500k
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07/11/2012

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn.—Saying there’s a “glaring need for capital” among small and mid-sized alarm companies, another new lender has entered the security space: RMR Capital Group.

Telguard offers dealers incentive to go to 3G

Protection from ‘2G sunset’ worth up to $25 per unit
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07/11/2012

ATLANTA—Telguard Corp. is backing its call for alarm companies to prepare for the “2G sunset” with a $5 million program that gives dealers up to $25 for every 2G cellular communicator they replace with a Telguard 3G/4G product.

Monitronics embraces Wi-Fi for IP alarms

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07/11/2012

DALLAS—Monitronics International has begun accommodating Wi-Fi for IP alarm communications, paving the way for what the company says will be easier installations and lower service costs for customers and dealers.

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