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Financial outlook improves, but challenges remain

Outside financial institutions take a wait and see approach while lenders that traditionally deal with the industry continue
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02/01/2004

While certainly not the doom and gloom scenario of the recent past, observers of and participants in the financial sector related to the security industry are still cautious about where things are headed, especially as they relate to financing alarm dealers.
“The financing environment for alarm companies is challenging,” noted Gregory Bortz, senior vice president-investment banking at Lehman Brothers.

L.A. alarm policy arrives with New Year

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02/01/2004

LOS ANGELES - When the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, it not only signaled the beginning of 2004, but it also ushered in the Los Angeles Police Department’s new policy for responding to burglar alarms.

The new policy, while not an actual verified response policy, does include a verified response element that kicks in after two false alarms.

SIA to launch CPSM program at ISC West

SSN Staff  - 
02/01/2004

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Security Industry Association plans to roll out its latest educational offering, the Certified Security Project Manager, at the ISC West show, which will be held from March 31 to April 2 in Las Vegas.

Golf tourney to raise funds for research

SSN Staff  - 
02/01/2004

LAS VEGAS - The Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation and the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association have announced their inaugural joint fundraising events, to be held in conjunction with the 2004 NBFAA Spring Conference in Las Vegas.

The AIREF/NBFAA Golf Tournament is scheduled for March 30, the day before the start of the ISC West Expo, and will be held at the Revere Golf Club in Henderson, Nev.

False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
02/01/2004

Baltimore

City Councilor Lisa Joi Stancil introduced a proposal in mid-January that would pass along city-imposed burglar alarm registration fees to monitoring companies, according to the Baltimore Sun. The city enacted a law in April 2002 that required registration fees for security systems and imposed fines for repeated false alarms.

Safety Act could protect companies from a lawsuit

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02/01/2004

WASHINGTON - A little-known law called the Safety Act that can protect manufacturers and systems integrators of homeland security products from potential lawsuits is just now getting underway.

The Department of Homeland Security has begun accepting applications from manufacturers and systems integrators who want protection under what is considered landmark legislation.

IQ board to audit certified companies

SSN Staff  - 
01/01/2004

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Last month, the Installation Quality Board of Directors approved an audit designed to ensure basic compliance of the 90 member companies with the IQ program.

Calif. alarm company owner charged with murder

SSN Staff  - 
01/01/2004

LODI, Calif. - Paul Alamo, owner of alarm installation and service company Alamo Alarm Co.

SURVEILLANCE

Digital revolution brings technology bridging products
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01/01/2004

Few have the funds to make a digital conversion overnight, so new technology helps make the transition easier

As the security industry continues its conversion to digital products and network-based systems, a host of interim products and solutions have sprung up, designed to ease companies into this transition.

With major investments having been made in analog cameras, matrix switchers and coax pipelines for CCTV systems, few companies have the funds or inclination to make a complete digital conversion overnight.

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