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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.

ASIS announces Accolades Award winners

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09/24/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va. —ASIS International has announced its 2014 Accolades Award winners to recognize the security industry’s most innovative new products, services and solutions.

Skylink introduces DIY monitoring solution

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09/23/2014

TORONTO—Skylink, a provider of DIY home safety solutions, recently introduced an alarm system kit that allows end users to secure and monitor their homes, according to a news release from the company.

Chinese fire manufacturer’s new $30m plant in Quebec to target U.S. market

But analyst says developing distribution channels could pose a problem
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09/22/2014

SAINT-BRUNO-DE-MONTARVILLE, Quebec—A Chinese fire manufacturer plans to build a $30 million new plant in this city near Montreal next year. However, its plan to eventually target the U.S. market could face challenges, according to an industry analyst.

I-View Now integrates with SIMS central station software

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09/19/2014

HENDERSON, Nev.—I-View Now, a provider of cloud-based video verification services, now integrates with SIMS central station automation software, allowing dealers to sell a range of central station video services— including device monitoring, video verification, guard tou

Alarm Capital Alliance expands in Georgia

Pennsylvania-based ACA adds to its Atlanta base with backyard buy
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09/19/2014

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Alarm Capital Alliance acquired more than 1,200 accounts from Bulldog Security Services of Dacula, Ga., strengthening ACA’s position in the Atlanta area.

PE firm buys back distributor it previously sold

Behrman Capital sold fire distributor BECO in 2010 but has repurchased it, seeing more growth potential
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09/17/2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Private equity firm Behrman Capital likes BECO Holding Company, a wholesale distributor of fire equipment based here, so much that it recently bought the company back after selling it four years ago.

Fortress Security’s Houston expansion nets customers, techs

The company also plans wider regional expansion across Texas and into Oklahoma
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09/17/2014

ARLINGTON, Texas—Fortress Security, based here, expanded its reach into the Houston metro area this summer, drawn by a strong demand for its services, a slightly larger Houston market and a larger pool of technicians, said company founder and owner Jerrod Smith.

SIA working group updates 'keystone' alarm standard

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

To survive, adapt. Those words have become an industry maxim of late. A similar sentiment holds true for those in the standards writing arena who strive to stay current with the technological arc of the industry.

The CP-01 Working Group, a special group of the SIA Intrusion Subcommittee, this week unveiled a false alarm reduction standard that includes definitions for remote devices and updated language, stemming from requests for interpretation from the last update of the standard, completed in 2010.  

Called the ANSI/SIA CP-01-2014, the updated standard is intended for use by manufacturers in the design of control panels and alarm signal receivers, and for reference by security system installers, specifiers, central station operators and manufacturers of central station-related products.

“As technology continues to evolve, it is important that we keep this useful standard up to date with it,” Lou Fiore, chairman of the CP-01 Working Group, said in a prepared statement. “Increasingly, panels are being armed and disarmed using remote devices including smartphones and tablets, we thought it was time to address that in CP-01.”

Revisions to the CP-01 standard have been made over the past two decades in response to technological evolution in the sphere of false alarm reduction. According to a SIA statement, CP-01-compliant panels have been instrumental in reducing false alarms by as much as 90 percent, saving municipalities and responders time and money.

For the next few years, the updated standard will presumably be the measuring stick for due diligence as far as minimizing false alarms. But as anyone in the industry can attest, technological development is unpredictable, so it wouldn’t be too surprising to see this “keystone” CP-01 standard updated again in the next five years. As the industry adapts, so too must its best practices and standards.

SSN and SDN ‘20 under 40’ to be honored at TechSec Solutions

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09/16/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—The members of Security Systems News’ and Security Director News’ “20 under 40” classes of 2014 will be announced in October and honored at a special reception at TechSec Solutions, the premier conference dedicated to new and emerging security technology, conference organizers announced.

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