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Envision Security gets $3m in financing

The new mezzanine loan will allow the small company to retain accounts, build RMR and expand
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09/03/2014

PEORIA, Ariz.—A new $3 million private equity loan will allow Envision Security, a small door-knocking company based here, to keep many of its accounts in house so it can build RMR and grow.

SSN News Poll: Readers debate central station of future

Readers say business as usual is not an option. Nontraditional services expected to play larger role
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09/03/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Though central stations will always hang their hat on the value of their core monitoring service, their transformation into hubs of more than just alarm signals is well underway.

Is 'wake-up' device the answer for mPERS?

Securus, a mobile security solutions provider, has found a way to minimize lingering concerns about battery life
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09/03/2014

CARY, N.C.—Mobile PERS units are emerging as a monitoring staple, but that doesn’t mean the device is without its share of skeptics.

ASAP extended to non-charter members

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

More companies will soon be able to reap the benefits of the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol, as the CSAA moves into its next stage of deployment by extending the program to non-charter members.

So far, the 100 CSAA members that have helped fund the program have been able to contract and connect to the system, which is designed to increase the efficiency and reliability of emergency electronic signals form central stations to Public Safety Answering Points, commonly known as PSAPs. In total, 42 companies have contracted for connection, though some do business in areas that do not yet have an active PSAP.

Currently, seven PSAPs are enrolled in the ASAP program, with Washington, D.C. and Houston representing the largest urban areas. In a recent press release, the CSAA said it expects to add Boston and Seattle to the mix in the coming year, along with the entire state of Delaware.

In August, Romeoville, Ill.-based Protection 1 became the largest participant to go live with the ASAP to PSAP program. Ed Bonifas, co-chair of CSAA’s ASAP steering committee, said in a prepared statement that Protection 1’s coming online would add “considerable traffic to the participating PSAPs.”

Later that month, Guardian Protection Services, based in Warrendale, Pa., in conjunction with the CSAA announced it was coming online with the program in Richmond, Va., where it has a solid presence. Jason Bradley, director of central station operations at Guardian, told me that implementation in Washington, D.C. was the next step.

It’s no exaggeration to say broader adoption of the ASAP to PSAP program will transform the industry, making signal transmission a faster and more informative process. To be sure, the program is expanding at a steady pace, and I imagine it’ll be sooner than we think before dealers are going to expect centrals, where possible, to join the ranks.

Video in the home goes mainstream

Checking in on kids, elderly parents and pets facilitated by residential video surveillance
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09/02/2014

In the second decade of the 21st century, home security is no longer just about catching bad guys.

U.S. general to keynote CSAA annual meeting

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Monday, August 25, 2014

General George W. Casey, the 36th chief of staff of the U.S. Army, will deliver the keynote address at the CSAA Annual Meeting, slated for Oct. 17-22 at the Fairmont Southampton in Bermuda.

Casey, who led the U.S. Army from April 2007 to 2011, commanded from 2007 to 2007 a multi-national force in Iraq, guiding a coalition of more than 30 countries through some of the most difficult stretches of the Iraq war, a news release from CSAA noted.

“General Casey has a unique story to share with our members,” Steve Doyle, CSAA EVP, said in the release. “His background and experience have formed the basis for his viewpoints on leadership, vision, organizational culture and leading transformational change. I know our members will be impressed with his insights and how they can use them to improve their own businesses.”

Since retiring from his post with the U.S. Army, Casey has lectured on leadership at Columbia, Yale, Denver University and the University of North Carolina business school, while also addressing a number of large corporations.

In addition to the keynote, the education sessions will focus on several themes germane to the monitoring world. Seminars on the schedule will deal with the rise of DIY and self-monitoring systems, monitoring and the Internet of Things phenomenon, and the continued value of central station alarm monitoring.

In the release, CSAA president Jay Hauhn said senior leadership from the national Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) first responder associations will be present, giving members the chance to talk industry issues with them one on one.

Donated fire system plays critical role in fire tech training

Silent Knight and Delaware life safety company team up to ensure technical college has latest real-world fire equipment
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08/25/2014

DOVER, Del.—The recent donation of a Farenhyt fire alarm and ECS system and the free installation that local company Advantech provided to Delaware Technical Community College’s Fire Protection Engineering Technology program benefits not only the college but also the industry, according to Advantech.

Batter up! Protecting Little League World Series

Female phenom draws crowds—and need for added security—at this year’s event
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08/20/2014

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.—A 13-year-old female pitching phenom has drawn unexpected crowds to the Little League World Series this month, testing physical security for the annual event in this small town.

Protection 1 goes live with ASAP program

Pam Petrow, CSAA VP, says local advocacy will be key to getting more PSAPs—and central stations—on board
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08/20/2014

ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—Protection 1, a security company whose monitoring arm is CMS, is the latest central to go live with the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol program, according to an announcement from the CSAA.

ADS Security acquires Tennessee fold-in

It’s the fourth buy for ADS this year and more are planned
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08/20/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security last week acquired nearly 600 accounts from Stewart Security Systems in Shelbyville, Tenn.

It’s the fourth buy for ADS this year and more acquisitions are planned, according to Patrick Ritter, VP/controller at ADS.

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