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Cloud-based smart home installed base to grow to 44.6 million by 2018

Key elements of growth: platform that can integrate many devices, resistance to cyber hack
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05/28/2014

LONDON—The security industry is just one business sector expected to play a role in the rapid expansion of the global market for cloud-based home management systems, whose installed base is poised to skyrocket over the next five years, rising from 5.6 million at the end of 2013 to 44.6 million by 2018, according to a new report from IHS Research, a market research firm whose U.K. headquarters is based here.

Five Questions: Ken Frank, RFI Communications & Security Systems

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05/27/2014

Ken Frank recently became a senior account executive for RFI Communications & Security Systems, a multisystems integrator based in San Jose, Calif. His background includes 20 years of integration experience as well as nine years as a regional sales manager in access control and video systems. He will work with new and existing customers, assisting in the development of business, as well as new concepts to be applied within a range of vertical markets. Security Systems News caught up with Ken in March and asked him five questions:

Online wireless locks moving forward, but not locked into the market

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05/21/2014

Online wireless locks are making inroads in the security industry, particularly on the perimeters of large buildings with hundreds of doors inside.

ESA supports 'balanced approach'

The association wants fire detection systems to be eligible for same tax depreciation status as suppression systems
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05/12/2014

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Electronic Security Association is ramping up efforts in support of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, a bill that would give installers of fire detection systems the same access to federal tax incentives currently available only to fire suppression companies.

Readers ponder effects of ADT small business strategy

Most readers say tailoring solutions to specific verticals is the way to go
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05/07/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—When it comes to commercial business, an overwhelming majority of readers—90 percent—says it’s best to provide security solutions that are distinct from security and automation packages offered for the home.

Physical security market for data centers to grow rapidly

PSIM, video surveillance and disaster management solutions to generate most revenue
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05/05/2014

LONDON—As adoption of cloud-based services continues to expand, the need for secure and reliable data computing hubs rises with it. The proliferation and evolution of large-scale data facilities is generating a growing demand for the physical security appliances and solutions that protect them, according to a new report from TechNavio Research, a market analysis company headquartered here.

Taser, on a roll, focuses on hospital use

Security directors mixed on deployment
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05/02/2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Taser International, coming off two banner sales years and “practically saturating” the law enforcement market, is focusing anew on hospitals.
The company’s stock price has risen nearly fivefold in the past two years, topping $20 earlier this month.

Video surveillance cabling and infrastructure market to expand dramatically in North America

Lower-priced, consumer-grade Ethernet power sources are driving the market, which could see substantial near-term growth
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04/23/2014

BRACKNELL, England—With lower powered infrared and PTZ cameras hitting the market, more end users are turning to nonlocal Ethernet sets to power their video surveillance networks, particularly for cameras in perimeter security locations.

Talking keypads and panels with Mark McCall

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04/23/2014

SAN ANTONIO—Mark McCall, director of information technology at United Central Control, tells Security Systems News about how he handles security at home.

Boston hotels: Marathon safe, secure, normal

Even bomb-sniffing dogs ‘blended in’ in hotel lobby
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04/23/2014

BOSTON—A day after the Boston Marathon brought more than 32,500 runners, hundreds of thousands of spectators and security in full force to the city, hoteliers were basking in the normalcy of the event.

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SSN News Poll November 2014

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's CEDIA Expo is a home technology trade show with products and training related to audio, video, control, security and networking—and it's growing. CEDIA says the 2014 event, held Sept. 10-13 in Denver, had more than 18,500 attendees, an increase of 3 percent, and floor space increased 14 percent for the 480 exhibitors. But is this show growing in importance for the security industry? Tell us what you think.

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