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LogicMark says mPERS not just for seniors

To be unveiled at ISC West, the mobile unit, SentryPal, is envisioned as product for teens and college students
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03/26/2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—PERS provider LogicMark, based here, is making a foray into the mobile PERS market with the launch of SentryPal, set to be rolled out at ISC West.

Security Central promotes new managing director

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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Brett Springall, formerly the IT director at Security Central, and one of the key architects of the company’s soon-to-launch total solution, has been named the managing director of the Lake Norman Security Patrol, of which Security Central is one of three divisions. Springall’s promotion marks the first time in the company’s 50-year history that day-to-day management will fall under the responsibility of someone who’s not a member of the Brown family, according to a statement from the company.

Ellen Brown Meihaus and Courtney Brown, the company’s CEO and COO, tend to promote people strategically from within the company, according to the statement. The two will continue to be highly visible at the company, though the release noted that they considered now “the right time” to begin shifting control over to a new managing director.

The Brown family figures to remain pivotal in terms of shaping the company’s direction—not only through the continued involvement of Meihaus and Brown, but also through the leadership of Caroline Brown, a third-generation family member who currently serves as the company's business development manager. Springall and Caroline Brown, the release noted, are the “future of Security Central.”

According to the release, Springall will wear “dual hats” for a short time during the transition, as the company, under the guidance of Meihaus and Brown, seeks a replacement IT director.

ESA adds three gold-level partners

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03/26/2014

IRVING, Texas—The Electronic Security Association recently announced that Telguard, Axis Communications and Tri-Ed Distribution have agreed to support the association as gold-level executive strategic partners for 2014.

AvantGuard operator deters burglar

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03/26/2014

JACKSON, Miss.—An AvantGuard operator’s actions may have deterred a burglar in this city from inflicting further damage on a property and making off with valuables, according to a news release from the Ogden, Utah-based monitoring company.

Who’s in charge? Study shows 91 percent of IT departments do video surveillance

IT increasingly involved in ‘purchase and operations of [video surveillance] equipment,’ according to study commissioned by Axis Communications
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03/19/2014

CHELMSFORD, Mass.—Who’s in charge of video surveillance purchase and operations at corporations? Increasingly, that’s the domain of the IT department, according to a study commissioned by network video provider Axis Communications.

Security industry share of smart home market to be cut in half by 2019, report says

Early mover advantage that security companies now have will give way as telecoms, cablecos gain more market share, ABI Research says
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03/19/2014

NEW YORK—Monitored security companies will stay at the top of the U.S. managed smart home market for the next five years, but their market share will drop more than 50 percent by 2019 as competitors such as telecoms and cablecos leverage their own strengths in the space, predicts a new report from ABI Research.

Access Control as the backbone of integration

Immediacy and responsiveness are two reasons why an access control-centric system may be best
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03/19/2014

MIAMISBURG, Ohio—Access control is about what's happening now: Who scanned a card? Which door is open? Who is authorized? What is the system status?

Affiliated to unveil mobile app for dealers, technicians

It’s also exploring ways to monitor 'non-traditional devices'
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03/19/2014

UNION, N.J.—At its dealer summit in December, Affiliated Monitoring made clear that it was making a concerted push to develop its mobile aspect. The company is about to take another big step in that direction.

At 20, Altec Systems a 'work in progress'

Focus is on service growth, but also on keeping an eye on increasing the top line
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03/19/2014

MARIETTA, Ga.—Altec Systems President Tim Feury calls his business “still a work in progress,” even though it’s celebrating 20 years in business this year.

PPVAR panels at ISC West merit a close look

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For anyone monitoring the progress of the latest push toward a comprehensive verified alarm standard, there’s a pair of consecutive PPVAR panel sessions at ISC West that are can’t-miss in stature.

The first session, moderated by Steve Walker, vice president of Stanley Convergent, kicks off on Thursday, April 3 in Room 502, and is especially noteworthy because it brings several outside-the-industry perspectives into the same forum. Titled “Insurance and Law Enforcement Review Verified Alarms,” the session illustrates the array of stakeholder groups now influencing the conversation of verification. Among the six panelists are Cmdr. Scott Edson, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept., and Anthony Canale, vice president of Verisk Crime Analytics.

The second panel, “Video Verification in the Alarm Industry,” is moderated by Donald Young, PPVAR president and chief information officer at Protection 1. The panel roster for this second discussion is designed to showcase a broad array of intra-industry views on the role of video verification in the alarm industry. Keith Jentoft, an industry liaison for PPVAR, said the lineup will feature representatives from the manufacturing side (Scott Harkins, president of Honeywell) and the central station space (Chuck Moeling, executive VP of sales at Interface, and Tony Wilson, president of CMS), along with representatives from the private investment and legal arenas.

The debate surrounding verified alarms is a fascinating one, and that’s due in part to the general complexity of an issue that involves stakeholders from outside the industry, as well as a host of ideas about the role of verified alarms that dovetail as much as they diverge.

I expect these discussions to generate some high-quality dialog that not only zooms into the subtleties and particulars of verified alarms, but also pans out to ask the big, overarching questions about the role of the industry in general. As the industry evolves, what aspects of the alarm industry as we know it will remain in place? What’s bound to change? What qualifies as a verified alarm, and where do legacy systems fit into the discussion?

These questions may not be asked explicitly, but I expect them to permeate the discussion.  

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