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Readers ponder effects of ADT small business strategy

Most readers say tailoring solutions to specific verticals is the way to go
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05/07/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—When it comes to commercial business, an overwhelming majority of readers—90 percent—says it’s best to provide security solutions that are distinct from security and automation packages offered for the home.

Physical security market for data centers to grow rapidly

PSIM, video surveillance and disaster management solutions to generate most revenue
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05/05/2014

LONDON—As adoption of cloud-based services continues to expand, the need for secure and reliable data computing hubs rises with it. The proliferation and evolution of large-scale data facilities is generating a growing demand for the physical security appliances and solutions that protect them, according to a new report from TechNavio Research, a market analysis company headquartered here.

Taser, on a roll, focuses on hospital use

Security directors mixed on deployment
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05/02/2014

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Taser International, coming off two banner sales years and “practically saturating” the law enforcement market, is focusing anew on hospitals.
The company’s stock price has risen nearly fivefold in the past two years, topping $20 earlier this month.

Video surveillance cabling and infrastructure market to expand dramatically in North America

Lower-priced, consumer-grade Ethernet power sources are driving the market, which could see substantial near-term growth
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04/23/2014

BRACKNELL, England—With lower powered infrared and PTZ cameras hitting the market, more end users are turning to nonlocal Ethernet sets to power their video surveillance networks, particularly for cameras in perimeter security locations.

Talking keypads and panels with Mark McCall

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04/23/2014

SAN ANTONIO—Mark McCall, director of information technology at United Central Control, tells Security Systems News about how he handles security at home.

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?

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SSN News Poll June 2015

As a follow-up on its March 2014 acquisition of Nest, Google recently received a home-security-related patent. How do you think Google’s potential move into the home security space will affect you and the industry?

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