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Security Central gears up for total solution launch

The package, which will be unveiled at ISC West, includes video verification and cloud-based managed services
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02/19/2014

STATESVILLE, N.C.—Security Central, a third-party central station based here, plans to unveil a product package at ISC West that includes managed services, video verification and other cloud-based solutions for its dealers, Caroline Brown, business development manager, told Security Systems News.

Honeywell First Alert enhances opportunities for NC dealer

Sonitrol Security Services says becoming an FAP dealer gives it an edge in high-end resi
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02/19/2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Sonitrol Security Services recently became a Honeywell First Alert Professional (FAP) dealer, a move that will help the company “take it to the next level” in the high-end residential market, said Sonitrol Security CEO and President William Price.

New markets for mesh: It’s for far more than city surveillance

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02/19/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Ten months ago an electrical substation near San Jose, Calif. came under attack from a group of snipers who remain anonymous and at large. Remarkably, the episode did not draw attention from the national media until Feb.

IP video surveillance, VSaaS market worth $18b by 2020

Developers of IP cameras, video analytics and VMS systems could all be beneficiaries
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02/19/2014

PORTLAND, Ore.—The combined North American market for IP video surveillance and video-surveillance-as-a-service is forecast to expand dramatically in the near-term, rising from $2.4 billion in 2013 to more than $18 billion by 2020, according to a report from Allied Market Research, based here.

False alarms, MNS to be features of SupDet 2014

Those are among topics of interest to installers at the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s 18th annual event
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02/19/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—The Fire Protection Research Foundation’s annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SupDet) will take place March 4-7 this year and includes sessions useful for installers, such as ones on nuisance alarms and mass notification.

IQ Certification elects new board

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Members of the IQ Certification Program recently elected officers at the organization’s first meeting of 2014. While there’s considerable continuity from years past (several members earned reelection), the board of directors also reflects some changes, highlighted by the appointment of Lynn Comer as chairperson.

Another change was the election of Don Childers, COO of Statesville, N.C.-based Security Central, to the IQ Board. Earlier this week I spoke to Don about some of the key priorities for the certification program moving forward. Childers said that, as with any association, exploring ways to boost membership remains an overarching objective.

“We have to show the value of what we’re doing, then determine how to get the message out en masse so that those in the industry better understand what we’re trying to do,” he said.

One strategy for doing just that, Childers said, is leveraging big-name industry events—he cited ESX as an example—to hold sessions that perform the double-task of educating prospective members while promoting the business value of being IQ Certified. An education chair at ESX, Childers said he would be in favor of including a 60 to 70 minute seminar at the show.  

As far as other goals with the organization, Childers said he may suggest ways to streamline some of the application paperwork for the certification program, making it easier for non-central station members, whose application process tends to be more involved. Besides that, Childers’ near-term aim is to examine IQ Certification membership “from the business owners’ point of view” and to continue “learning the job as I go along.” 

Q&A with Axis co-founder Martin Gren

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02/18/2014

Martha: I just returned from the Milestone conference where partners, including Axis, extolled the virtues of the VMS. Why does Axis really need to develop its own access control product?

Fatal Quebec fire renews call for sprinklers in old age homes

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02/14/2014

MARKHAM, Ontario—A fire at a retirement home in Quebec on Jan. 23 that killed an estimated 32 residents has spurred renewed calls for the government to mandate the retrofit of sprinklers into existing old age homes.

Low-voltage contractor bill passes Georgia Senate

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

I reported last week on a bill in Georgia that would expand the number of Georgia contractors licensed to perform low-voltage installations. Yesterday, that piece of legislation (S.B. 294) passed the Georgia Senate by a vote of 53-0. Three senators were not on the floor during the vote.

John Loud, immediate past president of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association, and an opponent of the bill, admitted the outcome in the Senate was disconcerting. But he believes the legislative battle is far from over; he and GELSSA members are now developing a strategy to put the brakes on the bill in the House. “There are seven steps through the House for us to put various stops or blocks to this,” Loud said. “We knew it had been fast-tracked through the Senate, so my original plan was to skip the Senate and get ready for the battle in the House.”

If passed, the bill would permit those licensed as an Electrical Contractor Class II—a high-voltage installation certification—to perform low-voltage contracting, which encompasses fire and security systems, without obtaining the statewide low-voltage license that’s currently required.

Loud says the bill could bring an influx of new contractors into the life safety systems space, and could undo much of the progress GELSSA has made over the past year in promoting legislation that reduces false dispatches. He anticipates that the bill will now be parsed by the Regulated Industries Subcommittee in the Georgia House.

There are two possible compromises that GELSSA would find agreeable, Loud said. One would be to give the additional contractors who would be eligible to install life safety systems a Low-Voltage General (LVG) license rather than a Low-Voltage Unrestricted (LVU). A general license would allow contractors to pull wires but not install, for example, access control or fire safety systems.

The other outcome would be implementing a CEU program and background check that would ensure contractors are qualified to install low-voltage life safety systems.

Loud believes the bill could have implications that extend beyond the borders of Georgia. “It’s vital to get all the folks in Georgia to listen up and understand the impact of this,” he said. “As we all know, what happens in Georgia or Michigan or Pennsylvania can easily be replicated in other states.”

IP video surveillance, VSaaS market worth $18b by 2020

Developers of IP cameras, video analytics and VMS systems could all be beneficiaries
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02/11/2014

PORTLAND, Ore.—The combined North American market for IP video surveillance and video-surveillance-as-a-service is forecast to expand dramatically in the near-term, rising from $2.4 billion in 2013 to more than $18 billion by 2020, according to a report from Allied Market Research, based here.

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