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How I Use My System: Talking panels and keypads with Phil Yereck of Future Security Controls

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09/04/2013

Phil Yereck, project coordinator and senior technician at Mississauga, Ontario-based Future Security Controls, entered the security industry after stints in the data and communications fields.

Security Partners acquires Response Center USA

The deal provides redundancy, and is expected to increase number of dealers taking advantage of managed services offerings
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08/21/2013

LANCASTER, Pa.—Security Partners, a wholesale monitoring company based here, has acquired San Antonio, Texas-based Response Center USA, a move that adds “better than 100 dealers” to its network, Mike Bodnar, president of Security Partners, told Security Systems News.

NICE Systems launches PSAP tool

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08/16/2013

RA’ANANA, Israel—NICE Systems recently announced the launch of NICE Inform Version 6, which enables Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs) to evaluate the quality of service delivered across an entire emergency incident, according to a company statement.

Integrator enlists high school students in school security initiative

Integrator and school district partner to make security affordable and reliable
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08/14/2013

WALKERTON, Ind.—Vermillion Systems is working on an initiative to make security upgrades more affordable for school districts by involving students in the installation.

TriTek: Service, specialized jobs spur 10 years of growth

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08/14/2013

COLUMBIA, S.C.—Ten years ago, TriTek Fire, Security & Communications, based here, was “basically two men and a truck,” according to Eddie Stevens, one of its co-founders. Today, it has 50 employees, annual revenues in the multimillions and three offices—with plans for a fourth office by the end of this year.

Tsourides: Matrix to bring video to customers

New CEO expands direct channel in certain locations, integrator channel elsewhere
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08/14/2013

MIAMISBURG, Ohio—Ninety days into her tenure as CEO of access control provider Matrix, Holly Tsourides is working to expand the company’s video business and refine its go-to-market strategy.

How I use my system: Talking panels and keypads with Dan Krumme of Cam-Dex

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08/14/2013

Dan Krumme, branch operations manager at the Cam-Dex Security Corp. office in St. Louis, is a fourth-generation employee at the company, a Security-Net partner. “I grew up in the industry,” he said.

Observations on a surveillance camera discussion forum

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Friday, August 9, 2013

A topic surfaced today on the Security Industry Group’s LinkedIn forum that piqued my interest at first on a particular level, but then on a broader, more general one.

The topic was initiated by a link to an instructional sequence relating how some ne’er-do-well can erect homemade spray paint contraptions to blot out hard-to-reach surveillance cameras, rendering them ineffective. The device appears laughably crude, but that’s not to say it couldn’t achieve its ends. Assembling it requires a hodgepodge of junk, including but not limited to a tree pruner, a bicycle brake bar and a wine bottle opener.

The link was clearly offered as a launching pad for discussion about a potential industry-related problem. It proved instead to be the source of some acrimony. The respondent who posted the link was charged by critics with being irresponsible for disseminating the information and, by extension, aiding the hooligans who might be inclined to undertake in the destruction of surveillance property.

While I might not agree with the criticism, I can see the rationale. The harm in taking part in the transfer of this kind information, so the reasoning goes, ultimately outweighs the good that might result from an open discussion about it. But here’s the thing about the Internet: The information’s already out there. It’s already totally accessible to whomever cares to find it. Another respondent, defending the original poster, correctly pointed this out.

The web is an ambiguous medium. It has the capacity to facilitate the transfer of information both good and bad. But there’s also some danger in merely dismissing a problem on the grounds that doing the opposite—confronting it head-on—could somehow help siphon the information to the wrong people. Speaking only in whispers about a problem could prove even more counterproductive.

At its core the web is a medium that wants to be open, not closed. It wants to include, share, inform, engage, improve, discuss, inquire. From a professional standpoint, industry-based forums like the many on LinkedIn can be a valuable stage for these kinds of discussions. If someone in the industry identifies a problem or vulnerability, what simpler or faster way to get a broad industry perspective on that topic than by crowdsourcing other professionals online? 

Hackett Security acquires Avery Security

Integrator actively seeking acquisitions in certain strategically diverse locations
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08/07/2013

ST. LOUIS—Hackett Security’s acquisition of Avery Security will bring a number of retail customers likely to be interested in Hackett’s video monitoring and other services, according to Michael Hackett, CEO and president of Hackett Security.

Ex-NYC police and fire commissioner to keynote CSAA conference

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08/07/2013

VIENNA, Va.—Howard Safir, former police and fire commissioner of New York City under Mayor Rudy Giuliani, will keynote the 2013 Central Station Alarm Association International Annual Meeting, to be held Oct.

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