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William (Bill) Moody

SSI Hall Of Fame: 2010

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Current Status
Retired in 2007

Why He’s on the List

  • Tireless efforts and commitment to improving the false alarm problem and building up relationships between the alarm industry and law enforcement
  • Helped establish the Security Industry Standards Coalition (SISC) and Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC)
  • Work on best practices, CP-01 control panel standard, single and enhanced call verification (ECV) set foundation used to reduce false dispatches
  • Served on SIA’s and SIAC’s boards of directors, and as chairman of SIA Standards and False Alarm committees, CARE, and AIREF Coalition for False Alarm Reduction
  • William N. Moody Award established in his name by SIAC in 2004 to recognize those who embody his dedication to alarm management issues

Keys to Success
“Teamwork and volunteerism in enhancing industry awareness regarding the very slow advance in technology and the need for elimination of unnecessary alarm signal traffic. The greatest successes were participation in the teams of volunteers who worked on the resolution of critical problems relating monitoring practices. This brought improved quality of service and cost reductions to the industry.”

Crusading Against False Alarms
“By the early 1980s dialers replaced most of the direct wire connections that had been used for decades in customers’ systems and general purpose computers were incorporated into monitoring centers. The costs of systems and monitoring were significantly reduced, generating great market expansion. From within ADT it became clear the industry’s false alarm reduction efforts were not sufficient to prevent a breakdown in relationships with municipal law enforcement agencies. Improved standards and monitoring practices were necessary to keep the industry’s quality of service at a high level. ADT had been a bit passive in industry committee work, so I volunteered.”

How Things Have Changed
“There is greater harmony in the industry today than there had been during most of the last decade. As a result the financial well being of the industry associations has improved. Looking forward, the industry would greatly benefit from further elimination of the fragmented association structure and the parochial views the structure encourages. Although the consolidation of the industry moves at a glacial rate, it is inevitable and this will gradually advance the consolidation of the industry associations.”

Wish for Industry Change
“I would require the standardization of user interface devices for small- and medium-sized security systems, both residential and commercial, and require they be mounted outside the premises but near the entrance. When the system is disarmed, it would unlock the doors; when it is armed, it would lock the doors. This could reduce unnecessary alarms by as much as 50 percent.”

Anecdote From Days of Yore
“While working at ADT I was responsible for a number of warehouses. While searching the warehouses I found documents including security equipment patents and executive meeting notes that went back in time to 1890 and earlier. Some ancient equipment was also uncovered. Ultimately, most of these ‘treasures’ were dumped.”

Reaction to Being Inducted
“I feel very humbled by the honor that is offered, particularly when I see the key industry leaders that have already been inducted, as well as the other leaders that are being inducted at present.”

Article Topics
Business Management · Systems Integration · Bill Moody · Industry Awards · Security People · SSI Industry Hall of Fame · All Topics

About the Author
Scott Goldfine
Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration, directing all editorial aspects of the magazine brand in print, electronically, online and in person. The voluminous, innovative and award-winning body of work he has distinguished himself with since joining the publication in 1998 includes groundbreaking research, landmark features, leadership roundtables, high profile case studies, and many industry exclusives. Well versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is a nationally known figure in demand as an industry presenter and subject matter expert to mainstream media. He is responsible for developing many unique products and programs, including the SSI Industry Hall of Fame, Control Panel (industry’s first E-mail newsletter), Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ), Marketing Marvel, Installers of the Year, Integrated Installation of the Year, Security Industry Census, Systems Integration Study, Installation Business Report, Operations & Opportunities Report, Commercial End-User Study and Security’s Fantastic Fleets. Recognized for his relationship building, integrity and lead-by-example ethic, Goldfine is a solutions-oriented team player who advises and collaborates with industry dealer/integrator, consultant, distributor, central station and manufacturer icons, luminaries and executive business leaders on a daily basis. He is also actively involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), PSA-Tec, SAMMY Awards, International Security Conference and Exhibition (ISC), Electronic Security Technology Summit (ESTS), Mission 500, Electronic Security Expo (ESX), ASIS Int’l, Honeywell CONNECT and other supplier conventions. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee and PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council. A certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast, Goldfine graduated with honors from Cal State, Northridge with a management degree in Radio-Television-Film. His professional media endeavors have encompassed magazines, Internet, radio, TV, film, records, teletext and books. Goldfine resides in the Charlotte, N.C., area with his wife, son and three cats.
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