News: November

A 3 Year, $3 Million Contract AT&T has been awarded a three year, $3 million networking contract by Vector Security Inc. to integrate its Pittsburgh Corporate Services location with 22 sites across the United States. They'll connect them to...


A 3 Year, $3 Million Contract
AT&T has been awarded a three year, $3 million networking contract by Vector Security Inc. to integrate its Pittsburgh Corporate Services location with 22 sites across the United States. They'll connect them to mission-critical applications that enable an even more immediate response to customers' security emergencies. With this contract, AT&T wins all of Vector Security's data services from MCI and becomes the company's primary networking services provider.

Under the agreement, AT&T will implement a network-based Internet Protocol Virtual Private Network (IP VPN). With the converged voice and data networking platform, Vector Security is trialing AT&T Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services at selected sites, with plans to roll out to other locations. VoIP will enable the company to consolidate all of its communications??voice, video and data??over one secure IP network while increasing productivity and performance at a lower cost.

COPS on Patrol
The new COPS West in Scottsdale, AZ, spans nearly 5,000 feet of space. Heading the new central is Maria Malice, vice president of western operations and a native of the area. Also joining the COPS West team are Craig Sacks and Ron Kleinschmidt as account managers.

Comments Jim McMullen, president of COPS, "The primary reason for building a second site is that we wanted a true backup that will service all of our alarm customers right in their own backyard."

Digital Licenses Issued To The Industry
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs recently issued the first licenses to Fire Alarm, Burglar Alarm and Locksmiths under New Jersey's new licensing regulations. Members of the alarm industry will be the first licensees to receive new digital photo identification licenses issued by the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. The homeowner can then verify the person at their door against the digital photo on the license. Chris Mosley, President of NJBFAA, states, "Our association has strongly supported licensing of alarm professionals, and we applaud the digital licenses being issued by the Division of Consumer Affairs." More information on licensing regulations can be found at www.njbfaa.org.

Keeping Kids Safe
It's a heart-stopping scenario for any parent or guardian. Out shopping with your family, you turn away for a second and then discover your child is missing. Those first few moments after a child is reported missing in a store can be crucial. That's why ADT Security Services, Inc., and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) are calling on retailers nationwide to adopt an innovative child safety program called Code Adam.

Originally developed by Wal-Mart associates, it's a six-step program designed to help retail employees quickly locate missing children within their stores. Since it began in 1994, the program has helped locate missing children, as well as prevent attempted abductions in over 45,000 establishments across the country.

ADT is now helping NCMEC expand this program to more retailers and other businesses by becoming a key sponsor of the program and using its national account sales force to spread the word as they visit with customers every day. For more information on the Code Adam program, visit NCMEC's web site at www.missingkids.com/html/code_adam.html. A form is available on site for interested parties to use to initiate the program in their locations.

Six Sigma Program Gets Underway
Bosch Security Systems 'worldwide operations have implemented the Six Sigma methodology in an effort to be more proactive, drive fact-based decision making, and ensure comprehensive and consistent approaches for all sites and parts of the organization.

Six Sigma is a disciplined, data-driven approach and method for eliminating defects in any process: from manufacturing to transactional and from product to service.

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