MILWAUKIE, Ore.—About five years ago, Cook Security Group starting considering a new space and in mid-September the company broke ground on a new headquarters.
SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Ring announced Ring Protect earlier this week, a comprehensive DIY home security system that works with Ring’s doorbells and cams.
“At Ring, everything we make is designed to establish and enhance a Ring of Security around homes and neighborhoods,” Jamie Siminoff, chief inventor and founder of Ring, said in the announcement. “Ring Protect provides an incredibly effective level of security when compared to traditional, expensive systems, yet comes at a fraction of the cost since it was developed in-house. Offering an effective, inexpensive solution means more homeowners can afford and use Ring Protect, which in turn leads to safer neighborhoods.”
SANTA ANA, Calif. and CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.—Allied Universal, a facility services company and one of the largest security forces in North America with more 150,000 employees, unveiled at ASIS 2017 in Dallas last week a new Global Security Operations Center as a Service (GSOCaaS) offering.
CINCINNATI—TruSense, a company focused on smart home technology for seniors aging-in-place, recently announced that its TruSense system is now available. The company provides a platform that integrates with various devices to passively monitor seniors' activity.
SAN FRANCISCO—Nest announced on Sept. 20 that it would expand more into security, adding a variety of security-related products to the company’s portfolio. The company also named MONI Smart Security as its exclusive partner for professional monitoring.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.—Fortium Partners has entered into an agreement with PSA to distribute Fortium Partners’ professional services offering, called Cybersecurity Protocol. PSA security system integrators will now have ready access to the services of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO).
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security has acquired the accounts of PMI Security in New Bern, N.C., expanding the company’s presence in North Carolina, which began in 2014 with the purchase of Seaboard Security Systems in Washington, N.C. ADS added a second branch in North Carolina last year with the purchase of Central Carolina Security in Sanford, N.C.
“We are excited to continue to grow our presence in the Carolinas,” John Cerasuolo, ADS President and CEO, said in the announcement. “It’s always our goal to partner with great companies like PMI Security who have a history of excellence and stellar customer service.”
DALLAS—New research by Parks Associates reveals that 42 percent of new security installations include a smart home device such as a door lock, light or thermostat.
“We’ve seen this number grow from 24 percent in 2014 and estimate it to grow beyond 50 percent by 2018,” Dina Abdelrazik, research analyst, Parks Associates, told Security Systems News in an email interview. Parks also found that between 50 and 60 percent of smart safety and security devices are acquired as part of a householder’s security system.
ROCKLIN, Calif.—Surveillance Systems Inc., a commercial integrator based here, recently announced its multi-million dollar contracts with Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International, which are both currently preparing to set up shop in Boston and Springfield, Mass., respectively. The Wynn Boston Harbor and MGM Springfield are both scheduled to open within the next two years.
CORK, Ireland—Since the Tyco-Johnson Controls merger was completed in September 2016, the two security giants have joined forces to become an industry powerhouse, leveraging the combined brands to provide innovation on both the product and integration side of the business.
PITTSBURGH—Vector Security Inc., a home and business automation solutions provider based here, gained nearly 10,000 accounts when it acquired Security Associates LLC, a local security provider.
Security Associates was “regionally based in the Baltimore area, and they were more of a local ‘hometown-type’ company, that was their approach to the market place,” Art Miller, Vector’s vice president of marketing, told Security Systems News.
WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA recently announced a partnership with Matterhorn Consulting to enable PSA members to hire military veterans.
The Veteran Hiring Program, SalesMarines, is a new service from Matterhorn Consulting that helps veterans from the United States military find employment, matching up employers’ needs with veterans’ skill sets. The team is led by Paul Boucherle, a Marine Corps veteran who served during the Vietnam War. His first-hand experience with the military has motivated him to help veterans transition their military skills into the civilian workplace.
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