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NMC hires new director of national sales

Industry veteran Nicola Oakie brings more than 20 years’ experience to her new role

LAKE FOREST, Calif.—NMC recently hired Nicola Oakie, who previously worked as the general manager with American Video and Security and then the director of business development at I-View Now, as the company’s new director of national sales.

Women in Security: Suzie Nye, AvantGuard

Nye suggests encouraging more female support at industry events

OGDEN, Utah—Suzie Nye, the vice president of operations for AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, has been with the company for 27 years.

I-View Now integrates with Nest cameras

Nest’s Gene LaNois says verification will benefit traditional dealers

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Smart home company Nest, based here, recently announced a new partnership with I-View Now, bringing video verification into its cameras.

TMA holds 2017 Annual Meeting in Arizona


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The Monitoring Association held its 2017 annual meeting here, Oct. 7-11, the first annual meeting since changing the association’s name from CSAA. Included here is a brief overview of some of the educational sessions and a couple of topics that speakers addressed.

Dynamark buys second monitoring center

Company acquired Buckeye Protective Services, based in Ohio

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—Dynamark Security Centers in late September announced its purchase of Buckeye Protective Services, in Canton, Ohio, as a redundant central station to its monitoring center based here.

American Burglary and Fire remodels headquarters

Remodeled facility to have a more open, modern feel

FENTON, Mo.—American Burglary and Fire, a full-service security company based here, expects to finish the remodel of its facility in October, a project that first entered planning two years ago.

Medical alert systems: A current PERSpective

Four executives in the PERS or mPERS space weigh in on the technology today

YARMOUTH, Maine—The PERS space has been evolving much in the past several years, now with several conferences that discuss the topic, including the MAMA annual meeting, Affiliated Monitoring’s Catalyst and The PERS Summit.

Eyewitness Surveillance merges with Watchdog Virtual Guard

Companies both work in protecting metal recycling plants

HANOVER, Md.—Eyewitness Surveillance, a provider of remote video monitoring and other security services based here, is merging security solution provider Watchdog Virtual Guard into its operations.

Central Monitoring Operators: training, empathy and thinking really fast


YARMOUTH, Maine—A central monitoring station can be a cool place to work—if your idea of cool is not knowing what’s going to happen from one minute to the next, or talking people through crises, real and perceived, or getting information fast and accurate while determining whether lives are at stake.

Freeus starts PERS University

New educational content will be exclusive to the company’s dealers

OGDEN, Utah—Freeus, an mPERS manufacturer based here, will be offering dealers education on how to enter and grow in the personal emergency response system space, called PERS University. Freeus will offer webinars, videos, one-on-one guidance and marketing materials.



SSN News Poll May 2018

Rave Mobile Safety recently released survey info on employees’ understanding and perception of their workplaces’ emergency plans. Active shooters have become a more prevalent concern for schools, businesses and other meeting areas. Can security companies be better involved with emergency management?