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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.

SIA Government Summit takes on convergence of cybersecurity, physical security, law enforcement tech trends and more

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03/27/2015

WASHINGTON—The convergence of cybersecurity and physical security, funding for safe schools and law enforcement technology trends, including body-worn cameras, will be among the topics featured at the SIA Government Summit in June.

‘20 under 40’ end users work to build security success

Badging, cultural challenges among top issues, they say at TechSec2015
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02/25/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—It’s difficult to raise risk awareness among employees when everyone thinks everything is going just fine. Achieving security autonomy across different types of businesses that fall under one banner with almost 30,000 employees is difficult, too.

What is it about Genetec that wins it top-employer awards?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Genetec, a developer of open-platform, hardware and cloud-based services for the physical security and public safety industries, based in Montreal, hosted a Press Summit this week. I was supposed to be there. But no! A snowstorm on Sunday prevented me from making my flight out.

I was disappointed. I was interested in learning and reporting about what Genetec has going on for 2015 in advance of its reveals at ISC West. I also was looking forward to finding out more about the corporate culture of the company, which was founded in 1997.

Corporate culture is worth knowing about. Just ask John Loud of LOUD Security, who spoke about it at Honeywell’s Connect2014 event.

Brian Katz of Google, keynoter at our recent TechSec conference, discussed that progressive company’s culture of security.

Attitudes all add up in making companies more successful.

When I visited Genetec’s HQ last year I was impressed with the atmosphere there, from the popular, low-cost gourmet food in its company cafeteria to its on-site gym. Then there’s the foosball- and X-box-equipped meeting areas. Employees trying to untangle snags in projects are encouraged to work them out over a game or two. (My teenage son has often told me that video games help him think, too, when he’s stuck on a homework project. Now I just might believe him.)

It’s not only about good food and fun and games for Gentec’s 620 employees, though. Those perks, along with generous vacation time and benefits and company-sponsored outings, are designed to promote a work environment that fosters “a strong culture of innovation, which is essential to the growth and future of [the] business,” the company says.

Genetec this year was named one of the top employees in Montreal for the ninth consecutive year by MediaCorp Canada. The contest evaluates employers on criteria that includes physical workspace, work atmosphere and social, health, financial and family benefits, vacation and time off, employee communications, performance management, training and skills development and community involvement.

The award isn’t just about good external public relations, the company told me when I inquired. In addition to prompting more visitors to the Genetec website and boosting job applications and greater, favorable awareness about the company overall, it has made current employees proud to work at the company and, Genetec says, employee retention will grow because of it.

I’ll be writing more about Genetec’s corporate culture, so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global physical security market to top $100 billion by 2019

North America will be biggest contributor 2014-2019
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01/20/2015

LONDON—The global physical security market will more than double in value to more than $100 billion between 2014 and 2019, according to a report from TechNavio. North America will remain the largest contributor to the market.

New ASIS president named

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11/25/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Dave Tyson, senior director, information security and CISO for SC Johnson, will become president of ASIS in January.

Tyson has nearly 30 years of experience in enterprise security, ASIS says.

Which generation is big on smart home technology?

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MADISON, N.J—Question: Who is most willing to spend money on smart home technology?

Answer: The Millennials, those consumers born between 1982 and 2000. That’s according to a recent survey conducted by ERA Real Estate and HGTV.

Overall, 2,437 consumers participated in the survey this past August.

Forty-six percent of the respondents said they believe it is important that their current home or the next home they buy be equipped with smart home technology; 51 percent said they would consider installing such technology to make their house have a higher resale value.

Millennials were 10 times more likely than Gen Xers, those born after post-WWII Baby Boomers, to make the smart home investment, the survey showed.

"While still a growing trend, smart home enhancements have the potential to increase savings, safety and resale value," Charlie Young, president and CEO of ERA Real Estate, said in a prepared statement. "As we have seen through this survey and (through) our one-on-one interactions with buyers and sellers, a smart home is one that is well-positioned for the future and aligns with a growing reliance on mobile technology."

Mobile technology and control are rising to the top, particularly with Millennials, the survey found. Seven in 10 Millennials believe it is important that smart home technology integrates with their smartphones.

Five in 10 survey respondents reported having a security system in their current home. Demonstrating consumers' practical preferences, the most commonly found technologies were those that could help homeowners save money, including automated climate control, energy management, remote home monitoring and lighting control systems, the survey said.

For more findings from the survey, go here.

American Alarm’s N.H. move promotes its growth plan

Customer service, jobs should increase as a result, president says
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10/29/2014

ARLINGTON, Mass.—In keeping with its plan for aggressive growth, New England security provider American Alarm and Communications expects to increase its customer service capabilities and add jobs with a new and bigger New Hampshire office.

Honeywell’s Connect 2014 on tap

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Honeywell’s Connect 2014 is coming up next month, and I’m happy to say I’ll be in attendance.

Best-selling author and syndicated columnist Jeffrey Gitomer will keynote the event, an annual gathering of independent dealers, which is scheduled for Nov. 13-16 in Orlando. Gitomer is a sales and customer service expert who will speak on his unique approach to driving sales.

More than 60 educational sessions aimed at residential, commercial and enterprise installers are scheduled. I’ve been looking at the list trying to plan a strategy to get to as many as I can.

Honeywell will be showing off its award-wining LYNX Touch 7000 and its High Definition IP Video Kits, and will be giving demos in its Connected Home Room—and that’s something I’m looking forward to as well.

If you’ll be there, let me know so we can meet up!

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.

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