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Guardian Protection Services opens Nashville, Tenn., location

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11/08/2018

PITTSBURGH—Guardian Protection Services opened a branch in Brentwood, Tenn., 10 miles south of the Nashville city center, which became operational on Nov. 1.

How I Use My System: Todd Homitz

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04/04/2018

Todd Homitz, Guardian Protection Services’ marketing project manager, has been with the company for 11 years. “Two years ago, I transitioned to my current role as the marketing project manager and really enjoy getting to interact with all teams, staying on top of the latest projects and trends, and even helping ideate new programs and projects,” he said. In late February, he told Security Systems News about his home alarm system.

Qolsys IQ Panel 2 selected by Guardian Protection Services

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02/14/2018

SAN JOSE, Calif.—Qolsys, a provider of security and smart home technology, announced recently that Guardian Protection Services, a residential and commercial security systems provider based in Warrendale, Pa., has selected the IQ Panel 2 as its next generation platform following a one-year evaluation period.

Guardian Protection Services’ monitoring center becomes UL certified

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03/08/2017

WARRENDALE, Pa.—Guardian Protection Services recently announced that its Western Operations Alarm Monitoring Center has earned UL certification.

The security industry gives back

Twenty-three percent of companies reward employees for volunteering
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09/16/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Systems integration firm SSI founded Allegiant Giving to aid veterans and residential security company Alliance Security donates systems to domestic abuse victims. SSI and Alliance are not alone in their charitable efforts—Security Systems News’ latest News Poll shows 89 percent of responding companies involve themselves in charities.

Home automation should be smart, but simple

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07/16/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Home automation experts have heard the message loud and clear: simplify, simplify, simplify.

Goings-on at Guardian

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Guardian Protection Services has been busy lately, rolling out a new funding process for dealers and a new mobile app for customers along with a rebranding initiative during its 65th year.

A meeting with Guardian at ISC West last week didn’t come off as planned, so this week I caught up by phone with Joseph Lininger, VP of marketing, to talk about recent activity at the super-regional.

Guardian will now pay authorized dealers on a daily basis as opposed to a weekly basis for the accounts it purchases. “If the account is approved on Monday, the dealer gets paid on Tuesday,” Lininger said.

The change in payment processing was made to boost dealers’ cash flow to help optimize their operations. Guardian invested in proprietary software to accommodate the change.

Guardian also has released a mobile app for its customers who use the Alarm.com platform to control their homes. Developed for both iOs and Android, the app provides remote access to home security and automation systems through an Internet connection. Future upgrades will include more functions, added Guardian services and special messages.

The new dealer program and the app come on the heels of Guardian’s recent rebranding. A new logo and tag line—“At the Heart of Your Connected Home”—for resi and builder business divisions are in place to give customers “the correct perception of Guardian as a customer-centric technology firm specializing in security and automation while providing the most reliable, technologically advanced services to homes and businesses,” the company said in its announcement.

The rebranding project, which took a year to complete, was initiated to reflect the company’s evolution and position it for the future, Lininger said.

“We always keep our brand awareness at the top of our mind, Lininger said.

Complete Home is key to Guardian’s California growth strategy

Two new offices are part of blueprint for Complete Home
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03/03/2015

FRESNO, Calif.—Complete Home Security and Services, a newly authorized dealer for Guardian Protection Services, plans to expand Guardian’s coverage on the West Coast in the next few months.

'20 under 40' 2014—Randall Tecza

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10/21/2014

Randall Tecza, 39
Vice president of operations, Guardian Protection Services, Warrendale, Pa.

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.

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