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ADS Security acquires Tennessee fold-in

It’s the fourth buy for ADS this year and more are planned
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08/20/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security last week acquired nearly 600 accounts from Stewart Security Systems in Shelbyville, Tenn.

It’s the fourth buy for ADS this year and more acquisitions are planned, according to Patrick Ritter, VP/controller at ADS.

ADT: New partnership with IFTTT to make smart home smarter

ADT Pulse will be able to integrate with more connected devices through the service provider's more than 100 channel partners
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08/20/2014

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Homeowners already can make some rules for their home security/home automation systems, such as telling a thermostat to adjust itself if the temperature goes up. But a new relationship that ADT has with service provider IFTTT could soon open the door to Pulse customers putting even more devices in their homes on autopilot, the company said this week.

SAFE Security acquires Safeguard Security

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08/20/2014

SAN RAMON, Calif.—In a deal that brings it 300 employees, $1.5 million in RMR, 25,000 customers, a guard business and a central station, SAFE Security, based here, has acquired the alarm business of Safeguard Security, a super-regional that’s been family owned for more than 50 years.

Protection 1 adding solar to its mix

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08/08/2014

ROMEOVILLE, Ill.—Protection 1, based here, is joining the trend of security companies selling solar, the company has announced.

Possible Protection 1 buyers: PE firm, telecom or cableco

Pro 1 is reportedly up for sale with a $1.5b price tag, and an analyst tells SSN having an 'asset of this quality' on the market is unusual
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08/06/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Home security giant Protection 1 is up for sale for more than $1.5 billion, Reuters reported this week. Likely buyers could range from a top private equity firm to a telecom or cableco, an industry analyst told Security Systems News.

Lowe’s Iris thriving two years after launch

The home improvement retailer also is testing an installation option for customers who need assistance with the DIY smart home product
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08/06/2014

MOOREVILLE, N.C.—In the two years since Lowe’s launched Iris, the new do-it-yourself home automation/home security product is doing so well it’s offered in Lowe’s stores nationwide and the company is trialing an installation option for customers who need extra help.

Amherst Alarm takes 'deliberate' path to success

A considered approach to everything from products to services has ensured three decades of steady growth for N.Y. company
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07/30/2014

AMHERST, N.Y.—Amherst Alarm, one of the nation’s leading alarm companies, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. CEO Tim Creenan credits his company’s long-term success to its "slow and deliberate" approach to business.

B Safe adds density with Pennsylvania buy

The company is acquiring in 2014, and also enhancing its customer service
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07/23/2014

WILMINGTON, Del.—B Safe, a regional security company based here, has strengthened its position in eastern Pennsylvania with the purchase of Alarm Surveillance Technologies (AST) of Ambler, Pa.

SAFE Security shifts

Franklyn will spearhead partnerships with cablecos, branch
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07/23/2014

SAN RAMON, Calif.—Establishing branch offices, bundling services with telecoms/cablecos, and expanded DIY offerings are three initiatives SAFE Security has in its playbook, and it has hired Gary Franklyn, formerly with Security Networks, to spearhead these effort.

Matlin back in home security, as a consultant

The fired AlarmForce CEO’s noncompete has expired and he plans to help AlarmForce competitors with marketing
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07/23/2014

TORONTO—The yearlong noncompete of ousted AlarmForce CEO Joel Matlin is at an end and now he’s back in the home security business—as a marketing consultant.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

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