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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.  

Vivint exec transitions from shoes to security

New CMO Jeff Lyman formerly created digital products for Nike and now will transfer those skills to the home automation space
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03/18/2014

PROVO, Utah—Vivint has been making a habit in the past year of going outside the industry to hire members of its leadership team. The latest example is Jeff Lyman, who worked for Nike before joining the home automation/home security giant.

New NFPA president to be introduced at 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo

Massachusetts homeland security official to speak about a multidiscipline approach at 2013 Boston Marathon bombings
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03/17/2014

LAS VEGAS—The focus of the 2014 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo will be health care and sustainability.

Barnes Associates wholesale monitoring survey finds accounts up 19 percent

Michael Barnes suspects cableco/telecom influx could be behind ‘unprecedented growth’
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03/12/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Much can be gleaned from the fourth annual Barnes Associates/SSN/CSAA wholesale monitoring survey, but if anything stands out about 2013, it’s that overall growth was gaudy.

Guard Pro’s acquisition by Vyanet to help both companies

Arizona-based Guard Pro’s founder says he’ll concentrate on sales while Vyanet handles the back office and expands its footprint in the state
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03/12/2014

TUCSON, Ariz.—Vyanet Operating Group acquired Guard Pro Protection Services, based here, on Feb. 7. The two companies’ new strategic relationship creates growth opportunities, according to Steve Abril, founder of Guard Pro.

Viscom Systems' tech guru on tech to look out for

4K and NFC technology will be big; cloud, not so much
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03/12/2014

WATERTOWN, Mass.—As ISC West 2014 nears, security experts, like Viscom Systems’ Bill Clements, have some predictions about what technologies we’ll see at this year’s show and which technologies will have an impact on the industry.

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