The last half-decade has seen dizzying changes in all things “communications.” Social media took the whole world by storm, mobile phones have redefined the word “connected,” and one of the most relevant news sources broadcasts worldwide at a rate of 140 characters or less. The way we receive information is different and the advantages are clear, especially in the business sector. In the security industry, this means an enhanced trade show experience through virtual platforms.
Mission 500, a strictly non-profit organization partnering with World Vision and dedicated to serving the needs of children and communities in crisis, responded to Haiti’s needs by raising another $24,250 for ongoing relief efforts.
From June 6 to 10, in Charlotte, N.C., security industry integration and monitoring companies will gather for education, networking and an expo floor, featuring the industry’s newest products and services. The Electronic Security Expo (ESX) plans to launch its fourth and largest show, with a bit of NASCAR flare. It is with this spirit that it announced the 2011 keynote speaker, Joe Gibbs.
Efforts to find a champion for a licensing initiative that would require all central stations offering monitoring services in the state of New York to become licensed have come to a temporary halt as the New York Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NYBFAA) seeks further comment from its members and other organizations.
The philosophy upon which EMC Security of Suwanee, Ga. was built centers on trust: trust that providing low-cost, high-value services coupled with outstanding customer support will build lasting relationships with customers that don’t require a signature. Vince Raia, president and most senior employee of EMC Security, explains the company motto is “We earn our customer’s business every day.”
Micro Key Solutions, Kissimmee, Fla., a provider of software solutions for the security alarm industry, in cooperation with the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA), a trade association that represents companies offering security (alarm) monitoring systems through a central station, is offering to pay the first year’s CSAA membership dues for any CSAA-approved, nationally recognized testing laboratory (NRTL) central station using Micro Key Solutions’ Millennium Series™ monitoring software.
When Tom Sansone Sr. founded Clifton, N.J.-based T&R Alarm Systems Inc. in 1971 along with his friend Ray (the name T&R comes from “Tom and Ray,” though Sansone is now the sole owner and president of the company), he was looking to “make a few extra dollars installing burglar alarms on the side” of his job as a “telephone man.” In the years since — the company turns 40 in 2011 — T&R has expanded in size from the two-man team to employ 35 full-time employees working across New York and New Jersey.
Recently, SDM Magazine had the chance to speak with Keith Jentoft, president of Videofied, White Bear Lake, Minn., regarding the burglar alarm market for the SDM February cover story: “State of the Market: Alarm Systems.” Jentoft touched on many aspects of the alarm market, including what he describes as its “crown jewel” — alarm response. Here’s what he had to say: