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Numera CEO sees mobile PERS, home security as 'natural' fit

Company is taking health monitoring out of the home in partnership with AT&T
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05/01/2013

SEATTLE—For Numera Corp. CEO Tim Smokoff, home security and mobile health monitoring are part of the same “natural conversation,” one that holds the promise of increased RMR for security companies as telehealth gains traction in the marketplace.

Judge upholds ruling in Dice v. Bold

Michigan company’s motion denied; judge calls its assertions 'troubling'
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04/10/2013

BAY CITY, Mich.—A federal judge has denied Dice Corp.’s motion for reconsideration in its intellectual-property case against Bold Technologies, stating that Dice did not provide the court with any new information and faulting the company for “mischaracterization” of evidence.

Telguard adds PERS partner

Company licenses cell technology to provider of medical alert systems
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04/03/2013

ATLANTA, Ga.—Telguard has expanded its reach into PERS by licensing its cellular technology to medical alarm provider Mytrex, a combination that Telguard says will help alarm dealers protect and increase their RMR.

CSG acquires SecureNet

Company’s largest deal ever includes 22,000 accounts, new central station
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04/03/2013

TULSA, Okla.—Central Security Group, a full-service security provider based here, has acquired SecureNet Alarm Systems in a deal that brings CSG more than 22,000 accounts, $650,000 in RMR and a new central station.

Monitor America’s dealer carrot: A year of free monitoring

Company opening new central station with 100-dealer promotion
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03/27/2013

MOONACHIE, N.J.—Monitor America, a new wholesale monitoring company specializing in advanced video services, is opening its facility here in April with an offer of one year of free monitoring for the first 100 dealers who sign up.

Videofied makes ‘mainstream’ move

Company looks to expand indoor video verification with distribution deal
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03/26/2013

VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn.—Videofied has made what President Keith Jentoft calls “a big move” to bring indoor video verification into the mainstream, partnering with an independent distributor for the first time to expand the company’s reach in the United States and Canada.

‘Train the Trainer’ adds recertification program

Central station instructors certified before 2010 will have access to latest SIA revisions
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03/15/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Technology at central stations advanced rapidly in the decade between revisions to SIA-APCO’s “Train the Trainer” course, which was updated in 2000 and again in 2011. For instructors certified under the older version, keeping pace has required extra work as more of their monitoring protocols have become outdated.

Former CRN Wireless exec plans mobile PERS venture

Nicholas Puro sees 'huge market' beyond senior demographic
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03/13/2013

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—Nicholas Puro, who stepped down as CEO of CRN Wireless in February, is looking into a new venture that would turn traditional personal emergency response systems into a “one-stop shop” for mobile lifestyle monitoring and management.

Monitoring America: All for one, one for all

Central station co-op going strong with formula of joint ownership and annual dividends
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03/13/2013

TULSA, Okla.—For the alarm company owners who pooled their resources to form the Monitoring America cooperative in 1989, the premise was simple: A sum is greater than its parts, especially when it comes to getting personal service from a central station and a return on your investment.

SAFE Security acquires 11,000 Pinnacle accounts

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03/11/2013

SAN RAMON, Calif.—SAFE Security, a security alarm company based here, has acquired approximately 11,000 security alarm monitoring accounts from Utah-based Pinnacle Security, according to a company statement. The subscriber accounts represent $500,000 of RMR.

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SSN News Poll September 2014

Some new door-knocking scams recently prompted the Electronic Security Association to update its code of ethics to specifically ban them. Also, ADT this summer is offering up to $25,000 to whistleblowers who expose security companies that train sales teams to use deceptive selling techniques. What do you think are the best ways to combat door-to-door sales scams?

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