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Month-to-month contracts: Boon or bane for alarm industry?

SSN readers divided on the risks and benefits
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04/17/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—It’s a model that was discarded by big players in the alarm industry long ago: Pay-as-you-go monitoring, with customers covering the cost of equipment and installation upfront.

School security funding dealt setback as part of gun-control bill

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04/17/2013

WASHINGTON—Legislation to provide $40 million a year to improve security in the nation’s schools has bipartisan support, but it was dealt a blow after the Senate rejected an amendment to which it was linked: expanded background checks on gun purchases.

The Great ISC West Roundup 2013

Talk of mobility, the cloud and optimism
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04/17/2013

LAS VEGAS—ISC West 2013, held here April 10-12, drew 180 new exhibitors, bringing the total number of companies and brands to more than 1,000, organizers said.

Busy Louisiana port deploys behavioral analytics

BRS Labs' system complements facility's next-generation security
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04/10/2013

LAFOURCHE, La.—Port Fourchon is implementing a behavioral analytics system that will make the port’s security among the best in the nation, according to its director of technology.

IHS: Market for wireless infrastructure radios to hit $705m by 2017

Low-cost systems help drive growth
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04/02/2013

LONDON—The market for wireless infrastructure radios used in video surveillance applications grew 11 percent last year, rising from $274 million in 2011 to $304 million in 2012, according to a study by the research firm IHS. Demand will continue to increase, IHS predicts, and global revenues will reach $705 million in 2017.

'Doomsday' averted, but security industry still wary of sequestration

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03/20/2013

WASHINGTON—Sequestration hit on March 1 with more of a whimper than a bang, but the uncertainty it has caused continues to affect security companies that count on federal funding for initiatives in the field.

Battlefield PERS: Readers break down outlook for security

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03/20/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The market for personal emergency response systems is rapidly expanding, but can security companies looking for a share expect to compete with home health-care providers?

Barnes Associates/SSN wholesale monitoring survey finds accounts up nearly 11 percent in 2012

Michael Barnes calls results 'very positive indicator' for industry
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03/13/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—The wholesale monitoring industry posted surprisingly strong growth in 2012, with accounts increasing 10.7 percent and average RMR for alarm companies following nearly in lock step, according to a new survey led by Barnes Associates.

Proprietary ‘smart home’ systems losing ground to open standards

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03/06/2013

Annual shipments of proprietary wireless technologies for home automation are expected to double by 2017, but proportionately their deployment in “smart homes” will be cut in half as service providers including ADT and AT&T drive a move toward open standards, according to a new report by IMS Research.

Marketing icon Roy Spence to deliver ESX keynote

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03/06/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Roy Spence, a Texas marketing icon who has helped grow some of the world’s most successful brands, will deliver his message of “purpose-driven branding” as keynote speaker at this year’s Electronic Security Expo.

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SSN News Poll June 2014

ADT is going after the small business market, launching targeted offerings for specific verticals: retail, food and beverage, clinical, professional offices and mechanical. The company says there's lot of untapped opportunity because only 50 percent of small businesses have monitored security. What are your thoughts on that market?

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