SSI’s Top 10 Most Read News Items of 2011

As 2011 draws to an end, SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION encourages readers to reflect on the many developments that have transpired in the electronic security industry during the past 12 months. To that end, the SSI staff has compiled a series of ‘Top 10’ lists based reader popularity. Following are the 10 most viewed news items on in 2011:

$4.6M Wrongful Death Settlement Puts Focus on Industry Best Practices

[Feb. 18, 2011] The widow of a firefighter who was one of four people killed in a 2007 house fire in San Pablo, Calif., will be paid $4.6 million to settle her wrongful-death lawsuit against two security companies she blamed for mishandling the initial report of the fire, according to a newspaper report.

ACLU to Chicago: Stop Adding Surveillance Cameras

[Feb. 8, 2011] The American Civil Liberties Union issued a report today calling on Chicago city leaders to stop adding to the network of video surveillance cameras accessible to the police department.

Tyco Splits ADT, Commercial Fire & Security From Flow Control Unit

[Sept. 19, 2011] Tyco Int’l will split its ADT North America residential security business, commercial fire and security division, and flow control unit into stand-alone, publicly traded entities under a reorganization plan announced Sept. 19

APX Rebrands as Vivint, Adds Home Automation Products

[Feb. 1, 2011] APX Alarm Security Solutions Inc. announced today it has rebranded under the name Vivint. The change reflects the company’s growth from a residential security provider to include home automation services.

Tyco in the Hunt to Acquire Visonic

[June 23, 2011] Visonic Ltd., a wireless security systems provider based in Israel, says it is in talks to be acquired Tyco Int’l for $90-$105 million.

Fire Alarm System Helps School District Pass Annual Inspections

[June 29, 2011] When Spokane Public Schools (SPS) embarked on a district-wide renovation of its schools and facilities, a locally-based systems integrator was called on to provide upgrades to the fire/life-safety systems.

Missouri Attorney General Sues Pinnacle Security for Unethical Sales Practices

[May 5, 2011] Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster filed a lawsuit against Pinnacle Security this week, claiming the company engaged in unethical door-to-door sales practices.

Stanley Seeks to Purchase Niscayah for $1.2B

[June 28, 2011] As it strives to expand globally, Stanley Black & Decker placed a $1.2 billion cash bid for systems integrator Niscayah.

Obama Signs Pair of Security-Friendly Bills Into Law

[Jan. 6, 2011] President Obama signed into law a bill that will give electronic security companies relief from onerous energy efficiency requirements, as well as food safety legislation that is anticipated to provide new business opportunities for installing security contractors

ADT Settles Suit With Family of Murdered Minnesota Woman

[Oct. 6, 2011] ADT Security Services Inc. has reached a settlement in a lawsuit over a failed home burglar alarm with the estate of a mother of four children.


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