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Legislative Roundup: Congress keeps industry busy

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07/31/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—This month we’re launching a monthly roundup of legislative news, both state and federal, of interest to security and fire integrators, installers and monitoring companies.

Bright lights, big tabs: Readers sound off on ISC in NYC

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07/18/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—ISC East or ISC Solutions? For a majority of respondents in Security Systems News' latest monthly poll, the name of the trade show isn’t an issue (it’s ISC East again after a two-year stint with its alternate moniker). But what about the fact that it’s still being held in the Big Apple, the most expensive U.S. city for business travel?
Well, now you’ve got something to chew on.

House passes Secure Border Act

Bill goes to Senate with provisions important to security industry
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07/16/2012

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association announced some good news for the industry in June: The House has passed H.R. 1299, the Secure Border Act.

RMR Capital Group launches at ESX

New lender’s sweet spot is $150k to $500k
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07/11/2012

ST. LOUIS PARK, Minn.—Saying there’s a “glaring need for capital” among small and mid-sized alarm companies, another new lender has entered the security space: RMR Capital Group.

Technology still top challenge for alarm companies, new ESA president says

John Knox takes helm amid advances that are reshaping the industry
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07/03/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Competition from telecoms and cablecos is drawing a lot of attention in the security world, but keeping pace with technology is still the biggest challenge facing alarm companies, new ESA President John Knox said at the Electronic Security Expo.

SIA: Biometrics can cut fraud in Medicare, Medicaid

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07/03/2012

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Biometrics can reduce fraud in Medicare and Medicaid programs and provide assurance that patient information is protected, the Security Industry Association told the Senate Finance Committee on June 29.

Mass notification and risk analysis: Readers favor doing your homework

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06/20/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Designing and installing mass notification systems is a growing segment of the security and fire market. But is it really worth conducting a risk analysis before starting a project, or is it just a waste of time and resources?

Corrections gradually embraces innovation in access control

Biometrics, upscale perimeter detection augment touch-screen technology and PLC-based systems
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06/20/2012

Biometrics, hand-held alarms, more reliable perimeter detection and other advanced technologies for protecting, identifying and tracking humans are finding their way into North America’s prisons, jails and detention centers despite the corrections industry’s reputation for foot-dragging when it comes to embracing cutting-edge security.

ESX on track to be largest ever

Organizers predict 30 percent increase in attendance
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05/07/2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The 2012 Electronic Security Expo is on track to be the largest in the event’s five-year history, with more exhibitors and a projected 30 percent increase in attendance from last year, according to event organizers.

Stranded in the South Atlantic

Industry vet Bob Bonifas spends 10 days on remote island
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04/27/2012

AURORA, Ill.—As a veteran of the alarm industry, Bob Bonifas knows how important redundancy is for central stations. As a global adventurer recently stranded on a sub-Antarctic island, he now knows it’s crucial for passenger ships, too.

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SSN News Poll June 2014

ADT is going after the small business market, launching targeted offerings for specific verticals: retail, food and beverage, clinical, professional offices and mechanical. The company says there's lot of untapped opportunity because only 50 percent of small businesses have monitored security. What are your thoughts on that market?

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