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Poll: Managed services and hosted video gaining ground, but slowly

Readers say security and functionality concerns may be hindering broader adoption
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09/11/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Managed services and hosted video are building momentum, but some skepticism remains regarding the near-term prospects of the services, according to results from SSN’s October News Poll.

Physical security market to reach $85 billion by 2018

New applications for video surveillance, biometrics and access control expected to drive growth in North America
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09/10/2013

PUNE, India—Demand among government agencies, large enterprises and tech establishments is expected to push the global physical security market, currently worth about $55 billion, to a value of $85 billion by 2018, according to a new report by the research company MarketsandMarkets.

Security companies grow fast, again in 2012

Intelligent Access Systems, Vision Security, EP Technology among security companies featured on 2013 Inc. 5000 list
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08/22/2013

NEW YORK—The 2013 Inc. 5,000 list has been released and, again this year many security companies made the list, which ranks businesses based on self-reported growth data.

Market void: Technology and demand await next development in hosted video

Experts say security companies need to take the hosted video plunge, and commit to training their sales people
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08/21/2013

Although hosted video has not yet dominated the security scene as some predicted a few years ago, the hype may eventually be justified. Integrators who have made the switch from selling analog to digital cameras and other industry experts say the future is now for hosted video surveillance.

Study: $350 billion U.S. security market expected to grow

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08/15/2013

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—In its first comprehensive study of the security market since 1990, ASIS International and the Institute of Finance and Management analyzed the expansion of private security over the past decade and project further growth in the country’s security product

Border security looms large for SIA

Whether the House warms to the Senate immigration bill or quashes it, border security stands to be part of any reform package
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08/14/2013

WASHINGTON—Weeks into the legislative lull of August, the Security Industry Association is gearing up for Congress to return to session in September, when lawmakers in the House will tackle immigration reform.

How I use my system: Talking panels and keypads with Dan Krumme of Cam-Dex

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08/14/2013

Dan Krumme, branch operations manager at the Cam-Dex Security Corp. office in St. Louis, is a fourth-generation employee at the company, a Security-Net partner. “I grew up in the industry,” he said.

Sports and Security

NCS4 conference topics range from Boston Marathon bombings to high school games
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08/13/2013

 

HATTIESBURG, Miss.—Open-access sporting event security was an especially hot topic at the recent fourth annual National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition.

Readers warming up to stand-alone home automation

Most News Poll respondents say security companies should at least offer a smart home-only package
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08/07/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—In June, Comcast, a relative newcomer to the industry, rolled out Xfinity Home Control, which allows homeowners to control lights and thermostats and remotely view rooms in their homes without what was traditionally the foundation of such a package: a home security system.

Lead Boston Marathon bombings investigator talks urban security

William Evans explains how training, public-private partnerships, helped mitigate damage, ID suspects
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08/07/2013

BOSTON—When the two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line in April, there was chaos. Hundreds were seriously injured. Participants and spectators were panicked, not knowing where to turn for safety. Were there more explosive devices set to go off in a few seconds?
Within 22 minutes, chaos was quelled, and the area was secured. How?

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SSN News Poll October 2014

More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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