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ADT job growth linked to public funding incentives

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Security Systems News has written previously about plans that The ADT Corp has to add 150 new monitoring jobs at its Irving, Texas facility by the end of November.

But now that new independent company—which emerged from the recent breakup of Tyco International and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1—also reportedly has plans to add 120 jobs at its headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla.

However, to create those Florida jobs, ADT is seeking as much as $1.62 million in state, county and local funding, according to the South Florida Business Journal.

Here’s some of what that publication had to say about the security giant, which it notes has revenues of more than $3 billion per year:

ADT Security Services received $1.24 million from the state in 2010 for creating 100 jobs as part of the construction of its Yamato Road headquarters. … On Tuesday, Palm Beach County commissioners will vote on whether to extend ADT an offer for $184,000 in job growth incentives. Boca Raton has pledged to give the company the same amount, while the state has offered ADT $1.25 million.
The money would be paid out over three years, should ADT create 120 jobs with annual salaries of $81,110, plus retain 260 current jobs. The company must also spend at least $400,000 retrofitting 175,000 square feet in its headquarters. … The regional economic model shown to the county states that ADT would have a $138 million economic impact over five years.

I’ve reached out to ADT to learn more about the jobs, the plan to redo its headquarters and why it’s asking for the public incentives. Stay posted!


Readers see reality of 'sunset' after AT&T sets 2G deadline


YARMOUTH, Maine—AT&T’s 2G “sunset” announcement in August didn’t surprise many people in the alarm industry: Only 9 percent had doubted it was imminent, according to a recent SSN News Poll. But despite that perspective, a majority of respondents said they had not yet begun upgrade their cellular equipment to 3G or 4G.

Illinois alarm companies urged to reclaim business

As a public fire district exits the fire alarm monitoring business per a judge’s order, IESA says there’s an opportunity to regain customers

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—Now that a federal judge has ordered the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District to get out of the fire alarm monitoring business, the state alarm association is encouraging private alarm contractors to once again seek customers there.

Changes to FIPS-201-2: How will they affect you?

The government is making progress and those in the know say eventually what’s going on in Washington will affect access control in the commercial market everywhere

YARMOUTH, Maine—Is it important for integrators who don’t do government work to pay attention to what’s going on with federal mandates for access control in government buildings? According to experts who spoke to Security Systems News for this story, the answer is yes.

Pro 1 plans to expand I-View to include hosted video

CEO Don Young sees service eventually migrating to residential space

ROMEOVILLE, Ill., and LAS VEGAS—Protection 1 officially introduced I-View Now, its new cloud-based video verification service, a few weeks ago at ASIS. But Pro 1’s Don Young is so convinced that it’s going to be a winner, he’s planning to expand the offer to include hosted video by the end of the year.

Samsung goes with FaceFirst

Samsung interested in making financial investments in technology partners

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—As part of its new strategic partner initiative, Samsung Techwin America is integrating megapixel cameras with facial recognition provider FaceFirst.

CAA symposium to feature four top industry execs


SAN FRANCISCO—Leaders from four security companies will speak at an executive symposium at the California Alarm Association’s 2012 Winter Convention, to be held here Dec. 5-8.

'Last big bite' in fight against false dispatches

SIAC director says alarm industry needs to step up and properly train customers

YARMOUTH, Maine—A conversation at the 2012 Electronic Security Expo in Nashville reminded Ron Walters just how far the alarm industry has to go on the home front to reduce false dispatches.

ADT CEO: It's not a 'moonshot' to double residential penetration to 40 percent

Naren Gursahaney says it will take effort, expanding interactive home offerings and educating the public and investors

NEW YORK—The ADT Corp. CEO Naren Gursahaney has set a bold goal. He wants the newly independent ADT—which began trading on the New York Stock Exchange on Oct. 1—to increase its residential penetration from 20 percent to as much as 40 percent.

MJ Vance back in Midwest after leaving 1 Time

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Mary Jo Vance is on the move.

Vance, better known in the security industry as MJ, is no longer with 1 Time Alarms and Security of Henderson, Nev., where she served as manager from late December 2011 until July. She has returned to the St. Louis area and is pursuing other professional opportunities, she told Security Systems News this week.

Vance received the CSAA’s Manager of the Year award in 2007 and the Presidential Award from the Fire Marshals’ Association of Missouri in 2010. Before joining 1 Time, she was vice president of operations and business development for CenterPoint Technologies for three years.

Vance managed about 5,000 accounts at 1 Time, split about 60/40 between commercial and residential. She also handled management duties for the company’s new central station in the Central American nation of Belize. She politely declined to discuss the circumstances of her departure.

After leaving CenterPoint in the spring of 2011, Vance took a brief break from the work world to ride her Harley, fish and spend time with her mother, she told SSN earlier this year. Now she is “jumping right back into the fray” of the industry, she said. Friends and colleagues can drop her a line at