DMP’s X1 Series™ Introduces New Access Control Solution

DMP’s X1 product line delivers a solution that’s simple to program, installs in minutes, and is easy to use.

What’s Different About the X1? 

  • Network and cellular-based connectivity – customers’ access control functions are never vulnerable to normal network outages.
  • A system that scales easily – up to 1,000 doors on a system can be managed in the cloud. To add more doors locally without adding multiple X1s, the new X1-8 is a cost-effective solution.
  • Add-on module for PoE power.
  • Support for Wiegand and OSDP reader protocol on any or all readers.
  • Fully programmed in Dealer Admin™ and maintained in Virtual Keypad™.
    Frictionless access control using Bluetooth readers and mobile credentials.

The X1 also includes network and cellular-based connectivity, ensuring a customer’s access control functions are never vulnerable to normal network outages. And, unlike other access offering, the X1’s optional cellular module can be used as the primary or backup for an entire system to ensure constant communication with the cloud.

While the X1 Series is cloud managed, all programming including up to 10,000 credentials, 99 schedules and 999 permission levels are all stored locally in each X1. Therefore, if the customer’s site were to lose network connectivity, the system will continue to function like normal.

What Does All This Mean to Security Companies

The X1 offers a solution to help security companies expand their businesses in the stand-alone access control market now and into the future. And, since this product line provides customers with an app and browser that they can use to manage the systems from anywhere, integrators are now able to create new RMR off of access control applications they previously didn’t have.

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Michael Venoit Joins Continental Access as Division’s New Vice President of Sales

Continental Access, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies, Inc., is pleased to introduce Michael Venoit as the new Continental Access Vice President of Sales. Michael comes to Continental with a successful track record of strategically driving sales and growing revenue in security and access control, having worked for several well-known industry manufacturers. Reporting to Stephen Spinelli, SVP of Sales for all NAPCO divisions, Venoit is a proven team leader, who will be responsible for managing the Continental Access Regional Sales Managers and accounts, as well those of industry icon, Scott Schramme, Continental’s VP of Business Development.

Stephen Spinelli said, “We are happy to welcome Michael aboard, he’s got great energy and experience in the field and should be an ideal fit for managing the entire Continental Sales Team and developing that business.”

Based in greater Boston, Michael’s career spans over 15-years in the electronic security industry. And as Continental is a broad single source provider for mobile, cellular, cloud, wireless locks, embedded & enterprise solutions, currently forming a new national dealer program.

DICE Announces Expansion Into Latin America

The New DICE Corporation is bringing its technology, products and services to Latin America. Phase one will consist of introducing software as a service that enables interactive and advanced video monitoring services with video analytics that includes artificial intelligence for enterprise end users, guard companies, central stations and integrators.

While DICE Corporation has always been a global company, there is now an increased focus and resources for the region based on the company’s successes in the U.S. and Canada.

This expansion brings the company’s investment in new technologies, new products, and new services that include IoT, artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, integrated audio, and video into Latin America. These technologies offer opportunities for command centers and integrators to provide automated and smart video alarm services

“Latin America represents an important role in our global market development plans,” stated the New DICE Corporation’s co-president Avi Lupo.

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Calipsa’s False Alarm Reduction Platform Chosen by GPS Security Group

Calipsa, a provider of deep-learning powered video analytics for false alarm reduction, announced that Edmonton, Alberta-based GPS Security Group is using its false alarm filtering platform. GPS, which offers a complete range of security services across Alberta, British Columbia and other parts of Western Canada, is the third Canadian central monitoring station to adopt the cloud-based Calipsa technology.

Calipsa’s software uses artificial intelligence with deep learning technology to recognize genuine alarms caused by human or vehicle movement. More than 90% of notifications resulting from nuisance factors such as animals, lighting, weather or foliage are filtered out, helping operators reduce their response times to genuine threats.

A platform dashboard enables station managers to monitor the software’s performance, including detecting idle cameras that may need replacement or moving to a better position.

Click here to learn more about Calipsa’s false alarm reduction platform.

National Monitoring Center Celebrates 20-Year Anniversary

National Monitoring Center proudly announces the 20th anniversary of the company’s founding. In those years, NMC has evolved from a single 10,000 square foot facility to two fully redundant leading-edge monitoring centers located in California and Texas.

“We are thrilled and honored to have reached this milestone,” said Woodie Andrawos, President, National Monitoring Center. “Our longevity in the monitoring business is testimony to our continuing investments in technology, personnel and relationship-building. Our customers have always been our first priority, and this objective has informed every step we have taken as an organization.”

NMC was founded in June 2001, shortly before the events of 9/11 changed the country and the security industry forever. Beginning in January 2002 with their first 150 accounts operating out of California, the company continued to grow rapidly over the next several years. 2007 marked one of many significant milestones, when NMC built a second central station in Texas mirroring the California facility and allowing for full redundancy and geodiversity to better serve their customers.

Over the next several years NMC continued to update and evolve their facilities and offerings, building a new center in California in 2013 to house monitoring, support and education operations. In 2018, the company merged with Netwatch, opening up new business opportunities and bringing a vital new offering, Proactive Video Monitoring, to their customers.

In 2021, with the business having grown to hundreds of thousands of accounts, NMC continues to lead the industry in delivering monitoring services that proactively protect users while supporting business development objectives for dealers.

“This continues to be an exciting industry, with fast-moving technology that helps people and organizations maintain a lower risk profile,” said Andrawos. “We’re looking forward to our next 20 years.”

Micro Key Solutions Partners with The New DICE Corporation to Offer an Integrated Matrix Interactive Video Platform to Millennium Monitoring Central Stations

Micro Key Solutions and the New DICE Corporation have partnered to provide central stations who are using Millennium Monitoring automation software with the ability to add interactive and advanced video services with AI analytics.

While the two companies both offer monitoring and video solutions currently, the partnership allows central stations powered by Millennium Monitoring to take advantage of interactive video services offered by Matrix Interactive.

With the overabundance of cameras and recorded video, the industry is seeing a greater rise in video monitoring. By integrating with Matrix Interactive, Millennium Monitoring meets that demand in a new way.

 The Matrix Interactive engine uses several third party multi-billion-dollar technologies embedded into the platform, providing true AI analytics going beyond motion detection and basic video verification. These technologies include object detection, human behavior detection, and object filtration.

 Verified automated scheduled video tours are another service made possible through Matrix Interactive. The platform analyzes, understands, and prioritizes the video stream in real time. If nothing is detected during the tour, there is no need for operator intervention. The priority level determines if the video is sent to an end user, a central station operator, and/or recorded.

“The change in focus from our video partners, including DICE’s Matrix Interactive, has positioned video monitoring into a more useful and sellable security offering. With analytics being right at the core, DICE’s solution embraces the changing needs in the market and delivers actionable information when dispatchers need it most, separating that data from the deluge of video information that floods a monitoring center,” said Chuck Speck, Executive Vice President of Micro Key Solutions.

“Micro Key continues to partner with best-in-class solutions to provide real revenue and growth opportunities to our customers and help them separate themselves in their competitive markets. Solutions like this fit solidly in that mission and we’re excited to add them as a partner.”

“We are proud to partner with Micro Key Solutions and are enjoying a great working relationship,” said New DICE Corporation Co-President Avi Lupo. “Thanks to an open and generic platform DICE developed for industry players, the solution is an opportunity to add value for Micro Key central stations and their customers by providing them with advanced interactive video monitoring. Plus, it is an excellent new RMR generator with initial minimal investment for Micro Key central stations. The platform is scalable, but they can start off with the entry level package that provides ROI in no time and then add more cameras, services, and modules when ready.”

For more information on the Micro Key Solutions monitoring platform and adding interactive video services, visit or call 407-870-0040.

Calipsa’s Video False Alarm Reduction Platform Selected By Sirix

Calipsa, a market-leading provider of deep-learning-powered video analytics for false alarm reduction, announced Sirix, a leading Canadian remote monitoring station operator, is using its False Alarm Filtering platform. Calipsa’s artificial intelligence-based analytics reduce false alarms by more than 90%.

Quebec-based Sirix offers public and private organizations solutions for remote video monitoring, cloud-hosted access control, remote intercom response, alarm video verification and infrastructure uptime monitoring. Calipsa’s video analytics software is deployed in the Sirix operations center, providing an added layer of intelligence to protect its customer’s sites.

Calipsa’s cloud-based analytics use deep learning technology to focus on human or vehicle movement within live video feeds. Nuisance factors, such as wind-blown foliage, are filtered out, significantly reducing false alarms and improving Sirix agents’ response times to genuine security threats while improving their overall efficiency.

“After evaluating and testing the different solutions on the market, we found the Calipsa AI engine was the most powerful but also simple and intuitive,” said Daniel Cyr, chief executive officer, Sirix. “Even though almost all cameras connected at our operation center have built-in advanced analytics, Calipsa was able to reduce multiple false alarms, which allows our operators to be even more efficient in their work. It was important for us to get the best AI technology on the market and we have that with Calipsa.”

“Sirix became a leader in the Canadian video monitoring market by constantly looking to integrate state-of-the-art technology that exceeds industry standards,” said Brian Baker, chief revenue officer, Calipsa. ‘We’re excited to help support Sirix’s growth and I’m confident we’ll have a successful partnership for years to come.”

Click here to learn more about how the Calipsa false alarm reduction platform can make central monitoring stations more effective and cost-efficient.

COPS Acquires Wholesale Monitoring Business From Security Partners

On June 8th, COPS Monitoring announced that it has purchased the wholesale monitoring assets of Security Partners LLC at auction on May 27, 2021.

Upon completion of the acquisition and subsequent preparations, the alarm companies and their 100,000+ subscriber accounts will be migrated to COPS and monitored by its network of six UL listed and TMA Five Diamond certified monitoring stations located throughout North America.  The migration of the Security Partners dealer accounts is scheduled to be completed by early fall and will bring COPS’ total monitored account base to more than 3.5 million.

“We are extremely excited about welcoming the Security Partners dealers to the COPS Monitoring family,” said COPS Monitoring’s president Jim McMullen. “We look forward to contributing to each company’s success by delivering exceptional service and a stable foundation on which they can continue to grow their businesses.”

Alarm Detection Systems Appoints Amy Becker as Chief Operating Officer

Bob Bonifas, Founder and CEO of Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. (ADS), is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Becker as Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective immediately.

As COO, Becker will oversee the company’s day-to-day operations, which includes responsibility for all of the functions at the Illinois and Colorado locations.

Bob Bonifas notes that “Amy brings proven leadership both within the alarm industry and at ADS. She has worked tirelessly alongside industry veterans to establish best practices and offer the highest service levels to our customers.”

“With her great balance of leadership and business skills, we look forward to Amy Becker guiding our company to an even more successful future,” he said.

Amy started with Alarm Detection Systems in 1997 as the Accounting Supervisor for the Company and progressed to the position of Controller. Amy accepted the responsibility of Vice President of the Company in 2015 and Chief Financial Officer in 2019.

Amy is a graduate of Aurora University with an Accounting Degree. She is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. While with ADS, Amy’s ever-increasing responsibilities have included oversight of the company’s financials and executive leadership.

“Daily, our employees display expertise and commitment to our operations. I am proud to be counted among them. In my new role, I can draw from the best traditions ADS has established over the past 53 years. At the same time, our goal is to work as a team to achieve even greater success. We are a resilient business group who has a passion for delivering outstanding customer service,” says Amy Becker, Chief Operating Officer of Alarm Detection Systems, Inc.

Giving back to your professional community

As we begin a new year, it’s a great time to reflect on how we can give back to our professional community. The past year demonstrated what can happen when we come together and share our resources with one another. Knowledge and experience are two of the most valuable assets that professionals possess. Giving back is often as easy as connecting with peers and sharing your knowledge and experience. This can take many forms, including, writing and speaking. As we begin to prepare for our 2021 Mid-year Meeting, we’re reaching out to TMA members in search of speakers.

Our 2021 Mid-year Meeting will be presented virtually, April 20-22, 2021. If you or someone you know is interested in sharing your experience and expertise with your colleagues in the professional monitoring industry, we would like to hear from you!

The three-day event will offer monitoring center professionals a series of educational sessions on best practices and trends in leadership, operations, and technology.

Start off the year with your commitment to give back and make a valuable contribution to the profession’s field of knowledge.

The deadline to submit your proposal is COB, Friday, January 22, 2021. Go to

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