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Monitoring everything

‘The Internet of Things’ brings opportunities for non-traditional monitoring
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08/04/2014

“The Internet of Things,” the ever-increasing number of devices that are connected to the Internet, may represent a new frontier in monitoring. As the number of connected products rises, so do the revenue and service opportunities for security dealers to monitor those devices.

Talking keypads and panels with Karen Sullivan

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07/30/2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn.—Security Systems News recently caught up with Karen Sullivan, recently named sales manager at Z-Tech Central, to discuss how she handles security at home.

Centrals get social

Social media on the rise for many reasons
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07/30/2014

Social media may not be a major revenue generator at this point, but third-party monitoring stations are making more use of popular social media sites to reinforce traditional sales and marketing efforts, according to a group of executives from five well known third-party monitoring companies who spoke to Security Systems News for this report.

Poll: Readers view door-to-door scams as major problem

Impassioned responses reveal just how much door-knocking scams rankle those in the industry
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07/30/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Door-to-door scams were given a big stage at ESX 2014, where ADT held a press conference devoted to rooting the problem out, with representatives from law enforcement, CSAA and ESA weighing in.

Specifically Speaking: F. Patrick Mahoney, CannonDesign

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07/29/2014

Specifically Speaking features Q-and-A with a different security consultant every month. In July, we spoke to F. Patrick Mahoney, senior associate at Grand Island, N.Y.-based CannonDesign.

Securing the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Plaza and Pavilion

‘The first instinct is to customize something, but you don’t want to fall into that trap. You stick with proven technologies’
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07/28/2014

NEW YORK—Cameras, access control, intrusion detectors, magnetometers, radio communication: There’s much involved in designing a new facility’s complete security system. When you’re designing that system for the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Plaza and Pavilion, which opened in May, it’s even more complicated.

ESA says school security spending needs to be about equipment

ESA government relations director: ‘Not one dime’ spent on equipment
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07/16/2014

WASHINGTON—The U.S. government has devoted more than $300 million over the past two years to enhancing school security. While that money has gone toward the production of reports, research, assessments and position papers, among other things, it has not gone toward the actual installation of electronic security systems, John Chwat, director of government relations at the Electronic Security Association, told Security Systems News.

North American video surveillance market poised for rapid expansion

Author expects 'massive proliferation' of IP cameras during forecast period
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07/15/2014

BLOOMINGTON, Minn.—With the technology becoming ever more sophisticated, video surveillance systems are on the verge of becoming an indispensible component of security systems worldwide. In the coming years, the growth of the North American market is expected to reflect that reality.

Readers lukewarm on social media and its benefit

For some, social media is integral to brand development and generating leads. For others, the benefits have been harder to identify
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07/09/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—The latest SSN news poll shows that while the bulk of readers may be using social media, not all of them are convinced of its effectiveness as a business tool.

Talking keypads and panels with Chip Shiver

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07/07/2014

DAYTON, Ohio—It’s safe to say that Chip Shiver, president of Sonitrol SW Ohio and Shiver Security Systems, got into the industry a bit earlier than most. “I guess you could say I was born into it,” he told Security Systems News. Shiver’s father started Sonitrol of Southwest Ohio in 1971, based here, and since then Shiver has been involved “on and off since day one.”

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SSN News Poll August 2015

Physical security information management—PSIM—software has been around for a decade, but disagreement about what PSIM is and where it belongs persists. PSIM is projected to grow in the North American market by $1.3 billion by 2019. How do you view PSIM?

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