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Iconic Chicago tower thrives on friendly security

Security director has ‘open’ philosophy while protecting 12,000 employees
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06/04/2013

CHICAGO—At 110 stories, 1,450 feet tall and 4.5 million square feet, the Willis Tower is an architectural icon in the United States. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the building’s area is equal to about 100 football fields or 17 Chicago city blocks if laid out flat.

Readers divided on need for early termination fees

SSN News Poll finds sharp split on long-term contracts
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06/04/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Early termination fees are a standard in the security industry, but now The ADT Corp. is facing a class-action lawsuit over them on consumer protection grounds. Are the fees necessary to help companies recover installation costs and the loss of profit, or are they just an anti-competitive tool used to lock in customers?

SIA steps up fight for school security funding

Industry faces new hurdle on TWIC as report faults pilot program
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05/24/2013

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association has expanded its fight for school security funding, taking the issue to the House and asking the Senate to consider a stand-alone bill after grant money was denied during the debate over gun control.

IMS: Demand for mass notification systems expected to soar

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05/24/2013

LONDON—In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt, as well as the Sandy Hook massacre, governments, schools and other organizations are turning to mass notification systems to protect public safety, which is expected to fuel a 30 percent spike in demand for the North American market, according to IMS Research, now part of IHS.

Experts: Schools can prepare successfully for disasters like tornadoes

Designated shelter, alignment with emergency management offices also key
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05/22/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—What can a school do when a monstrous EF5 tornado is barreling down upon it, packing winds of at least 200 mph? Follow through on what should already have been practiced many times, school security experts say.

Demand for security equipment projected to rise 7 percent a year through 2016

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05/20/2013

CLEVELAND—Global demand for security equipment will increase 7 percent annually to $117 billion in 2016, driven by a strong rebound in construction activity and advances in electronic security technology, according to a new report from The Freedonia Group.

IMS: Boston bombing likely to boost video surveillance spending

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05/08/2013

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—The Boston Marathon bombing will likely drive increased spending on video surveillance equipment, a market that had already been projected to more than double through 2016, according to IMS Research.

Market for card-based EACS to reach $8.6 billion by 2018

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04/30/2013

The global market for card-based electronic access control systems is projected to grow from $5.1 billion in 2012 to $8.6 billion by 2018, driven by increasing concern about security breaches at government and enterprise facilities, according to a new report from Global Industry Analysts.

Fireproofing the cloud

What’s the fire survivability of the data center where your cloud provider retains your company’s information?
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04/24/2013

“Is my cloud provider secure?” That’s a question security integrators often pose as they move their data off site to the cloud.

ESX welcomes Newtown, Conn. police chief

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04/22/2013

IRVING, Texas—Newtown Conn. Police Chief Michael Kehoe will be the featured speaker at The Electronic Security Expo’s IceBreaker Luncheon, held Tuesday, June 18 at 12 p.m., according to a statement from the organization.

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SSN News Poll June 2014

ADT is going after the small business market, launching targeted offerings for specific verticals: retail, food and beverage, clinical, professional offices and mechanical. The company says there's lot of untapped opportunity because only 50 percent of small businesses have monitored security. What are your thoughts on that market?

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