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AMAG has new president

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Bob Sawyer, who has been with AMAG Technology for 40 years, the past 19 as president and CEO as of July 1, is now chairman of AMAG’s Board of Directors.

The new president of AMAG is Matt Barnette, who been with AMAG for 10 years, most recently as EVP of global marketing and sales.

Barnette will report to G4S Technology CEO, Keith Whitelock.

I had a chance to correspond via email with Matt yesterday and asked him to fill me in on any new deals AMAG has closed since I last saw him at PSA-TEC in May.

"Since I saw you last at PSA-TEC, we’ve secured several Fortune 100 companies with our Audit, Credentialing & Compliance software. We have installed our Symmetry SR product at two 5,000+ card reader end-users (one in telecommunications and the other in energy sector) and we continue to gain marketshare with our Symmetry Video platform. We are launching Symmetry v8 in August, so there is a lot of momentum right now," he said in the email.
 
I also asked him about plans for the future. "Fortunately, we have a fantastic foundation here to build from. My plan is to accelerate growth by increasing our Business Development team, both in North America and Internationally, to help blanket the end-user and consultant community to update them on our tremendous products and services. In addition, [I want to] increase our footprint in services revenue by scaling that organization to meet the higher demands of the global accounts we’ve captured. We’ve found customers enjoy a much higher level of product satisfaction when they have a Symmetry Certified ProService Engineer working closely with them."

In a prepared statement, Bob Sawyer said: "Matt Barnette has a deep knowledge of all major aspects of the security products industry coupled with over 20 years of experience building and leading teams. Over the last 10 years, Matt has done an exceptional job leading the sales and marketing teams, while working closely with AMAG’s senior leadership to support the growth of the company’s global organization.  His contributions, experience and integrity make him the ideal candidate to succeed me as president of AMAG Technology."

Prior to AMAG, Barnette worked for Andover Controls in its Integral Technologies Division. 

AMAG Technology is based in Torrance, Calif., and has offices throughout the U.S., offering security and video solutions to government and private-sector customers in North America through authorized dealers.
 

ADT Small Business specialization continues

Luis Orbegoso announces new video storage solutions
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07/02/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT, which announced in April that it is going after small business,* has two new video offerings for its small business clients: hosted video with cloud storage and, for onsite storage, “smart” DVRs.

Hikvision wins at ESX

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06/26/2014

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. —Video surveillance provider Hikvision on June 26 announced it won the Maximum Impact Award at the ESX 2014 in the Digital Recording Systems category of Video Security.

DirectView signs deal with CannaPods

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06/26/2014

NEW YORK—DirectView Holdings, parent company of DirectView Security, on June 19 announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership agreement with CannaPods, whereby DirectView Holdings will be engaged as the exclusive security solutions provider for CannaPod's customizable portable cannabis grow rooms.

Koorsen choses FieldOne

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06/26/2014

MAHWAH, N.J.—FieldOne Systems, a provider of cloud-based field service management software, announced that it has been selected by Koorsen Fire & Security

Remembering Tim Feury, Altec Systems

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Like many in the security industry, I was saddened to learn about the death June 12 of Tim Feury, president of systems integration firm Altec Systems. Feury was 56 and died of complications of heart failure, according to an obituary in the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

I've interviewed Tim and his wife and business partner, Mary Feury, several times and enjoyed getting to know them at various events, especially PSA Security events. I have been in touch with Mary this week and plan to publish a more detailed remembrance of Tim once she and I have a chance to talk in the next few weeks.

In the meantime, here are a couple of links to stories I've written about Tim and Mary and Altec Systems. In this story from March, they were getting ready to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Altec systems (and their 10-year wedding anniversary as well.) And here's one from 2011 that talks about how Mary brought IT services to Altec Systems.

Tim Feury graduated from James Caldwell High School in New Jersey and moved to Atlanta in the early 1980s. In addition to his wife, Tim Feury is survived by sons, Andrew Feury of Atlanta, Matthew Feury of Atlanta, and Ryan Feury of Marietta; sisters, Patricia Borys of Marietta , MaryAnn Baker of Flanders, N.J. and Elizabeth Feury of Mount Olive Township, N.J.; brothers, John Feury of Verona, N.J. and Robert Feury of Lincoln Park, N.J.; and one grandchild.

 

Report: 68 percent want to use security cameras for operational improvement

Top ways companies want to use video are to increase sales, employee productivity, liability protection
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06/25/2014

AUSTIN, Texas—More than two-thirds of companies plan to use video surveillance security systems for operations improvement as well as security in the future, according to a new report released June 25.

Fire device performance rates part of benchmark report

Information such as what device types provide the most revenue for the least amount of labor will be part of BuildingReports' benchmark report
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06/25/2014

SUWANEE, Ga.— Fire and life safety device performance rates for commercial facility inspections will be part of a benchmark report scheduled to be released later this summer or early fall by BuildingReports, an inspection reporting services company.

Are integrators about to board the train?

A railroad safety committee is evaluating the safety and investigative use of cameras, recording devices in locomotive cabs
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06/25/2014

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association is backing the development of standards that would address the installation and use of inward- and outward-facing cameras and recording devices on locomotive train cabs.

ADT exec weighs in on cyber security

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06/17/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.— ADT sponsored America’s Small Business Summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which ran from June 11–13.

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