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Habitec revamps central, moves HQ, implements mobile initiatives

App-based services easier to offer with new resources and upgraded infrastructure
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10/30/2013

HOLLAND, Ohio—Additional space is only one of the benefits of Habitec Security’s move, last week, into its new headquarters here.

PE ponders PERS

Edmonds: ‘capital providers’ join MAMA ranks
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10/23/2013

ST. LOUIS—There will be more transactions in the typically quiet PERS space over the next six to 12 months, and maybe even sooner, according to Henry Edmonds, president of The Edmonds Group, an investment bank here, which specializes in recurring-revenue businesses.

Rapid Response to do $11.3m expansion, add 70 jobs

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Rapid is wrapping up construction of its second monitoring center
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10/23/2013

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Rapid Response Monitoring will begin an $11.3 million construction project next summer that will add 22,000-square-foot of space to its headquarters here, Morgan Hertel, VP of operations at Rapid, told Security Systems News.

Elle Daley: from dispatcher to VP

For the fifth consecutive year, SSN is profiling women who are making their mark in the traditionally male-dominated world of security. Daley, vice president of branch operations for COPS Monitoring, is one of seven women featured.
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10/16/2013

WILLIAMSTOWN, N.J.—She’s now vice president of branch operations, but Elle Daley started out at COPS Monitoring in 1990 as a dispatcher working the midnight shift.

Dynamark Convention roundup: Highlights from the vendor show

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10/09/2013

HAGERSTOWN, Md.—The Dynamark Convention 2013 was a fast-moving two days, highlighted by a diverse array of booths at the vendor show and keynote speeches by a pair of industry experts: Wayne Alter, founder and chairman of Dynamark; and Wade Moose, CEO of The Systems Depot and Elk Products.

Security Partners goes Bold

The wholesale monitoring company will use Bold Technologies’ Manitou automation platform at both its centrals
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10/02/2013

LANCASTER, Pa.—On the heels of acquiring its second central station in San Antonio, Texas, Security Partners has integrated automation software from Bold Technologies into its central station here. The move further strengthens the company’s redundancy capabilities.

Skyhawk acquires IT firm

The merged company, called Skyhawk Group, plans to cross-sell its array of services
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10/02/2013

BATON ROUGE, La.—As more panels go IP in businesses and homes, security companies are continuing to see the allure of bringing some IT minds in-house.

PERS company valuations predicted to rise

Epstein: Look for more PE activity in PERS market
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09/25/2013

PARK CITY, Utah—Fresh off moderating a PERS Summit panel, Barry Epstein, president of Dallas-based Vertex Capital, expects the PERS acquisition market to heat up as valuations climb.

SIA eyes federal budget resolution

Sequestration could be a factor in determining funding for major security grant programs
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09/24/2013

WASHINGTON—The crisis in Syria only further roils what was already expected to be a turbulent few months in Congress leading up to the holidays. Despite the din, the Security Industry Association has developed a plan to advance some of its own objectives, of which there are many.

Customizing PERS to specific health needs

Essence USA president says new PERS system has many options, can function in large radius, monitor an individual’s temperature and routine
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09/11/2013

HOBOKEN, N.J.—Essence USA, a manufacturer and developer of security systems and monitoring and health care solutions that is based here, has launched its third-generation PERS product—the EverGuard-Care, a wireless home health monitoring system.

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SSN News Poll November 2014

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's CEDIA Expo is a home technology trade show with products and training related to audio, video, control, security and networking—and it's growing. CEDIA says the 2014 event, held Sept. 10-13 in Denver, had more than 18,500 attendees, an increase of 3 percent, and floor space increased 14 percent for the 480 exhibitors. But is this show growing in importance for the security industry? Tell us what you think.

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