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How I Use My System: Barbara Holliday


Barbara Holliday, senior director of dealer support for Monitronics, started at the company in 1998 as a key account manager, overseeing 100 accounts. She now handles acquisitions and dealer support. At ISC West 2015, Holliday was recognized as one of the Women's Security Council’s Women of the Year. Security Systems News talked with her about the security system she uses at home.

PSIM—Just another four-letter word

Manufacturers define PSIM differently, what’s important for integrators to understand here?

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Jim Henry of systems integrator Kratos PSS described "physical security information management"—PSIM—as a term that has confounded and bamboozled the security industry for 10 years.

Infrared cameras protect major water utility

Reduction in false alarms is notable, security director says

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–When you are the security director for your state’s largest water utility, protecting reservoirs can be a challenge.

Mission500 starts annual security softball game

Six weeks after inception, organization raises half its goal

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—Mission500 is hosting an Annual Security Industry Softball Game here on Sept. 12; the goal is to raise $100,000 to help U.S. children in need.

Five Questions: Jeff Auman


Jeff Auman is vice president of residential sales for ADT. Before joining the company last November he held a number of leadership positions at Sprint, most recently as vice president, product operations.

Biometrics access control: not perfect, but possibly inevitable


YARMOUTH, Maine—Biometrics is the present and the future of access control. Some integrators and manufacturers of facial, iris and fingerprint recognition systems talk as if the markets are growing so fast that cards and keys may seem as old-school as paper checks. Others, however, caution that end users still need time to digest what is happening and what’s ahead.

Industry divided on Google’s effect on security industry

News Poll: Few believe Google will seek professional monitoring

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google, in March of this year, acquired patents relating to residential security. Twelve months earlier, Google acquired the smart home thermostat Nest. Is Google planning a big move into the security space? Should the industry be nervous? Security Systems News readers were evenly divided among those who are worried, those who are not worried, and those who plan to worry about Google if and when it gets seriously involved in the industry.

ESX veterans talk about what brings companies back

DIY panels, video verification catch show veterans’ attention

BALTIMORE—ESX veterans told Security Systems News that peer-to-peer learning and networking are among the offerings that keep them coming back to the annual event that will take place here June 24-26.

North American perimeter security market to grow

Growth across all sectors, higher in some

LONDON—Technavio predicts growth in North America’s perimeter security market to be about $5.7 billion by 2019, up from $4.1 billion in 2014, a 39 percent increase.

State legislatures and security technology

LPR, body cams, data centers are topical in 2015

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Legislation dealing with security technology, most notably body-cams for law enforcement and data centers’ tax status, made an appearance at the state level this year, according to SIA.



SSN News Poll December 2016

Some companies take a focused approach to breaking into­—or growing within particular—vertical markets; "We are really heavy on the casino side, so we decided—let’s be the No. 1 gaming integrator in North America,” said Surveillance Systems Inc. president Todd Flowers. Where do you see the next big opportunity?