Now CANASA National President Angelo Bucciarelli says he’s looking forward to working with the CFD on a cooperative solution. “We clearly support the principle of faster response, but they were going to jeopardize the success of the program if they did not have the involvement of the industry,” he said. “The industry's preference would definitely not be to see fire departments creating their own monitoring stations. Instead, fire departments should work more proactively with the monitoring industry.”
"Jim Covert brings invaluable experience and expertise to Honeywell Security Monitoring," said Collin Roche, a Senior Principal at GTCR. "He's clearly the leading executive in the industry as indicated by his outstanding track record in building highly successful companies. GTCR's strategy is to develop long-term partnerships with leading managers, and we're very pleased to partner with Jim again."
Covert previously partnered with GTCR to found Cambridge Protection Industries in 2000. Through aggressive acquisitions, Cambridge quickly became the second largest electronic security group in the U.S., with operations in more than 40 states. In 2001 GTCR sold Cambridge to ADT Security Services, Inc., for approximately $1 billion in cash.
Kapur will be responsible for managing all brand strategy and marketing tactics for Smarthome and Insteon), the company's new home automation network technology, as well as expanding the customer base for electronic home improvement products available from Smarthome's Web site and catalogs. Fairbanks will manage sales of the company's products and services to individual customers and manage the sales team's efforts to introduce Insteon to OEMs and other partners.
In the wake of a collapse in the low-cost alarms-for-monitoring genre in North America, many industry commentators see high quality DIY wireless alarm systems as the next generation of mass marketed security product. The possibility that pre-coded monitoring packages could exploit simple phone, Internet or GSM links to get through to participating monitoring stations is further fuelling fears. While suppliers of the DIY systems are highlighting the modest commercial success of the systems, big U.S. installers are clearly concerned.
Force Security Solutions’ Ken Kocker told SSN the problem with the systems…may not lie in the competition factor, but in the confusion they brought to the marketplace.
“I understand what they (alarm manufacturers) are trying to do and I applaud their efforts from a business standpoint,” Kocher told SSN “but let’s keep the consumer in mind who doesn’t know what they need from a security standpoint.”
Like DSL and cell phone switching, VoIP may have compatibility issues with many alarm monitoring systems. Steve Baker, president of the National Alarm Computer Center says the disruption of signals created by new protocols is a real problem for central stations and if not dealt with will cost them customers.
“Undefined signals are the biggest liability to us,” Baker explained to SSN. “Dealers need to be more proactive.”
The Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), which includes members from multiple security industry associations, including the CSAA is pushing fo regulations from the FCC to control the effect of VoIP on alarm services. At the same time, the FCC has asked industry for a description of the threat VoIP poses to alarm monitoring services.