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Former CRN Wireless exec plans mobile PERS venture

Nicholas Puro sees 'huge market' beyond senior demographic
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03/13/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Nicholas Puro, who stepped down as CEO of CRN Wireless in February, is looking into a new venture that would turn traditional personal emergency response systems into a “one-stop shop” for mobile lifestyle monitoring and management.

Monitoring America: All for one, one for all

Central station co-op going strong with formula of joint ownership and annual dividends
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03/13/2013

TULSA, Okla.—For the alarm company owners who pooled their resources to form the Monitoring America cooperative in 1989, the premise was simple: A sum is greater than its parts, especially when it comes to getting personal service from a central station and a return on your investment.

SAFE Security acquires 11,000 Pinnacle accounts

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03/11/2013

SAN RAMON, Calif.—SAFE Security, a security alarm company based here, has acquired approximately 11,000 security alarm monitoring accounts from Utah-based Pinnacle Security, according to a company statement. The subscriber accounts represent $500,000 of RMR.

Checkpoint plans to sell CheckView, monitoring center

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03/06/2013

THOROFARE, N.J.—Checkpoint Systems, a global supplier of loss-prevention products and solutions for the retail industry, announced this week that it is planning to sell its CheckView business, including CheckView’s monitoring center in Minnesota.

Dynamark offers dealers more RMR through video verification

Partnership with CheckVideo allows CCTV to be upgraded without replacing cameras
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02/27/2013

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—Dynamark Security Centers has announced a partnership with CheckVideo, giving dealers the opportunity for more RMR by upgrading customers’ analog surveillance cameras with cloud-based video verification technology.

SW24 adds DIY to tap apartment market

Security provider will sell the systems at new Manhattan store and online
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02/20/2013

NEW YORK—Targeting what it sees as an underserved market—apartments, with more than 2 million in metropolitan New York alone—SecureWatch 24 is getting into do-it-yourself security and is opening a store near Rockefeller Center to sell the systems.

Is your social media strategy up to par?

If it’s not, your bottom line and reputation could be suffering, experts tell a CSAA audience
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02/13/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Yelp.

If your alarm company isn’t familiar with these big hitters in social media, eventually it will be—whether you like it or not. The key is to embrace the tools that otherwise could be used against you, or at the very least used by your competition to profit at your expense.

U.S. Alarms acquires Four Seasons accounts

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02/06/2013

FRACKVILLE, Pa.—U.S. Alarms, a Dynamark Security franchise based here, has purchased the alarm division assets of Bethlehem, Pa.-based Deiter Bros./Four Seasons Security.

Should you dread a UL audit?

Not if you’ve done your homework and you know what to expect, two specialists tell the CSAA
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02/05/2013

VIENNA, Va.—For central stations pursuing UL certification or expecting their first audit, there can be uncertainty and maybe even a touch of anxiety. It’s an important benchmark—will your facility be able to stand up to the scrutiny?

ASAP getting closer to reaching ‘critical mass’

Central stations stepping up to speed alarm notifications to PSAPs
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02/01/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—After big strides in 2012 that put an array of technical and logistical challenges behind it, the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol is getting closer to reaching “critical mass” nationwide, according to ASAP proponent Ed Bonifas.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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