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Lowe’s goes with UCC for professional monitoring

Mark Matlock: Lowe’s DIY offering doesn’t pose a threat to traditional dealers

MOORESVILLE, N.C.—Home improvement company Lowe’s chose United Central Control as the professional monitoring partner for Iris, its DIY home automation system, Lowe's announced Jan. 4.

EMERgency24 offers ‘filtered monitoring’

End user-driven service has residential and commercial applications, company says

DES PLAINES, Ill.—Offering “filtered monitoring” has helped third party central EMERgency24 expand its video options for dealers, according to Kevin Lehan, company PR manager.

Top 2015 monitoring trends: ASAP, DIY, PERS and cloud


YARMOUTH, Maine—CSAA’s ASAP to PSAP program, DIY being paired with 24/7 professional monitoring, PERS, and cloud automation were talked-about trends in monitoring in 2015.

DMC upgrades its central

Company could add new offerings in 2016

MIDLOTHIAN, Ill.—DMC Security, a full service company based here, spent the last year upgrading its monitoring center, including new infrastructure, servers, phones and computers. It’s looking into new services for 2016, including remote access control for customers.

My Alarm Center launches new DIY division

LivSecure sells DIY install devices with 24/7 professional monitoring

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—My Alarm Center launched LivSecure, a direct-to-consumer division focused on DIY-installed equipment paired with professional monitoring.

UCC puts focus on dealer education

Company hosted two classes this year, planning more for 2016

SAN ANTONIO—Wholesale central station UCC is investing more in its dealers, recently with a new line of regional educational sessions, according to company SVP Mark Matlock.

Fire install company gets into monitoring

Ahern uses wholesale central COPS Monitoring

FOND DU LAC, Wis.—Ahern Fire Protection, a fire installation and service company based here, has started offering fire alarm monitoring along with its other services.

Central Monitoring values consistency

Written protocols, like checklists and manuals, help create accountability

ALBANY, Ga.—Judy Randle, president of Central Monitoring, gave alarm dealers advice on creating consistency through checklists and manuals at this year’s Honeywell CONNECT, in the session “Run your business like a franchise: Why policies, processes and procedures are important.”

Stanley Security acquires SentryNet

Companies create new offerings for dealer base

INDIANAPOLIS—Stanley Security, based here, acquired wholesale monitoring company SentryNet, resulting in new programs for SentryNet’s dealer base.

2G sunset: Now or never

Plan, prepare, get started, experts say

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Alarm Protection Services has converted 1,100 of the 1,800 2G systems in its customer base. That’s helped its business and it only lost four customers who did not want to upgrade, according to Spencer Smith, APS president.



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?