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NWOSS looks to build 'new school' network

Kostelac: More integrators should consider intrusion business
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03/05/2014

LIMA, Ohio-Northwestern Ohio Security Systems, a family owned systems integrator based here, values old-fashioned RMR generation, but it takes a “new school” approach to building its business, John Kostelac, NWOSS VP of sales, told Security Systems News.

Verified alarm? Definitions vary

Does ECV or cross-zoning qualify as a verified alarm? CSAA, PPVAR work toward new comprehensive verification standard
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03/05/2014

HENDERSON, Nev. and VIENNA, Va.—It’s likely that a new comprehensive verification standard will surface sometime in 2014. The Central Station Alarm Association is in the process of developing such a standard for all manner of verified alarms, and the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response, since its inception, has been gathering best practices toward that end.

ADS acquires two in Alabama

The two buys are ‘just the start’ of ADS’ acquisition plans for 2014
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03/05/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security, based here, this week announced the acquisition of the accounts of two Alabama security companies, Advanced Electronic Solutions of Opelika, and Guardian Security Systems of Decatur.

Readers praise show floor, networking at ISC West

Seventy one percent of respondents said if they could attend one show a year, ISC West would be it
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03/05/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—ISC West is one of those marquee tradeshows whose reputation precedes itself. Slated for April 1-4 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, the sprawling show seems to have something for everyone, whether you’re there for education sessions, the exhibit floor, the networking or all of the above.

What does the Ryan-Murray deal do for integrators?

By eliminating near-term cuts from the sequester, the bipartisan deal increases DHS appropriations from 2013 levels
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03/05/2014

WASHINGTON—Hailed in some corners as a rare example of political compromise, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, known as the Ryan-Murray agreement, could also be the near-term fiscal solution that integrators are looking for.

Monitronics nabs pair of Stevies

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Highlighted by the marquee acquisition of Security Networks, 2013 was unquestionably a strong year for Monitronics. It appears 2014 is starting the upswing as well.

Monitronics turned in an impressive haul at the latest Stevie Awards, reeling in a pair of Bronze prizes at the eighth awards show for sales and customer service. For the second consecutive year the third-party central station won in the Contact Center of the Year category, according to a news release from the company. The company was also honored in the Front-Line Customer Service Team of the year category.

The awards were presented at a gala banquet at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, the release noted.

On March 11, a pair of Monitronics leaders is slated to speak at the Piper, Jaffray Technology, Media & Telecommunications Conference held in at the Le Parker Meridien in New York.

Bill Fitzgerald, chairman and CEO of Ascent Capital, the holding company that owns Monitronics, and Michael Meyers, CFO of Ascent and Monitronics, will speak at the conference. According to an Ascent Capital news release, management may make “observations regarding the financial performance and outlook of both Ascent and Monitronics.”

In the wake of a big year for Monitronics, this presentation from management could be worth a listen. A live webcast of the presentation will be made available on the Ascent Capital investor relations website.

Colin Powell to keynote ASIS 2014

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03/04/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—General Colin Powell will deliver the keynote address at the ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits, sharing leadership insights he’s gained over the course of 50 years in public service, according to a news release from ASIS International.

SW24 honors vets and first responders at Brooklyn Nets games

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03/04/2014

NEW YORK—SecureWatch 24 is teaming up with its partner in the National Basketball Association, the Brooklyn Nets, to honor first responders and serving or retired armed forces veterans at the team’s home games, according to a news release from the company.

MicroPower offers integrators financing option

Tynan: Shift from a capital expenditure to an operating expenditure can speed installation, results for end users
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02/26/2014

SAN DIEGO—Wireless surveillance provider MicroPower is offering a new financing option designed to speed projects along and create RMR opportunities for integrators.

Central station vet gets TriStar off the ground

The California-based central, in operation for barely a year, has a leader at the helm who’s familiar with the West Coast market
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02/26/2014

CORONA, Calif.—TriStar Monitoring, based here, may be a newcomer to the central station space, but the company’s president and founder, Tim LeBlanc, is anything but.

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