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DVTEL’s all about 4K at ASIS

New VMS and camera are part of DVTEL’s ‘4K Certified Solutions Suite’
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09/10/2014

RIDGEFIELD, N.J. —Video surveillance provider DVTEL has always had its own cameras, but the debut of its Quasar 4K Ultra HD camera at ASIS this month will mark the first time the company is introducing a “leading camera,” DVTEL CEO Yoav Stern told Security Systems News.

'Net neutrality' necessary for alarm signals

Industry takes action to ensure ISPs do not interfere with alarm data; ESA, AICC petition FCC
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09/10/2014

WASHINGTON—Concerned about fair, reliable and accurate transmission of alarm data, the ESA and the Alarm Industry Communications Committee are urging the FCC to support net neutrality.

North American port security market poised to expand

Physical security applications on the rise include access control, video surveillance and analytics, and screening and scanning devices
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09/10/2014

FORT WORTH, Texas—The North American physical security market for marine ports is expected to maintain consistent growth over the next five years, due in part to the perception of the government that critical infrastructure facilities are prime targets for terrorists, according to a new report from MicroMarketMonitor, a market research company based here.

Specifically Speaking: Roger Hutchins, principal, GHD

Specifically Speaking: Roger Hutchins, principal, GHD
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09/09/2014

Specifically Speaking features Q-and-A with a different security consultant every month. In July, we spoke to Roger Hutchins, principal at Washington, D.C.-based GHD.

Monitronics partners with Mission 500

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09/08/2014

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Envision Security gets $3m in financing

The new mezzanine loan will allow the small company to retain accounts, build RMR and expand
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09/03/2014

PEORIA, Ariz.—A new $3 million private equity loan will allow Envision Security, a small door-knocking company based here, to keep many of its accounts in house so it can build RMR and grow.

SSN News Poll: Readers debate central station of future

Readers say business as usual is not an option. Nontraditional services expected to play larger role
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09/03/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Though central stations will always hang their hat on the value of their core monitoring service, their transformation into hubs of more than just alarm signals is well underway.

Is 'wake-up' device the answer for mPERS?

Securus, a mobile security solutions provider, has found a way to minimize lingering concerns about battery life
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09/03/2014

CARY, N.C.—Mobile PERS units are emerging as a monitoring staple, but that doesn’t mean the device is without its share of skeptics.

ASAP extended to non-charter members

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More companies will soon be able to reap the benefits of the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol, as the CSAA moves into its next stage of deployment by extending the program to non-charter members.

So far, the 100 CSAA members that have helped fund the program have been able to contract and connect to the system, which is designed to increase the efficiency and reliability of emergency electronic signals form central stations to Public Safety Answering Points, commonly known as PSAPs. In total, 42 companies have contracted for connection, though some do business in areas that do not yet have an active PSAP.

Currently, seven PSAPs are enrolled in the ASAP program, with Washington, D.C. and Houston representing the largest urban areas. In a recent press release, the CSAA said it expects to add Boston and Seattle to the mix in the coming year, along with the entire state of Delaware.

In August, Romeoville, Ill.-based Protection 1 became the largest participant to go live with the ASAP to PSAP program. Ed Bonifas, co-chair of CSAA’s ASAP steering committee, said in a prepared statement that Protection 1’s coming online would add “considerable traffic to the participating PSAPs.”

Later that month, Guardian Protection Services, based in Warrendale, Pa., in conjunction with the CSAA announced it was coming online with the program in Richmond, Va., where it has a solid presence. Jason Bradley, director of central station operations at Guardian, told me that implementation in Washington, D.C. was the next step.

It’s no exaggeration to say broader adoption of the ASAP to PSAP program will transform the industry, making signal transmission a faster and more informative process. To be sure, the program is expanding at a steady pace, and I imagine it’ll be sooner than we think before dealers are going to expect centrals, where possible, to join the ranks.

Video in the home goes mainstream

Checking in on kids, elderly parents and pets facilitated by residential video surveillance
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09/02/2014

In the second decade of the 21st century, home security is no longer just about catching bad guys.

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