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The-Central Station grows dealer base by 20 percent

First dealer meeting will address video verification, other hot topics

CANTON, Ohio—The-Central Station, a new division of Buckeye Protective Services, has grown its dealer base about 20 percent and is preparing for its first dealer mee

Pittsburgh looks to automating false alarm fines

Stan Martin: SIAC advocates for this option

PITTSBURGH—Pittsburgh is looking at automating collections for false alarm fines, according to a recent NPR report.

Dice has 200k accounts in the cloud

With 200k accounts in place today, Dice sets sights on 1 million accounts

BAY CITY, Mich.—Dice has added more than 200,000 accounts to its cloud-hosted monitoring center platform this year, said Cliff Dice, company president and CEO.

Ascent ups stock buyback

Stang points to recent stock activity

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Ascent Capital Group, parent company of Monitronics, increased its stock buyback program by $25 million, Ascent announced Sept. 4.

A.p.i. acquires and builds

It has eight centrals now, expects to build ninth in 2016

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario—A.p.i. Monitoring has acquired Trent Security, a full-service security company, based here. Trent will operate sales, installation and service independently, and its monitoring center is now a.p.i.’s eighth third party central station.

Jeffery Gardner named CEO of Monitronics

He brings M&A experience to company

DALLAS—Mike Haislip, CEO of Monitronics, is retiring and Jeffery Gardner will succeed him starting Sept. 10.

Monitoring stations with an edge: Earning dealer loyalty

Flashy incentives are nice, but dealers care more about a central station’s service, technology and expertise

YARMOUTH, Maine—It’s supposed to be a win-win when wholesale central monitoring stations want to manage, service or purchase accounts from alarm dealers. The dealer can acquire some capital. The central station builds its portfolio. This business relationship can be sweet, as when central stations offer perks to purchase accounts. Or it can go sour when the central station and the dealer, after an account transfer, wind up competing with each other for customers.

ADT goes live with ASAP

Other large nationals expected to follow suit

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT has joined the ASAP to PSAP program, which will cause a positive chain reaction for the program, increasing its prevalence nationwide, according to Jay Hauhn, CSAA executive director.

World Wide competes with DIY cameras

Company to offer professionally monitored DIY cameras

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—World Wide Security, a full service security company based here, sees video monitoring as an avenue for growth, and plans to offer its own low-cost, self-installed cameras.

Many manners of monitoring

Third-party, proprietary, cloud: What’s the difference?

YARMOUTH, Maine—Central station monitoring comes in a variety of flavors. What’s the difference between an installing company that does its own monitoring and a proprietary central station? Are third party and wholesale synonymous? What about new cloud technology that some say will usher in new categories of central station monitoring? In an effort to sort out the differences, Security Systems News turned to CSAA president Jay Hauhn.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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