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State legislatures and security technology

LPR, body cams, data centers are topical in 2015
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05/07/2015

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Legislation dealing with security technology, most notably body-cams for law enforcement and data centers’ tax status, made an appearance at the state level this year, according to SIA.

Specifically Speaking with Jeff Pronschinske

Security practice leader, Mead & Hunt, Wauwatosa, Wisc.
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05/04/2015

How many employees does Mead & Hunt have? How many are involved with physical security and what is your specialty?

Five Questions: Joe Albaugh

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04/30/2015

Joe Albaugh is the chief security officer at Vivint, a job he has held for 10 months. He is responsible for the “convergence of security practices,” he says, including the operational security of products, cybersecurity and personal and physical security.

How I Use My System: Joey Rao-Russell

Kimberlite’s president and CEO talks about her home security system
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04/24/2015

Joey Rao-Russell, Kimberlite’s president and CEO and a Security Systems News “20 Under 40” winner, has worked at Kimberlite for 13 years. She started in the accounting department, was named COO in February 2012 and then CEO later in 2012. She holds a degree in criminal justice and sociology, which made the security industry “a nice fit,” Rao-Russell said. SSN recently spoke with her about the system she uses at home.

Specifically Speaking with Rodney Thayer

Principal, RSG Modelworks, Sunnyvale, Calif.
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04/23/2015

Your background is in IT security, and your company focuses on cybersecurity and network vulnerabilities in physical security, how and why did you make the move into physical security specifying?

The Great ISC West 2015 Roundup

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04/22/2015

LAS VEGAS—ISC West expected that the 2015 show would be the second biggest ever, and although no official attendance figure has been released yet, that certainly appeared to be the case. The expansive show floor was packed with exhibitors and attendees and busy even during the dwindling hours of the show Friday morning. SIA reported that attendance at its education sessions was up 18 percent over last year, up a whopping 91 percent since SIA assumed responsibility for the education program in 2010.

Net neutrality a net loss for industry?

John Cerasuolo, president and CEO of ADS Security, discusses net neutrality in the security industry
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04/21/2015

Unless you have been living under a rock you have probably heard the debate over net neutrality. For all the talk there is very little understanding of how dangerous this obscure sounding policy would be to our economy.

Richard Walker to help monitor Monitronics M&A possibilities

Brings acquisition experience from IHS
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04/20/2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Ascent Capital Group, Monitronics’ parent company based here, has appointed Richard G. Walker as executive vice president of strategy and corporate development.

News Poll: Cloud is security’s future

Opinions vary on whether cloud is good for the industry
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04/13/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Cloud offerings are proliferating in the security industry. Recently, Dice and IBS launched cloud-hosted monitoring and 3xLOGIC acquired cloud-based access control provider Infinias. In the latest News Poll, Security Systems News asked readers whether cloud is here to stay. Just over half of respondents—52 percent—said yes.

Back at it: School security technology ‘main priority’

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04/09/2015

WASHINGTON—They’re not giving up. Advocates for federal funding for school security technology have taken their case to Congress for the past two years to no avail; a measure last year got caught up in the gun control debate and fell victim to politics. Now, the fight begins anew.

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Poll

SSN News Poll January 2017

Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?