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 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.

Recognizing an Acquisition
IR Security & Safety has acquired the assets of Recognition Source LLC. Under the Schlage brand, these access control products will expand the range of IR's product mix. The Schlage wireless systems make it easy to retrofit electronic access control solutions in facilities and other applications.

Continued Research for Surveillance Technologies
ObjectVideo has won a $750,000 award from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase II program to continue to research and develop night vision video surveillance technologies. ObjectVideo will use the STTR funds over the next two years to develop technologies that surpass the limitations of existing commercial automated video surveillance systems

One Step Closer to Heaven
ADS Security of Nashville,TN has acquired Angel Security of Prattville, AL. Angel Security has served commercial, institutional and residential accounts in the Prattville, Montgomery and central Alabama area since 1997. Angel Security will continue to operate under its own name as one of the 13 security alarm firms that ADS Security operates in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. Seven of the ADS Security companies are in Alabama.

"I am proud to see a dream that I started move to the next level," says David Burns, founder of Angel Security Systems. "ADS Security embraces the same ideals as our company??professional business done with integrity." Burns has joined ADS Security in a sales position. Several other employees of Angel Security will continue on staff.

Celebrating 40 Years of Service
More than 200 clients, suppliers, employees and friends of General Alarm came together at The Columbia Club on September 23rd celebrating 40 years of service to the Indianapolis Community. Lisa Prosser, General Alarm, Inc. CEO for the last 14 years hosted the event, which included food, drinks and dancing. A "40th Anniversary Book of Letters" which included notes of thanks, congratulations and testimonials from customers was on display as well as a photo gallery of the last 40 years. Marion County (IN) Prosecutor Carl Brizzi presented General Alarm with a proclamation plaque citing their 40-year commitment to reduction of crime in central Indiana.

Editor's Note: Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) was inadvertently misspelled as DPM in the September Bench Test feature. We apologize for this oversight.

Every two years, the largest European trade show for the security industry takes place in Messe Essen, Germany. Our Associate Publisher, Peter Harlick, was on the show floor and reports hundreds of new product introductions, attendance in excess of 30,000, nine halls chock full of vendors and product demonstrations and, not to be overlooked, some pretty darn good beer.

SOLD!
ASSA ABLOY has completed the sale of the principal operating assets of its Folger Adam Security Detention business to Phelps-Tointon, Inc. The sale is a part of ASSA ABLOY's 'Leverage and Growth' program which aims to create a firm foundation for sustainable and profitable growth through better utilization of group strengths. ASSA ABLOY continues to own and operate Folger Adam Electric Door Controls, a supplier of a full range of electric strikes, magnetic locks, and other related products. Folger Adam Electric Door Controls will continue to be an integral part of ASSA ABLOY's door security solutions growth strategy.

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