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After watching a news report about 94-year-old Philadelphia woman being attacked in her home by an intruder, Vector Security provided the victim with a free security system and monitoring ... Rodney Bosch · January 06, 2011

If you go back to the days of Sentrol you might remember a fantastic security sensors application book ... Bob Dolph · January 04, 2011

More and more of our projects involve networked systems and associated devices, and that inevitably includes cabling. And, as the price differential between the various category-rated cables diminishes, we are finding the temptation to provide the highest level of category rating possible throughout projects, whether or not it makes sense. If CAT5 is good, and CAT5e is better, isn’t CAT6 best? Shouldn’t we just play it safe and use it everywhere? Not necessarily ... Bob Grossman · January 04, 2011

Our last blog entry ("Recycling Is Green, But It Can Make You Some Green Too...") reviewed the benefits of recycling in unexpected ways, telling a short case study involving the reuse of a console. But I'd be remiss if I didn't explore the dark side of recycling. Some things should be destined for the landfill, or be recycled at the component level, and not put back into service ... December 30, 2010

Although the following famous saying is sometimes over used, it is most appropriate for the start of this blog ... Peter Giacalone · December 21, 2010

During my recent trip to Boca Raton, Fla., to attend the First Alert Professional Convention I conducted a 90-minute roundtable interview featuring Mike Ash, president of Garden State Fire & Security Alarm Co. in Aberdeen, N.J.; Larry and Mike Matson, principals of Matson Alarm, Fresno, Calif.; Mike Miller, vice president of Moon Security Services in Pasco, Wash.; and Bill Zeller, CEO of Mellon Security & Sound Systems in Lantana, Fla. ... Scott Goldfine · December 20, 2010

The California Alarm Association’s (CAA) Winter Convention in San Francisco, held Dec. 9-11, included a provocative executive symposium with three industry leaders sharing insights and strong opinions on trends affecting the alarm industry. In a nutshell, among positive industry viewpoints, wake-up calls aimed at installing security contractors did ensue. Rodney Bosch · December 15, 2010

Most of us are bombarded with constant reminders about the importance of recycling, and I can imagine anyone arguing with the overall concept. And, many of us take it further than bottles, cans and paper — where I live, anything even slightly useful that is placed out at the curb is “recycled” by a passerby well before the trash collection shows up. But has anyone really thought of how that kind of recycling can help your business? Bob Grossman · December 14, 2010

As many of us have seen for some time, many types of electronic security systems are morphing into computer systems. Sure, it takes experience to know how and where to place cameras, monitor systems effectively, ensure smooth traffic flow for access control systems, and myriad other skills we’ve had to learn through the years. But the physical interconnection of the equipment is essentially identical to an IT systems deployment, and there’s a danger there — or is there? Bob Grossman · December 08, 2010

As it turns out that forgetfulness and concentration issues many of us increasingly encounter especially as we get older may be the result of a source much more surprising than age. And no, I am not talking about too much experimenting with illicit substances in college either. According to new research by psychologists at the University of Berkeley, California, the root of your dilemma may be a consequence of too much air travel. Scott Goldfine · December 07, 2010




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