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GELSSA to Georgia lawmakers: Table low-voltage licensure bill

Detractors say bill would increase the number of contractors and false dispatches as well
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02/05/2014

ATLANTA—John Loud, the immediate past president of the Georgia Electronic Life Safety & Systems Association, is rallying support against a bill that would dramatically expand the number of Georgia contractors eligible to perform low-voltage installations.

SSN Readers: Google eyeing security

Sixty-four percent of SSN readers say Google’s $3.2b buy of Nest portends Google’s launching a home security product
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02/05/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google’s recent acquisition of home automation company Nest Labs led many to believe the tech giant was setting up a beachhead on the industry’s shores. Readers who responded to a recent SSN News Poll tend to agree, with many saying Google’s buy is no half-hearted entrance into security—it’s a sign of ever-larger involvement in the residential space.

Strategies have changed since Columbine

Don’t wait, act immediately, first responders are told
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02/04/2014

BRUNSWICK, Maine—In the years since the 1999 Columbine High School massacre, the tactical response to active shooters has “done a 180.” When shots ring out, first responders are now trained to act immediately as opposed to waiting for backup.

The future of the IP video market in North America

Panoramic cameras, thermal cameras and audio capabilities expected to fuel growth
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01/29/2014

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—In 2014 and beyond, three technological trends will be the vanguard of the IP video market, according to Oliver Philippou, market analyst, video surveillance & security services, at IHS Research.

Talking keypads and panels with Kristin Hebert

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01/29/2014

After graduating from Louisiana Tech with a degree in Industrial Electronics, Kristin Hebert, dealer and vendor relations representative at Acadian Monitoring Services, began searching for jobs in a field related to his major.

‘We all need to talk more’

TechSec keynote speaker urges better communication among end users, integrators, manufacturers
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01/29/2014

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Security directors need better relationships with their integrators and with manufacturers, says Harold Grimsley, Florida Blue’s senior director for corporate safety, security and facility operations.

Global energy security market to reach $67b by 2018

North America will own a 30 percent global share of the technologically diverse market
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01/28/2014

DALLAS—The global energy security market for power plants is projected to reach $67.9 billion by 2018, up from $49.27 billion in 2013, reflecting a CAGR of 6.6 percent, according to a recent report* from MarketsandMarkets, a market research firm based here.

SIA hire signals new focus for group

SIA will concentrate on regulatory affairs with new legislative director Jake Parker
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01/22/2014

WASHINGTON— In an appointment designed to bring about some shifts in the organization’s direction, the Security Industry Association has hired Jake Parker, a 12-year veteran of Capitol Hill, as its new government relations director, Don Erickson, CEO of SIA, told Security Systems News.

How I Use My System

Talking panels and keypads with Kelly McFarland
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01/22/2014

Kelly McFarland, branch manager at Habitec Security, became acquainted with the security industry while in high school, working for his father who owned a security company in Columbus, Ohio.

Integrator opportunity with CFATS

SIA working on legislation to better manage CFATS performance guidelines, establish permanently authorized standards
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01/15/2014

WASHINGTON—Integrators could reap the benefits of a bill in the works that would improve how DHS manages a set of performance-based guidelines for high-risk chemical facilities, known as the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards or CFATS.

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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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