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Industry icon dies in vehicle collision

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Monday, November 21, 2011

I came to work this morning to a report of some sad news: John Mabry, a director and past president of the Central Station Alarm Association, died Friday, Nov. 18, in a car crash.

Mel Mahler of ADS Security, another CSAA past president and director, shared this message with Security Systems News:

“It is with deep regret and profound sadness that I share the passing of John W. Mabry.
 
While en route to visit his daughter yesterday afternoon, John was involved in a fatal head-on collision, according to the chief deputy of the Dublin, Ga. sheriff’s department. John was alone at the time of the accident.”
 
Here’s a synopsis from First Florida Capital Corporation, of which Mabry, a Florida resident, is listed as an affiliate partner, of some of his accomplishments in the industry.

“John W. Mabry, Jr. is past President of Security Network of America. Founded and built the American Alarm Company.  In 1983, Honeywell Inc. purchased American Alarm … John served as Vice President of Honeywell's Protection Services Division and later Vice President of the $3.4B Home and Building Control business unit … John serves on several alarm monitoring company boards, is past President of the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association and founded the NBFAA's National Training School. John is a director and past President of the Central Station Alarm Association.”

I'll continue to report on this story as we learn more.

New consumer credit score rules a ‘headache’

Federal regs require alarm companies to explain to consumers why they were turned down
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10/13/2011

VIENNA, Va.—Strict new federal regulations governing how companies inform consumers that their credit scores were used to reject them will result in higher labor costs and other problems for alarm companies, said a legal advisor to the Central Station Alarm Association, which is based here.
The new requirements took effect this summer, and are a part of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, a response to the economic recession. They essentially mean that security companies will have to spend more time and effort explaining to consumers why their poor credit ratings led to their being turned down as customers, said attorney John Prendergast, an advisor to the CSAA.

Natural disasters test concept for ASAP-to-the-PSAP program

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09/01/2011

PITTSBURGH—Vector Security CEO Pam Petrow said recent natural disasters on the East Coast have provided a proof of concept for CSAA's ASAP-to-the-PSAP program.

ESX returns to its roots in 2012, 2013

Born in Nashville four years ago, the show is coming home
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07/05/2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Popular demand is bringing the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) back here to the city where it started four years ago—for 2012 and 2013.
Ralph Sevinor, chairman of the board of ESX, which is owned and sponsored by the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA), said the board listened to exhibitors and attendees in returning the educational and networking event for security integration and monitoring companies to Nashville.

CSAA, ESA recognize industry excellence at ESX 2011

Annual awards given out
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06/09/2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Two of the security industry's biggest national associations, the Central Station Alarm Association and the Electronic Security Association, held their annual awards ceremonies at this year's Electronic Security Expo here.

CSAA ready to press ahead with ASAP-to-the-PSAP program

New protocol looks to further industry/municipality cooperation
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06/02/2011

VIENNA, Va.—The Central Station Alarm Association is preparing to advance a next generation 911 communications program that benefits the security industry, emergency response centers (public safety answering points or PSAPs), and the public with a new protocol initiative.
CSAA is calling the initiative ASAP-to-the-PSAP. ASAP stands for Automated Secure Alarm Protocol and once fully functional will allow central stations to use the Monitoring Station to PSAP Data Exchange Program to deliver a data-slim link to bandwidth-rich multi-media content like video and audio to PSAPs and first responders.

Getting to know AHJ builds understanding

A CSAA-sponsored seminar provides tips on effective relationships with AHJ’s
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05/06/2011

VIENNA, Va.—Stopping by your AHJ’s office just to say “Hi” and chat could help increase understanding when it comes time to determine whether a fire alarm meets code.

SGS integrates with Unified 911 for more accurate emergency services dispatch

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04/21/2011

DALLAS—A new technology partnership aims to simplify and speed up 911 dispatch for central stations. Furthermore, the partnership aligns with current efforts on the part of the Central Station Alarm Association and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials.

CSAA: Industry should get smart about smart meters

An association spokesman says industry should educate customers about potential problems
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03/21/2011

VIENNA, Va.—Utility companies are installing smart meters on homes and businesses around the nation to help the utilities and their customers better manage power usage. But the devices also appear to have some drawbacks—one of them being possible interference with property owners’ security alarm system.

Micro Key offers association membership to clients

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02/24/2011

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Central station automation platform provider Micro Key on Feb. 8 announced a new promotion during which it will pay a year’s membership for new clients to join the Central Station Alarm Association.

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