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Women in Security: Washington Alarm looks to grow

Company hopes to complete the year's second purchase
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11/29/2016

SEATTLE—Shannon Woodman has been working with family-owned Washington Alarm full-time since 2000. Now in the role of COO, she said the company is focused on growth.

Comtronics switches monitored accounts to NMC

Company refocuses on offering new technologies; two-way voice, video verification
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11/14/2016

JACKSON, Mich.—Earlier this year, Comtronics decided to move its monitored accounts to National Monitoring Center, based in Lake Forest, Calif. Previously, Comtronics operated its own UL-listed, CSAA Five Diamond central station for the past 48 years.

ECAMSECURE pairs cameras and radar

Lem Blanco: Radar reduces the number of cameras needed per site
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11/09/2016

GARDENA, Calif.—ECAMSECURE, a video surveillance company based here, is taking a new approach to its camera units—pairing radar with video surveillance for better event tracking.

UL issues UL 827 B listing for remote guarding services

Elite Interactive Solutions is now a UL-certified provider
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10/17/2016

NORTHBROOK, Ill.—UL announced in early October that Elite Interactive Solutions is the first company certified for remote guarding under UL 827 B, its listing for managed video.

Red Hawk chooses Affiliated for monitoring

Red Hawk’s central station will now be owned and operated by Affiliated
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10/12/2016

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Red Hawk Fire & Security announced this week that its accounts will now be monitored by Affiliated Monitoring as part of a new alliance between the companies. Additionally, Affiliated will now own and operate Red Hawk’s central as a load-balancing monitoring center.

Monitronics changes its name

Company to become more visible to consumers through marketing campaign
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09/29/2016

DALLAS—Monitronics on Sept. 30 announced a rebranding, changing the company name to MONI and rolling out a new marketing effort.

Eyewitness Surveillance receives $25m line of credit

Company also receives investment from private equity firm
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09/21/2016

HANOVER, Md.—Eyewitness Surveillance, a provider of video analytics and monitored video surveillance based here, received a $25 million five-year revolving line of credit from Capital One, the bank announced in mid-September. At the same time, Eyewitness received a separate investment from private equity firm LLR Partners, based in Philadelphia.

Wholesale monitoring company success: It’s all about the dealer

Monitoring companies mine data for dealers, provide the latest in technical offerings
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09/16/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—Wholesale monitoring centers use a variety of methods to grow their revenue and account bases, but dealer relations and support is the key to success, according to several executives who spoke to Security Systems News.

Dynamark gets $15m in funding

Line of credit will be put toward acquisitions and business expansion
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09/14/2016

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—Dynamark Monitoring, a wholesale central station based here, received a $15 million senior credit facility from Citizens Commercial Banking, a division of Citizens Bank.

Virtual roundtable: Monitoring in the cloud

What are the benefits? Who’s jumping onboard?
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09/07/2016

YARMOUTH, Maine—In the past few years, several providers have introduced monitoring center software that will enable central station infrastructure to sit in the cloud. Proponents of this software say it can reduce the cost of entry for new monitoring stations to start up, bring new capabilities to existing monitoring stations and make it easier for end users to set up proprietary monitoring stations.

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SSN News Poll January 2017

Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?