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False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
07/01/2003

Grand Prairie, Texas

To combat false alarms and the drain on police, police officials here have proposed that they no longer respond to alarms unless a valid permit is on file with the city.

Under the proposal, alarm owners would pay a $25 annual permit fee, which is anticipated to generate $405,000 a year.

U.K. site expected to add to Southwest Microwave’s European growth

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07/01/2003

TEMPE, Ariz. - With the opening of an office in the United Kingdom, Southwest Microwave, a company that specializes in microwave sensors used in military and industrial applications, expects the European market to account for 30 percent of its business within the next 18 months.

Focus on functionality clears way for fire system integration

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07/01/2003

With the focus increasingly turning to maximum system functionality, the integration of fire control and detection with other building activities such as access control and HVAC operations is taking center stage.

The movement over the past two decades has been toward integrating multiple systems from myriad suppliers rather than following the old model of one-system-fits-all.

Senstar-Stellar opens demo area

SSN Staff  - 
07/01/2003

OTTAWA - Outdoor perimeter detection company Senstar-Stellar Corp. opened a demonstration and training facility here.

Cooperation, planning makes systems integration work

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07/01/2003

What makes sense from a building systems or even security point of view may not always be the best solution in the event of a fire. That’s why, noted Steve Sargent, director of worldwide sales for Keltron, project management “is critically important” as systems integration gets under way.

NBFAA stymied in attempts to broaden background check legislation

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07/01/2003

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Attempts by the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association to broaden the content of the Private Security Officer Employment Authorization Act of 2003 to include criminal background checks on personnel beyond private security personnel has been unsuccessful so far.

Special Report: False Alarms

Non-response - the repercussions could be far reaching and wide
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06/01/2003

LOS ANGELES - One of the biggest topics concerning the industry in recent months is the controversial decision by the Los Angeles Police Commission to adopt a verified response policy.

Ever since the commission ap-proved the policy in January, alarm industry representatives have been actively opposing the policy, and have recently filed an injunction in California Superior Court seeking to block the Los Angeles Police Department from implementing it.

Special Report: False Alarms

Companies take a pro-active approach to false alarm issue
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06/01/2003

Los Angeles Police Commission decision highlights need for industry-wide policies, planning

Alarm monitoring companies are stepping up their efforts to stay on top of the ever-changing landscape related to false alarms.

The reverberation of the decision by the Los Angeles Police Department to not respond to non-panic alarms unless they are verified by video or an eye witness has put local alarm-related ordinances in the spotlight as never before.

Pixim secures $22 million in funding

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2003

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - A $22 million round of funding from new and existing investors is expected to help chip and software developer Pixim bring to market its second product that enables security video cameras to produce better picture images.

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