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Best Buy to purchase GreatCall for $800 million

GTCR exec discusses the deal with SSN
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08/22/2018

SAN DIEGO—Chicago-based PE firm GTCR recently announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell GreatCall to Best Buy for cash consideration of $800 million.

Where is video monitoring now?

Representatives from four monitoring centers provide insight on the video monitoring market
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07/25/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine—Video monitoring, including proactive video monitoring, guard tours, video verification and even MIY among consumers, is on the rise, according to six wholesale monitoring professionals interviewed by Security Systems News.

Advances in monitoring technology changing the standards landscape

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07/18/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine—As technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace within security, monitoring companies and third party standards organizations such as UL are doing their best to understand what this means for central stations today, especially in regard to creating requirements that reflect the current state of innovation within the industry.

Blue Ridge Monitoring remodels, rebrands

BRM is focusing on staying relevant in today’s world
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07/18/2018

ANDERSON, S.C.—Blue Ridge Monitoring, a third party monitoring company based here, is remodeling its central station, adding capabilities and a renewed focus on video monitoring, as well as rebranding the company.

Bold Technologies and Perennial Software merge, both companies acquired

Bold to bring Perennial’s products under its umbrella
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07/11/2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bold Technologies, an alarm monitoring software provider, yesterday announced that it has completed a long-planned merger with Perennial Software, which provides business management software in the security industry.

Dynamark forms strategic alliance with National Network Group

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06/19/2018

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—Dynamark Security Centers recently announced a partnership with National Network Group, a consulting firm based out of Pittsburgh, Pa. that connects end users with integrators.

IHS Markit projects growth, changes for alarm monitoring market to 2022

Company analyst recommends traditional security companies look more at value-added offerings
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05/14/2018

LONDON—IHS Markit, a research firm based here, recently released some insights on the alarm monitoring market in 2017 and what it predicts will happen by 2018 and 2022.

Fire Monitoring of Canada acquires in Ontario

Company gains facility, accounts, employees in purchase of Bulldog Fire and Security
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05/02/2018

ST. CATHARINES, Ontario—Fire Monitoring of Canada recently announced that it purchased Bulldog Fire and Security, based out of Kitchener, Ontario.

I-View Now focuses on dealer program

Former Honeywell exec joins the company
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05/02/2018

HENDERSON, Nev.—I-View Now is focusing on its dealer program, including rolling out a new portal and bringing on former Honeywell exec Marek Robinson as a business development consultant.

NMC mega-merger creates global Netwatch Group

Newly formed monitoring company looks to grow organically and through acquisition
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04/25/2018

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—National Monitoring Center, a third party monitoring company with monitoring centers based here and in Irving, Texas, announced this week the launch of a new global monitoring company, Netwatch Group, following the merger of four monitoring companies with the backing of global private equity firm The Riverside Company.

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SSN News Poll January 2019

With Thanksgiving just around the corner and the holiday season shortly behind, and with companies already planning the budget for 2019, it’s getting time to look ahead at what the new year will hold for the industry. What do you see as top trends for 2019?