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Centrals get social

Social media on the rise for many reasons
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07/30/2014

Social media may not be a major revenue generator at this point, but third-party monitoring stations are making more use of popular social media sites to reinforce traditional sales and marketing efforts, according to a group of executives from five well known third-party monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News for this report.

Study: Hybrid suppression systems need own standards

Part water mist, part gas suppression systems, the new technology isn’t addressed by current NFPA standards, new research concludes
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07/30/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—A hybrid fire suppression system is a combination water mist and gas suppression system, and because this new technology is a hybrid, there is no one NFPA standard that covers it. Should there be? A recently released study looked to answer that question.

Talking keypads and panels with Karen Sullivan

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07/30/2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Security Systems News recently caught up with Karen Sullivan, recently named sales manager at Z-Tech Central, to discuss how she handles security at home.

Specifically Speaking: F. Patrick Mahoney, CannonDesign

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07/29/2014

Specifically Speaking features Q-and-A with a different security consultant every month. In July, we spoke to F. Patrick Mahoney, senior associate at Grand Island, N.Y.-based CannonDesign.

ESX 2014 draws more than 2,000 security professionals

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07/29/2014

IRVING, Texas—ESX 2014, held in June in the Music City Center of Nashville, drew more than 2,000 professionals and 200-plus exhibitors, according to a news release from the Electronic Security Association.

MobileHelp nabs Frost & Sullivan award

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07/29/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.—MobileHelp, a provider of mobile PERS solutions, based here, recently won Frost & Sullivan’s 2014 North American Price Performance Value Leadership Award in the PERS category, according to a joint news release.

Sonitrol of Hawaii opens monitoring station

Company plans to double staff at the new facility within the next year
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07/16/2014

HONOLULU, Hawaii—Sonitrol of Hawaii, a provider of verified security systems based here, has opened a new central monitoring station to serve the Hawaii market.

ASG consolidates in South Texas, acquires Laredo Alarms

Super-regional now has RMR of $1.2m in South Texas
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07/16/2014

BELTSVILLE, Md.—In a deal that boosts its RMR in South Texas to $1.2 million, super-regional ASG Security has acquired Laredo Alarms of Laredo, Texas.

“We dominate in this part of Texas,” Joe Nuccio, ASG CEO, told Security Systems News.

ESA says school security spending needs to be about equipment

ESA government relations director: ‘Not one dime’ spent on equipment
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07/16/2014

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government has devoted more than $300 million over the past two years to enhancing school security. While that money has gone toward the production of reports, research, assessments and position papers, among other things, it has not gone toward the actual installation of electronic security systems, John Chwat, director of government relations at the Electronic Security Association, told Security Systems News.

North American video surveillance market poised for rapid expansion

Author expects 'massive proliferation' of IP cameras during forecast period
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07/15/2014

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—With the technology becoming ever more sophisticated, video surveillance systems are on the verge of becoming an indispensible component of security systems worldwide. In the coming years, the growth of the North American market is expected to reflect that reality.

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