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Entries sought for ESX Innovation Awards

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Organizers of the Electronic Security Expo put out a call for entries for the newly named "ESX 2015 Innovation Awards." Entries are due April 1, 2015. Winners will be notified on April 15.

ESX will take place June 24-26 in Baltimore this year.

Formerly called the Maximum Impact Awards, the ESX 2015 Innovation Awards will be given in 15 categories, which include several sub-categories. New subcategories include: DIY Security, Secure Wireless Communication Technology, and Activity Sensing/Medicine Management.

"This year, emerging products and services are eligible-as well as those that have been field-tested. Companies are encouraged to enter both products and services," according to an ESX news release.

The goal is to "recognize those innovators who are driving our industry forward and improving both our offerings and our ability to run our companies efficiently and profitably," George De Marco, ESX Chairman, said in a prepared statement.

Look for information on another new ESX event this year: "ESX TechVision Challenge," where top category winners will be invited to present before a panel of judges.

For a list of ESX 2015 Innovation Award categories and submission forms, visit www.esxweb.com/innovationawards or contact Allison Avril at 774.203.6394 or Allison.Avril@ESXweb.com

Category winners will be featured in the June issue of Security Systems News and in a showcase on the ESX 2015 trade show floor.

ESX announces IceBreaker Luncheon featured speaker

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05/29/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Electronic Security Expo (ESX) has announced that Louisiana State Fire Marshal and president-elect for the National Association of State Fire Marshals, H.

Google’s Nest, Time Warner, Dropcam executives at ESX

Industry newcomers offer perspectives on changing competitive landscape in security industry
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05/14/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Executives from a Google subsidiary, a cable company and a Silicon Valley startup will share their perspectives on the changing competitive landscape in the security industry and opportunities for security professionals at ESX in June.

Sizing up Google’s smart home play

Experts say the security industry should pay attention to the Internet services provider’s multimillion-dollar buy of a maker of intelligent thermostats and smoke alarms; they don't rule out a Google security offering
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01/29/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security companies should take note of Google’s recent expansion into the connected home with its $3.2 billion buy of smart thermostat and smoke alarm maker Nest Labs, industry experts tell Security Systems News.

ESX welcomes Newtown, Conn. police chief

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04/22/2013

IRVING, Texas—Newtown Conn. Police Chief Michael Kehoe will be the featured speaker at The Electronic Security Expo’s IceBreaker Luncheon, held Tuesday, June 18 at 12 p.m., according to a statement from the organization.

Marketing icon Roy Spence to deliver ESX keynote

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03/06/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Roy Spence, a Texas marketing icon who has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands, will deliver his message of “purpose-driven branding” as keynote speaker at this year’s Electronic Security Expo.

CAA symposium to feature four top industry execs

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10/10/2012

SAN FRANCISCO—Leaders from four security companies will speak at an executive symposium at the California Alarm Association’s 2012 Winter Convention, to be held here Dec. 5-8.

Putting the Vivint sale in perspective

Michael Barnes and George De Marco on the $2 billion valuation of Vivint, whether its growth plans are realistic, and its plans for expansion into commercial security
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09/19/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—News today that the Blackstone Group, a $180 billion private equity firm, will acquire home automation and security company Vivint in an agreement worth more than $2 billion is another “huge shot of support for the industry,” Michael Barnes, founding partner of Barnes Associates, a consulting and advisory firm that specializes in the security alarm industry, told Security Systems News.

Change from ‘protection to connection’ driving values

But RMR, well-managed costs and low attrition remain ‘key metrics’ for success, a panel at ESX says
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07/03/2012

NASHVILLE—Connected services are changing the industry and creating new business opportunities but are also posing some challenges, such as enticing telecom and cableco players into the market, a panel of industry experts said at the Electronic Security Expo here last week.

GPS ‘a different animal’ for central stations

Experts say mobile devices bring new challenges that require new approaches
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05/30/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—What’s worse than a false alarm? A moving false alarm, according to panelists at a recent ESX webinar, who cited a growing challenge for monitoring companies as they move deeper into the world of GPS and mobile PERS devices.

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