Author Archives: Paul Ragusa

Midwest Alarm expands into Nebraska

Midwest Alarm expands into Nebraska DES MOINES, Iowa—Midwest Alarm Services, a provider of life safety systems based here, has acquired Electric Specialties Company of Omaha, Neb., a company that also specializes in life safety systems, including service, inspection and monitoring services to more than 350 customers. The terms of the deal between the two companies

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Industry alarmed about overtime pay rule

Industry alarmed about overtime pay rule The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently submitted revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that would raise the salary threshold for earning overtime pay. Presently, only those employees making less than $455.00 per week are eligible for overtime compensation. The DOL’s new rule increases this eligibility minimum

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MKS hires Chuck Speck

MKS hires Chuck Speck KISSIMMEE, Fla.—As security software provider MKS’s new EVP, Chuck Speck plans to work on the internal process and communications as well as the customer experience. Speck joined MKS on July 7. “We’ve established a few [processes] right out of the gate,” Speck told Security Systems News. “I think there’s going to

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HID Global buys DemoTeller

HID Global buys DemoTeller AUSTIN, Texas—Identity solution provider HID Global on July 18 announced the acquisition of DemoTeller, a provider of instant issuance solutions for the financial market.  The deal will enable HID Global to “offer financial institutions a proven, regulatory-compliant solution for issuing personalized payment cards, such as a chip card, to consumers,” the

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ADT gets into the Ring

ADT gets into the Ring ADT announced earlier this week that the Ring video doorbell is now available for its customers nationwide. While the Ring has made some noise in the smart doorbell category, there are many options to choose from when it comes to this first-line-of-defense product for homeowners. Others who have had success

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ADS Security acquires fourth company in six months

ADS Security acquires fourth company in six months NASHVILLE, Tenn.—ADS Security, a super-regional security and home automation company based here, has acquired customer accounts from Alarm Specialists of Cocoa, Fla. The purchase adds approximately 1,600 accounts—60 percent residential and 40 percent commercial—to the ADS Melbourne customer base. ADS first launched operations in Florida in 2007

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Pokemon—NO!

Pokemon—NO! Security dealers have a new security threat to warn homeowners about: Teenagers and adults (yes, grown men and women) taking to the streets, on foot and in their cars, to capture Pokemon creatures with their phones, in and around your neighborhoods, your mailboxes (more on this later), your garages, your backyards—you name it. If

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Nortek acquired

Nortek acquired Melrose Industries Plc, a UK-based investment firm with a penchant for quick turnarounds, announced today that is has acquired Nortek, Inc., a global company with brands including 2GIG, NuTone and Elan. What this means for Nortek Security and Control, which specializes in residential security and home automation products and services, is still unclear.

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