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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?

Technavio: Video analytics market to grow

Drivers of growth include cloud adoption, more affordable cameras, and new data-analysis needs
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08/05/2013

The global intelligent video analytics market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 31.4 percent from 2012 to 2016, a rise fueled by operational advantages afforded by such products, as well as more competitively priced surveillance cameras, according to a market report conducted by analysts at Technavio, a London-based technology research and advisory company.

Iris scanning enters mainstream market

‘Access cards can be forged, irises can’t’
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07/24/2013

ROCK HILL, S.C.— Iris scanning technology is typically used by the government, the military and in hospitals. However, as prices have started to come down, the market for the technology is expanding to also include mainstream users, ranging from universities to your local gym.

Doing your due diligence

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07/17/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—When a bank considers making a loan to a security company it goes through a standard due diligence process, so if you’re a security company looking to acquire a competitor, “you should look for the same things that we look for in your business,” according to Jennifer Holloway, managing director in the Security Industry Group at The PrivateBank.

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.

Cablecos and Telecoms: Readers debate the new competition

Do smaller professional security companies stand to gain from the emergence of new players?
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07/10/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Brand recognition, national reach and advertising clout are some of the obvious advantages afforded the telecom and cableco giants now entering the security space.

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SSN News Poll December 2014

In the wake of the recent expiration of their non-compete agreement, former sister companies ADT and TycoIS are now battling it out for a piece of the lucrative small-business pie. How will this affect the competitive landscape and regional providers? Tell us what you think.

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