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Emergency messaging explained

New guidelines to help installers and end users in all 'rapid onset events'

QUINCY, Mass.—Emergency communication systems (ECS) were developed because a fire alarm alone is not always sufficient to tell building occupants what to do in case of an emergency. But what exactly should an ECS message say?

Tyco expands Global Center of Excellence

Haga: 'It’s all about efficiency and good, clean processes' to support end users

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—It’s like the United Nations of security at Tyco’s new Global Center of Excellence. Walk through the office and you’ll hear engineers speaking Chinese, Russian and Arabic. Fourteen languages are spoken here.

Tyco acquires Westfire

The $80 million company brings technical expertise, expands footprint

NEUHAUSEN, Switzerland—Tyco’s acquisition last week of fire protection company Westfire, “aligns well with the company’s internal strengths,” said Jeff Kessler, managing director of institutional research at Imperial Capital.

Cancer hospital employees better not go where they don’t belong

No added costs for integration with Dana Farber’s Tyco upgrade

BOSTON—An upgrade of its access control system has enabled the Dana Farber Cancer Institute here to introduce Wi-Fi locks without building a new system to manage them, has provided more information about cardholders and provides automatic reports.

University relies on iris scan to protect youngest on campus

‘Access cards can be forged, irises can’t’

ROCK HILL, S.C.—After the shooting tragedy at the Newtown, Conn., elementary school late last year that left 20 young children and six staff members dead, Winthrop University, here, put a renewed focus on security.

Heading out for ISC West!

Friday, April 5, 2013

I've been finalizing my schedule for ISC West in Las Vegas next week. I've got my work cut out for me, but it's a great lineup.

I'll be meeting with representatives and end users from, among others, March Networks, Tyco, Inovonics, Mobotix, Microsoft, Delta Scientific, Lumidigm, Interlogix, Ingersoll Rand, BRS, Quantum Secure and Cisco. Not to mention meeting up with some folks from SIA, PSIA and the Security Executive Council.

I'll be tweeting and blogging throughout the week, so, please, stay tuned.  

It'll be my first time at the show, and if I learned anything from the ASIS show in Philadelphia last fall it is to wear comfortable shoes. Actually, I learned a lot more than that because I flew in on my fifth day on the job, but the shoe thing stands out.  

If you're headed to Vegas, too, don't forget to come to the Security Director News/Security Systems News "meet the editor's event" at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. We'll be at the media stage, right outside the main entrance to the show floor. I would truly enjoy meeting my readers and hearing what's on their security-industry minds!

Cargo theft costliest crime in U.S

Food and beverage loads most coveted by thieves

YARMOUTH, Maine—Reported cargo theft produces an annual loss of $35 billion in the United States, the priciest crime on the books. Food, electronics, metals and apparel are the most popular loads stolen, accounting for 54 percent of the total thefts.

Protection 1 acquires IT-centric Integration Logistics

Protection 1 acquires IT-centric Integration Logistics Deal will allow Pro 1 to go after more complicated projects

PHILADELPHIA—Protection 1 has added “deep IT and integrated systems knowledge” with the acquisition of Integration Logistics, a systems integrator based in Newark, Del., said Jamie Haenggi, Protection 1 CMO.

ADT Commercial Security is now Tyco Integrated Security


BOCA RATON, Fla.—Tyco is making progress in its planned split into three independent publicly traded companies. On March 28, the first day of ISC West, the company announced that it is rebranding ADT's North American commercial security business as Tyco Integrated Security.