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Akron implements alarm verification policy

The move was met with both praise and disappointment—depending on whom you’re talking to
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02/12/2014

AKRON, Ohio—A new policy set to take effect here in March requires security alarms to verify criminal activity prior to police response.

NationWide enters mobile PERS market

VP of sales and marketing: Offering has huge upside
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02/12/2014

FREEPORT, N.Y.—NationWide Digital Monitoring, which earlier this year expanded its footprint in the Southeast, is now stepping up its presence in the PERS space with launch of its first mobile PERS unit.

Central station-specific education at NJ ESA symposium

The show can help central station personnel stay in tune with what dealers want, says NJ ESA president
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02/10/2014

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The New Jersey ESA symposium has always attracted vendors and dealers in droves, but it’s also an event those in the wholesale central station space are marking on their calendars, Joe Parisi, president of NJ ESA, told Security Systems News.

a.p.i. Monitoring adds managed services division

The new unit focuses on hosted video and video verification
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01/29/2014

TORONTO—a.p.i Monitoring, a wholesale monitoring company with seven central stations in the U.S. and Canada, is seeing some encouraging early returns from its managed services division, which debuted as a separate unit in November 2013.

SW24, not-for-profit team up on video surveillance

SW24 will install 80 cameras, whose video will be streamed to the NYPD’s crime center
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01/22/2014

NEW YORK—SecureWatch24, a full-service security company here, has been awarded a $1 million contract to install 80 camera boxes in two Brooklyn neighborhoods—one of which was the setting of a high-profile crime in 2011.

Alarm.com puts its own spin on PERS

The offering, called Wellness, leverages sensors, panic buttons and mobile notifications
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01/21/2014

VIENNA, Va.—Alarm.com, an interactive services provider based here, unveiled an offering at the Consumer Electronics Show in January that blends traditional PERS elements with the sensors and home automation features the company has built its brand around.  

I-View Now, Axis team up on hosted video solution

The cloud-based service brings hosted video to I-View’s central station platform
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01/17/2014

LAS VEGAS and CHELMSFORD, Mass.—The belief that video verification and hosted video are ready for broader adoption is behind a new cloud-based service created by I-View Now and Axis Communications.

World Wide debuts mPERS product for hotel vertical

A recent union mandate requires hotels to equip employees with mobile PERS units, and World Wide Security Group has launched an offering that answers the call
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01/08/2014

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—Having recently expanded its presence in the hotel vertical, World Wide Security Group, a full-service security company here, has become an authorized dealer of a PERS device tailored specifically to the hospitality industry.

SecurTek acquires Scott Security Systems

The deal brings in 9,000 commercial and residential accounts in the Greater Vancouver area
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01/08/2014

YORKTON, Saskatchewan—Powered by a revolving line of credit from its parent company, SecurTek Monitoring Solutions, a provider of monitoring services for commercial and residential customers across Canada, has acquired 9,000 customer accounts from Burnaby, British Columbia-based Scott Security Systems, a company with a 30-year history in the region.

Security Partners acquires Mace Central Station

Deal makes Security Partners a 'national player,' CEO says
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12/19/2013

LANCASTER, Pa.—Security Partners, based here, announced today that it has acquired its third monitoring center: Mace Central Station, located in Anaheim, Calif.

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