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Vector Security acquires IRG, managed network services company

CEO Petrow says deal is just the beginning of Vector's move into managed infrastructure and business intelligence space
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08/19/2013

PITTSBURG—National integrator Vector Security will be able to offer managed network services to its customers and will have access to the "Who’s Who of retail customers”—including American Eagle, Estée Lauder and Coach—as the result of its acquisition of Industry Retail Group (IRG), a managed network services company based in Bethesda, Md.

SentryNet shares the credit

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

When I spoke last month to SentryNet’s Kurt Erdman and Alain Jamet, national sales manager and vice president of operations, respectively, both characterized their central station as an “activity hub” that would perform the dual task of promoting new technologies and keeping security professionals attuned to broader trends affecting the industry.

Given that approach, it’s not surprising that the information the company blasts out often reads like a hybrid between a news release and, well, news. A good example of this surfaced last week when the company summarized an episode in which all the interdependent parts of a security plan interacted properly to snuff out a crime in progress.

At 1:30 a.m. on August 11, an alarm was received from the Nashville Armory, a popular firearm complex housing a shooting range and a stockpile of weapons and ammo. Responding to the alarm, police pursued and caught a pair of burglars who had managed to make off with a haul of weapons and ammo valued at more than $10,000. Video surveillance recorded both subjects carrying out the crime, the SentryNet release noted, citing a report from the local Fox affiliate in Nashville.

The summary goes on to highlight myriad behind-the-scenes measures taken to help foil the crime, crediting everyone from the end users, the technicians, a locally owned alarm company (C.O. Christian and Sons), an integrator (Herring Technology), and SentryNet’s own central station and staff with performing their specific duties with aplomb.

“Those of us who are in this business understand the synergy and combined effort that took place behind the scenes in this story,” the SentryNet release noted. Well said. A successful security operation is an ecosystem, sustained by the efforts of people who sometimes never physically cross paths. It’s good to see that fact highlighted, and the credit for success shared.

Report: Growth rate for service offerings to soar

VSaaS, ACaaS expected to enjoy some of highest growth rates in security equipment and services market during forecast period
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10/01/2014

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—The North American market for physical security equipment and services is poised to exceed $61 billion by 2018, up from $44.4 billion in revenues in 2013, according to a new report, “Physical Security Equipment & Services Report—2014,” from IHS Research, a market research firm based here.

News Poll: CEDIA gaining the industry’s attention

A majority of respondents believe the home technology expo is best for residential companies, but some say integrators and monitoring can also benefit from the show
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10/01/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—A majority of respondents to a recent SSN News Poll—47 percent—said the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) expo was very important to security companies looking to keep pace with the growing demand for connected home technology.

ASIS, SIA launch joint learning management system

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09/29/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va., and SILVER SPRING, Md.—ASIS International and the Security Industry Association have launched my Global Portal for Security (myGPS), a learning platform for security industry professionals, according to a joint news release from the organizations.

Making Honeywell 'human centric'

Newly appointed Honeywell Security Products’ president Inder Reddy talks about goals for company, dealer programs
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09/26/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Making Honeywell Security Products more "human centric” tops the to-do list for this company’s newly installed president Inder Reddy.

Security Partners, WAVE Electronics collaborate on rebate program

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09/24/2014

LANCASTER, Pa.—Security Partners and WAVE Electronics recently introduced the 4-Star Program, a collaborative rebate program between the two companies that gives security dealers a profit advantage for products purchased from WAVE Electronics with monitoring services fro

Bold Technologies acquires ABM Data Systems

ABM users can now integrate a slew of add-ons from Bold’s Manitou product lines
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09/24/2014

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bold Technologies, a provider of central station and PSIM software, has acquired central station software provider ABM Data Systems, based in Round Rock, Texas, the company announced recently.

How Habitec reduces false alarms

False dispatches dropped 57 percent since 2012 following a new subscriber opt-out policy
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09/24/2014

TOLEDO, Ohio—Habitec Security, a monitoring company headquartered here, continues to upgrade its robust false dispatch reduction strategy, and internal company metrics show those efforts are working.

Siemens recalls audible fire alarm bases

Recall is result of potential problems with audible fire alarm bases, but no incidents or injuries reported
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09/24/2014

BUFFALO GROVE, Ill.— Siemens Building Technologies, based here, is recalling about 9,000 audible fire alarm bases because they can fail to sound an alarm, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Sept. 18.

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