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Renewed reading and sourcing experience for security professionals

News Feature

Rapid advances in Internet, telecommunication and mobile device technologies have ushered in a new, digital era for the publishing business, where periodicals are increasingly replaced by apps and subscribers become followers that Like, Tweet and ShareThis. Traditional page turning, note scribbling and bookmarks have also become poking, swiping, Evernote, Flipboard and Pocket. Reader experience wi

Bigger Ain't Always Better

Business Talk

Being part of a multinational conglomerate can be a double-edged sword; it provides the resources and global reach needed for business development, but also dwarfs the agility needed for timely market response. Ademco Security Group in Singapore had been part of Ademco/Honeywell Security in the 1970s and 80s, and later on Rentokil Initial in the late 2000s, but decided to bring the company back in

Disruptive technologies and economic tsunamis help strengthen security industry

Business Talk

Memoori's 2012 Survey of the Physical Security Industry to be published in October shows that in the last 6 years, despite disruptive technologies and economic tsunamis, it has become a stronger more resilient and profitable business. Whilst there has been a natural demand for security because of the need to counter the increased threat from terrorism, crime and theft this is not the only driver.

Protection One partners with I-View Now to offer cloud-based services

Channel Players

Protection 1, the second-largest business and home security company in the U.S., has partnered with I-View Now to enable cloud-based video services. The integration of the I-View Now technology enables receipt of alarm video – both pre- and post-alarm - in Protection 1's security automation system by alarm center agents, as well as simultaneous delivery to customer mobile devices and event storage

Bosch president update from Essen 2012

Business Talk

This year's security fair takes place at a time that is characterized by worldwide political and economic challenges. Security is an all-important factor here, meaning that our market is experiencing incredible dynamics in many regions and more subdued investment activity in others. In 2011, growth in the world market for security technology amounted to a little more than 3 percent. China, the ASE

VC firm Blackstone to acquire HA service provider Vivint for $2.0B

Business Talk

Vivint and Blackstone announced a definitive agreement under which a fund managed by Blackstone on behalf of its private equity investors, Blackstone Capital Partner VI, L.P. (collectively with its affiliates, “Blackstone”), will acquire Vivint from its existing shareholders, including Goldman Sachs, Peterson Partners, Jupiter Partners and other minority shareholders for in excess of $2.0 billion.

Reshaping residential intrusion prevention business model

Business Talk

Securewatch 24 (SW24) is entering into the US residential intrusion market with a twist to conventional wisdom — no long-term monitoring contract, a move that will add convenience and portability for its customers. Customers will not be asked to sign a long-term contract; instead, the company said customers can select from several lifestyle intrusion packages, own their wireless equipment outright

Channel positive energy into ASEAN

Business Talk

Compared to the other markets in the Southeast Asian region, Thailand's channel structure is rather mature. One can easily find capable master distributors/integrators that have a nationwide network of consultants, dealers and installers, serving respective cities or regions with different solutions tailored to specific project requirements. As the prospects of an integrated economic community eme

Thai market spiced up

Business Talk

Talk to any business professional in Thailand, and the term AEC — ASEAN Economic Community — is bound to come up, as the entire country prepares itself to be the center of (and driving force behind) this thriving economic entity by year 2015 when zero tariffs on almost all goods and free flow of human resources are legally and officially permitted. It is estimated, according to US Commercial Servi

From guarding with eyes, to guarding with systems

Channel Players

Security services, and providers of such, in Thailand have come a long way. Back in the 1980s, there were only foreign companies (such as Chubb and Secom) operating locally. We started as a guarding services company with less than 100 people, and have grown to be a force of more than 15,000 (thanks to assistance and support from our friends at Certis Cisco in Singapore), encompassing guards, pe

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