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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.

GELSSA helps kill low-voltage contractor bill

Legislation that would have dramatically expanded the number of contractors eligible to install security and life safety systems has been dropped
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04/15/2014

ATLANTA—The governor’s office in Georgia put the brakes on a bill that would have made more than 9,000 additional contractors eligible to perform low-voltage installations. The bill, which passed the state Senate in February, was blocked before reaching the Georgia House for a vote.

Readers reflect on cableco/telecom impact on wholesale monitoring space

Readers speculate about what’s next for new entrants making inroads into security
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04/09/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—The fourth annual Barnes Associates/SSN/CSAA Wholesale Monitoring study found the number of monitored accounts was up 19 percent in 2013, a growth figure the authors believe is being propelled by the influx of cablecos and telecoms into the industry.

The Great ISC West Roundup 2014

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04/09/2014

LAS VEGAS—ISC West 2014 was big, and by all accounts, a successful show. Organizers reported that the event attracted more than 26,000 industry professionals and more than “1,000 exhibiting companies and brands.”

Most school threats via social media false

Schools need better threat assessment, expert says
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04/07/2014

CLEVELAND—How should law enforcement respond to a threat issued to a school via Facebook, Twitter or other social media platform that says a bomb is set to go off in the high school cafeteria or that an angry student is headed to the campus armed to the hilt?

WSC announces 2014 Women of the Year honorees

Annual program recognizes top female professionals and their contributions to the security market
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04/01/2014

LAS VEGAS—The Women’s Security Council today announced the winners of the 2014 WSC Women of the Year awards.

ESA adds three gold-level partners

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03/26/2014

IRVING, Texas—The Electronic Security Association recently announced that Telguard, Axis Communications and Tri-Ed Distribution have agreed to support the association as gold-level executive strategic partners for 2014.

Making money on managed services

Three integrators, of different sizes and expertise, all believe managed services is the best way to go—for integrator and end user alike
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03/26/2014

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—Attend a few security conferences and you’re bound to hear the term “managed services” tossed around. Most of the time you’ll be advised that managed services is the way to go. But, how do you get there? How long will it take and can you really make money offering managed services?

Global home automation market poised to expand dramatically

The market could reach $14 billion by 2018, according to an ABI Research report
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03/26/2014

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—The global home automation market is trending toward significant growth in the coming years, with the $9 billion market projected to reach $14 billion by 2018, according to a report from ABI Research, a technology market intelligence firm with locations around the world.

Access Control as the backbone of integration

Immediacy and responsiveness are two reasons why an access control-centric system may be best
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03/19/2014

MIAMISBURG, Ohio—Access control is about what's happening now: Who scanned a card? Which door is open? Who is authorized? What is the system status?

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SSN News Poll May 2015

It seems that another cloud-based security product or service comes out every day. Do you believe, as 3xLOGIC’s Matt Kushner said, “[Integrators] who continue to offer conventional access and video are going to be adding to a shrinking market. The new, growing market is cloud-based managed services.”? Is 2015 the year that cloud will finally have its security industry day in the sun?

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