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Five Questions: Michael Ritt

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02/21/2018

Michael Ritt started in the industry in 2005 at AlarmWatch. He was recently hired as Security Partners’ director of dealer support in November 2017. In his new role, he oversees three of the company’s sites—in Lancaster, Pa.; San Antonio, Texas; and Las Vegas. In college, he was a music major. In mid-January, Security Systems News asked Ritt five questions.

Specifically Speaking with Jeff McCormack

AVP technical leader/sr. program manager with AECOM, based in Baltimore, Md.
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02/21/2018

As the AVP technical leader/sr. program manager for AECOM, McCormack provides technical and leadership support for MTA Systems Equipment & Engineering Department.

Parks Associates looks at smart home market, company tactics

Sixty percent of respondents to a Parks Associates survey say they don’t need to remotely control their devices
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02/14/2018

DALLAS—Parks Associates, a research firm based here, released a report that outlines how the smart home market and its products are changing and what companies are doing about overcoming barriers, entitled “Evolution of Smart Home Products and Services.”

Specifically Speaking with Brandon Frazier

Senior technology consultant, Elert & Associates Technology Consultants, based in Stillwater, Minn.
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02/14/2018

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How I Use My System: Gene Miller

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01/31/2018

Gene Miller, sales representative with Cen-Signal, has been with the company for 19 years, originally starting as an operator with the wholesale monitoring center. The company is based in Columbus, Ga. Miller talked with Security Systems News in mid-December about the security system he uses at home.

Specifically Speaking with Samuel D. Trotman

Director of Integrated Technology for Kadrmas, Lee & Jackson (KLJ) Integrated Technology, based in St. Paul, Minn.
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01/24/2018

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Readers weigh in on top trends in AI, access control, and IT

Responses divided on the next big things for access control
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01/24/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine—Ahead of Security Systems News’ upcoming 2018 TechSec Solutions conference, it asked readers about several of the topics from this year’s program, including artificial intelligence, the next tech for access control, and how IT is impacting the integrator.

ESX announces 2018 educational program

Show to build off of successful elements from 2017 show
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01/24/2018

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ESX recently announced its lineup of educational sessions for the 2018 conference, to be held here June 19-22, including sessions on the latest smart home devices and the most disruptive technologies for the commercial market.

Parks Associates predicts about 27 percent of U.S. households to have security by 2021

Home security market to see 3.7 percent CAGR in number of broadband households with security
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01/18/2018

DALLAS—Parks Associates recently published a report, “Home Security: Market Sizing and Forecasts,” that outlines the firm’s expectations in the market between 2017 and 2021.

Self-monitoring systems: Friend or foe to the professionals?

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01/17/2018

Without a doubt, there has been an increasing trend toward DIY security systems, which are not only installed by the homeowner but also monitored by them (also referred to as MIY, or “monitor-it-yourself” systems). Many homeowners are discovering the advantages of these systems, such as eliminating the monthly fees associated with the central monitoring station that are such an integral part of the professional offerings.

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SSN News Poll October 2018

Every Thursday at 12:30 p.m. Eastern, Security Systems News hosts its webinar series “Leadership Talks.” SSN gets the chance to talk about a range of leadership tactics and styles from prominent figures throughout the physical security industry. How does your security company define leadership?