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Scout Alarm system now shipping to crowdfund backers

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11/26/2014

CHICAGOHomesecurity systems provider Scout Alarm is finalizing partnerships with Lockitron and IFTTT that will allow consumers to integrate Scout’s home security product with Lockitron and IFTTT by the end of the year, according to Scout.

Helping building owners keep watch

SW24’s new offering for multi-family housing
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11/25/2014

NEW YORK—SecureWatch 24 used ISC East 2014 to showcase SecureWatchman, a new offering of customizable video analytic alerts for building owners.

New ASIS president named

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11/25/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Dave Tyson, senior director, information security and CISO for SC Johnson, will become president of ASIS in January.

Tyson has nearly 30 years of experience in enterprise security, ASIS says.

More on Honeywell Life Safety award ...

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Monday, November 24, 2014

I couldn’t resist. I wrote about Honeywell presenting its annual Life Safety award at its Connect2014 event a few weeks ago.

But when I received a photo from Honeywell from the awards ceremony and remembered the moving tribute, I had to repost with some more details to give this amazing kid as well as the outstanding first responders in Palm Bay, Fla., their due.

Six-year-old Romeo Rodriguez, one of the recipients of the award, was instrumental in saving his friend, an 8-year-old girl, Kathy. He found her unconscious at the bottom of a swimming pool during a Memorial Day party. He swam to her, brought her to the surface and yelled for help.

Adults came to his assistance, called 911 and started CPR. A Palm Bay police officer, Amy Revis, was enroute. Upon her arrival, she instructed one of the adults to continue CPR while she applied an AED and followed its advice about how many shocks to give, if at all. Palm Bay Fire/Rescue arrived and took over. The girl started to show signs of life. She was taken by helicopter to a hospital and made a full recovery.

The young survivor was on stage at the Honeywell Connect2014 event to hand out the awards to her rescuers, and she gave a brief speech thanking them for the fact that she was alive. Romeo, who received a personalized fire helmet from the fire department in addition to his medal, showed grace and confidence way beyond his years in front of the audience of hundreds.

The audience, by the way, gave the first responders, the kids and the rescuing civilians a very long standing ovation.

Here’s an explanation of the event from TV news personality Larry King, who notes that it shows how a community “came together to save a young girl’s life.”

Bravo young Romeo, Roger Fox, Jana Watts, Officer Revis, Lt. Brian Gent, Driver Engineer Mike Kurrus and Firefighters Kevin Plunkett and Randy May. 

On this Thanksgiving week, I can truly say we here at Security Systems News are thankful for people like you.

Five Questions: Jack Johnson

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11/21/2014

Jack Johnson is Securadyne Systems’ new director of strategic sales. Previously, he was co-founder and VP of sales and marketing for Intelligent Access Systems of North Carolina, which was acquired by Securadyne in 2014. He also was co-founder of Entry Systems Inc., which specialized in nationwide sales, service and deployment of hotel locking systems. He has more than 35 years of experience in the industry. In October, Security Systems News caught up with Jack and asked him five questions.

‘Get with the social media program’

Company reputations, brands, customer loyalty—and sales—are at stake, pro says
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11/19/2014

ORLANDO, Fla.—Jeffrey Gitomer, best-selling author and sales and customer service professional, likes to quote Bob Dylan—a lot. “The times, they are a changin’,” he said during his keynote speech at Honeywell’s Connect2014, held here.

Alliance targets domestic violence

R.I.-based company provides free safeguards for victims
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11/19/2014

WARWICK, R.I.—Alliance Security, based here, is helping victims of domestic abuse with free installation, monitoring and maintenance of home alarm systems.

1 Time, new general manager and a new direction

Michael Joseph to help forge the company’s dealer program
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11/19/2014

HENDERSON, Nev.— Michael J. Joseph, a veteran of the security industry, is pioneering a new dealer program for 1 Time, a small third-party central station in a suburb of Las Vegas, after joining as VP, general manager and part-owner of the company at the end of September.

Systems integration market to increase 9 percent by 2018

Streamlining is fueling growth
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11/19/2014

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—The security system integration market worldwide rose nearly $5 billion to $59.5 billion from 2012 to 2013 and is expected to increase more than 9 percent through 2018, according to a new report from IHS Research, based here.

Dice: Conference, apps and growth

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Dice released a selection of new products at its most recent annual users group conference, held Nov. 4-6 in Mount Pleasant, Mich., where 30 percent of its client base was present. Approximately 95 percent of those attendees were from North America, according to Carol Enman, senior VP of strategic business development and communications for Dice.

“One of the things we spent a good deal of time talking about was the difference between apps and applications and what they provided the customer,” Enman told Security Systems News. She described the root difference between the two as apps being for phones while applications are web-based.

Enman listed numerous examples of new products, including a system for mobile sales management, designed to allow managers oversee their sales people; a new data entry system that leads users step-by-step through information entry; a scheduling app allowing for customers to be quickly scheduled for service or installation; and a fire inspection app allowing service technicians to inspect fire systems on sites and fill out required forms. 

One of the precipitating factors to this lineup of releases was “that the company’s design and development staff has increased,” according to a prepared statement. Enman estimated an overall growth in the company of at least 30 percent across all departments in the past year and a half.

The main idea behind these products appears to be creating efficiency for monitoring companies. “We have customers with hundreds of thousands of subscribers operating companies with less people in them then some small alarm companies with a few thousand accounts have” Cliff Dice, CEO, said in a prepared statement.

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