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Technology still top challenge for alarm companies, new ESA president says

John Knox takes helm amid advances that are reshaping the industry
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07/03/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Competition from telecoms and cablecos is drawing a lot of attention in the security world, but keeping pace with technology is still the biggest challenge facing alarm companies, new ESA President John Knox said at the Electronic Security Expo.

ESX on track to be largest ever

Organizers predict 30 percent increase in attendance
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05/07/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2012 Electronic Security Expo is on track to be the largest in the event’s five-year history, with more exhibitors and a projected 30 percent increase in attendance from last year, according to event organizers.

ESA launching Florida chapter

New chapter to focus on business development and lead generation for members
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04/09/2012

IRVING, Texas—The Electronic Security Association, based here, is launching a state-chartered chapter in Florida.

Four new members named to SIAC board

Diebold’s Stroia heads group bringing 'fresh energy'
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02/03/2012

FRISCO, Texas—Four new members have been named to the board of directors of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), an exchange of industry veterans that brings the group "fresh energy and fresh ideas," according to Executive Director Stan Martin.

Security industry seeks access to disaster areas

Proper credentialing key for security personnel to access emergency zones to restart critical security/life safety systems
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02/01/2012

IRVING, Texas—In the aftermath of a tornado, hurricane, flood or other disaster, the security and life safety systems of everything from homes to banks to medical facilities need to be quickly restored to aid in the recovery. But without official procedures in place to ensure they have the proper credentials to enter emergency zones, critical security industry personnel may be unable to gain access to rewire and restart their customers

More money for VideoIQ

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

VideoIQ yesterday announced it received $3.5 in funding from existing investors Atlas Venture, Matrix Partners and Tenaya Capital.
 
This is an expansion of a Series C funding round. In September, the company got $7.5 million in September from the above investors and another existing investor, Cisco.

Also in September, VideoIQ named Ed Bednarcik as its new CEO. Bednarchik, who is known for readying companies for IPOs, replaced Scott Schnell.

The company, which makes IP cameras and encoders with on-board storage and built-in self-calibrating analytics, said funding will be used to expand sales and product development teams. It also announced "record growth" over the past year. I’m currently enroute from the ESI Forum in Dallas to Maine, but am looking forward to getting more details from Ed Bednarcik during an interview tomorrow. I’ll have more on this deal, and the ESI Forum, in stories later this week.

Talking about new entrants in Dallas

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I’m in Dallas at the ESA Leadership Conference and ESI Forum.

If you’re at the event, check out the educational session I’m moderating today. It’s called "What the Arrival of New Industry Entrants Means for your Business"

The panelists are Joe Nuccio, CEO of ASG Security, and John Loud, president of Loud Security. We’ll be talking about  the cable and telco companies that are playing in security now.

There are seven at last count, and they’re not all taking the same approach. We’re going to take a look at who the new entrants are, analyze their offerings and approach, and talk about what traditional security companies should keep in mind as the competitive landscape shifts.

The session begins at 1:45 today. See you there.

Former MBFAA president dies

Jim L. Morris 1944-2011
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12/12/2011

IRVING, Texas—Jim L. Morris, founder and owner of American Detection Specialists Inc. in Springfield, Mo., died of a heart attack on Nov. 21.

Industry mourns loss of former MBFAA president

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

ESA announced that Jim L. Morris, founder and owner of American Detection Specialists, Inc. in Springfield, Mo., died of a heart attack on Nov. 21. Here's the official obituary.

From the ESA, “Mr. Morris was well known as a strong advocate for both ESA and the industry. He founded American Detection Specialists in 1989, and spent more than 27 years as a security professional. In addition to being the current vice president of ESA's Missouri chapter, he served for many years on the ESA Board of Directors. He was also active in the association's Sales & Marketing Professionals (SMP) group.

He was past president of ESA's Chartered Chapter when it was formerly known as the Missouri Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (MBFAA), and was currently president of the southwest Missouri regional association. Also, in 2006, Mr. Morris was selected as a member of the GE Security Pro Hall of Fame.”

Security Systems News interviewed Jim Morris in 2006 when Morris became president of the Missouri Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

 

 

Time Warner Cable, Frontier enter home security market

The companies launch home security/home automation options in upstate New York and other markets
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11/22/2011

YARMOUTH, Maine—Time Warner Cable and Frontier Communications are now joining other cableco and telecom companies in launching home security/home automation offerings.

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