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AT&T enters security market, but can it become a billion-dollar business?

One way to build scale would be to acquire the largest player
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05/09/2012

DALLAS—When AT&T announced on Monday that it will begin trials this summer of Digital Life, its home security/home automation service, here and in Atlanta, mainstream newspapers reported that the company was looking to potentially grow the service into a $1 billion business.

Owners driving market for mass notification systems

Corporate campuses and manufacturing facilities are among those looking for ways to protect themselves from a variety of threats
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05/09/2012

BURLINGTON, Mass.—Fear of newspaper headlines is helping drive the market for mass notification systems, Jack Poole, a fire protection engineer and member of the NFPA 72 Technical Committee, said at a recent emergency management seminar here.

AT&T to do home security in Dallas, Atlanta

Professionally installed ‘Digital Life’ systems will be professionally monitored as well
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05/09/2012

DALLAS—AT&T has announced plans to bring its home security/home automation offering to Atlanta and Dallas this summer.

Security Networks ups credit facility by $100 million

Super-regional looking at 38 percent CAGR, again
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05/02/2012

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.—Security Networks, a super-regional based here, announced April 30 that it has extended its credit facility by $100 million, bringing the total to $250 million.

Court decision favors ADT—and other alarm companies

Industry attorney: It's 'a good decision for the alarm industry’
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05/02/2012

PASADENA, Calif.—ADT came out a winner in a recent court decision here, and the finding also is good news for others in the alarm industry, according to industry attorney Ken Kirschenbaum.

McGinn Smith Alarm Trading accounts sold for $2m

The criminal trial of alarm industry investors Timothy McGinn and David L. Smith also is about to begin, on June 18
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04/25/2012

ALBANY, N.Y.—More than 5,000 alarm accounts managed by McGinn Smith Alarm Trading LLC have been auctioned to Security Systems Inc. of Cromwell, Conn. for more than $2 million, legal documents show.

Aloha Alarm flourishing in Hawaii

The small new company is adding customers and employees and says quality service distinguishes it from big summer-model rivals
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04/25/2012

AIEA, Hawaii—Aloha Alarm just launched in January, but already has about 200 customers and is gaining more at the rate of about 50 a month, according to Aloha president Mark Plischke. He said he also plans to add six more employees to his current staff of 14 before year’s end.

Comcast adds more markets across the country

In March, the telecom introduced its home automation/home security product in locations that included San Francisco, Connecticut and Utah, home of the summer-sales security companies
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04/23/2012

PHILADELPHIA—March was an active month for Comcast as it launched its new home automation/home security service in a number of additional major markets across the country. Xfinity Home is now being offered in Atlanta, the San Francisco Bay area and parts of Connecticut and Vermont—and Utah.

Defender has new CEO; predicts strong growth in 2012

The nation’s No. 1 ADT dealer says this year will be best ever
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04/18/2012

INDIANAPOLIS—Defender Direct, the country’s leading ADT dealer, announced this month that it has restructured its executive team and has a new CEO.

Safeguard makes acquisition

Super-regional completes tuck-in in Santa Fe
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04/18/2012

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Super-regional Safeguard Security has acquired New Mexico Security Services, headquartered in Santa Fe, N.M., Safeguard CEO John Jennings told Security Systems News.

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SSN News Poll June 2014

ADT is going after the small business market, launching targeted offerings for specific verticals: retail, food and beverage, clinical, professional offices and mechanical. The company says there's lot of untapped opportunity because only 50 percent of small businesses have monitored security. What are your thoughts on that market?

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