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For nearly a decade, the Bayrob Group infected thousands of computers with malware and stole millions of dollars from victims. But with help from private sector and law enforcement partners, the FBI shut down their criminal operation.

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Initially developed by ESA, the program aims to reduce false alarms

02/21/2020

SSN Staff

McLEAN, Va.—The Monitoring Association (TMA) has assumed control of the Installation Quality Certification Program “IQ Certification,” a quality control program for installations, maintenance and service of electronic security systems.
The program was initially developed by the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) False Alarm Committee as a means to reduce the occurrence of false alarms and has been broadly endorsed by security industry associations including CANASA, ESA, the False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), Security Industry Association (SIA) and TMA.
“Systems designed properly, with the proper equipment, installed properly, by trained technicians, monitored properly, and operated by properly trained users typically operate without fault or failure for years and reduce false alarms,” TMA President Don Young said in the announcement. “The IQ program requirements are in direct alignment with TMA’s mission of advancement and commitment to excellence. It is a valuable addition to our program portfolio.”
To be IQ Certified, companies pledge to adhere to a stringent code of ethics and to provide top-notch maintenance and service. Employees must be trained in industry-recognized programs, meet all licensing requirements and carry proper insurance coverage. Most importantly, companies must demonstrate that they are meeting these requirements annually in order to be re-certified. As the only quality control program for installations, maintenance and service of electronic safety systems, TMA pointed out that IQ Certification serves as a “badge of honor” for companies that have met the program’s criteria to earn certification.
“The IQ Certification Guidelines provided a foundation upon which our company established best practices for the operations,” said Amherst Alarm President and CEO Tim Creenan. “These guidelines have helped us create and grow a business that provides systems that consumers can trust because of the demonstrated low dispatch rates,” “The program has also created a large competitive advantage for us. Our sales team uses the IQ certification to differentiate our company from the competition. It is a wise investment for any security systems company to invest in quality.”


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Former State Department senior advisor for innovation Alec Ross to keynote

02/19/2020

Paul Ragusa

WESTMINSTER, Colo.—PSA and the Security Industry Association (SIA) are teaming up to provide a cybersecurity track at PSA TEC 2020, an annual systems integrator focused conference, held April 20-23 at the Sheraton Downtown in Denver, Colo.
“PSA TEC 2020 will feature exclusive cybersecurity thought leadership in our track, cyberTEC powered by SIA,” PSA CEO Bill Bozeman told Security Systems News. “The cyberTEC track will feature sessions on cyber-attack risk mitigation, cybersecurity managed services, cyber hygiene compliance and more. We partnered with our trusted ally, SIA, to present this necessary and relevant education.”
PSA also announced TEC 2020 keynote speaker Alec Ross, a New York Times best-selling author and former senior advisor for innovation with the U.S. Department of State. The keynote address will be presented by SIA and take place on Wednesday, April 22, at 7:30 a.m. in the Plaza Ballroom.
“We are thrilled to work together with SIA in developing our cybersecurity education for PSA TEC 2020 and presenting Alec Ross as our keynote speaker,” Anthony Berticelli, vice president of operations for PSA, said in the announcement. “SIA’s team has invaluable connections in the industry, and partnering with them has raised the bar for the cyberTEC track. Likewise, the insight that Mr. Ross can provide will be thought provoking for all security industry professionals.”
Ross worked with the State Department during the Obama administration on goals of maximizing the potential of technology and innovation in the service of America’s diplomatic goals. He advanced the State Department’s interests on a range of issues including Internet freedom, cybersecurity, disaster response and the use of network technologies in conflict zones. His best-selling book, The Industries of the Future, explores the technological and economic trends and developments that will shape the next decade, from cybersecurity and big data to the commercialization of genomics to the code-ification of money, markets and trust.
“SIA and PSA have worked effectively together to improve the industry’s awareness of cybersecurity. The cyberTEC track powered by SIA reinforces the commitment both organizations have made to ensuring the industry has access to the training it needs to reduce cyber risk and open doors to new business opportunities,” Don Erickson, CEO, SIA, explained. “We’re also very happy to sponsor TEC keynote speaker Alec Ross; we believe his message perfectly captures the spirit of innovation that PSA operators and SIA members deliver in their businesses and security technology solutions.”
In total, PSA TEC 2020 will feature more than 125 education sessions, workshops and certification offerings from experts and partner organizations categorized into dedicated learning tracks focused on job function. The educational content includes sessions for systems integration professionals with a desire to stay relevant and thrive in changing markets through personal and professional development. A complete list of the sessions can be found here.
“New for PSA TEC 2020, we will be partnering with Gary Kayye from rAVe Pubs to bring our exhibition online,” noted Bozeman. “We will shoot exclusive product demos and executive interviews live from the show floor and host them online.”


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Most natural and artificial surfaces are rough: metals and even glasses that appear smooth to the naked eye can look like jagged mountain ranges under the microscope. There is currently no uniform theory about the origin of this roughness despite it being observed on all scales, from the atomic to the tectonic. Scientists suspect that the rough surface is formed by irreversible plastic deformation that occurs in many processes of mechanical machining of components such as milling.

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Partnership to integrate smart home technology in new and existing multifamily and student housing

02/17/2020

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BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT is partnering with real estate development company HHHunt to install smart home and property automation technology into new and existing HHHunt multifamily and student housing communities, adding another prominent real estate company to its list of partners.
ADT will work with HHHunt to install more than 7,700 apartment homes in 19 communities across four states with smart hubs, smart locks, smart thermostats and integrate into industry-leading property management software. Of these residences, more than 1,300 will be student housing apartment homes, reflecting a growing demand for smart home amenities for student living.
“One of our core brand promises is to be a provider of quality products and services,” Lance Goss, vice president of Apartment Living at HHHunt, said in the announcement. “This new partnership with ADT will provide our residents with the latest in smart home technology and automation. We strive to consistently innovate and deliver the best apartment living experience for our residents and team members.”
All apartment homes will feature an assortment of integrated smart home devices including smart hubs, smart thermostats and smart locks giving residents access to the latest in smart home security technology. With these devices, HHHunt residents will benefit from the conveniences of smart home automation and can personalize their apartments’ functions to accommodate their lifestyles through the use of “scenes,” which can be set to adjust the temperature when the resident comes within proximity of their property through app-based geo-fencing, or lights can be set to on during showing hours and off afterwards to save energy, for example.
Property team members can also use ADT’s solution to drive operational savings by handling lock out requests remotely, controlling thermostats in vacant units and eliminating costly key tracking systems. ADT’s integration with HHHunt’s property management software, Yardi, will also streamline residents’ move-in and move-out process and reduce time required for property maintenance requests and unit access.
“The partnership with HHHunt demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the multifamily sector and our drive to offer the best smart home solutions to enhance value for residents and provide cost saving benefits for property managers,” Ken Porpora, chief growth officer, ADT, said in the announcement. “As the sector continues to grow at a rapid pace, we are able to offer partners like HHHunt exclusive and customized smart home automation solutions for residents in diverse living situations – from multifamily units to student housing.”


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Twenty years after the mysterious disappearance of 9-year-old Asha Degree from her home in North Carolina, the FBI and local investigators continue to actively search for clues in the case.

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Fourth-generation family member tells SSN about his plans to sustain company’s upward trajectory

02/12/2020

Paul Ragusa

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Cam-Dex Security Corp., a systems integrator based here, has named Dan Krumme as president. As a fourth-generation family member, he is excited to lead the company and build on the strong double-digit growth it experienced last year.
“Over the last few years we have seen growth between 20 and 25 percent, so we want to continue that momentum in 2020,” Krumme told Security Systems News. “One of the goals this year is to continue to expand our federal government and healthcare sector business. We are in the process of building out a federal government team and look to be more involved in some larger federal government projects moving forward.”
The company also continues to build out its national accounts program, including bolstering its national accounts team and bringing on new national accounts clients. The company is currently at 30 employees and will be adding several new employees this year, he said.
Krumme is also excited about growing its international business as a natural extension of its national customer base, with the help and support of other systems integrators that make up Security-Net.
“We have been a member Security-Net since 1993, so they are great for us not only on a national level but on an international level as well,” he explained. “We lean heavily on those Security-Net partners both in the U.S. and internationally to help us not only execute projects but also from a service and ongoing maintenance perspective for our clients.”
On the technology side, Krumme said the company is “really excited” about cloud. “We got involved with cloud-based access control about two to three years ago and we want to continue to grow not only cloud-based access control but also cloud-based video surveillance as well.”
As Krumme takes on more responsibility within the organization, he said that doesn’t mean his father, John Krumme, who is CEO, is going to slow down any time soon as the company continues to grow and diversify.
Krumme, who is a SSN Class of 2014 “20 under 40” winner, began his security career with Koorsen Fire & Security in January 2011 after completing a summer internship, serving as the national accounts project coordinator for two years. He has been with Cam-Dex since 2013, serving as branch manager for Cam-Dex’s St. Louis office since that time. He and his wife Cori recently relocated to the Kansas City area, their hometown, which they are both elated about, he said.


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