Dante Monteverde

SSI Hall Of Fame: 2004

Career Highlights

  • Started out as alarm installer with Chicago Fire & Burglary
  • Began working for himself and developed patented tape-dialer in 1967
  • Started Alarmtronics Inc., which later changed name to Emergency 24 (EM24)
  • In late 1960s, led team of programmers and engineers in writing first software program for alarm monitoring
  • In 1972, EM24 stopped competing with third-party monitoring customers and ceased installation activities
  • EM24 targeted alarm dealers nationwide in marketing computerized alarm monitoring

Why He’s on The List

  • Led EM24 to number of industry “firsts”
  • Developed interactive software to enable communications between central station and dealers’ operations
  • Established redundant central station operation
  • Provided additional security services for dealers, such as LifeCard program
  • Used the Internet as primary means of data transfer and communications with dealers and subscribers
  • Came up with idea of nationwide, third-party central station operation employing computerized monitoring systems

Comments & Reaction: “It is a great honor to be recognized as a key industry figure. In 1970, I knew the computerized, third-party central station would be beneficial for dealers and subscribers alike. The third-party business has played an integral role in shaping the alarm industry.”

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