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Judge upholds ruling in Dice v. Bold

Michigan company’s motion denied; judge calls its assertions 'troubling'
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04/10/2013

BAY CITY, Mich.—A federal judge has denied Dice Corp.’s motion for reconsideration in its intellectual-property case against Bold Technologies, stating that Dice did not provide the court with any new information and faulting the company for “mischaracterization” of evidence.

ASAP getting closer to reaching ‘critical mass’

Central stations stepping up to speed alarm notifications to PSAPs
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02/01/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—After big strides in 2012 that put an array of technical and logistical challenges behind it, the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol is getting closer to reaching “critical mass” nationwide, according to ASAP proponent Ed Bonifas.

Dice appeals judge’s ruling in case against Bold

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12/12/2012

BAY CITY, Mich.—Dice Corp. has asked a federal judge to reconsider the dismissal of a lawsuit that alleged Bold Technologies unlawfully accessed Dice’s servers and stole its proprietary software, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court here.

DICE Users Group conference set for new venue

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12/05/2012

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—DICE Corp.’s annual users group conference will be hosted by Engineered Protection Systems Inc. at its corporate office here, according to a company statement.

Judge dismisses all claims in Dice v. Bold

Court finds no evidence that Bold accessed Dice’s servers or its central station software
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10/31/2012

BAY CITY, Mich.—A federal judge has dismissed all of Dice Corp.’s claims in its intellectual property lawsuit against Bold Technologies, stating that Dice’s case was based on “conclusory assertions, not evidence.”

PSIM goes mobile with DICE’s Matrix Universal Video

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09/14/2012

PHILADELPHIA—DICE Corp. this week formally launched Matrix Universal Video, a cloud-based PSIM system that allows users to receive alarms and their linked videos simultaneously and access the information with an iPad or Android device.

Mobile’s the word at annual DICE conference

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08/29/2012

BAY CITY, Mich.—Participants set the agenda at DICE Corp.’s annual Users Group Conference, so the topics can shift to reflect what is actually happening in the field. And a lot of the buzz at this year’s event focused on what everyone in the industry has been talking about lately: adapting to keep up with the Web.

DICE rolls out backup in Colorado fire

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

They are powerful numbers: More than 18,000 acres burned, 32,000 residents forced to evacuate, and nearly 350 homes destroyed. The Waldo Canyon fire outside Colorado Springs is now under control, but not before leaving its mark as one of the most destructive in the state’s history.

It’s a long way from the sagebrush to Bay City, Mich., but that’s where DICE Corp.’s Disaster Recovery Center geared up to help any clients threatened by the Waldo wildfire and others in the region. DICE software is used to monitor thousands of homes and businesses in the Colorado Springs area.

“Having accounts in an area that could, at any time, be in jeopardy on a large scale … will cause intense management issues at the monitoring centers located in non-affected areas,” the company said in an email statement. “Part of the preparation we did on behalf of the recent Colorado evacuations was to make our Disaster Recovery Center available to receive signals from any of our clients if the [fire] was affecting their normal day-to-day businesses. In doing so, it provided an advanced storm mode, if you will, in which case the extra signal activity is removed from the center’s inbound circuits, which is really an expansion of capacity and services to the center.”

Melissa Courville, head of marketing and communications for DICE, said there were clients in the Colorado Springs area that did turn to the company’s DR center for assistance, but she was not at liberty to disclose who they were or to what extent they were affected.

Courville said the situation served as a reminder of when the company provided backup for a central station that was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina until it was able to rebuild.

“I’m humbled to say it was my first opportunity to step up as an emergency operator to dispatch,” she said. “To us it is only natural to offer our assistance, as we have done always and continue to do so.”
 

Onward through the blog: Day Two at ISC West

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Friday, March 30, 2012

ISC West kept up a strong head of steam on Day Two.

It started at 7:30 a.m. with the Security 5K to benefit Mission 500, a nonprofit group that aids impoverished children. An impressive turnout of runners raised an equally impressive funding total, according to race organizers, and the group later said it had topped its goal of 500 children sponsored.

Then it was on to the show floor for another day of networking and discussion among the thousands, with no letup from Day One’s brisk pace. Here are a few details from my stops along the way:

— Secure Global Solutions announced a May 1 launch for a new app, Stages Metrix, that will give users tablet access to key central station performance figures.
— Keith Jentoft of Videofied provided an update of the growing alliance between insurers, law enforcement and central stations to increase arrests and reduce false dispatches with the use of video alarms.
— Cliff Dice of Dice Corp. detailed his company’s Matrix software, which brings video into a browser environment and opens the door to continuous RMR for integrators.
— Morgan Hertel, the new VP of operations for Rapid Response, disclosed that the company is planning to build a new central station in the West sometime in the next year.
— Gordon Hope of AlarmNet at Honeywell talked about the move to 4G and the June 1 release of the LYNX Touch 5100 wireless control panel with Wi-Fi communications module, which finds the best signal—2G, 3G or 4G—in the user’s area.

Like Day One, there was obviously much more, but I’ll put it to bed for now and gear up for tomorrow’s finale. See you there …  

 

Judge denies motion to dismiss in Dice v. Bold

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02/22/2012

BAY CITY, Mich.—A federal judge has denied a motion by Bold Technologies to dismiss a claim filed against it by Dice Corp. in the ongoing trade dispute between the providers of central station automation platforms.

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