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VidSys says PSIM market maturing

VidSys founder says new Frost & Sullivan PSIM categories helps educate market
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07/11/2012

VIENNA, Va.—While there is still some confusion in the market about what constitutes a “true PSIM” and what’s merely a “PSIM wannabe,” the market is maturing and demand is growing, James Chong, founder and CTO of PSIM provider VidSys, told Security Systems News.

Devcon closing more branches

Reductions in company expenses and streamlining are designed to ‘set the stage for future success,’ CEO says
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07/11/2012

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.—Devcon Security—a super-regional based here that grew to a national player in the past year and a half—is downsizing to reduce expenses and strengthen the company’s finances for future profitability and growth, according to Devcon’s new CEO, Steve Hafen.

Illinois home fire sprinkler initiatives under way

Two-pronged effort in the state aims to increase residential fire sprinkler requirements
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07/11/2012

ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Whether it’s through a town-by-town adoption of new residential fire sprinkler requirements or via a new effort to require sprinklers in homes statewide, Illinois is making progress toward mandating the life safety devices in more and more homes, according to Tom Lia, executive director of the Northern Illinois Fire Sprinkler Advisory Board (NIFSAB).

Fraud trial, white gloves in McGinn, Smith case

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

When the Securities and Exchange Commission charged alarm industry investors David L. Smith and Timothy McGinn in 2010 with running a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors of at least $80 million, one of the SEC’s contentions was that some of the money was diverted to pay for “strippers and go-go dancers” on McGinn’s You Only Live Once cruise ship business.

Now, a judge has ordered that another cruise business associated with the case—this one with the tonier name of White Glove Cruises—be sold for more than half a million dollars to help pay the creditors of Smith and McGinn—who served as CEO of IASG from 2003-2006.

McGinn and Smith, founders of an Albany, N.Y.-based investment firm that conducted dealing in the alarm industry, also were indicted this year on criminal fraud charges that could send them to prison for years, if convicted. Each has pleaded not guilty and their trial—originally scheduled for last month—now is set to begin on Nov. 13.

The sale of Dania Beach, Fla.-based White Glove Cruises was approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer in a June 20 decision in U.S. District Court in the Northern District of New York. The buyer of White Glove, and a related business called Luxury Cruise Receivables, is Caribbean World Travel Services, and the purchase price is $575,000 in cash, along with other considerations, including being relieved from further lease obligations of more than $258,000, court records show.

White Glove is a travel agency “with Timothy McGinn appearing to have taken a material role in its management,” according to court records.

This business sounds much more refined than McGinn’s YOLO (You Only Live Once) venture. The agency specializes in booking cruises “on more luxurious cruise lines,” and had gross billings of between $9.7 million to $12.4 million for each of the past three years, court records say.

DICE rolls out backup in Colorado fire

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

They are powerful numbers: More than 18,000 acres burned, 32,000 residents forced to evacuate, and nearly 350 homes destroyed. The Waldo Canyon fire outside Colorado Springs is now under control, but not before leaving its mark as one of the most destructive in the state’s history.

It’s a long way from the sagebrush to Bay City, Mich., but that’s where DICE Corp.’s Disaster Recovery Center geared up to help any clients threatened by the Waldo wildfire and others in the region. DICE software is used to monitor thousands of homes and businesses in the Colorado Springs area.

“Having accounts in an area that could, at any time, be in jeopardy on a large scale … will cause intense management issues at the monitoring centers located in non-affected areas,” the company said in an email statement. “Part of the preparation we did on behalf of the recent Colorado evacuations was to make our Disaster Recovery Center available to receive signals from any of our clients if the [fire] was affecting their normal day-to-day businesses. In doing so, it provided an advanced storm mode, if you will, in which case the extra signal activity is removed from the center’s inbound circuits, which is really an expansion of capacity and services to the center.”

Melissa Courville, head of marketing and communications for DICE, said there were clients in the Colorado Springs area that did turn to the company’s DR center for assistance, but she was not at liberty to disclose who they were or to what extent they were affected.

Courville said the situation served as a reminder of when the company provided backup for a central station that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina until it was able to rebuild.

“I’m humbled to say it was my first opportunity to step up as an emergency operator to dispatch,” she said. “To us it is only natural to offer our assistance, as we have done always and continue to do so.”
 

Niche dealer program helps make home automation affordable

Online Alarm Quotes has expanded its dealer funding, enabling homeowners to get home automation extras with no money down
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07/10/2012

YONKERS, N.Y.—Online Alarm Quotes, a niche dealer program based here, recently announced it has upped its funding to dealers. That allows dealers to offer customers the latest in home automation technology with no money down, said Tom Fowler, co-owner of the dealer program, which was launched early last year.

What's your advice for customers and BYOD?

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Hope you enjoyed the Fourth of July holiday. Here in Maine it was rainy and foggy, but it was still glorious. You see, I was off the grid with my husband and teenagers. We all BYODs, like we always do, but they didn’t work—and guess what? No complaints

So, I didn’t read this BYOD story until today. It’s from publication called PCAdvisor and it has some interesting statistics about people bringing their own devices to work and using them to access corporate resources.

The story does not address employees accessing corporate physical security systems specifically—but the statistics are still relevant. And it seems to me that integrators and end users need to be thinking about policy options for managing BYOD for physical security employees and physical security applications.

We did touch on this topic at TechSec in February. Steve Van Till moderated an excellent mobile apps panel, and Axis’ Fredrik Nilsson talked about this question specifically.

He suggested BYOD could save money and increase efficiency for the physical security operations because workers want to use their own devices (security guards for example), but there are many ifs (what if a device is lost? How do you know for sure who is using the device?) All panelists agreed that BYOD brings up many concerns.

This writer suggests that the move toward BYOD is “unstoppable.” I don’t know about that, but it’s certainly got momentum, and probably a good idea to assess BYOD workplace policies even if your customers aren't asking you about them.

I liked the following stats and this question: Will employees be bringing more than one device to work?

“Gartner predicted that 90 percent of businesses will support corporate applications on mobile devices by 2014. And Cisco survey data suggests that we can expect to see 3.47 devices per person in 2015 and a whopping 6.58 devices per person in 2020. This begs the question: How many devices per person will the enterprise ultimately need to manage?”

SIA: Biometrics can cut fraud in Medicare, Medicaid

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07/03/2012

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Biometrics can reduce fraud in Medicare and Medicaid programs and provide assurance that patient information is protected, the Security Industry Association told the Senate Finance Committee on June 29.

Oncam buys all of Grandeye

Company plans ‘significant’ investment in R&D
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07/03/2012

LOWELL, Mass.—In a strategic move that executives say will enable the company to expand its offerings, video surveillance provider Oncam Global on July 2 announced it now owns Grandeye, a 360-degree video technology provider.

Change from ‘protection to connection’ driving values

But RMR, well-managed costs and low attrition remain ‘key metrics’ for success, a panel at ESX says
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07/03/2012

NASHVILLE—Connected services are changing the industry and creating new business opportunities but are also posing some challenges, such as enticing telecom and cableco players into the market, a panel of industry experts said at the Electronic Security Expo here last week.

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