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SSN News Poll: Readers debate central station of future

Readers say business as usual is not an option. Nontraditional services expected to play larger role
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09/03/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Though central stations will always hang their hat on the value of their core monitoring service, their transformation into hubs of more than just alarm signals is well underway.

Video in the home goes mainstream

Checking in on kids, elderly parents and pets facilitated by residential video surveillance
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09/02/2014

In the second decade of the 21st century, home security is no longer just about catching bad guys.

Five Questions: Margaret Jacques

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08/27/2014

Margaret Jacques recently joined Brothers Fire Protection, based in Elk River, Minn., as a life safety sales representative. She’ll focus on Brothers’ commercial and multihousing clients, helping them develop effective and economical programs to manage their life safety systems. Security Systems News caught up with Margaret in June and asked her five questions:

Police chief gives Panic Button 'rave' review

Milford, Mass., schools deploy software security system
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08/22/2014

MILFORD, Mass.—Milford Police Chief Tom O’Loughlin looked at a number of systems to give him and his force better, faster emergency contact with local schools.

Senate tweaks House-passed CFATS bill

Senate committee wants to extend authorization interval proposed in House bill, which passed in July
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08/13/2014

WASHINGTON—Bipartisan cooperation and security industry feedback could help secure the passage of a Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards authorization bill before the end of 2014.

Report: PERS market to double by 2019

IHS: Younger average PERS user will drive growth, but just how young those users will be up is still up for debate
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08/13/2014

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—It’s a simple formula: A younger PERS user means a longer account life, and a longer account life means lower rates of attrition. Over the next five years, the North American PERS market is poised to grow on the strength of that proposition, rising from $700 million in 2014 to $1.5 billion by 2019, according to a recently published report from IHS.

Monitoring everything

‘The Internet of Things’ brings opportunities for non-traditional monitoring
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08/04/2014

“The Internet of Things,” the ever-increasing number of devices that are connected to the Internet, may represent a new frontier in monitoring. As the number of connected products rises, so do the revenue and service opportunities for security dealers to monitor those devices.

Talking keypads and panels with Karen Sullivan

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07/30/2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Security Systems News recently caught up with Karen Sullivan, recently named sales manager at Z-Tech Central, to discuss how she handles security at home.

Centrals get social

Social media on the rise for many reasons
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07/30/2014

Social media may not be a major revenue generator at this point, but third-party monitoring stations are making more use of popular social media sites to reinforce traditional sales and marketing efforts, according to a group of executives from five well known third-party monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News for this report.

Poll: Readers view door-to-door scams as major problem

Impassioned responses reveal just how much door-knocking scams rankle those in the industry
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07/30/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Door-to-door scams were given a big stage at ESX 2014, where ADT held a press conference devoted to rooting the problem out, with representatives from law enforcement, CSAA and ESA weighing in.

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SSN News Poll January 2015

John Loud of LOUD Security spoke at Honeywell’s recent Connect2014 event for its dealers about the need for an appropriate company culture that builds engagement and productivity and adds a “fun factor” to the workplace. How does your company handle its culture? Tell us what you think.

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