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Vivint makes Forbes list of 'Best Employers'


PROVO, Utah—Forbes has put Vivint on its inaugural list of “America’s Best Employers.”

Vivint is the top-ranked security and home automation company on the list of 500.

Mission 500 corporate responsibility, humanitarian awards


MIAMI—Residential security and home automation provider Fluent Home, based in Edmondton, Alberta, Canada, has received the 2015 Mission 500 Corporate Social Responsibility Award.

UT Denton wins Stanley’s Safer Schools grand prize


INDIANAPOLIS—The University of Texas in Denton is the grand-prize winner in Stanley Security’s Together for Safer Schools Grant Program.

SIA’s Security Advocates gives members stronger legislation voice


WASHINGTON—SIA has launched an interactive online advocacy program to help strengthen its impact in Washington and at state capitals.

Hockey team names Smart Home Security partner


WASHINGTON, D.C.— has been named the official Smart Home Security partner of the Washington Capitals NHL team.

Survey: Dealers cite cost as barrier to adding home automation

That’s a misperception, says Icontrol’s Greg Roberts

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—A majority of residential security dealers thinks adding home automation services to their traditional offerings is cost prohibitive. That’s a big misperception, according to Greg Roberts, VP of marketing for Icontrol, and one that could put providers at a significant disadvantage in today’s marketplace.

10 named industry's Women of the Year

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

A diverse group of women, including high-placed executives and end users, are the recipients of the 2015 Women of the Year Awards from the Women’s Security Council.

Each was chosen from wide range of nominees, ranked on industry and work experience, volunteer roles within the industry and their communities and their reputation within the industry, according to a prepared statement from WSC.

“These impressive women … strive to make an impact not only in the field of security, but also in the business sphere and community-at-large,” Rhianna Daniels Hile, WSC director and CompassPR managing director, said in the statement.

The winners are:

Kristy Bradley-McMurtrie, director, safety and security, Conestoga College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning.

Ellen Cargill, chief technology office, Scallop Imaging.

Andrea Ferrando, industry vice president and show director, Expo Sequridad Mexico.

Victoria Ferro, president, Micro Key Solutions.

Christie Hamberis, vice president of merchandising, ScanSource Security.

Vivian Hodges, global procurement manager, Northland Control Systems

Barbara Holliday, director of dealer services, Monitronics.

Shannon Kenney, program manager, corporate security, emergency and protective services, City of Ottawa.

Irene Lam, vice president of research and development and engineering, Tyco Security Products.

Jill Lloyd, president, Lloyd Security

The winners will be honored at a networking reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday—the eve of the official opening of ISC West—at Delmonico’s at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

I’ll be there to congratulate these outstanding women in person, will you? Please say hello if you’re there!


How I Use My System: Matt Cooper

Director of field operations, Protection 1

Matt Cooper is the new director of field operations for Protection 1. He sees this role incorporating elements from his previous role as a regional operations manager. The main difference being, he said, that his new role is on a national scale. Among other responsibilities, he is working to “create a bridge” between the regional branches and the national accounts. Cooper, an ex-Navy man, talked with Security Systems about the system he has at home.

Who’s afraid of Google?

Smart resi providers should take Google’s move into home security seriously, but could wind up benefitting from it

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google’s venture into home security and automation may turn out to be a very good thing for traditional resi companies, according to providers interviewed by Security Systems News.

ESX starts TechVision Challenge for Innovation Award winners

‘Shark Tank’ of industry leaders to judge

BALTIMORE—The top 10 ESX Innovation Awards winners will compete in the new TechVision Challenge, what ESX Chair George De Marco describes as “a Shark Tank-style contest” at the show here June 23.