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New options driving connected home growth

Home safety products top homeowners’ wish list of additional features
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07/17/2013

DALLAS—A survey of consumers by Parks Associates found that the more features homeowners have in a home control system, the more likely they are to recommend the system to family and friends.

ASG closes four deals in Q2

Adds $114k in RMR and an office on Long Island
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07/02/2013

BELTSVILLE, Md.—In the past three months, ASG Security closed four acquisitions that bring an additional $114,000 in RMR.

Alarm Capital Alliance enters affluent new market

Acquisition of a Long Island security company brings ACA into The Hamptons
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06/26/2013

MEDIA, Pa.—Alarm Capital Alliance has expanded into an affluent new market—The Hamptons—with the purchase of a 32-year-old security company based in Southhampton, N.Y.

Vivint to open new sales center in Washington state

The door-to-door company looks to diversify by growing inside sales 75 percent this year
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06/26/2013

PROVO, Utah—Home automation/home security giant Vivint is opening a new 400-employee sales center in Washington state, part of a move by the door-knocking company to diversify itself by increasing inside sales.

GuardMe Security moves into North Carolina

It’s the fourth time the New Jersey-based home security/home automation provider has expanded in three months
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06/26/2013

OLD BRIDGE, N.J.—After recent expansions into the Midwest and Maine, GuardMe Security, based here, in June added North Carolina to the growing list of states where it is offering home security/home automation.

ADT taps former telecom exec as new CIO

In the newly created position, Kathleen McLean will use IT strategy to support business operations
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06/24/2013

BOCA RATON, Fla.—The ADT Corp. recently created a new position—that of chief information officer—and has appointed a former telecom executive to the position.

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.

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.

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.

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SSN News Poll November 2014

The Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association's CEDIA Expo is a home technology trade show with products and training related to audio, video, control, security and networking—and it's growing. CEDIA says the 2014 event, held Sept. 10-13 in Denver, had more than 18,500 attendees, an increase of 3 percent, and floor space increased 14 percent for the 480 exhibitors. But is this show growing in importance for the security industry? Tell us what you think.

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