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Guardian Alarm launches new remote video monitoring service

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03/06/2019

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Guardian Alarm, a privately held national security company based here, unveiled Virtual Guardian, a multi-dimensional security program that leverages remotely-monitored video and audio technology to enhance on-site security systems.

Green strobe light acts as a beacon of safety and security

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Being a part of the security industry day in and day out affords me some very unique conversations and learning opportunities about security projects. Take the city of Detroit, their Project Green Light and Guardian Alarm, as an example. 

For those of you who may not know or need a refresher, Project Green Light started in 2016 when the Detroit Police Department (DPD) partnered with eight gas stations installed with real-time cameras, connected directly to police headquarters. This was the beginning of a different type of partnership, one that would take the city, businesses and community on an unprecedented security journey. 

“Project Green Light is a really unique project; it is a very progressive approach to video verification of real time emergency events,” Jason Tague, director of business development, explained. “The way it operates, when a 911 call is received from a Project Green Light location the Detroit Police Department has the opportunity to verify emergency action in real time, and once verified, they are able to direct the nearest police officer or first responder to that location because of video verification.” 

Businesses invest in systems under the agreement that DPD will have access to video cameras to help better protect them, just in case. Businesses are literally “marked” as Project Green Light participants. 

“There’s a select signage package that DPD has trademarked – a logo, along with the name – and program participants have requirements to post a certain amount of signage on their place of business,” Tague said. “Also, there is a green strobe light outside of each business – a ‘beacon’ if you will – that flashes. This creates awareness in communities that it is a place that’s connected … a place that’s safe.” 

The vendor approval process is rigorous, as DPD is very selective about the vendors they partner with, putting great emphasis on standards, policies and procedures in terms of what is expected of and from a vendor. Tague believes Guardian was chosen based on their 85-year tenure in the security industry, being a well-known brand in Michigan, having a broad, established customer base and offering a full-service solution. Perhaps this is why Guardian was chosen for the community’s beloved Don Bosco Hall, a private, non-profit agency that provides services to enhance quality of life for the community’s youth and their families. 

“We were honored to be chosen to work with the community center [Don Bosco Hall],” said Tague, “because it was a complex environment and we had to be very mindful of the environment during installation.” 

During the installation, things didn’t stop moving at the hall. Children were changing activity/classrooms, even when cable was being pulled in an antiquated building. 

“It’s [pulling cable] is a very daunting task,” Tague said, “but we navigated that gauntlet quite well and were very mindful of the environment. The children took interest in what we were doing, so it was a little bit of an educational process along the way.” 

Ultimately, Tague said that it’s nice to know the playground and the outer corridor where the children go out to play offers a sense of security beyond the actual walls of the building itself. 

One of the questions I enjoy asking security professionals is “what else would you like my readers to know?” about any topic of discussion. In this case, Tague concluded with a solid piece of advice that I feel all security integrators should take to heart: keep it simple. 

“We make it easy for Project Green Light participants. Our team has been really great at explaining and helping people understand the process step-by-step, so there are no surprises and everything goes according to plan … everything.” 

So, how do you and your team keep things simple for your customers? Excited for your replies!

Guardian Alarm acquired

Company plans expansion, both organic and through acquisition
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03/02/2017

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Guardian Alarm, a super-regional security company based here, on March 1 was acquired by U.S.-based investment firms Certares LP and Vanwall Holdings LLC.

Guardian Alarm successfully targets millennials

Super-regional sees results from an overhauled website, new marketing and sales strategy
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05/09/2016

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Guardian Alarm, a super-regional security company based here, has revamped its website, hired a marketing company, and bolstered its sales team as part of an overall successful strategy in capturing more tech-savvy millennial customers.

Guardian Alarm doubles Florida footprint with buy

Acquired company SVI Systems is mostly commercial
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12/15/2015

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Guardian Alarm, a super-regional company based here, has acquired SVI Systems, based in Stuart, Fla., nearly doubling its size in that state.

Guardian Alarm acquires in Ohio

The Michigan company’s buy of ADS Security Systems adds accounts and highly valued technicians
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04/23/2014

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Guardian Alarm, a super-regional based here, has strengthened its Ohio presence by acquiring ADS Security Systems, of Concord, Ohio, according to Guardian President David Goldstein.

Acquiring thy neighbor?

Best practices according to Jennings, Egan, Loud, Goldstein and Cerasuolo
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07/17/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—One of the best ways for security companies to build density is to acquire a local competitor, but there also are potential pitfalls when doing business in your backyard, according to five security company executives who have experience with these kinds of transactions.

Laurie Mickiewicz: Director of finance adds to Guardian Alarm

For the fourth consecutive year, Security Systems News is profiling women who are making their mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of security. Mickiewicz, director of finance for Guardian Alarm, is one of six women featured this year.
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11/19/2012

Guardian Alarm acquires two in Michigan

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10/09/2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—Guardian Alarm Co., based here, recently added about 3,000 mostly residential accounts and $72,000 in RMR by acquiring two local competitors.

Guardian buys American Alarm

Deal brings $130k in RMR
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01/18/2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich.—In a deal that brings with it 5,000 accounts and $130,000 of RMR, Guardian Alarm, which is based here, has acquired Cleveland-based American Alarm.

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