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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.

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.

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

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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

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