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Lame ducks and partisan muck: Security bills await action in D.C.

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10/22/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Can the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress get off the ground, or will the nation’s business—and legislation of interest to the security industry—continue to grind along in the jaws of partisan gridlock?

Readers see reality of 'sunset' after AT&T sets 2G deadline

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10/16/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—AT&T’s 2G “sunset” announcement in August didn’t surprise many people in the alarm industry: Only 9 percent had doubted it was imminent, according to a recent SSN News Poll. But despite that perspective, a majority of respondents said they had not yet begun upgrade their cellular equipment to 3G or 4G.

Changes to FIPS-201-2: How will they affect you?

The government is making progress and those in the know say eventually what’s going on in Washington will affect access control in the commercial market everywhere
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10/12/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Is it important for integrators who don’t do government work to pay attention to what’s going on with federal mandates for access control in government buildings? According to experts who spoke to Security Systems News for this story, the answer is yes.

CAA symposium to feature four top industry execs

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10/10/2012

SAN FRANCISCO—Leaders from four security companies will speak at an executive symposium at the California Alarm Association’s 2012 Winter Convention, to be held here Dec. 5-8.

Remote monitoring market exceeds $29 billion in 2011

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09/26/2012

The world market for remote monitoring services was worth more than $29 billion in 2011, with the North American market accounting for about 45 percent of revenues, according to a new report from IMS Research.

SIA urges industry to tell candidates that security matters

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09/19/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Summer is over, the political conventions are a memory and Congress is back in session. Pressure is building on Capitol Hill about how to fund the federal government through March 2013, with items of great interest to the security industry hanging in the balance.

Monroe Capital takes a look at security

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09/18/2012

CHICAGO—Monroe Capital, a private investment company that has about $700 million in assets, does not currently have investments in the physical security space, but it’s interested in taking a look, Monroe managing director Zia Uddin told Security Systems News.

‘Make sure mobile is part of the solution you offer’

Industry experts say mobile apps must be part of a successful security business today
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09/07/2012

A smart revolution quietly occurred this year—one that’s dramatically changing the security industry.

As of February, a Nielsen report showed, about half of all Americans with mobile phones—49.7 percent—now own smartphones. And the number of smartphone owners is rapidly growing.

The PSIM potential

Critical infrastructure, regulated environments and big companies concerned about reputation and brand are projected to drive adoption of PSIM
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09/04/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—If you are a vendor or integrator of PSIM systems, the chances are good that you consider this to be an exciting time in the security industry. And the chances also are excellent that, regardless of your expertise and experience, your views on PSIM market trends will be challenged by others in the field.

All eyes on Iris: Will DIY hurt RMR?

Lowe’s new offering will generate interest, SSN readers say, but many question its long-term viability
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08/29/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Is it a home security “game changer” whose time has come, a marketing annoyance that will confuse consumers, or a false-alarm nightmare waiting to happen?

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SSN News Poll September 2014

Some new door-knocking scams recently prompted the Electronic Security Association to update its code of ethics to specifically ban them. Also, ADT this summer is offering up to $25,000 to whistleblowers who expose security companies that train sales teams to use deceptive selling techniques. What do you think are the best ways to combat door-to-door sales scams?

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