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Physical security to fuel growth in RFID market

Public sector could drive demand for RFID tags for access control, public transit, shipping security applications
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11/06/2013

CAMBRIDGE, England—The global RFID market will be worth $23.4 billion in 2020, up from $6.98 billion in 2012, with physical security applications like access control playing a major role in the surge, according to a report from IDTechEx, a technology market research company based here.

Global fire protection systems market predicted to reach $66.56 billion in 2018

MarketsandMarkets forecasts world market will grow more than 91 percent in five years; North America currently has largest share
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11/05/2013

DALLAS—The global fire protection systems market—products and services—will climb from $34.7 billion currently to $66.56 billion by 2018, according to a new report from MarketsandMarkets.

Getting 'fence sitters' to commit to security

A new study from Parks Associates says a new value equation with smart home features draws customers
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11/01/2013

DALLAS—Nearly 10 percent of the nation’s homeowners with broadband at home—about 5 million households—considered purchasing a home security system over the past year but didn’t acquire one, according to a new report from Parks Associates, a market research firm based here.

Ascent Capital's largest stockholder sells half of his preferred shares

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Some intriguing financial news out of the Monitronics/Ascent Capital camp. Ascent Capital Group’s largest direct stockholder, media mogul John Malone, recently sold half his preferred shares—worth $32.7 million in cash—back to the company, according to a news release from Ascent Capital. The divestment comes nearly three years after Ascent acquired Monitronics in a $1.2 billion deal.

Malone, who sold 351,734 shares, now owns the same number of Series B shares, plus 198,540 Series A shares, which together comprise 21.6 percent of the Ascent shareholder vote, the release noted.

In an email exchange, Henry Edmonds, president of The Edmonds Group, a St. Louis-based investment bank, indicated that the move would likely please shareholders. "Ascent has had plenty of cash on its balance sheet so this is not a bad use of funds to help stock price," he said.

It will be interesting to see what (if any) effect this has on operations at Monitronics, a wholly owned operating subsidiary of Ascent. An investor I contacted seemed to believe it would not have much effect. Yesterday, the company announced that it will report its earnings on Nov. 12, 2013. On that date, the company will host a conference call in which management will give an update on Ascent’s operations, including the financial performance of Monitronics, and “may also discuss future opportunities,” the release said.

In all likelihood I’ll be dialing into that conference call, which I’m hoping will shed some light on what those opportunities might be. 

Cancer hospital employees better not go where they don't belong

No added costs for integration with Dana Farber’s Tyco upgrade
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10/29/2013

BOSTON—An upgrade of its access control system has enabled the Dana Farber Cancer Institute here to introduce Wi-Fi locks without building a new system to manage them, has provided more information about cardholders and provides automatic reports.

Managed services: In-house or out?

Most readers say Vector’s move to bring managed services into the fold is the way to go
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10/28/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—In the eyes of many in the industry, bringing managed services expertise in-house offers a way to gain a competitive edge and keep pace with the convergence of IT and security.

Tyco Lenel deal important to large group of TycoIS customers

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10/28/2013

CHICAGO—Tyco Integrated Security announced at the ASIS show a new partnership with access control provider Lenel Systems International.

New role for Jay Hauhn

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Jay Hauhn, chief technology officer and VP of industry relations at Tyco Integrated Security, has been named president of CSAA. The announcement was made at the organization’s recent annual meeting in Quebec City. Hauhn, who most recently served as vice president for the organization, assumes the role held by Robert Bean, whose term expires this year.

Hauhn is actively involved in several industry organizations. Since 2011, he has served as chairman of the board at The Security Industry Association, a role in which he has executive responsibility for all interaction with industry associations, regulatory agencies and state and federal governments. His current term as Chairman of the Board at SIA ends this year.

Hauhn also sits on the board of directors at the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, and he is chairman of the Electronic Security Association’s government relations committee.  

I’m scheduled to speak with Hauhn later this week about his expanded role at CSAA. In that interview, I’ll discuss some of Hauhn’s short- and long-term ambitions as the newly minted leader of the organization.

SDI redesigns sales effort

Integrator hires Jeremy Howard to set up national vertically focused sales effort based in Dallas
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10/18/2013

CHICAGO—With two major acquisitions closed in the past several months, SDI has grown rapidly and is now turning its attention to its sales organization. It announced Oct. 17 that it has hired former Jeremy Howard, a former Avigilon VP, to set up a national vertically focused sales effort.

SecureNet launches cloud-based platform

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

A few developments surfaced today out of the SecureNet Technologies camp. The Longwood, Fla.-based company, which provides video monitoring services and interactive home features, announced the launch of the SecureNet platform, a system that gives alarm providers a cloud-based management service.

The system is designed to increase the speed of alarm responses while improving their accuracy by eliminating errors caused by traditional notes-based dispatching systems, the company noted in a news release.

As we continue to see, there are several benefits for central stations who deploy a cloud-based platform. First off, it improves redundancy in the event of outages or natural disasters. It also reduces the man hours required for continual technological upgrades. Interestingly enough, while SecureNet’s platform is clearly moving with the hosted solution wave, it is also offered as a traditional on-site service.

The other piece of news, less of a strictly monitoring nature, is that SecureNet has joined the Z-Wave Alliance, a group of technology companies that design wireless home control products based on the Z-wave wireless communications standard.

SecureNet’s Interactive Gateway Modules, a line of hardware devices that integrate with the with alarm panels, is designed primarily for its adaptability to home management services. The devices use Z-wave technology to control and communicate with interactive video monitoring, access controls, as well as an array of home automation features.

In the coming days I’ll be following up with SecureNet to get a closer view of these latest developments.  

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