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AICC group to push for national licensing

Move would make monitoring across state lines easier
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03/24/2011

WASHINGTON—Following the New York state licensing debate over Article 6-E, the Alarm Industry Communications Committee—the membership committee that handles the security industry’s lobbying in Congress and with the FCC—has formed a subcommittee to execute the push for a national license for central stations. The committee, which had its first meeting on March 3, has important work to do, according to industry leaders.

ADT protects the food supply

Food security: if you make it, ship it, buy it or process it, you’re affected
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03/03/2011

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT Commercial is formalizing a specialty it’s had for a number of years into a new vertical market: food defense.

Fire monitoring bill raising alarm in Illinois

Proposed legislation would give public fire districts a monopoly over fire monitoring services
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02/24/2011

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.—The Illinois Electronic Security Association is leading a fight against a new state bill that would give public fire districts sole control over fire alarm monitoring, and says its efforts have received strong support not only from the industry but other business groups.

Post NYBFAA open discussion forum, Article 6-E put to bed?

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02/17/2011

ALBANY, N.Y.—It looks as though Article 6-E has reached the end of its journey—for now.
In a Feb. 15 email interview with Security Systems News, NYBFAA executive director Dale Eller said the New York state association’s board of directors had a lot to think about after the Feb. 10 meeting at which two dozen security industry executives aired their opinions on the nascent central station licensing legislation. Eller said the board came to a decision late in the day Feb. 15.

SSN’s top 10 stories of 2010

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12/22/2010

YARMOUTH, Maine—As 2010 draws to a close the editors at Security Systems News take a look back and see what the most read stories of the year were. What was making the news? What were you most interested in knowing?
Below is a non-sequential, categorized rundown of the top 10 most read stories on our site from Jan. 1 to Dec. 11, followed by a linked top 10 list.

Court injunction favors ADT, other companies

Judge says fire district has ‘no express authority’ to engage in monitoring business, but decision has been appealed
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12/09/2010

LISLE, Ill.—Five security companies, including security giant ADT, recently won a positive court ruling on an issue that has been roiling the industry in this state—public entities taking control over fire alarm monitoring.
The alarm companies won a preliminary injunction order in a federal lawsuit they filed against an Illinois fire protection district that passed an ordinance putting itself solely in control of the monitoring of commercial fire alarms in the district.

ADT takes Pinnacle to court over sales tactics

Pinnacle says ADT threatened by Pinnacle’s success
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12/02/2010

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Residential security giant ADT is suing Pinnacle Security in federal court, alleging the Utah-based summer model company and its employees used unlawful and deceptive sales strategies to steal ADT’s customers and damage its reputation.

Vector national accounts takes aim at ADT

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11/23/2010

PITTSBURGH—Taking market share from ADT is at the top of the to-do list for industry veteran Gary Fraser who joined Vector Security two weeks ago as Director of North American Sales for Vector’s National Accounts Division.

Industry joins fire false-alarm battle

Efforts in Kentucky will be taken nationwide
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11/11/2010

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—A new campaign here to combat false fire alarms involves not only local fire departments, but the alarm industry, with officials saying installers can play a role in reducing unintentional alarms.
“I’m really excited about it,” said Bill Cooper, an ADT industry liaison manager who is chairman of the Coordinated Alarm Reduction Effort for the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, regarding the initiative announced Oct. 28.

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