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Dice has 200k accounts in the cloud

With 200k accounts in place today, Dice sets sights on 1 million accounts
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09/15/2015

BAY CITY, Mich.—Dice has added more than 200,000 accounts to its cloud-hosted monitoring center platform this year, said Cliff Dice, company president and CEO.

Ascent ups stock buyback

Stang points to recent stock activity
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09/09/2015

ENGLEWOOD, Colo.—Ascent Capital Group, parent company of Monitronics, increased its stock buyback program by $25 million, Ascent announced Sept. 4.

A.p.i. acquires and builds

It has eight centrals now, expects to build ninth in 2016
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09/02/2015

PETERBOROUGH, Ontario—A.p.i. Monitoring has acquired Trent Security, a full-service security company, based here. Trent will operate sales, installation and service independently, and its monitoring center is now a.p.i.’s eighth third party central station.

Jeffery Gardner named CEO of Monitronics

He brings M&A experience to company
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08/26/2015

DALLAS—Mike Haislip, CEO of Monitronics, is retiring and Jeffery Gardner will succeed him starting Sept. 10.

Monitoring stations with an edge: Earning dealer loyalty

Flashy incentives are nice, but dealers care more about a central station’s service, technology and expertise
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08/26/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—It’s supposed to be a win-win when wholesale central monitoring stations want to manage, service or purchase accounts from alarm dealers. The dealer can acquire some capital. The central station builds its portfolio. This business relationship can be sweet, as when central stations offer perks to purchase accounts. Or it can go sour when the central station and the dealer, after an account transfer, wind up competing with each other for customers.

ADT goes live with ASAP

Other large nationals expected to follow suit
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08/26/2015

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT has joined the ASAP to PSAP program, which will cause a positive chain reaction for the program, increasing its prevalence nationwide, according to Jay Hauhn, CSAA executive director.

World Wide competes with DIY cameras

Company to offer professionally monitored DIY cameras
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08/19/2015

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—World Wide Security, a full service security company based here, sees video monitoring as an avenue for growth, and plans to offer its own low-cost, self-installed cameras.

Many manners of monitoring

Third-party, proprietary, cloud: What’s the difference?
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08/05/2015

YARMOUTH, Maine—Central station monitoring comes in a variety of flavors. What’s the difference between an installing company that does its own monitoring and a proprietary central station? Are third party and wholesale synonymous? What about new cloud technology that some say will usher in new categories of central station monitoring? In an effort to sort out the differences, Security Systems News turned to CSAA president Jay Hauhn.

Design matters at Vivint’s new monitoring center

Dixon: Center is built to benefit employees and the bottom line
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08/05/2015

EAGAN, Minn.—Featuring natural light, an expanded cafeteria with free food and a pond where employees can go fishing during breaks, Vivint’s new monitoring center is loaded with employee-pleasing amenities that translate into increased productivity and profits for the company, according to Steve Dixon, Vivint’s VP of customer experience and operations.

Wayne Alarm builds out AES Network

Company expands with small acquisitions
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08/05/2015

LYNN, Mass.—Driving up to Wayne Alarm Systems it’s hard to miss the 340-foot tower, which supports the company’s AES mesh radio network.

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SSN News Poll September 2016

Some traditional security companies—like LOUD Security and Select Security—are entering the DIY market. What do you think about DIY?