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Special Report: False Alarms

Companies take a pro-active approach to false alarm issue
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06/01/2003

Los Angeles Police Commission decision highlights need for industry-wide policies, planning

Alarm monitoring companies are stepping up their efforts to stay on top of the ever-changing landscape related to false alarms.

The reverberation of the decision by the Los Angeles Police Department to not respond to non-panic alarms unless they are verified by video or an eye witness has put local alarm-related ordinances in the spotlight as never before.

Pixim secures $22 million in funding

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2003

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - A $22 million round of funding from new and existing investors is expected to help chip and software developer Pixim bring to market its second product that enables security video cameras to produce better picture images.

Conquering wired mindset is next challenge

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06/01/2003

The comfort level most installers and users have with wired technology has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles to widespread acceptance.

Yet players in the wireless field said they are putting significant effort and investment into the marketplace based on what has happened on the residential side and the growth of wireless in industries beyond security.

Facing financial troubles, View Systems hires a turnaround specialist

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2003

DENVER - View Systems, known for its digital video cameras, is in the midst of reorganizing after operating in the red for the past two years and racking up an $11.9 million deficit.

The Right Response

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2003

Each month Security Systems News will feature in this column a story where a security or life safety system did its job to save a life or property. To have your story considered, send an email to editor@securitysystemsnews.

Wireless finds a place in commercial market

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06/01/2003

The convenience and ease-of-installation that made wireless security products attractive for the residential market are now allowing this same technology to gain a foothold in commercial security and fire alarm applications.

“The perspective we have is that wireless offers benefits to the commercial installer,” commented Al Lizza, director of marketing for Ademco.

CAA sues San Francisco over its alarm ordinance

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06/01/2003

SAN FRANCISCO - A lawsuit to prevent city officials here from going forward with an alarm ordinance has been filed by state alarm industry officials, who said they object to certain provisions of the policy that require alarm companies to be responsible for collecting and remitting alarm fees to the city.

In February, the Board of Supervisors for the City and County of San Francisco approved changes to the Police Emergency Alarm Ordinance that made alarm companies operating in the city responsible for collecting and handing over to city tax collectors any fees related to San Francisco’s alarm registration fee or false alarm fines.

Reed, SIA unveil National Summit on Security

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05/01/2003

WASHINGTON - When the next ISC Show arrives in October, not only will the security exhibition and conference have a new location, but a new name and focus.

The new event, called National Summit on Security, an ISC Expo Event, was unveiled during ISC West in Las Vegas.

False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
05/01/2003

Kansas City, Kan.
The Kansas City Police Department is renewing its efforts to reduce false alarms.

Options exist when structured wiring is not a viable option

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05/01/2003

While the structured wiring environment and its related home automation services are based firmly on a new home construction model, players in the home management and security markets said there are options for those with existing homes.

Arthur Van Ahnen, president of ConnectiveHome.

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