YARMOUTH, Maine—Providers and integrators of emergency communication systems (ECS) face a number of challenges when trying to establish or grow markets: It’s not cheap to expand a fire alarm system into an ECS. Private companies are not required by law to have multi-faceted ECS or mass notification systems (MNS). And it’s difficult to get excited about a security system designed for worst-case scenarios that nobody really wants to think about.
YARMOUTH, Maine—As cybersecurity becomes a common topic of conversation among physical security systems installers, Security Systems News asked its readers whether they’re concerned about cybersecurity threats and what their companies are doing to safeguard themselves and their customers.
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.
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.
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.
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?