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Comcast’s new offering: Home control minus security

Xfinity Home Control is for customers who don’t want a security system but want home management features
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06/19/2013

PHILADELPHIA—A mantra in the industry today is that customers want more than a basic home security system—they want extras to control their lights and thermostats and remotely look in on kids and pets. But Comcast Cable believes there are customers out there who don’t want a security system but still would like those useful features—so it’s offering a new product just for them.

Time Warner going retail with IntelligentHome

The company is offering the home security/home management product in its stores nationwide
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06/19/2013

NEW YORK—Time Warner Cable is joining the new trend of retailing home security by offering IntelligentHome, its home security/home management product, in its several hundred retail stores nationwide, according to Adam Mayer, VP of IntelligentHome.

Influx of telecoms, cablecos into security not alarming, study says

According to IMS Research, the new players will help boost the home penetration rate very rapidly over the new few years
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06/07/2013

AUSTIN, Texas—The penetration rate for U.S. residential intruder alarm products will increase by 5 to 8 percent during the next three years, aided by the entrance of new telecom and cableco players in the market, according to a recent study from IMS Research, now part of IHS.

ADS active in acquisition space

It recently acquired a Tennessee company and more buys are planned
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05/29/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security’s purchase this month of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CrimeWatch Security is just the start of ADS’ acquisition plans for the year, according to Patrick Ritter, ADS VP/controller.

ADS acquires CrimeWatch Security

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05/22/2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security, a super-regional based here, has completed the acquisition of Chattanooga, Tenn.-based CrimeWatch Security, according to a news release.

GuardMe expands into Midwest and Maine

The New Jersey-based home security/home automation provider sees opportunities in the diverse regions
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05/22/2013

OLD BRIDGE, N.J.—GuardMe Security, based here, has expanded into Ohio and Indiana and also plans to offer home security in Maine by the end of May, according to company President Craig Metzger.

Goldman, Beekman see value in NorthStar

The Utah summer-model company says those two new equity partners will enable it to grow faster
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05/22/2013

OREM, Utah—The fact that Goldman Sachs and The Beekman Group are NorthStar Alarm Services’ new equity partners is a “vote of confidence” in that summer sales company, according to Henry Edmonds, president of The Edmonds Group, which facilitated the transaction.

Varied strategies can all lead to sales success

Top Guardian Protection dealers excel in door knocking, affinity marketing, telemarketing
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05/22/2013

LAS VEGAS—What’s the best way to be successful selling home security? Well, according to top dealers for Guardian Protection Services, a variety of strategies can work, if you do them right.

Steve Baker, other industry vets launch GHS Interactive Security

LifeLine Security is acquired as platform for growth, Topspin is equity partner, Barnes Associates advised deal
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05/22/2013

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Industry veteran Steve Baker, who has served in executive roles at ADT, Monitronics and Westec, announced May 22 that his corporation, GHS Interactive Security, has acquired LifeLine Security and Automation as a platform for growth.

Security Options ahead of curve on retailing security

Oklahoma company has had a security store for several years; now Comcast, AT&T, others are following suit
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05/15/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY—The president of Security Options feels validated by the fact that big companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Lowe’s are now selling home security in a retail setting. That’s because his 50-employee company has had a home security store for several years now.

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SSN News Poll May 2015

It seems that another cloud-based security product or service comes out every day. Do you believe, as 3xLOGIC’s Matt Kushner said, “[Integrators] who continue to offer conventional access and video are going to be adding to a shrinking market. The new, growing market is cloud-based managed services.”? Is 2015 the year that cloud will finally have its security industry day in the sun?

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