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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.

Education answer to alarming problem of user error

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02/27/2013

MESA, Ariz.—“Alarm schools” run by law enforcement agencies—where repeat false-alarm offenders go to learn about their systems to avoid more false dispatches—have been found to work very well.

SSN seeks nominees for ‘20 under 40’ Class of 2013

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02/27/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—It’s time once again for youth to be served.

Glow or glower? Readers chart industry’s prospects for 2013

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02/26/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—In mid-December, The Wall Street Journal defied doomsayers and the pending fiscal cliff with an article headlined “Economy Poised to Nudge Ahead in 2013.” The Journal predicted that the U.S. recovery would gain a bit of steam through the year, ushering in a period of more normal growth.

ESA honors New Jersey

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02/26/2013

TRENTON, N.J.—The New Jersey Electronic Security Association was honored as Chapter of the Year by the ESA, according to a company statement.

SIA tells Obama safer schools possible without policy shift

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02/25/2013

WASHINGTON—With the debate raging on in Congress about school security after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Security Industry Association recently sent a letter to President Obama to let him know that steps can be taken now to make schools safer without major changes in policy.

Security companies, others eye growth of PERS market

Industry insiders disagree on promise of mobile PERS and whether security companies have the edge in this market
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02/20/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—With the market for personal emergency response systems projected to grow substantially in the coming years, it’s easy to see why financial analysts and security companies alike are taking an interest in it.

‘20 under 40’ winners will talk tech at TechSec

Four young security leaders to present
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02/12/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Four honorees from Security Director News’ “20 under 40” Class of 2013 will speak at TechSec 2013 next month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Security top concern for consumers interested in home automation

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02/11/2013

Sixty-two percent of consumers interested in learning more about home automation said security was their primary motivation, with 67 percent preferring professional installation over do-it-yourself systems when making a purchase, according to new research by the Consumer Electronics Association.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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