Video providers compete: debateTECH

04/19/2016 Martha Entwistle YARMOUTH, Maine—Representatives from four video surveillance manufacturers will debate whose products, technology and services are best in the inaugural debateTECH, a free webcast hosted by Security Systems News’ group publisher Tim Purpura. “The audience will determine the winner,” Purpura said. “Debaters must touch on six key topics: […]

SSD to build disaster recovery center

Integrator experiencing growth in hosted and monitored services 04/13/2016 Martha Entwistle ANAHEIM, Calif.—SSD Alarm Systems, a full service security company, is building a disaster recovery center, to support its growing hosted and monitored services offerings. “We do a lot of hosted access and video verification and really focus on services,” […]

Per Mar expands new construction capabilities with latest deal

Acquisition of Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound brings 800 accounts and new office 04/13/2016 Spencer Ives DAVENPORT, Iowa—Per Mar Security Services, a super-regional based here, has acquired Northern Wisconsin Security & Sound, of Arbor Vitae, Wis., a company with particular expertise in the new home construction market, according to Per […]

Magal S3 acquires global software company Aimetis Corp.

Move diversifies and expands its product portfolio 04/12/2016 SSN Staff YEHUD, Israel—Magal Security Systems, Ltd., located here, announced that Senstar, its fully owned subsidiary based in Canada, acquired Aimetis for an enterprise value of approximately $14 million. Aimetis, a Canadian-based company headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, is a global company specializing […]

UL launches Cybersecurity Assurance Program

New standard provide objective approval on products’ cybersecurity 04/05/2016 Spencer Ives NORTHBROOK, Ill.—UL today announced its new Cybersecurity Assurance Program, a standard by which companies can have their products tested and verified by UL for guard against well-known cyber risks. “[UL customers] were asking for a lot of support—as we […]

Select Security reaches $1m in RMR

Growing company prepares for ‘big announcement’ in DIY Space 04/05/2016 Paul Ragusa LANCASTER, Pa.—Select Security, based here, has reached $1 million in RMR following several years of rapid growth both organically and through acquisition. Select Security President Steve Firestone told Security Systems News, “We are getting ready to make a […]

Honeywell focused on connected home/building

Paja: Expect more acquisitions to enhance connected offerings 04/04/2016 Martha Entwistle LAS VEGAS—A newly reorganized Honeywell Security and Fire intends to do more acquisitions in its quest to provide “the best connected solutions,” David Paja, Honeywell Security and Fire, told Security Systems News. Noting that Honeywell CEO and chairman David […]

SMS: The path to reducing work for central stations

End users can now get fewer calls, acknowledging low-priority alarms with a text 04/04/2016 Spencer Ives YARMOUTH, Maine—Monitoring centers can reduce their workload through alerting users by SMS text messages; more central station automation platforms are expanding this offering. Security Systems News spoke to two central station automation providers, Dice […]

Konica Minolta to buy Mobotix

Newest player in security plans to collaborate with Mobotix on next gen security solutions 03/30/2016 Martha Entwistle TOKYO—Meet the newest outsider to enter the security industry: Konica Minolta, a $9 billion provider of office equipment and optical systems, has signed an agreement to acquire video surveillance provider Mobotix. Konica Minolta […]