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2G sun starting to set in Arizona

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Looking for signs of the 2G sunset? Don’t blink.

That was the message today from Telguard’s Shawn Welsh, who notified CSAA members via the group’s ACCENT email service that AT&T has begun to pull the shade on Arizona’s Pinal and Gila counties.

“For those of you with cellular customers in Arizona, AT&T has announced that there will be no roaming network available to 2G GSM/GPRS-only cellular devices using [the company’s] 410 SIMs—they are often yellow in color—in Pinal and Gila counties starting on Nov. 1, 2012,” Welsh wrote.

If you struggle to keep pace with the calendar—and I am among you—that means next Thursday.

Welsh said he and his counterparts at other cellular equipment companies made a promise at the CSAA’s annual meeting, held Oct. 12-17 in Hawaii, to keep the industry informed about pockets of lost 2G coverage “as soon as we were notified by our carrier partners.”

“Having just returned this week, this one is beating the official CSAA process,” he wrote.

Welsh advised anyone with customers in the two counties to contact their cellular manufacturer for official confirmation from AT&T and a coverage map to determine if their units are affected.

“Only your cellular device manufacturer (or waiting until next Thursday—not recommended) can advise you of your potential loss of service,” he said.

Welsh said Telguard customers should not notice a change “as we do not use 410 SIMs in our [legacy] 2G or 3G devices.” For those affected by the AT&T announcement, “you’ll need to roll trucks next week and replace the units with a device operating on a 3G/4G network,” he said.
 

Lame ducks and partisan muck: Security bills await action in D.C.

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10/22/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Can the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress get off the ground, or will the nation’s business—and legislation of interest to the security industry—continue to grind along in the jaws of partisan gridlock?

ADT's new hire to create 'a culture of innovation'

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Monday, October 22, 2012

The new ADT has just created a new position—that of chief innovation officer—and today announced that Arthur Orduña has been appointed as the new CIO. He’ll report directly to ADT CEO Naren Gursahaney, the company said.

Here’s more from a news release from The ADT Corp., which is based in Boca Raton, Fla. and is newly independent after splitting off from Tyco International:
 

Mr. Orduña will be responsible for technology vision and strategy across the entire company. He will create a strategic roadmap for the full lifecycle of new and existing solutions; help define future solution and product architecture and functionality; and strengthen ADT’s relationships with key technology companies to position the company as a partner of choice.

 “Arthur brings a fresh perspective and deep technology and product management expertise to ADT’s bench of senior talent. He will play an integral role in spearheading the long-term vision for our portfolio and creating a culture of innovation at ADT," [CEO Naren Gursahaney said in a prepared statement.]

Mr. Orduña, 47, recently served as a consultant to PayPal, a division of eBay Inc., in a business development role in their Emerging Opportunities group. Prior to this, Mr. Orduña spent several years as the chief product officer and chief technology officer at Canoe Ventures, an advertising technology company founded by the top six U.S. cable companies that provide software and services to national television programming networks. Mr. Orduña has also served as senior vice president of policy and product at Bright House Networks where he was responsible for all new video, broadband, voice, and wireless product development and deployment. He has previously held senior roles at Vivendi-Universal and Integrated Systems Inc. A former dramatist and journalist, Mr. Orduña received a B.A. degree from Cornell University.

 

Prism Skylabs raises $7.5 million

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Prism Skylabs has raised another $7.5 milliion in funding, the company announced today. Here's a link to the story. I've put a call into founder Steve Russell, (also founder of 3VR) and expect I'll get a chance to speak to him in the next few day. Prism Skylabs, which offers a cloud service that "leverages data from existing video surveillance cameras to unlock information on customer patterns, trends and behaviors",  was launched just before ASIS 2012. Here's an ssnTVnews video interview I did with Steve Russell at ASIS 2012, where he talks about the company, and its first investment round ($1.5 million from the SV Angel, Yuri Milner, Eric Schmidt, Aaron Patzer, Brad Garlinghouse, CrunchFund and others)

 

ADS growth plan: ‘one branch a year’

The company achieved that in 2012 with purchase of Mississippi security company; now looks toward 2013
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10/17/2012

NASHVILLE—ADS Security’s recent acquisition of a Mississippi security company not only gave ADS an entry into a new state but also fulfilled the company’s growth plan of adding a new office each year, according to John Cerasuolo, ADS president and CEO.

ECKey closes funding round

Investors include industry vet Robert Chefitz
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10/17/2012

LANCASTER, Pa.—ECKey, a startup manufacturer of smartphone access-control readers and systems, has closed its first funding round, Paul Bodell, ECKey president, told Security Systems News.

Two New Mexico security firms merge

New company touts ‘unique model’ of providing in-person response to alarms with its staff of veteran police officers
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10/17/2012

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—Two security companies here, Select Security Systems and Armed Response Team, recently merged.

Security Partners opens Advanced Services Division

Demand for managed video and access control drives new offering
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10/17/2012

LANCASTER, Pa.—Security Partners, a wholesale monitoring company based here, has launched an Advanced Services Division to keep pace with market demand for managed video and access control and to boost RMR for dealers.

Management changes at Avigilon

COO Andrew Martz to step down
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10/17/2012

VANCOUVER—Avigilon, a rapidly growing provider of high-definition surveillance products, announced this week that COO Andrew Martz will resign at the end of the year. The COO position will be divided into two new roles: EVP of product development and EVP of global operations.

ADT wins public grant to aid in job growth

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The ADT Corp., the newly independent company created by the recent breakup of Tyco International, appears on its way to a public-private partnership in Florida that would result in ADT adding more than 100 new jobs.

Palm Beach County yesterday approved giving ADT a grant of $184,000 in return for the Boca Raton, Fla.-based company creating 120 new jobs and retaining 260 jobs at its headquarters, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel newspaper.

The county approval is just one step in the process. “The proposal also calls for ADT to get $184,000 form Boca Raton and about $1.3 million from the state,” according to the newspaper.

Sarah Cohn, ADT director of media relations, noted that the proposal is not finalized because the state still needs to sign off on it.

The proposed 120 jobs would be “a mixture of all different types of corporate positions,” she said.

Why is ADT, a leading home security company with some 16,000 employees and about $3 billion in sales each year, seeking such taxpayer-funded incentives?

Cohn told me that seeking such incentives is “normal practice” for a lot of companies. “Many state and local governments seek to incentivize companies to stay in their areas," she said.

Indeed, ADT, which began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1, was just one of three companies that county commissioners unanimously approved to receive such incentives, according to the article in the Sun Sentinel. Aerospace company Pratt & Whitney and Digital Risk, a financial services company, each was approved for $300,000 in county grants and millions more in state and city funding to create jobs, the newspaper said.

The Sun Sentinel noted that there has been criticism about investing taxpayer dollars in private companies, but that county officials said creating jobs makes the investment worthwhile.

The newspaper quotes County Commission Chairwoman Shelley Vana as saying: "We are competing with a lot of other places for jobs. We are going to be smart about how we do it.”

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