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  • AT&T digs deep with 'Digital Life'

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Wednesday July 3, 2013
    Some may take exception to the fact that telecommunications stalwart AT&T has entered security and home automation in a big way with its Digital Life services. There’s reason for the industry’s trepidation. AT&T has a huge existing customer base and...
  • The Onion steps over the line

    By Paul Rothman - Tuesday July 2, 2013
    This time they went too far… No, I have not joined the ranks of ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, Congressman John Fleming, or the online version of China's Communist Party newspaper — my eyes are wide open and I’m no “victim” of satire. Today...
  • Summertime is ripe for home automation

    By Rob Phillips - Monday July 1, 2013
    Statistics say crime in the U.S. rises each summer. So do energy bills for homeowners living through a recovering economy. It’s a double threat to their wallet and their peace of mind. For security dealers, there’s no more appropriate time to...
  • School security by the numbers

    By Joel Griffin - Friday June 28, 2013
    Earlier this week, the National Center for Education Statistics in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Statistics released the 2012 edition of their annual "Indicators of School Crime and Safety" study , which included several positive findings with...
  • IPVideo Corporation looks to offer PSIM as a cloud service

    By Joel Griffin - Friday June 21, 2013
    One of the biggest trends in security over the past several years has been the evolution of cloud services. Managing and maintaining access control or video surveillance systems across an enterprise can prove to be a difficult challenge even for large...
  • TSA fights losing battle in court of public opinion

    By Joel Griffin - Friday June 14, 2013
    It has been a rough few weeks for several initiatives put forth by the Transportation Security Administration. Late last month, the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general issued a report that raised doubts about the objectivity and...
  • IAPSC issues updated best practice for detaining shoplifting suspects

    By Curtis Baillie - Thursday May 30, 2013
    The International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC) has issued an update of its best practice: " Detention of Shoplifting Suspects by Loss Prevention and Security Personnel  (PDF-720KB)." Charles Sennewald, CPP, CSC, CPO and John...
  • Serious matters on the ESX agenda

    By Deborah L. O'Mara - Wednesday May 29, 2013
    There’s the fun stuff—like the club crawl and the selection of the ESX mascot from a gaggle of dogs, cats and other pets, but there are serious business discussions on tap for the ESX show in Nashville, just a few short weeks away, June 17-21. The...
  • 'Undercover Boss' appearance a triumph for ADT

    By Paul Rothman - Thursday May 23, 2013
    It isn’t a hard and fast rule, but when a company appears on a show like CBS’ Undercover Boss , you can probably expect to see some fireworks — there was the Boston Market cashier who hated customers; the Hooters manager who humiliated the...
  • Going green with electronic contracts

    By Rob Phillips - Thursday May 16, 2013
    Every spring and summer, customers want ways to reduce energy bills—which, by the way, is a great opportunity for security companies to pitch home automation services such as remote light and thermostat control that sync with a homeowner’s wireless...