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ADT to acquire Protectron for $500 million

Imperial Capital’s John Mack: Agreed upon deal is ‘far and away’ the largest deal for ADT as independent company
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04/30/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.—In what will be its largest acquisition as an independent company, ADT has agreed to acquire Canada-based monitoring giant Protectron in a $500 million deal, giving the company another 400,000 customers north of the border.

Centralarm opens new West Coast facility

President says the one-time regional company is now in 'acquisition mode'
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04/30/2014

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Centralarm Monitoring, based here, has added a third facility in Monterey, Calif., a move that reflects a concerted effort by the company to continue expanding its national footprint.

Sweet 16 riot leads to more interest in new security system at University of Kentucky

Dallmann Systems has ‘satisfaction of seeing our installation at work’ when its security cameras identify perpetrators of car fire set after NCAA national championship
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04/30/2014

LEXINGTON, Ky.—A security system installed by Dallmann Systems led to the arrest of three students who set fire to a car during a riot that ensued after the University of Kentucky beat Louisville in the April 1 NCAA Sweet 16 game. Publicity from the incident has also generated interest in expanding the security system, said Dallmann Systems CEO Tom Dallmann.

Judge stays ADT’s second lawsuit against Vision Security

ADT ordered to first comply with previous settlement agreement it made with the door-knocking company in an earlier lawsuit over deceptive sales techniques
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04/30/2014

OREM, Utah and BOCA RATON, Fla.—A federal judge has put a 45-day hold on a second lawsuit that ADT had brought against Utah-based Vision Security over alleged deceptive sales practices. During that time, the two companies must follow a recent settlement agreement ADT worked out with Vision after ADT previously sued that door-knocking company on very similar charges.

ESA takes to the Hill

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

ESA just wrapped up its annual Day on Capitol Hill, bringing to the attention of lawmakers several topics of consequence for the security industry, including school security.

The ESA has positioned itself as a partner with Security Industry Association in developing a comprehensive guide to help end users and legislators better understand what electronic security technologies they have at their disposal to bolster school security.

“Most school districts don’t know what type of security to install, and many legislators don’t understand all the technology that’s out there and what exists,” said Daniel Gelinas, who attended the event in his capacity as government liaison for Rapid Response Monitoring. ESA’s Electronic Security Guidelines for Schools, he said, were designed as an authoritative resource to address that knowledge gap.  

The timing of the school security guide is especially good, in light of the latest appropriations act cleared by Congress in January, which contains $75 million in funding for assessing methods to improve school security.

But ESA’s activities on the Hill weren’t limited just to school security matters. The association and industry members are also pushing for expanding the industry’s access to the FBI’s background check database, allowing security companies to better vet their employees for prior criminal activity.

Gelinas said the pair of bills addressing this (one in the House, another in the Senate) would not be a mandate. Rather, if enacted, they would allow security companies in the 26 states without the licensing requirement for the database to access it.

The organization was also in the Capitol promoting funding measures that would protect against elderly abuse through expanded use of video surveillance in nursing homes. Gelinas noted that this would not be a mandate for health care facilities, but would instead give concerned families the option to use electronic security systems to ensure that elderly relatives are getting proper medication and care.

The final area of focus for ESA was getting Congress to back a balanced approach for smoke alarms and other early fire detection systems, putting them on “the same footing as sprinklers” when it comes to receiving tax incentives and government grants, Gelinas said. That would involve amending the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act to include life safety, fire and smoke alarms.

I plan to give more space to this final issue, and some of the aforementioned ones, in an upcoming legislative roundup.

SW24 earns UL listing

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04/29/2014

NEW YORK—SW24 Security has received Underwriters Laboratories certification for meeting all requirements under the UL standard for central station alarm service, according to a news release.

Low frequency fire appliances more audible, meet new code

Hotels and other commercial sleeping places must now have such devices to help alert heavy sleepers and the hearing impaired of a fire
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04/29/2014

LAS VEGAS—When a fire alarm activates during a fire, the high-frequency sound it emits can be insufficient to alert some hearing impaired individuals or even just sound sleepers. But System Sensor has some new low frequency notification appliances that address that problem because they’re easier for such people to hear, according to David George, the company’s director of marketing communications.

Guardian brings in former central station leader at AT&T

Jason Bradley says ASAP to PSAP is 'high on the deployment list'
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04/28/2014

WARRENDALE, Pa.—Jason Bradley, the newly hired director of central station operations at Guardian Protection Services, was drawn to the company in part because of the management team’s vision of the central station as a centerpiece of its message to customers and dealers.

Tuxedo Touch demo apps available for iOS and Android

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04/24/2014

MELVILLE, N.Y.—Honeywell’s new Tuxedo Touch demo app is available for download from iTunes and Google Play, according to Honeywell marketing communications specialist Natasha Ramjit.

MobileHelp earns new patent

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04/23/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.—MobileHelp, a provider of mobile PERS technology, announced that it was issued its ninth patent, titled “Human Health Monitoring Systems and Methods,” which extends beyond simple emergency response to a “broader ecosystem for health monitoring,” accordin

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