The security week that was: 10/28/11 (Municipal fire alarm monitoring)

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The capitalism system works because of consumer choice and it works best when there are many choices. Our industry works well for its customers because there is so much competition, meaning a number of alarm providers competing for the customer’s contract. What Lombard is doing is challenging that working system. I’ve seen it in many towns where the town eventually folds up its alarm monitoring shop, realizing that the commercial, competitive business environment is a better solution. We can only hope that Lombard realizes this before the town’s leaders are convinced to drive over a technology cliff.

If you’re doing business in the Chicago suburbs, get in touch with the Illinois Electronic Security Association ( to see how this might affect your business. The IESA has an effort underway to fight the monitoring take-over. SIW interviewed IESA’s executive director Kevin Lehan, and you can find the IESA’s perspective shared extensively in that article.

In other news:
UTC restructuring, PSA Leadership Institute, Guardian buys NEOSAT's accounts

UTC Fire & Security is restructuring its product group and the management of those groups. ... PSA Security Network launched its “leadership institute”. ... Mace has sold off its industrial vision solutions business. ... ShotSpotter has renamed and rebranded itself. ... Guardian Security Systems bought the accounts of NEOSAT.