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Ding-dong! Vivint can tell you who’s calling

Remote-access Doorbell Camera available soon

PROVO, Utah—Vivint’s new Doorbell Camera allows customers to engage in a two-way conversation with visitors from their mobile devices and provides them with a 180-degree view, with night vision, of their doorstep.

Doyle expands into mass marketing

Strategy could expand company footprint

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—To reach new audiences and expand the company, Doyle Security Systems, based here, is introducing a new mass-market strategy.

ADT’s new partnerships ‘push the boundary’

LG, Nest give ADT broader reach

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT’s recent partnership with LG Electronics and Google’s Nest is the company’s means to “push the boundary” between residential security and home automation with the goal of extending “protection and security to as many people as we can,” according to ADT chief innovation officer Arthur Orduña.

AlarmForce ordered to pay Matlin court fees

Company drops suit over employee injunction

TORONTO—AlarmForce Industries must pay $45,000 in court costs to company founder Joel Matlin and others after AlarmForce dropped a lawsuit that sought to bar two employees from working for Matlin’s new company, ThinkProtection.

B Safe buys backyard competitor

‘Hometown feel’ matters, general manager says

MANTUA, N.J.—B Safe, a regional provider of security and fire alarms in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, has acquired Security Connection of Gibbstown, N.J.

Ex-ADT exec kick-starts Abode

Home security company exceeds fundraising goal

PALO ALTO, Calif.—A former ADT executive’s Kickstarter campaign to help finance a new DIY home security company exceeded its $100,000 goal, and the company, Abode, is up and running.

AlarmForce names third CEO in less than two years

Toronto-based company has yet to resolve suit brought by Joel Matlin

TORONTO—Graham Badun is the new president and CEO of AlarmForce Industries, its third leader in less than two years.

First Response acquires competitor

Oregon company boosts RMR by $5,000

BEAVERTON, Ore.—First Response Systems, an installation, monitoring and alarm response company based here, has acquired one of its competitors, ESDS Corporation, also based here.

B Safe acquires two more

Company has increased RMR 15 percent in past year

WILMINGTON, Del.—Regional security company B Safe, in acquisition mode, has increased its RMR some 15 percent to about $335,000 over the past year, and it’s looking for 35 percent more growth in 2015, according to customer service manager Mary Cakir.

BeON seeks to secure those who don’t want traditional tech

‘Preventative’ LED light system designed to win over resistant homeowners

LAS VEGAS—A startup has set its sights—or rather, its lights—on a market that has been elusive for decades. BeON is targeting homeowners who have no intention of investing in home security systems.



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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