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Five Questions: Cassie Weaver

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11/18/2015

Cassie Weaver was appointed the operation coordinator for Dakota Security, a PSA Security owner based here, in May. She assists with sales and engineering and other duties around the office. Dakota Security has more than 100 employees. Its operations are concentrated in the upper Midwest with offices in Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Neb.; Fargo, N.D.; and Chicago. It also has an East Coast office in New York, and a West Coast office in Phoenix. Originally from Iowa, Weaver’s family moved to South Dakota when she graduated from high school. She eventually moved away but then returned to the area. Security Systems News talked with her in November and asked her five questions.

Three perspectives on how to use social media

It’s not about sales, it’s about brand awareness, customer trust, recruiting employees
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11/18/2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—When using social media, be consistent, use images or graphics, and find the right outlet for your company, according to representatives from three security companies.

How I Use My System: David Bitton

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11/06/2015

David Bitton, COO at Supreme Security Systems, started working with the company in 1995. He is third generation in the family-owned business, which was founded in 1929 and is based in Union, N.J. Security Systems News talked with Bitton in early October about the system he has at home.

Five Questions: Howard Wulforst

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11/06/2015

Howard Wulforst, new regional manager for RFI Communications & Security Systems, is in charge of branch locations in southern California and southern Nevada. His focus will be to drive growth in the Southwest. Wulforst is a third-generation security professional. One of his four children recently started working in the industry. Security Systems News caught up with him to ask him five questions.

Now may be the time to sell the company

Private equity interest is here to stay
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11/02/2015

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The financial environment for selling a security company is good and stable right now, according to Barry Epstein, president of Vertex Capital.

Conference attendance depends on companies more than show

Concerning location, companies don't want to travel far
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10/28/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Before attending a conference, security executives pay more attention to their budget, timing and their current projects than what the show offers, according to responses in Security Systems News’ latest poll.

IoT, drones to drive wireless video surveillance market

Twenty percent CAGR expected in Americas, 21 percent CAGR globally
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10/28/2015

LONDON—The wireless video surveillance market will grow across the globe, according to market research firm Technavio, and IoT and drones will play a big role in that growth.

Microsoft's Michael Korgan to keynote Cloud+

Korgan to discuss how physical security integrators, end users and manufacturers can profit from cloud
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10/23/2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—Michael Korgan, Microsoft National Security Officer, will be the keynote speaker at Cloud+, the first ever physical security conference dedicated to cloud-based security technology, conference organizers announced today. Cloud+ will take place here in Silicon Valley, Dec. 7-8.

Potter expands fire division with three acquisitions

It buys Harrington, Evax and CPG product lines
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10/20/2015

ST. LOUIS—Potter Electric Signal Company has acquired three product lines in the fire alarm industry: Harrington Fire Alarm, Evax Systems and CPG Signals. The deals allow Potter to expand its fire system, voice product and mass evacuation lines and into the “explosion-proof” market.

Five Questions: Jason Sidok

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10/19/2015

Jason Sidok started working part time for his father’s security and fire alarm company, Home and Commercial Security, when he was 16. He recently was promoted to VP operations from director of customer support. In his new role, he will help manage daily operations, including the technical, sales and customer service departments, and is responsible for strategic goal setting and growth of the organization, as well as vendor relations, product lines, training and customer support and marketing. Security Systems News caught up with Sidok to ask him five questions.

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SSN News Poll May 2017

Big data, utilizing the abundance of data gathered by various devices, was a consistent theme at TechSec 2017. An entire session tackled the topic, which you can read more about here. Panelists in TechSec’s "Monitoring the next tech" talked about the value of data in the wholesale monitoring world. Where do you see the benefit of data analytics?