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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.

Meet the editors, be interviewed at ISC West

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

It still seems a bit surprising how many folks in the industry I speak to regularly despite never having met them in person. That’s all about to change in a few weeks. And maybe for some of you, it will change within a few hours of ISC West kicking off.

On Wednesday, April 2, my SSN colleagues and I will be at the ISC West Media Stage from 9:30 – 10 a.m. for a “Meet the Editors” event. It’s a good opportunity for us to meet with readers and sources as well as newcomers wanting to become acquainted with our publication. The media stage is located just outside the entrance to the show floor.

The media stage is also where I’ll be conducting a round of on-camera interviews with those on the central station side on Friday, April 4 between 10 a.m. and noon. Through these interviews I hope to discover what’s piquing the interest of those in the monitoring arena, that is, what they’re finding of value on the show floor or in the educational sessions.

I still have a few slots open, so if you’re with a central station and want to discuss what’s new or in the pipeline at your camp, or just want to share some general impressions about the show, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at lkothe@securitysystemsnews.com.

Another media-related feature of ISC West 2014 will be the giant Twitter wall, where readers can feel free to contribute their own discoveries and thoughts about the show. The wall will offer a scrolling display of #ISCW14 tweets.

And should you exhibit a pattern of Tweeting especially compelling insights about ISC West, you may find yourself eligible for the MVT Award, which (as you might have guessed) will be given to the most valuable Tweeter.

Border Security among topics at SIA Government Summit

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03/11/2014

WASHINGTON—The 2014 SIA Government Summit, hosted by the Security Industry Association, will examine some of the border security and immigration projects being developed in conjunction with homeland security initiatives, according to a news release from SIA.

Potter: Sprinkler systems last longer with nitrogen

Research shows using nitrogen generator instead of an air compressor for dry and pre-action systems means less corrosion
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03/11/2014

ST. LOUIS—A new Potter Electric Signal Co. study shows that replacing air with nitrogen as the supervisory gas in dry and pre-action sprinkler systems dramatically reduces rust and makes the systems last more than five times longer.

Gilbert launches Pinnacle Advisory Services

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03/10/2014

WOODBURY, N.J.—Industry veteran Marc Gilbert, who has worked in the alarm and PERS industry for 25 years has launched Pinnacle Advisory Services, providing due diligence and other services to security industry lenders and security companies.

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