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Five Questions: Steven L. Hayden


Steven L. Hayden was recently hired as general manager for Cunningham Security Systems, a commercial and residential security company based in Yarmouth, Maine. Hayden, who was previously with Maine Security and Surveillance, will be an essential resource as the company transitions to a new central station that it acquired recently.

News Poll: Drones are mostly for the commercial space

Respondents divided on when drones will take hold

YARMOUTH, Maine—More companies in the security space have been looking at drones; announced its drones at CES 2017 and Sunflower Labs recently outlined a structure for autonomous drones in the residential sector. Security Systems News readers shared their views of the technology in SSN’s latest news poll.

Five Questions: Jay Stuck


Jay Stuck recently became the business development manager for Kastle Systems, a full service security company based in Falls Church, Va., with a presence around the country, including the New York City area. Security Systems News asked Stuck five questions in December.

The challenge of hiring

Visibility, having the right offering for applicants can be key

YARMOUTH, Maine—Many companies, of all sizes in the industry, face the difficulty of finding the most qualified and best fitting candidates to join their team. Security Systems News talked with a few of these companies to hear what the applicant pool looks like, what they look for in new hires and how they bring in the best talent.

Specifically Speaking with Chris Fitzgerald

Security designer, Crossey Engineering Ltd. in

What's your role at Crossey Engineering?

News Poll: Majority of respondents use cloud

Video surveillance, analytics and storage listed as key usage by half

YARMOUTH, Maine—A majority of companies responding to Security Systems News’ latest News Poll said they are using the cloud, and selling more than ever, but several highlight difficulties in understanding the technology—either with employees or end users.

How I Use My System: Megan MacDonald


Megan MacDonald, VP of marketing for My Alarm Center, has been with the company for two years now. She manages marketing and communications for all of the company’s brands “including our regional branches, our B2B brand, as well as LivSecure, which is our dropship, Do-It-Yourself product.” Security Systems News spoke with MacDonald in December about her home alarm system.

Specifically Speaking with Kathryn Bartunek

Program manager and security engineer for AECOM in New York

What's your role at AECOM?

Poll: Monitoring and the switch to wholesale

Sixty-eight percent of respondents say there is a benefit to switching to third party

YARMOUTH, Maine—Several security companies with monitoring centers switched to using third party monitoring in 2016; RFI Communications switched to Rapid Response in March, Red Hawk Fire & Security partnered with Affiliated Monitoring in October and Comtronics switched its monitored accounts to NMC. Respondents to Security Systems News’ latest poll see this trend continuing in the future.

How I Use My System: Jack DeMao


Jack DeMao, CEO of Electric Guard Dog, joined the company about nine years ago. “I am attracted to opportunities that require big change,” DeMao said. “With Electric Guard Dog, there was such a growth opportunity it required a lot of investment in order to be able to grow … the way it should grow. That kind of thing excites me.” In late October, Security Systems News talked with DeMao about how he protects his home.