Security Watch

A brief roundup of security industry news and events

Until now, transmitting voice and data over a cellular network from a PERS system was unavailable and, when attempted, unreliable at best. "When sending voice communications in a PERS solution you cannot send voice and data over the basic cellular voice channel," he continued. "With our solution we first send the data into our network using cellular data and then send the voice into our network using cellular voice. Using technology in our monitoring center we match the two streams-in effect, conferencing the two calls together-and the monitoring center doesn't notice a difference. That's the heart of our patented solution." Welsh added that considering the disappearing landline, it's become important for PERS manufacturers to have a cellular solution.

Niscayah Awarded Five-Diamond Certification

John Nemerofsky, vice president of Sales & Marketing; Marty Guay, president; Crystal White, central station assistant manager; Dominic DelloRusso, operations manager; and Kevin Keohane, director of Retail join for a photo op in celebrating the company's Central Station Alarm Association Five-Diamond Certification.

Big Give Back from Bay Alarms

Bay Alarm Company in Oakland, Calif., continues to support the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve "Toys for Tots" program, celebrating 24 years of participation in 2010. Employees of the company raised funds from the beginning of the year to ensure families struggling to make ends meet would have gifts for their children during the holidays. The drive, which does not solicit donations from the public, is funded entirely through employee raffles and fundraising lunches. The proceeds are matched by the company, which contributes over $100, 000 each year to hundreds of charitable organizations throughout California.

"We are proud of our 65-year history of supporting worthy organizations," said Matthew Westphal, president of Bay Alarm Company.

COPS Monitoring Opens CS No. 4

COPS Monitoring, Williamstown, N.J., is slated to open their fourth alarm monitoring central station in Nashville the first quarter of 2011. The 4,100 square-foot-facility will be virtually connected with their three other central stations, which are located in New Jersey, Florida, and Arizona. The 24/7 Tennessee central station will hold a UL listing.


ADI, Melville, N.Y., appointed Michael Flink general manager and vice president, ADI North America...The Central Station Alarm Association, Vienna, Va., appointed Monique Silverio director of Marketing and Communications...Genetec, located in Montreal, Can., made Bill Nash chief operating officer...Milestone Systems, Beaverton, Ore., promoted Lars Larsen to chief financial officer...The Security Industry Association (SIA), Alexandria, Va., elected Bill Taylor, president of Panasonic System Networks Company of America, Secaucus, N.J., to its Board of Directors.

More than 100 customers celebrated the 5th annual Customer Appreciation Event hosted by Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distribution's branch in Buffalo, N.Y. Top: Branch Manager Tim Labenski with Matt Hofmeister of Amherst Alarm, winner of the Texas 'hold'em' tourney. Bottom: Tri-Ed/Northern Video Distribution's Buffalo staff with the grand prize winner of the night: Tim McCarthy, Kepco Alarm.

Samsung Ends GVI Master Distributor Relationship

Samsung Techwin America, Ridgefield Park, N.J., a digital video equipment provider serving the security industry for the past 30 years, ended their distribution relationship with GVI Security Inc., Carrollton, Texas, as of January 1, 2011. The announcement, largely anticipated for months by the security industry, stemmed from a decision by Samsung to be more of a substantial partner to the reseller and integration community.

"We want to be an integral part of our channel partners' business strategy," said Frank De Fina, senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Samsung. "We want to earn the business by investing resources at the channel level to drive sales to distributors and systems integrators."

Samsung's distributor and integrator base will now be served directly through the company's North American operations headquartered in Ridgefield Park.