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Potter: Sprinkler systems last longer with nitrogen

Research shows using nitrogen generator instead of an air compressor for dry and pre-action systems means less corrosion
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03/11/2014

ST. LOUIS—A new Potter Electric Signal Co. study shows that replacing air with nitrogen as the supervisory gas in dry and pre-action sprinkler systems dramatically reduces rust and makes the systems last more than five times longer.

Gilbert launches Pinnacle Advisory Services

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03/10/2014

WOODBURY, N.J.—Industry veteran Marc Gilbert, who has worked in the alarm and PERS industry for 25 years has launched Pinnacle Advisory Services, providing due diligence and other services to security industry lenders and security companies.

Meet the Editors, Join the #ISCW14 Twitter conversation

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03/07/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News and Security Director News invite you to a “Meet the Editors” event before the ISC West show floor opens on Wednesday, April 2.

Guardian Protection signs on a top California dealer

Skyline Security is expected to sell 800 to 900 systems a month
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03/05/2014

WARRENDALE, Pa.—A new in-house financing feature offered by Guardian Protection Services’ authorized dealer program is a major reason one of California’s largest security dealers has joined the program, expanding Guardian’s presence in that lucrative market.

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.

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