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SIAC, AzAA praise Phoenix alarm program

Best practices result in 85 percent of systems generating no false alarms
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06/27/2012

FRISCO, Texas—Nearly 85 percent of alarm users in Phoenix did not have any false alarms in 2011, the result of a cooperative effort by the city and the Arizona Alarm Association that saved the city more than $2.8 million, according to the Security Industry Alarm Association

Mason Monitoring faces challenge over use of symbol, name

State Masonic lodge seeks 'appropriate remedy' against N.Y. company
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06/13/2012

KINGS PARK, N.Y.--Mason Monitoring Inc., a Long Island-based company that has drawn attention for offering $2 burglar and fire alarm accounts, is being challenged over the use of a Masonic symbol and the word "Mason" in its marketing.

New Bold module monitors Twitter, Facebook

Tracking social media could mean more revenue for central stations, company says
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06/06/2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bold Technologies is rolling out software that will allow customers to monitor traffic on Twitter and other social media sites, potentially opening the door to a new revenue stream for central stations

Alarm Detection Systems acquires Norshore Alarm

Deal includes 2,100 accounts and about $80K in RMR
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06/06/2012

AURORA, Ill.—Alarm Detection Systems, based here, has expanded its footprint in northern Illinois by acquiring Norshore Alarm Co. and its 2,100 accounts, ADS announced on May 29.

GPS ‘a different animal’ for central stations

Experts say mobile devices bring new challenges that require new approaches
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05/30/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—What’s worse than a false alarm? A moving false alarm, according to panelists at a recent ESX webinar, who cited a growing challenge for monitoring companies as they move deeper into the world of GPS and mobile PERS devices.

Arizona enacts statewide alarm licensing

New law will cut red tape for industry, AzAA president says
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05/23/2012

PHOENIX—Statewide alarm licensing has been enacted in Arizona, replacing a web of local regulations that subjected many alarm companies to duplicative background checks and paperwork.

SecurTek acquires Intercept accounts in $2 million deal

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05/23/2012

YORKTON, Saskatchewan—SecurTek Monitoring Solutions has acquired the customer accounts of Alberta-based Intercept Security in a $2 million deal announced on May 10.

Netwatch open for business in U.S.

Global monitoring company aims to tap pool of college grads in Boston
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05/16/2012

MEDFORD, Mass.—Netwatch, an international monitoring company that uses remote video detection and personalized audio warnings to thwart would-be burglars, has expanded to North America by opening an office here.

Going video: New partnership links alarm industry, police, insurers

Group promotes more arrests, fewer claims through priority video response
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05/16/2012

ST. PAUL, Minn.—What may have seemed like a pipe dream to many in the security industry a few years ago—getting alarm companies and law enforcement to work together, then adding the insurance industry to the alliance—is now reality with the Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response.

Habitec cuts police dispatches 20 percent with ECV

Ohio-based company says customers embracing two-call verification
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05/04/2012

TOLEDO, Ohio—One month after implementing two-call verification for incoming alarms, Habitec Security reported a 20 percent decrease in false police dispatches and is on track to cut the rate even further, according to company President John Smythe.

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