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Women in Security: Maria Moretti, joining the industry by accident, staying on purpose

American Alarm’s Maria Moretti says a broad-based industry education is key to success

ARLINGTON, Mass.—There were very few women in the security industry in 1985, when Maria Moretti, upon graduating from Northeastern University in Boston, joined American Alarm, based here. While her introduction to the industry was something of a happy accident, her decision to make a career in security was deliberate—a result of the satisfaction she derived from helping people in critical situations.

Hurricane threat cancels CSSA annual meeting in Bermuda


YARMOUTH, Maine—Hurricane Gonzalo has forced CSAA International to cancel its 2014 Annual Meeting, scheduled for Oct. 17-22 in Bermuda.

Market Trends: Audio-video monitoring on the rise, with cautious approach


YARMOUTH, Maine—There are good reasons for the inclusion of audio applications in video monitoring—just as there are reasons for hesitation on the part of integrators and end users.

Will mobile worker apps become ‘ubiquitous’ in security?

An analyst from Frost & Sullivan expects mobile worker apps for sales personnel and technicians to be the norm

SAN ANTONIO, Texas—Among recent trends gaining traction in the security industry, mobile worker apps stand out as one of the most highly deployed and frequently discussed. Such tools have transformed the way field sales personnel and technicians do business, allowing them to be more efficient and effective on the job.

Springall named CEO of Security Central

First non-family member to be named CEO in company’s 50-year history

STATESVILLE, N.C.—National third-party monitoring station Security Central today announced the promotion of Brett Springall, formerly Security Central’s director of IT, to the position of CEO.

How Habitec reduces false alarms

False dispatches dropped 57 percent since 2012 following a new subscriber opt-out policy

TOLEDO, Ohio—Habitec Security, a monitoring company headquartered here, continues to upgrade its robust false dispatch reduction strategy, and internal company metrics show those efforts are working.

Bold Technologies acquires ABM Data Systems

ABM users can now integrate a slew of add-ons from Bold’s Manitou product lines

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—Bold Technologies, a provider of central station and PSIM software, has acquired central station software provider ABM Data Systems, based in Round Rock, Texas, the company announced recently.

Security Partners to train dealers in managed video

With 40 percent growth in its video monitoring customer base, Security Partners now working with CheckVideo on new training program for video verification, video hosting and guard services

LANCASTER, Pa.—Nearly two years after launching its advanced services division, Security Partners, a wholesale monitoring company based here, is partnering with CheckVideo to help drive managed video sales.

Video verification in the home on CEDIA agenda

One presenter says deploying cameras outside the home, rather than inside, is the way to go

DENVER, Colo.—Just a few years ago, the idea of holding a video verification seminar at a residential technology expo might have seemed farfetched. But that’s exactly what’s happening at the 2014 Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association (CEDIA) expo, held Sept. 10-13 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Is 'wake-up' device the answer for mPERS?

Securus, a mobile security solutions provider, has found a way to minimize lingering concerns about battery life

CARY, N.C.—Mobile PERS units are emerging as a monitoring staple, but that doesn’t mean the device is without its share of skeptics.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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