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Specifically Speaking: Roger Hutchins, principal, GHD

Specifically Speaking: Roger Hutchins, principal, GHD

Specifically Speaking features Q-and-A with a different security consultant every month. In July, we spoke to Roger Hutchins, principal at Washington, D.C.-based GHD.

Talking panels and keypads with Marshall Marinace


YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y.—Marshall Marinace, owner of Marshal Alarm Systems, based here, was installed at ESX 2014 as the new president of the Electronic Security Association. Here's how he handles security at home.

SSN News Poll: Readers debate central station of future

Readers say business as usual is not an option. Nontraditional services expected to play larger role

YARMOUTH, Maine—Though central stations will always hang their hat on the value of their core monitoring service, their transformation into hubs of more than just alarm signals is well underway.

Video in the home goes mainstream

Checking in on kids, elderly parents and pets facilitated by residential video surveillance

In the second decade of the 21st century, home security is no longer just about catching bad guys.

Five Questions: Margaret Jacques


Margaret Jacques recently joined Brothers Fire Protection, based in Elk River, Minn., as a life safety sales representative. She’ll focus on Brothers’ commercial and multihousing clients, helping them develop effective and economical programs to manage their life safety systems. Security Systems News caught up with Margaret in June and asked her five questions:

Police chief gives Panic Button 'rave' review

Milford, Mass., schools deploy software security system

MILFORD, Mass.—Milford Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin looked at a number of systems to give him and his force better, faster emergency contact with local schools.

Senate tweaks House-passed CFATS bill

Senate committee wants to extend authorization interval proposed in House bill, which passed in July

WASHINGTON—Bipartisan cooperation and security industry feedback could help secure the passage of a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards authorization bill before the end of 2014.

Report: PERS market to double by 2019

IHS: Younger average PERS user will drive growth, but just how young those users will be up is still up for debate

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—It’s a simple formula: A younger PERS user means a longer account life, and a longer account life means lower rates of attrition. Over the next five years, the North American PERS market is poised to grow on the strength of that proposition, rising from $700 million in 2014 to $1.5 billion by 2019, according to a recently published report from IHS.

Monitoring everything

‘The Internet of Things’ brings opportunities for non-traditional monitoring

“The Internet of Things,” the ever-increasing number of devices that are connected to the Internet, may represent a new frontier in monitoring. As the number of connected products rises, so do the revenue and service opportunities for security dealers to monitor those devices.

Talking keypads and panels with Karen Sullivan


MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Security Systems News recently caught up with Karen Sullivan, recently named sales manager at Z-Tech Central, to discuss how she handles security at home.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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