TMA Events at ESX 2018

Register now for 2018 ESX and make your hotel reservations — rooms are going fast in popular Nashville! Education sessions are June 20-22. Below is the schedule of TMA pre-conference committee, membership and leadership meetings.

Monday June 18

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Membership/NRTL/Five Diamond/MarComm/Insurance
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Education/Legal Affairs/Technology
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Government Relations/PSLC/Standards/Video
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm — ASAP Outreach/Business
  • 6:30pm – 9:00pm — TMA Board Dinner

Tuesday June 19

  • 7:00am – 8:00am —  Executive Committee
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm –Board Breakfast and Meeting
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm — General Membership Meeting
  • 3:45pm – 5:00pm — Contract Council
  • 3:45pm – 4:45pm — Proprietary Council
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm — TMA Associates
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm — ESX Opening Celebration and TMA Excellence Awards

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The TMA booth in the Exhibit Hall will be open Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21 during regular exhibit hours. We look forward to welcoming members and guests to meet TMA staff and leadership there. Questions? Contact



Disruptive marketer, best-selling author Scott Stratten is keynote speaker for 2018 ESX

The Electronic Security Expo (ESX) has announced its keynote speaker. A disruptive marketer, best-selling author and president of UnMarketing, Scott Stratten will force you to rethink everything you know about resonating with customers today. This marketing expert will address passionate electronic security professionals with a talk about today’s evolving business climate on the ESX Main Stage, Wednesday, June 20 from 11:30 a.m.- 12:45 p.m. in Nashville’s Music City Center.

“Today’s business climate is changing at an unprecedented rate,” says Stratten. “Every week, it seems there is a new strategy, social media site or technology that is a ‘must use’ or a ‘game changer’. What we lose in this endless quest for the next bright shiny business object is that at the core of business while everything has changed, nothing is different. Trust, connection, consistency and service will always trump any new app to hit the market.”

ESX 2018 keynote speaker Scott Stratten is live at Leadership Summit! Register for ESX now!

Posted by Electronic Security Expo – ESX on Thursday, February 15, 2018

As retail stores fill their shelves with competitive security and IoT offerings, Stratten’s message is a timely one.

His presentation, titled “The Age of Disruption: Everything Has Changed and Nothing is Different,” is no stranger to the limelight. His unconventional approach has attracted clients including Walmart, Microsoft, IBM, Toyota, Pepsico, and Edelman.

At ESX, he will draw on information learned while writing his five best-selling business and marketing books to teach ESXers about the Millennial myth, social media, and how customers make buying decisions in a digital world.

Stratten’s presentation is one of three Main Stage events at ESX intended to educate, energize and inspire audiences to elevate their personal and professional lives. Off the Main Stage, there are four educational tracks for professionals to explore, each filled with peer-led seminars on carefully vetted industry and business topics.

This balance of Main Stage inspiration, coupled with up-close and personal seminars, provides a variety of opportunities for professionals who want to learn more at ESX. The event also features networking opportunities for attendees to engage with their colleagues and peers, and an expo designed for quality and in-depth conversations.

Because ESX is open exclusively to electronic security, life safety professionals, including companies that service the connected IoT space for homes and businesses, exhibitors can better target their conversations, and guests have more focused and meaningful networking opportunities.

The ESX Opening Keynote Luncheon is sponsored by Security Dealer Network and endorsed by Security Systems News.

Registration for the event is open and early-bird pricing is in effect for a limited time. Premium Passes, the event’s all-inclusive registration type, are currently priced at $199 for a limited time — to allow companies large and small to invest in the development of their leadership teams. Visit to register or to learn more.

For questions about the event or registration process, email

For inquiries on sponsorships and available booth spaces, contact the ESX Business Development team.

ESX brings together professionals who are passionate about the business of electronic security and life safety. Dealers, integrators and monitoring professionals attend ESX to connect with like-minded peers, learn from business thought leaders, and discover emerging trends and technologies. Exceptional peer-delivered education offers strategies that help security and life safety professionals run, grow, and maximize their businesses—as well as rethink the future. The exhibit hall showcases the latest products, technologies and services, while dynamic networking events offer professionals opportunities to engage and collaborate. Learn more at or follow us on: Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

For TMA Members: February 2018 Updates From UL

AlarmHUB, UL’s new Certificate management and verification tool, is now in beta testing with volunteer monitoring stations and alarm service companies. AlarmHUB will bring new features and enhanced functionality to UL’s compliance management portal. AlarmHUB will be available for all UL customers mid-2018.  To learn more, visit

The TMA Standards Committee & UL are collaborating on a pair of revision proposals to UL827, Central Station Services.

  • The first, dated 11/17/2017, provides requirements around use of automated processing of low level signals, performance based requirements for protection of windows in an operating room, and new options for fire protection of unoccupied station spaces.
  • The second, dated 12/8/2017, provides additional detail around security of remote connections to a station’s automation system

Both proposals were made as preliminary requests for comments and are being further developed based on feedback received.

UL’s collaborative standards development system is open to the public. Voting rights on proposals are reserved for formal members of the Standards Technical Panel, but anyone can open an account to make proposals, comment on or follow the development of those submitted by others. Visit to learn more.

Redesigning the UL Burglar Alarm Certificate Program

UL is working with a focus group of stakeholders in the Burglar Alarm Certificate program on ways to  reshape the Service to better fit contemporary security market needs. Objectives include preserving what works, revising requirements to accommodate service delivery outside current service territory definitions, recognizing & including forms of electronic security in addition to intrusion detection (video surveillance, access control, etc) and simplifying the system so that risk managers and service subscribers better understand the protections provided. Proposed revisions to Standards and UL Program requirements are expected in late Q2.


–Contributed by Steve Schmit, Program Manager, UL LLC, February 22, 2018

IPR Names Brian McLaughlin CEO to Lead Recently Merged ipDatatel and Resolution Products

Brian-Mclaughlin-IPR-e1518493754268On February 13, IPR, Inc. announced Brian McLaughlin was named CEO to lead the recently merged company in its mission to empower independent security dealers to simplify the connected experience. As CEO, McLaughlin will be responsible for all aspects of the business, based out of the company’s Hudson, Wisconsin headquarters.

“The board is delighted to have found an exceptionally experienced and successful executive to assume the leadership role for this world-class organization,” said Robin Pederson, chairman of IPR. “Brian is joining our talented management team and will lead the recently merged company through its next phase of growth.”

“IPR has a long history of innovation and has brought dozens of firsts to the security industry,” said Phil Clough, managing general partner, ABS Capital. “And Brian McLaughlin’s deep understanding of technology, market strategy and sales channels, along with his track record of delivering sustained, high growth, made him the obvious choice to lead this pioneering connected security company.”

“It is a great honor to join this team of industry leaders. I look forward to applying my insights to driving IPR’s vision, while increasing revenue and profitability for our independent security dealers and integrators,” said Brian McLaughlin, CEO IPR. “Providing the simplest and most complete solutions to help security professionals grow their opportunity is our number one goal.”

Brian McLaughlin was most recently president of the Transportation Mobility division of Trimble, a global connected transportation technology company.  Prior to Trimble, McLaughlin was president of PeopleNet which he joined in 2001 and was acquired by Trimble in 2011. In his leadership and management roles, McLaughlin has led high performing, global teams to achieve significant growth while transitioning to a SaaS business model. He has also helped to shape logistics industry policy on standards and worked with a number of industry organizations on other technology and safety initiatives. McLaughlin has an undergraduate degree in management from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas.

Russell Vail and Brian Seemann, founders of ipDatatel and Resolution Products respectively, remain on IPR’s board of directors and will continue in key executive management roles.

About the Merger of ipDatatel and Resolution Products
The newly merged companies provide dealers with a complete security solution ranging from industry-leading wireless sensors to alarm communicators and a unique stand-alone, modern wireless alarm system built for today’s security customer.  In addition, all solutions are powered by a reliable and trusted network for alarm communications, automation, video, and remote programming. Now security providers can grow their business with a single experience that is flexible and configurable to meet the needs of their individual customer.

March 14, 2018 Update: The company announced its new name, Alula

TMA Member Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. Promotes Tim Watson to VP of Sales

Tim WatsonIn January, Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS) announced Tim Watson as the company’s Vice President of Sales for ADS and its western operation, Safe Systems, Inc. (SSI). Tim will be responsible for sales team leadership, driving revenue, and execution of marketing strategy.

Tim comes to ADS with over 22 years of industry experience, working for ADT, Bay Alarm and Safe Systems (SSI). Tim started with SSI in 2010.  Company revenue has increased by 56% during his tenure, growing Safe Systems into the most significant local security company in Colorado.  Tim has enjoyed a successful and diverse career outside the alarm industry, working as an entrepreneur and executive coach.

Robert Bonifas, ADS’ Chief Executive Officer & President, stated that “We are very excited to promote Tim to this key role. He has demonstrated impressive success in building sales teams, expanding markets, and creating customer loyalty.”

Wayne Alarm Systems and Lexington Alarm Systems Join Forces

In January, Ralph W. Sevinor, president of TMA member company Wayne Alarm Systems, and Donald Martini, president, Lexington Alarm Systems, announced that their two companies will combine forces under the Wayne Alarm Systems umbrella to bring the highest-quality home and business security systems to local customers with improved technology and a broader service area.

“Wayne Alarm Systems is now in its 50th year of operations as a multigenerational, family-owned security systems company,” said Sevinor, a former president of TMA and current chair of the TMA Five Diamond Committee. “We have built a reputation for responsiveness and top-quality services, supported by state-of-the-art technology, to make our customers’ experience the best it can be. Acquiring one of Massachusetts’ premier security companies, Lexington Alarm Systems, will complement our company culture, and the combined customer base will give both companies an expanded service area. Lexington’s reputation for customer service excellence matches perfectly with our mission.”

Donald Martini stated: “Wayne Alarm Systems’ commitment to technology, and all the conveniences this brings to their business model and customers, will be an enormous new boost for us. The expanded service area of our new combined service force achieves one of Lexington’s long-term goals. It brings to fruition our concept of a multigenerational, family-owned, top-quality, local security systems company competing successfully with the giant, global corporations that offer compelling marketing, but lack the substance of on-site knowledge and community engagement.”

Wayne Alarm Systems and Lexington Alarm Systems, now combined, become the Boston area’s premier electronic security and life safety solutions provider. This new acquisition offers increased strength in all the emerging technologies and confirms our customer-centric service as second to none in Massachusetts. Wayne Alarm Systems will continue to offer excellent opportunities to all local customers to have the best in alarm security, right in their own hometowns. Lexington Alarm Systems will continue operations at its current location in Bedford, Massachusetts, under the direction of Mike Lordan, vice president of Lexington Alarm Systems. This merger creates immediate job opportunities at both locations.

While Wayne Alarm Systems is acquiring Lexington Alarm Systems in the corporate sense, this is operationally a merger of the best and brightest of the two companies.

Wayne Lexington Merger

Walden, Blackburn on President Trump Signing Kari’s Law

WASHINGTON, DC – House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Subcommittee on Communications and Technology Chairman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) released the following statement after President Trump signed Kari’s Law, H.R.  582, into law on February 16.

“As we recognize the 50th anniversary of the first 9-1-1 call, we applaud President Trump for signing into law this important step to improve our nation’s public safety communications. In the heat of a crisis, Kari’s Law ensures that dialing 9-1-1 means your call will go through, no matter what kind of phone you’re using. With this bill now the law of the land, the tragedy that took Kari Hunt’s life in 2013 has become a source for positive change, making emergency communications faster and more reliable for every American,” said Walden and Blackburn.

TMA Member Vector Security Raleigh, NC Branch Partners with Susan G. Komen to Support ‘Securing the Cure’ Program

Vector Security, Inc., the provider of intelligent mobile security and automation solutions for homes and businesses, announced its partnership with the Susan G. Komen North Carolina Triangle to the Coast Affiliate (Komen NCTC) in support of the “Securing the Cure” program for breast cancer research and education.

As part of the year-long partnership, Vector Security will donate $100 to Komen NCTC for each security system sold and installed by the Raleigh Branch mentioning promo code “SGK” during 2018. In addition, Vector Security will award one year of free basic monitoring services to a breast cancer survivor, as nominated by Komen NCTC, as part of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

“Vector Security not only protects the communities we serve, we also give back and support important causes,” said Drew Jones, General Manager of the company’s Raleigh, NC branch. “We are proud to support Komen NCTC in their efforts to promote breast cancer awareness and look forward to a successful partnership.”

“We are thrilled Vector Security has joined our local fight against breast cancer,” said Pam Kohl, Executive Director of Komen NCTC. “Donations made through the ‘Securing the Cure’ program will support community health grants across Central and Eastern North Carolina as well as contribute to Komen’s National Research Program, which provides funding for cutting-edge breast cancer research across the country. We are thankful to have partners like Vector Security, who enable us to work toward achieving our Bold Goal of reducing breast cancer mortality by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.”

A dedicated webpage has been set up at for more information. Those interested can also contact the Vector Security Raleigh Branch at 919-859-0163 and mention code “SGK.”

Smart Building Technology Insights Coming to the Science Channel

On January 31, Anixter International Inc., parent company of TMA member Tri-Ed Distribution, announced it will provide an update on smart building technology on a new Science Channel series, Tomorrow’s World Today.

Tomorrow’s World Today is a new technology-inspired television program dedicated to exploring topics such as sustainability, educating viewers on new technology, and showcasing worldwide concepts around innovation. Tomorrow’s World Today will air on the Science Channel in May 2018.

Aymon DeMauro, VP Branded Content Distribution at Discovery Communications, remarked, “We are thrilled Anixter will share with viewers unique insight into what technologies make up a smart building and how the efficiencies gained in smart buildings can lead to better productivity, improved sustainability, greater cost savings and even happier occupants.”

Anixter will discuss smart building applications including intelligent lighting, access control, video surveillance, facial recognition and other technologies that can be utilized in any environment whether it is in a commercial building, theme park, stadium or Anixter to Share Insights on The Science Channelclassroom. Anixter representatives were on hand in the Anixter Infrastructure Solutions Laboratory with Discovery reporter Tamara Krinsky of Tomorrow’s World Today, for a guided tour illustrating what smart building technology looks like today and how it is evolving for the future.

Anixter CEO Bob Eck commented, “As a company that is passionate about STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education, we are honored and excited to be selected to speak on the topic of smart building technology on Tomorrow’s World Today.  We’re looking forward to sharing the merits of smart building technology with viewers, which includes both financial and environmentally friendly insights.”

Anixter’s episode on smart buildings will be premiering on Tomorrow’s World Today on the Science Channel in May 2018 on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 8 a.m. Check local listings for details.



Musical Instrument Museum implements surveillance system upgrade with intelligent devices from TMA members Bosch and Altronix

mim_exteriorDid you tour the Music Instrument (MIM) in Phoenix, Arizona while attending the 2017 TMA Annual Meeting? The MIM hosts more than 300,000 guests each year to view its collection of more than 13,000 instruments and associated objects and to attend live performances in the MIM Music Theater. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM creates an exciting experience for guests, immersing them in cultural traditions from around the world. With a mission to collect, preserve, and make accessible an astonishing variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world, MIM offers guests a welcoming and fun experience  throughout the day with multiple live evening performances each week. The safety and security of visitors and staff and the protection of the museum’s extensive collection is an essential aspect of fulfilling its mission.

To enhance the security of its exterior spaces, the museum recently worked with IES Communications, a nationwide provider of integrated security solutions, to upgrade its outdoor surveillance system. Now, a combination of Bosch AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD, FLEXIDOME IP starlight 6000 VR, and AUTODOME IP 5000 IR cameras provide high-quality images of the museum’s outdoor areas, which include an impressive courtyard at the main entrance, an additional courtyard at the student entry, an outdoor café and seating area for guests, as well as special events, and two parking lots. Bosch cameras with starlight technology provide clear images regardless of lighting conditions, delivering full color images in the dark beyond the point where other cameras turn to monochrome images. Supported by new exterior LED lights, the Bosch starlight cameras at the museum produce full-color images throughout the night. The intelligent cameras also feature built-in video  analytics to alert the museum’s security operators to possible risks, such as detecting objects left behind or the gathering of large crowds that may create congestion in an area. With Intelligent Tracking, AUTODOME IP starlight 7000 HD cameras can also automatically track objects of interest as they move throughout a scene.

“The low light performance of the Bosch starlight cameras is completely unmatched. They are producing beautiful color images all through the night,” said David Burger, security manager at the Musical Instrument Museum. In addition, Bosch AUTODOME IP 5000 IR cameras are strategically placed in perimeter and other areas of the museum exterior where there is limited lighting at night. These pan-tilt-zoom cameras feature a built-in intelligent IR beam that ensures optimum illumination of objects regardless of the level of zoom.

“The quality of the images, the onboard video analytics that are included without an additional cost, and the reliability of the moving cameras were key factors in our decision,” continued Burger. “Our security operators are thrilled with the quality and operation of the cameras.”

One challenge with the installation was how to deliver data from the security cameras over long distances between remote locations and the headend network switches and servers. After receiving recommendations from IES Communications and Bosch, the museum selected Altronix’s PaceTM Long-Range Ethernet Solutions.

Utilizing a Pace8PRM multi-port receiver at the headend, along with Pace1ST transceivers at each device, the museum successfully deployed the Bosch highresolution
IP cameras beyond the standard Ethernet range of 100 meters. Using existing CAT6 cable, Pace transmits Ethernet data at 100Mbps at distances of up to 500 meters, which exceeded the museum‘s requirements.

With the Altronix Pace solution, the museum did not need to replace existing cabling, which delivered a cost savings for the overall project without sacrificing performance. It also provided a higher return on the museum’s initial infrastructure investment.

“We are definitely pleased with the ease of use of the Altronix Pace system,” Burger said. “It’s a completely plug-and-play system. It works great with all of our existing network equipment and infrastructure. It was pretty seamless for us to achieve integration with the new Bosch cameras.”

In addition, said Burger, the design of the Altronix Pace solution is rugged enough
to handle the intense heat and other weather conditions related to Arizona’s weather and climate. “It speaks to the quality of the manufacturers: both Altronix and Bosch,” added Burger.

Video throughout the exterior and interior of the museum is monitored around the
clock by utilizing Security Center from Genetec. Real-time monitoring allows museum staff to proactively address possible risks, as they are happening, to enhance overall security and safety at the museum.