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Proprietary vs. open systems: Open is preferred, but it’s harder to sell

Integrator, consultant and manufacturer discuss the drivers and limitations of both types of systems
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03/25/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The debate over open systems versus proprietary systems is usually not a debate in the physical security industry. Open systems are generally thought of as better.

SIA, NSCA to release school safety guidelines, tools at ISC West

Ronald L. Hawkins, manager of special projects and partnerships for SIA, talks about the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools
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03/24/2015

One of the members of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) likens the effort to enhance school security to the move decades ago to establish fire prevention, alarm and suppression standards for schools.

Five Questions: Brandon Hess

Dealer acquisition manager, Central Security Group
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03/24/2015

Brandon Hess was appointed to the new role of dealer acquisition manager for Tulsa, Okla.-based Central Security Group last fall. He is responsible for expanding the company’s dealer network, ensuring ongoing, successful relationships with qualified dealers and helping to support growth for individual authorized dealer businesses. Previously, he held managerial positions in sales and training, including work with homeowners, builders and internal teams, with Ranger Technology Solutions and Vivint. He also has experience in purchasing, inventory management and financial services.

How I Use My System: John Spooner

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03/23/2015

John Spooner, executive VP for Alarm Detection Systems, based in Aurora, Ill., has been in the industry for 28 years. Spooner rose from service technician, to installation manager, service manager then to EVP of operations. Four years ago Spooner was appointed to his current role. In February, he talked with Security Systems News about the system he has at home.

Specifically Speaking with Robert Haddad

Principal, Shen Milsom & Wilke
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03/23/2015

Yours is the first A&E firm I’ve heard about that started as an acoustical engineering firm, then progressed into AV, IT systems design and infrastructure and then security. How big is your company and what kinds of security projects do you work on?

Please visit us at ISC West

Meet the Editors of Security Systems News
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03/23/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News will hold a Meet the Editors session from 9:30-10 a.m. April 15 at ISC West.

The biggest and the newest at ISC West

IDIS, a newcomer to ISC West, has one of the ten largest booths at the show
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03/18/2015

LAS VEGAS—At the 2015 ISC West show, exhibitors put a lot of thought into their booths—rather literally with Hikvision’s “Thought Theater”—and some companies, like IDIS, are using big booths at ISC West to introduce themselves to the industry.

Net neutrality ruling looks good so far, AICC says

Unknown specific details will tell the whole tale
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03/11/2015

WASHINGTON—The recent FCC ruling on net neutrality appears to give security professionals a “level playing field,” but it remains to be seen if it will fully satisfy the industry, according to Lou Fiore, chairman of AICC.

How I Use My System: Bob Gates

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03/04/2015

Bob Gates joined Alarm Monitoring Services in September of 2014 as the company’s VP of sales and marketing, responsible for seeking new accounts and new types of business. Gates holds a B.S.

CES and the smart home

Jay Kenny, VP of marketing for Alarm.com shares his observations of smart home trends at this year's show
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02/26/2015

Described as "the global stage for innovation," the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) draws more than 170,000 attendees and offers a unique opportunity to see big trends across consumer technology.

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SSN News Poll August 2016

The final sunset date for 2G—Dec. 31, 2016—is fast approaching. Speakers at last year’s Honeywell CONNECT conference said that dealers needed to get started. John Loud said in early 2016 that avoiding the hassle of 2G conversions would result in more companies looking to sell. Where is your company in the sunset?

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