Aressco Technologies Inc., Homestead, Fla., announced that it is now doing business as Solarbeam Security. The goal of the name change is to leverage the strength of the Solarbeam product lines and align the company as it shifts its focus from a systems integration company to a single-source systems manufacturer.

“With our transition from an installation and servicing company to a supplier and manufacturer of solar-powered wireless perimeter solutions, we feel it is a good time to capitalize on the momentum of our family of products,” said Bob Houston of Solarbeam Security.

Along with the name change, the company adopted a new logo, and a new visual identity and Web site, www.solarbeam.com. All future business will be conducted under the new name.



Brink’s Home Security opens a national customer contact center in Knoxville, Tenn.

Brink’s Home Security Inc., Irving, Texas, a national security alarm company, opened a national customer contact center in Knoxville, Tenn. The facility opened with 60 full-time employees, with staffing expected to grow to approximately 300 employees.

The facility’s role will be to provide customer care and alarm monitoring services.

For the third year in a row, Brink’s Home Security has been recognized for call center customer satisfaction excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Certified Call Center Program.

The new facility will complement Brink’s Home Security’s national support center in Irving, Texas. The center will provide additional capacity and enhance backup capabilities for Brink’s Home Security.

In more company news, Brink’s Home Security, opened a second branch office in the Detroit metro area. The branch is located in Madison Heights, Mich., and will serve a growing number of Brink’s Home Security customers east of the city. Joe Gregart, who previously served as vice president of installation services for backyard storage solutions, will head the new Detroit branch office as general manager.



Universal Security Systems Inc., Hauppauge, N.Y., and Lenel Systems International Inc., Rochester, N.Y., announced a value-added reseller agreement. Under terms of the agreement, Universal Security Systems will sell, install and service Lenel’s OnGuard Total Security Knowledge Management Solution throughout the New York City metropolitan area.

Universal Security Systems is a provider of integrated electronic and physical security solutions to commercial, industrial and infrastructure clients. Lenel is a provider of software and integrated systems for commercial security markets, with more than 10,000 system implementations in 75 countries worldwide.



Winsted Corp., Minneapolis, appointed Stephen Hoska as vice president of the company, to succeed Gerald Hoska as chief executive officer for Winsted Corp., Technical Interiors in the U.S. and Winsted Ltd. in the U.K. He has been with the company for 18 years.

VTI Security Integrators (Videotronix Inc.), Burnsville, Minn., promoted Bryan Viau to vice president of the company. Viau will be responsible for internal personnel development, marketing and public relations, expanding VTI’s geographic presence and process improvements within the day-to-day operations.

North American Video (NAV), Brick, N.J., announced that the company is an authorized reseller of the professional security products from SANYO Fisher Co., Chatsworth, Calif. NAV will offer SANYO cameras, DVRs, servers, controllers and software.

TOA Electronics Inc., South San Francisco, Calif., was selected as an approved vendor by Tri-Ed Distribution, Woodbury, N.Y., a distributor of low-voltage security and residential systems equipment in North America. Tri-Ed has 35 branch offices in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. The distributor’s product offerings now include TOA Audio and Security Intercom products.

Freundlich

Marc Freundlich was promoted to president of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality Inc., Providence, R.I., and will report to Timothy Shea, CEO of ASSA ABLOY Hospitality group. Freundlich was previously the president of Indala Corp., an ASSA ABLOY Group company, for the past three years.

“This is a great opportunity to work with the leading security brands in the hospitality industry,” Freundlich said. “Our goal is to always be the first choice in hospitality security.” ASSA ABLOY Hospitality security brands include VingCard, Elsafe and TimeLox.

In other ASSA ABLOY news, the company’s Global Technology Division announced the formation of HID Global, a new business entity focused on providing products and services targeted to the needs of key channels within the access control industry. The HID Global structure combines the HID and Indala brands of access control readers and cards, Access ID secure card solutions, Synercard digital identity and photo card management software solutions, Interlock custom card manufacturing services based in Switzerland, and BUGA electronic cylinders. HID Global products will be supported by regional sales, service, and distribution centers in North America, Latin America, EMEA and Asia Pacific regions, including China and India. ASSA ABLOY’s U.S. headquarters is in New Haven, Conn.



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