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Who will be the top twitterer at ISC West this year?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The top Twitterer of ISC West 2014, in terms of both quantity and quality, was the Security Industry Association.

Who will be the top Twitterer of 2015?

Once again Security Systems News is sponsoring a Twitter Wall at ISC West. This year it will be located near the ISC West Media stage, just outside the entrance to the show floor.

Stop by to check out real-time,140-character ISC West news and notes from a variety of sources. Better yet, join the conversation using this hashtag #ISCW15

Remember to turn out tweets that are newsy and original. Extra points for breaking news and also for making us laugh.

What's the reach of an ISC West tweet? Well, check out these stats:

Also tweeting  A LOT last year were: ISC West News, Microsoft Global Security, some of our friendly trade publication competitors, Identiv, Inovonics, Pelco, Tyco Security Products and yours truly @ssn_editor

If you're the Top Twitterer, you'll not only get your message out, you'll be the recipient of a Top Twitterer plaque. If you visit the SIA office, you can see their handsome "Top Twitterer" plaque in the office lobby.

Former ADT finance director wants to kick-start home security company

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Christopher Carney, a former director of finance M&A and director of finance, sales and marketing for ADT, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his new company, Abode Systems.

The 45-day campaign aims to raise $100,000 by May 7 to bring the “new kind of home security and automation solution to market,” Carney said in a prepared statement. The solution “will put big security companies on notice,” he said.

Carney co-founded Abode, based in Palo Alto, Calif., with Brent Franks, previously an account executive with and EVP and co-founder of TerraSmart, a turnkey solar ground mount provider.

The DIY Abode system puts the customer in charge by allowing them to customize, he said.

"My last decade in home security showed me that big security companies have serious flaws and don't consider the changing lifestyles of today's consumers or accommodate new technologies and devices coming to market," CEO Carney said.  “When developing Abode, we had a vision for a self-installable security system that grows with you and your evolving needs, while also remaining capable of utilizing new technologies next month, next year, or further down the road."

Carney said the system offers portability in that it can be transferred to a new home with no reinstallation costs; it eliminates false alarms by sending real-time visual verification and, through its built-in body analysis technology, by being able to tell the difference between people and animals; has a built-in backup power and a 3G radio for use when Internet connections are lost; provides home automation capabilities at no extra cost; can be controlled through a web portal and mobile app; and has an optional 24-hour monitoring available.

The system includes the Abode gateway, motion camera, streaming camera, door and window sensors and key fob.

New series 'On Location: Central Stations'

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The biggest step I have taken, so far, in learning about the industry has been visiting American Alarm and Communications, back in December. This helped me learn a lot more about this side of the industry, to see first hand how one central station handles things.

Much like putting a face to a name, seeing the workings of American Alarm’s central station helped me piece together a bit more about how the industry works. It then sparked the idea to start an occasional series of articles along the same concept.

Now I’ll be visiting various monitoring centers to see how each one works and—more importantly—what makes each unique, as well as the new ways any company might be reshaping its station or its offerings in the future.

My next visit is with Centra-Larm, the wholesale monitoring center based, not too far from the SSN office, in Manchester, N.H.—I’m really looking forward to it. It’ll be interesting to hear about how this company does monitoring. Check back in next week for a full article on my visit.

Five Questions: Brandon Hess

Dealer acquisition manager, Central Security Group

Brandon Hess was appointed to the new role of dealer acquisition manager for Tulsa, Okla.-based Central Security Group last fall. He is responsible for expanding the company’s dealer network, ensuring ongoing, successful relationships with qualified dealers and helping to support growth for individual authorized dealer businesses. Previously, he held managerial positions in sales and training, including work with homeowners, builders and internal teams, with Ranger Technology Solutions and Vivint. He also has experience in purchasing, inventory management and financial services.

Please visit us at ISC West

Meet the Editors of Security Systems News

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News will hold a Meet the Editors session from 9:30-10 a.m. April 15 at ISC West.

Specifically Speaking with Robert Haddad

Principal, Shen Milsom & Wilke

Yours is the first A&E firm I’ve heard about that started as an acoustical engineering firm, then progressed into AV, IT systems design and infrastructure and then security. How big is your company and what kinds of security projects do you work on?

How I Use My System: John Spooner


John Spooner, executive VP for Alarm Detection Systems, based in Aurora, Ill., has been in the industry for 28 years. Spooner rose from service technician, to installation manager, service manager then to EVP of operations. Four years ago Spooner was appointed to his current role. In February, he talked with Security Systems News about the system he has at home.

Transforming products to services

Women in security technology profile: Irene Lam, VP of R&D and engineering, Tyco Security Products

BOSTON—After eight years working for startups, Irene Lam joined Tyco Security Products in 2004 to check out the 9-to-5 world of corporate America.

Let's meet at ISC West

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

As some of you may know, I joined the industry in November when I started at Security Systems News. This means that 2015 will be my first time at the ISC West show. I'd love to meet everyone, and hear everything, but that might not be possible, so reach out to me when you can. I already have several appointments set up, but I’ll be as accommodating as I can be.

Also, give me a heads up on what you’d like to talk about. Definitely tell me if your company will be showcasing something big at ISC West, like mergers and acquisitions, new directions for the company, opening another central station or releasing a new software platform—or anything else notable.

If you want to meet me, or have something new to talk about with your company, feel free to reach out to me by email at to set something up. Just let me know what you’ll be doing at ISC West and where.

I look forward to seeing those of you who will be at the show in person!

Tri-Ed stuffs backpacks with school supplies for 450 Mission 500 children


WOODBURY, N.Y.—Employees of Tri-Ed and its parent company, Anixter, filled 450 backpacks with notebooks, folders, rulers, pencils and other items for childhood education for Mission 500.