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How I Use My System: Matt Mahar

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12/31/2015

As Vivint’s VP of consumer experience, Matthew Mahar said he is “obsessed with making sure that any consumer of smart home products gets the best experience that they can, in terms of usability, readability, enjoyment using the system, and … solving real problems.” He’s involved with both software and hardware design. Prior to starting at Vivint a year-and-a-half ago, Mahar worked with video game company EA Sports and at Nike. Security Systems News talked with him about his home system…

Video analytics market poised for growth

Security will remain largest use for video analytics to 2020
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12/28/2015

DALLAS—The North American market is, and will remain, the largest segment of the global video analytics market from 2015 to 2020 as the market grows worldwide. Cloud integration is a key trend and, while business intelligence is a rising application, security and life safety remains the top application for video analytics.

TechSec educational program announced

IoT, biometrics, and securing hospitals, Super Bowls and casinos
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12/21/2015

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—TechSec Solutions, the industry’s premiere conference dedicated to new and emerging security technologies, announced its lineup of educational sessions for 2016.

Industry gives thumbs-up to private equity

Only 12 percent pessimistic about PE
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12/16/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Private equity has a foothold in security, owning companies like Vivint, Protection 1 and CSG Security, but how does the industry really feel about private equity? Security Systems News’ latest poll showed that half of respondents have worked with private equity and most would consider selling their business to a PE group.

Cloud will enhance M&A activity

"New" security dealer will emerge, John Mack says
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12/09/2015

FOSTER CITY, Calif.—The cloud’s benefits to end users, dealers and integrators will lead to more funding for M&A, according to John Mack EVP, co-head of investment banking and head of mergers and acquisitions, Imperial Capital.

Honeywell survey: Two-thirds feel unsafe at home

Security is key driver for at-home connectivity, company says
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12/04/2015

MINNEAPOLIS—An email survey from Honeywell found that of 1,031 U.S. adults, two-thirds felt unsafe in their own homes.

Specifically Speaking with Jeff Spivey

President of Security Risk Management in Charlotte, N.C.
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11/30/2015

During our conversation you mentioned the “new security model.” Can you explain what you mean by that?

Reed opens new conference at ISC West

Event to cover the overlap of IT and physical security
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11/24/2015

LAS VEGAS—Reed Exhibitions is debuting a new conference alongside ISC West, April 6-8, to focus on IT and cyber concerns in physical security: the Connected Security Expo @ ISC West, complete with its own exhibits, educational tracks and keynotes.

Bank survey forecasts lots of M&A activity for 2016

Some of the Honeywell dealers who responded said they’ll acquire three or four companies
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11/24/2015

CHEVY CHASE, Md.—Dealers will be actively acquiring over the next year, according to a recent survey from Capital One Commercial Banking.

Specifically Speaking with Sean A. Ahrens

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11/23/2015

What kinds of security project do you focus on at Aon?

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SSN News Poll October 2016

ESA and SIA have recently come out against the latest overtime ruling, which more than doubles the threshold for earning overtime pay. How will it impact your business?