Industry Continued to Thrive in 2005

With the new year upon us, most of us are looking forward to better and brighter fortunes. There are plenty of reasons to be optimistic as the electronic security industry continues to grow at a clip that would be the envy of many other industries. In addition, the demand for security seems to be getting greater all the time. Newer technologies such as IP cameras, intelligent video, integrated systems, biometrics and wireless devices portend exciting growth opportunities.

To get where we want to be, we must know from whence we came. As usual, a glance back at the major stories of 2005 demonstrates just what an eventful year it was. Among the hot topics were installation and manufacturing company acquisitions, verified response policies and installation standards. Without further adieu, I present our annual recap of the year’s most significant headlines ripped from the pages of Security Sales & Integration.

JANUARY — Long-Awaited Monitoring Bill Reaches Capitol Hill … Stanley Gets Aggressive With Acquisitions … NBFAA Adds New Hampshire, Rises Out of Debt

FEBRUARY — New Group Brings Together Industry’s Women … NBFAA Hires Lobbyist to Represent Industry on Capitol Hill

MARCH — Tri-Ed Breakaway From Tyco Marks Return of Roth to Security Business … 6 Inducted Into SSI Hall of Fame … Fresno Police Chief Orders Verified Response … New Association Aims to Give Greater Voice to 5 States … ASG Security Goes on Acquisition March

APRIL — SAMMYs Winners Celebrate ‘Peak’ of Industry Achievement … PDQ Award Program to Honor Companies That Stem False Alarms … Greyfox and On-Q Consolidating as Single Company … ISAG Continues to Build Alarm Account Portfolio … Safeguard Stays on Acquisition Trail

MAY —Lenel Unites With United Technologies … 5 Giants Give View From the Top … ECS Ultraguard Leads Charge for CO Detector Legislation … GE Completes Acquisition of Edwards Systems Technology

JUNE — SAMMY Awards Celebrate Decade of Excellence … Pelco Plugs Into Network Video … Security Sales & Integration Wins Award for Editorial Excellence … Senstar-Stellar, Perimeter Products Inc. Merging Into One Company

JULY — NFPA Approves Standard for Security Systems Installations … UL Introduces New Marks for Performance … GE Picks Up Network Video Developer VisioWave … SSI Presents 4th Annual Installations of the Year

AUGUST — ‘It Takes a Thief’ Has America Tuning Into Security … GE Security Announces Changes in Leadership and Locales … FBI: Crime Continues Downward Slide … CSAA Expands Membership for Proprietary Central Stations … NBFAA HQ Heads to Lone Star State … Canadian Giant Protectron Bought by Water Heater Company

SEPTEMBER — Tom Ridge Touts Security Technology … Bosch Names New President: Hurley Gets Early Promotion … SSI Sets Precedent With 2 Covers … HSM Continues to Grow With 2 Account Purchases

OCTOBER — ‘Katrina’ Catastrophe Blows Away Central Stations, Alarm Companies … Dallas Considers Verified Response Policy … New York Alarm Association Gives Top Honor to SSI Sales Manager

NOVEMBER — Monitoring Firm Westec InterActive Pumps Up Service With 3 Acquisitions … IASG Adds Financial Security Services to Its Portfolio … Honeywell Merges Access and Video Systems Units … Acquisition Links Henry Bros. With Securus

DECEMBER — Massachusetts Requires CO Detectors in Most Homes … Updated NFPA Code Requires Residential Sprinklers

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About the Author


Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is 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), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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