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"Because security needs are becoming more complex and unique, we're seeing more companies and organizations today using technology from multiple manufacturers to create the solutions they require," said Don Roberts, strategic corporate accounts, Honeywell Security Group. "The goal of the Honeywell Open Technology Alliance is to give these companies and their integrators more choices when designing their security systems, and to make the process easier."

The Honeywell Open Technology Alliance includes North America and European-based manufacturers such as Milestone Systems, OnSSI, Heitel and IproNet Sistemas S.A.

Let the Games Begin!

In an effort to show its continued customer appreciation, Tri-Ed Vancouver, an independent wholesale distributor of security and low voltage products, together with several of its vendor partners, held four weekly drawings for tickets to the 2010 Olympics. Customers who purchased $500 worth of participating vendor products were entered to win two tickets to a 2010 Winter Game event.

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Middle Atlantic Products, Fairfield, N.J., promoted Mike Baker to president. Company founder Bob Schluter will continue as chief engineer and chief executive officer...Communication Networks (ComNet) Danbury, Conn., appointed Andrew Acquarulo Jr., president and chief operating officer... Vicon Industries, Hauppauge, N.Y., appointed Mark S. Provinsal vice president of Marketing and Product Management and Frank Jacovino vice president of Corporate Engineering...DVTel appointed Igal Dvir president of the Product Group...Honeywell, Morris Township, N.J., promoted Ron Rothman president of the Honeywell Security Group. Since 2002, Rothman was president of Honeywell Security & Communications...Integrated Biometrics, Greenville, S.C., announced the addition of Mike Grimes as president...Dr. Bob Banerjee joined NICE Systems' Security Division, Rutherford N.J., where he will develop programs and initiatives to educate, train and support NICE's extensive network of security system integrators and dealers and provide thought leadership for outreach efforts. Banerjee comes to NICE Systems from Bosch Security Systems, where he served as product marketing manager for IP Video since 2004...Tony Pelura joined Video Mount Products, Stevensville, Md. as director of Marketing & Business Development...Scott Law joined Lumenera, Ottawa, Ontario, as director of Worldwide Sales for Security Markets.

Former Panasonic President Rejoins the Security Industry

Frank Defina rejoined the security industry as the senior vice president of Sales at Samsung Techwin America. Defina previously served as president of Panasonic System Solutions Company (the company which encompasses the security business unit) until 2008. Following his time at Panasonic, Defina worked in the music industry heading up global sales & marketing for Paul Reed Smith Guitars.

As senior vice president of sales for Samsung America, he will report direct to the Samsung U.S. President/CEO JW Ahn at the U.S. corporate headquarters in Ridgefield Park, N.J., and will be responsible for growing the organization going forward.

Frank said he is "excited" to be with Samsung Techwin America and that it was their product quality and management vision that drew him to the company.

"I found that they have world-class products at compelling pricing," said Defina.

Frank will develop and organize a series of sales initiatives and partner programs for the security group including integrator programs and end user sales initiatives for their integrators, along with vendor partnership to ensure seamless integration of their analog and IP products with other vendor's technology.