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S2 launches S2 Global

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07/23/2012

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.—Network-based integrated security system provider S2 Security on July 17 launched its S2 Global product. Designed for customers with multiple dispersed facilities, S2 Global connects multiple devices in security management systems and video management systems.

Lowe’s launches home automation/home security service

Company's Iris offering is self-installed and self-monitored; Lowe’s ‘will evaluate’ installation assistance
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07/19/2012

MOOREVILLE, N.C.—Lowe’s, the world’s second-largest home improvement retailer, announced July 19 that it has launched Iris, its new home automation/home security service. The do-it-yourself, cloud-based service currently is available on Lowes.com and will be offered in the company’s 500 stores nationwide late in August, Sarah-Frances Wallace, a spokeswoman for Lowe’s, told Security Systems News.

Bright lights, big tabs: Readers sound off on ISC in NYC

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07/18/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—ISC East or ISC Solutions? For a majority of respondents in Security Systems News' latest monthly poll, the name of the trade show isn’t an issue (it’s ISC East again after a two-year stint with its alternate moniker). But what about the fact that it’s still being held in the Big Apple, the most expensive U.S. city for business travel?
Well, now you’ve got something to chew on.

CSSC in right place for success

Southern Colorado fire company thriving on big contracts with military, hospitals and more
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07/18/2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Location, location, location—and being the only authorized Notifier integrated systems distributor in southern Colorado—has helped Commercial Specialists of Southern Colorado (CSSC) land such fire alarm contracts as one for the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Future Security Controls concentrates on margins

Independent integrator looks to sell its managed services offering to other integrators
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07/18/2012

OTTAWA—Future Security Controls is a small independent integrator that is enjoying enviable margins—north of 15 percent—in the past couple of years, according to CEO Sam Shalaby.

Tri-Ed/Northern buys one, opens two

Flush from its acquisition by Audax Group, company expands
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07/18/2012

WOODBURY, N.Y.—As promised when it was acquired by private equity firm Audax Group in April, Tri-Ed/Northern Video is expanding. The independent national distributor on July 16 announced the acquisition of Seabreeze Security Distributors of Orlando, Fla., and announced plans to open two new branches: one in Detroit and one in Raleigh, N.C.

Security-Net: Making national accounts work for everyone

Both the project and the labor are turnkey to preserve profits for all
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07/18/2012

EXTON, Pa.—In existence for nearly 20 years, Security-Net is a $388 million national integration company made up of 19 independent integrators. Nineteen independent companies working together makes for a formidable national accounts provider, executives from member companies tell Security Systems News.

OV drops Samsung case, ITC trial involving Bosch starts today

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

ObjectVideo issued a statement at 7:30 this morning announcing that it has dropped patent infringement charges against Samsung.  The statement came two hours before an International Trade Commission trial began at 9:30 this morning.

I called ObjectVideo, but they’re not saying anything beyond what’s in the press release. I also have a call into Samsung.

The release says that ObjectVideo filed an unopposed motion to terminate the International Trade Commission investigation against Samsung.  “Both parties agreed this was the appropriate next step as part of our continued efforts to resolve the dispute between the companies,” Raul Fernandez, CEO of ObjectVideo, is quoted as saying in the press release.

“The public trial against Bosch at the USITC, resulting from an investigation pertaining to products from Robert Bosch GmbH and Bosch Security Systems, Inc., continues as planned,” the release said.

“With Samsung out of the ITC action, we can focus on Bosch, whose products implement numerous infringing video analytic technologies, including metadata, tripwire, and slip-and-fall technology,” added Fernandez.

OV first filed a court complaint in April of 2011. It moved the complaint to the ITC in July of 2011.

The trial began this morning at the USITC in Washington.

Vivint using social media to recruit sales talent

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Everyone likes to gab about their workplace, whether it’s to colleagues at happy hour after work, or by posting on Facebook or your social media channel of choice. But your workplace paying you to talk about it? That’s what Vivint is doing for its employees.
According to a news release this week, the Utah-based summer-model home automation and security company is utilizing redKonnect, “a word-of-mouth marketing web application,” to help it reward employees who pass the word to friends that Vivint has job openings and is a good place to work. The company says data show the retention rates for friend-referred employees are much higher than those of employees recruited through other means.
Here’s more from the July 17 release:

With the help of redKonnect, a word-of-mouth marketing web application, Vivint is rewarding its employees with cash for simply posting about Vivint job openings on social media. That is, Vivint is incentivizing its most loyal employees to tell their friends that Vivint is hiring inside salespeople.
In fact, every time their Vivint employees post and tweet about Vivint using redKonnect, they get paid, and every time their friends click on their post tweets they get paid more. Posts, tweets and clicks generate points and redKonnect, which their employees can convert to cash on PayPal with the click of a button. Talk about giving back.
As for some hard stats, since launching their campaign with redKonnect, Vivint fans and employees have generated, on average, 9 clicks with every endorsement. And dozens of these endorsements were generated within just a few days of the campaign launching.
Given the premium sales-centered companies place on recruiting, Vivint’s redKonnect campaign seems to represent an innovative and exemplary move toward better utilization of social media for recruiting of talented salespeople.

Vivint seems confident employees will give the company a strong endorsement. Vivint says it has “some of the highest rates of employee satisfaction and productivity.”
Benefits the company says it offers workers include health and dental coverage, paid vacation days, and a generous 401K package, as well as free lunch, casual dress and exercise facilities.
The release quotes company CEO Todd Pederson as saying, “My father always told me that if you treat the people who work for you like gold, everything else will fall into place.”

 

Rapid plans to add up to 200 jobs in Syracuse expansion

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Rapid Response has won preliminary approval for a tax break that could pave the way for an $11.3 million expansion on its home turf in Syracuse, according to a report Tuesday in The Post-Standard.

The project, which would add up to 200 jobs, would include the purchase and renovation of the 37,500-square-foot building that Rapid currently leases, according to the report. Rapid also plans to build a 20,000-square-foot facility nearby.

The “payment in lieu of taxes” deal, or PILOT, approved by the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency would save Rapid about $738,000 over 10 years. A sales tax exemption on construction materials is expected to save the company another $500,000, the report said.

The expansion is not a done deal, however. The tax plan still needs to be approved by the City Council, with a bigger potential hurdle at a higher level: acquiring financial help from the state.

Ben Walsh, the city’s deputy commissioner of neighborhood and business development, told The Post-Standard that the project is contingent on Rapid receiving assistance from Empire State Development, a state agency.

An application has been submitted to the Central New York Regional Economic Development Council, which recommends projects for state funding. ESD officials are expected to announce the list of projects that receive funds by late October.

A start date for the project, which the company says would take about two years to complete, has not been announced.

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