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NorthStar surpasses $1m RMR milestone

The summer sales company plans to quintuple RMR in five years, offer sales staff equity in accounts
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12/11/2013

OREM, Utah—Summer sales company NorthStar Alarm Services says 2013 was the best season in the company’s 13-year history, helping to propel the company’s RMR to more than $1 million.

Fired AlarmForce exec launches new business

Joel Matlin’s new marketing firm will cater to security companies, among others
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12/04/2013

TORONTO—Joel Matlin, the recently ousted CEO and founder of AlarmForce Industries, launched his own marketing business this week to serve security companies and other clients.

ADT culls ‘weaker players' from its dealer program

Imperial Capital’s Kessler predicts ADT dealer-based Pulse take rates should increase
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11/26/2013

NEW YORK—ADT’s dealer program has been one of the company’s “soft spots” for years but now is turning around after the company “culled” more than 100 lower-performing dealers over the past year or so, according to an industry analyst.

Alarm Capital Alliance expands into New Mexico

ACA buys the Santa Fe branch of an Arizona super-regional; will look for other acquisitions in that state
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11/20/2013

NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa.—Alarm Capital Alliance has expanded into a new state with the acquisition of the New Mexico branch of Safeguard Security and Communications.

ADT sues Vision—again—over alleged deceptive sales practices

Vision says it 'vigorously denies the allegations' and plans to fight them
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11/18/2013

BOCA RATON, Fla.—Just months after settling one lawsuit with Utah-based Vision Security over what The ADT Corp. characterized as Vision's deceptive sales pitches, ADT announced today that it has filed a second lawsuit accusing Vision of similar practices.

Viper launches first smartphone app to monitor both car and home

The DIY monitoring system lets you ‘remove the keys from your life’
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11/13/2013

VISTA, Calif.—Viper, a longtime leader in car security, is now helping customers secure their homes as well, launching an affordable, DIY home security monitoring system controlled from a smartphone.

Comtronics goes retail with alarm sales

Security company will sell alarm systems to prequalified customers at its Verizon cellphone store
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11/13/2013

JACKSON, Mich.—Comtronics is the latest security company to take alarm sales retail.

Per Mar buys a pair of Indiana security companies

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11/06/2013

DAVENPORT, Iowa—Super-regional Per Mar Security has acquired the assets of two family-owned security companies in Indiana: Centech Security Systems of Valparaiso, and Walkerton-based S&L Services.

Vivint’s RMR now at $42.6m

Q3 and nine-month report for 2013 shows 18 percent increase in subscribers; inside sales playing a larger role at door-knocking company; attrition is 13 percent
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11/06/2013

PROVO, Utah—Vivint posted $42.6 million in RMR at the end of its third quarter, a 23 percent increase over one year ago.

Getting 'fence sitters' to commit to security

A new study from Parks Associates says a new value equation with smart home features draws customers
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11/01/2013

DALLAS—Nearly 10 percent of the nation’s homeowners with broadband at home—about 5 million households—considered purchasing a home security system over the past year but didn’t acquire one, according to a new report from Parks Associates, a market research firm based here.

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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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