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Advanced Signal acquires life-safety division of electrical contractor

The fold-in will benefit the Massachusetts parts-and-smarts company and its parent company, American Alarm and Communications
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06/11/2014

RANDOLPH, Mass.—Advanced Signal, based here, has acquired the fire and life safety accounts of a longtime Rockland, Mass.-based electrical contractor, P.E. Caruso.

Alarm Grid's mission: ‘perfect panel’ for DIY

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Honeywell has released its new LYNX 5200 wireless security system and Alarm Grid DIY Security Solutions, a new Florida company that focuses on helping customers install their own security systems to keep costs affordable, says it is “on a mission to make the L5200 the perfect panel for security system Do-It-Yourselfers.”

It will be interesting to see how much traction Alarm Grid—founded in 2012 and based in Lighthouse Point, Fla., and which offers its customers no-contract central station monitoring—is able to achieve with its DIY approach.

It’s clear the company really likes the new Honeywell panel.

“The L5200 is the sister panel to this year's ISC [West] ‘Best in Intrusion’ winner, the Honeywell L7000, which is expected to be released in the latter half of 2014,” Alarm Grid said in a June 11 news release. “Like the predecessors of these two panels, Honeywell has designed the L5200 to be an integrated system that combines state-of-the art wireless security features such as Advanced Protection Logic (APL) and interactive services that allow an user to control the system from any smart device, with the incredible convenience afforded by modern home automation products.”

Alarm Grid said that with the new panel, “Honeywell has gone far to address many of their consumers' demands, and it's clear that with this panel the company is furthering its commitment to improved user experience. … The Honeywell L5200 comes with more zones of protection, the ability to display a camera on screen, and one of the most exciting developments in Honeywell's technology comes with the announcement that the L5200 is flash upgradeable … which allows the panel to download the latest software updates that have been released for the unit.”

Alarm Grid believes that DIY is the wave of the future and that Honeywell’s new panel is perfect for DIYers. The company says it is making it available to end users through its website.

"Do-It-Yourselfers have really taken up the reins in this industry. These panels are easy to understand, they are simple to program, and they are simple to install," said Joshua Unseth, Alarm Grid's director of marketing, in a prepared statement.

The news release continues: “While the release of a security system like the L5200 would generally mean big money for installers who bank on consumers knowing very little about how these systems work, Alarm Grid has already released the L5200 manuals, they have begun writing L5200 frequently asked questions, and they have even released a L5200 DIY installation video, which they say shows just how simple installing this system yourself can be.”

"We don't think you have to be an experienced DIYer to install a security system," Sterling Donnelly, Alarm Grid president, said in a statement. “… Our goal is to make it easy. For those who want to give it a try, our tech team patiently guides them through every step of the way."

Honeywell releases LYNX Touch 5200

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06/09/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell on June 9 introduced a new all-in-one LYNX Touch 5200, which it says will allow “dealers to offer an enhanced user experience while reducing costs.”

NorthStar’s updated website emphasizes home automation

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06/05/2014

OREM, Utah—NorthStar Alarm Services, a summer sales company based here, announced this week that the company has a new look to highlight its home automation and security solutions.

CO restaurant death leads to new laws, but can industry do more?

A fire company president calls for digital displays of CO levels on system-connected detectors, but a manufacturer says other safeguards are already in place
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05/21/2014

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—The death of a Long Island, N.Y. restaurant manager from carbon monoxide poisoning has prompted several Long Island communities to pass new CO requirements.

‘Test Drive’ of Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 available

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05/08/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—To help dealers sell remote services, Honeywell has developed a ‘Test Drive’ interactive demo feature for the iPhone, the company recently announced.

Video verification: a residential service?

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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Video verification in the residential market—it was a topic that surfaced in some of the PPVAR panels I attended at TechSec, though the discussion had been picking up momentum well before that.

It really seemed to pick up last August, when Honeywell Security announced it was joining the membership ranks of PPVAR, a move that some saw as a sign of the “mainstreaming” of video verification.

That seemed to be the gist of Scott Harkins (president of Honeywell Security Products Americas) words in the prepared statement released at the time, in which he said Honeywell recognized that “video verification is an important product category as we look to the future of security.”

Harkins, who was a panelist at one of the PPVAR sessions at ISC West, for the most part reiterated that sense of optimism, saying there was indeed potential for video verification in the residential space. He did however add the caveat that, from Honeywell’s perspective, bringing the technology into the mainstream had to be done in a way that keeps such systems affordable to a mass residential market.

Keith Jentoft, president at Videofied - RSI Video Technologies and an industry liaison for PPVAR, has given me some leads in recent weeks about a few monitoring companies that are striving to fulfill the vision put forth by Harkins (EMERgency24, based in Des Plaines, Ill., is one of a few he’s mentioned).

In the days and weeks ahead, I plan to explore how some of these companies are taking video verification to a broader residential market, zeroing in on the strategies that have worked as well as the challenges. 

Tuxedo Touch demo apps available for iOS and Android

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04/24/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell’s new Tuxedo Touch demo app is available for download from iTunes and Google Play, according to Honeywell marketing communications specialist Natasha Ramjit.

Honeywell introduces new Equip Series

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04/21/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Security dealers have a much broader range of options for commercial video surveillance installations with the addition of 14 new ç

Honeywell DVR minimizes installation, connects with I-View Now’s verification service

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04/08/2014

LAS VEGAS and MELVILLE, N.Y.—A new DVR from Honeywell, set to be released in the second quarter of 2014, will include specific functionality geared to I-View Now’s video verification service, according to an I-View Now news release.

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