Honoring Our Veterans, November 2020

TMA is proud to honor those within our community who have served in the U.S. and Canadian military today, Veterans’ Day, November, 11, 2020.

We invited members to share details of their service and photos to mark this special day.

You may view a presentation of our 2020 honorees HERE.

The TMA Board of Directors and staff extend heartfelt gratitude to all of those who have served and sacrificed.

TMA Past President Named ESA’s 2019 Person of the Year

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) presented its 2019 Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year Award to TMA Past President Bud Wulforst in honor of his lifetime of achievements in the security industry. Wulforst has been involved in ESA throughout the years as part of many initiatives and as a mentor to other businesspeople in the industry. 

Upon receiving his award, Wulforst stated, “I’m truly humbled as we stand here with 50 years of award recipients. I am so very proud to receive this wonderful ESA award. I’ve learned so much from so many over the years,” said Wulforst as he received the award. The associations are the catalyst for bringing it all together. The power of networking and participating in our associations should never be underestimated. When I say thank you, I say thank you to you all.”

TMA extends its sincere congratulations to Wulforst.

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NetOne’s CTO Appointed New TMA Standards Committee Chair

TMA is pleased to announce that Glenn Schroeder, Chief Technology Officer, NetOne, Inc., has been appointed to Chair, TMA Standards Committee. Glenn bring 40 years of alarm industry knowledge and experience to his new role. Over the span of his career, Glenn has held key senior leadership positions in Information Technology, Corporate Finance, Central Station, Customer Service, Field operations, and sales disciplines.

“Standards creation is rewarding, but challenging, work. In defining best practices, standards help business, the economy and the safety of everyone. They affect all of us every day, wherever we go, and in whatever we do,” stated Glenn. “Having the opportunity to spend over 40 years in this industry, it is a privilege to be able to contribute my knowledge, expertise, and experience to influence the development of standards that could better the lives and business of the future.”

Please join us is welcoming Glenn to this pivotal role.

Securitas Electronic Security Captures TMA’s Monitoring Center of the Year Award

Our 2020 Monitoring Center of the Year demonstrates excellence across all aspects of its business. Learn more in the upcoming issue of TMA Dispatch. See other top 2020 Excellence Award winners.

TMA mourns the loss of dear friend and Past President Bob Bitton

The TMA family mourns the loss of a great man, Robert “Bob” Bitton, Supreme Security Systems. Loved and respected by many, he dedicated much of his time over four decades to the advancement of TMA’s mission, its members, and others industry-wide.

He served as president of TMA (then CSAA) from 1987-1989, and continued to serve on the TMA Board until his death. Until very recently, he’d been coordinating the radio frequencies that had been designated by the FCC exclusively for the use of UL listed central station alarm companies, a role he graciously assumed in 1989. He leaves a distinct legacy of leadership and altruism.

Our heartfelt condolences to his family and colleagues.

We are collecting remembrances about Bob to place on this Tribute page. If you would care to contribute stories, thoughts, memories about Bob, please send them to lmcguire@tma.us.

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Obituary:

Robert Bitton, 81, of Naples, Fla., died after a courageous and short battle with brain cancer, at home on July 9th, 2020. He was born January 19th, 1939 at Beth Israel Hospital in Newark, NJ, the son of Sydney and Bertha (Rabkin) Bitton.

Robert graduated from Hillside High School, Class of 1956 and Rutgers University, class of 1960. After graduation, he married Rhoda Heiber and they lived in Union, NJ and Clark NJ before moving to Livingston, NJ. They celebrated 60 years of marriage on June 11th, 2020.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, Rhoda (Heiber) Bitton, are his sister, Maxine (Bitton) Paris; son, David Bitton and his wife Meg of Tenafly, NJ; daughters Michele Bitton of San Francisco, CA, Susan Erdreich and her husband David, of Berkeley Heights, NJ; four grandchildren, Jordyn, Rachel, Zane and Hudson, and many nieces and nephews.

Robert was CEO of Supreme Security Systems, Inc., started by his father Sydney Bitton in 1929, until 2019 when he passed the operations on to his son David Bitton to establish a third generation family business. Robert was a prominent figure within the electronic security industry, serving as a leader for many different organizations. He also loved to spend his time on the water, boating.
Graveside services for family only took place on Sunday, July 12th at King Solomon Cemetery, Clifton, NJ. Those who wish to remember Bob, may make a donation to the charity of their choice.

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Remembrances:

“Bob was fiercely passionate about our industry.   He was a true believer in the power of associations and collaboration and would always have time for people , myself included. H is work for years on wireline , wireless and FCC frequency coordination was priceless. The industry has lost a wonderful soul and we are all in a better place because of his lifelong efforts.. He would often brag with pride in a positive way how long he was a member of CSAA/TMA. Bob will be missed by many; however, his positive impact will hold true for years to come.”

Ralph W. Sevinor

 

“Bob Bitton was one of the 3 “BBs” in the association along with Bob Bonifas and me, Bob Bean. He was President of CSAA when I joined and at my first conference which was on the Island of Kauai and he welcomed me and Alert Alarm with enthusiasm and warmth as did Rhoda. I liked Bob. He was great for the industry and the association. He will be missed. Aloha.

Bob Bean

 

“I did not know Bob as well as others, but seeing him often at board meetings and other events always reminded me of the commitment our founders have had to this association for so many years. Bob will certainly be remembered fondly by our TMA family and I personally look forward to learning more about him from the memories of our members in the future. Indeed, may Bob rest in peace.”

Don Young, TMA President

 

“Dedicated, passionate, insightful, and inquisitive are amongst the many qualities I attribute to Bob. A great Industry person, always concerned and always questioning, Bob was a friend, a leader and a real mensch. His presence will be greatly missed. I am proud to work in an industry and proud to be a member of TMA which allowed me to learn from people like Bob.”

Ivan Spector, TMA Immediate Past President

 

“I always enjoyed my conversations with Bob over the years.  Being local in New Jersey made it easy to meet or speak from time to time about a variety of subjects.  His decades of experience was priceless and his ability to make the tough decision when necessary was an essential part of  his success.  I was so sad to hear of Bob’s passing but glad we had time to have a few laughs with Bob & Rhoda recently at the TMA Annual Meeting this past October.”

Peter Giacalone

 

“All the years I have spent on the the TMA BOD, Bob has always been there for me.

My wife Sue and I will always remember the great times we have spent with Bob and Rhoda. Our heart’s also  go out the the Bitton family.”

Chet & Sue Donati 

 

Look for a memorial in the summer issue of TMA Dispatch.

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 www.vectorsecurity.com/SGK for more information. Those interested can also contact the Vector Security Raleigh Branch at 919-859-0163 and mention code “SGK.”

Acquisitions

Brivo Acquires Parakeet

Brivo has acquired Parakeet Technologies, a provider of smart building solutions which include sensors, thermostats, wireless locks and lighting controls. The acquisition — the first in the company’s 20 year history — accelerates Brivo’s ongoing push to enhance its in-building capabilities beyond its current access control, video and security.

 

Per Mar & Midwest Alarm Services Expand in Nebraska

Per Mar Security Service, parent company to Midwest Alarm Services, is pleased to announce it has acquired GT Fire & Security based in Grand Island, NE.

Kevin Dunbar Takes Sole Ownership of Dunbar Security Solutions, Products Businesses

Dunbar Security Solutions (DSS) and Dunbar Security Products (DSP) jointly announce that President and CEO Kevin Dunbar is now the sole owner of both companies. Both businesses are headquartered in Hunt Valley, Md., and together employ more than 325 people.

ADT Buys Alliant Integrators

ADT has acquired Louisville, Ky.-based Alliant Integrators, which will be folded into its commercial integration business. The full-service provider Alliant Integrators is among the largest systems integrators serving the Kentucky and Southern Indiana region.

Securitas Electronic Security Purchases Customer Contracts of iVerify

Securitas Electronic Security (SES) announces the acquisition of customer contracts and certain select assets of iVerify. The acquisition supports SES’s strategy of building its electronic security business in North America.

Giving Back

COPS Monitoring Donates Laptops to Help Reunite Quarantined Veterans with Their Families and Loved Ones

COPS Monitoring donated laptops to the Veterans Memorial Home, in Vineland, NJ, giving its residents the ability to connect with loved ones during the necessary quarantines imposed by COVID-19.

ADT Releases FREE Mobile Safety App

ADT SoSecure is a free mobile safety app that allows people to silently request help from first responders. In most jurisdictions, it’s impossible to text to 911. With ADT SoSecure, users can discretely push a panic button on their phone and text back and forth with ADT’s alarm monitoring staff, who can send police, fire, or EMS to their location.

Per Mar Security Services Awards Academic Scholarships

Per Mar Security Services announced it has awarded twenty-one, $500 scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each year, children of Per Mar or Midwest Alarm Services employees can apply for scholarships to be used towards higher education.

DICE Corp. Offers Free PBX Call Forwarding for Central Stations, Dealers, and Proprietary Monitoring Centers Working Remotely

DICE Corporation is offering four months of free PBX call forwarding for the alarm and security industry as part of the company’s support efforts during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. This offer is available to any central stations, dealers, and proprietary monitoring centers at no cost.

Stanley Security Donation to Help Replace Fallen K-9 Police Officer

The systems integrator presented the police department in Fishers, Ind., with a $10,000 contribution in honor of a fallen police dog. Harlej, a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois, was shot and killed in November while chasing a suspect through a field in Fishers. His handler, Fishers Patrolman Jarred Koopman was not injured. Over the course of his career, Harlej was deployed more than 560 times and helped remove drugs and guns from Fishers’ streets.

Brinks 5K Benefits Mission 500 and Community

Every year, the Brinks 5K attracts sponsors from across the nation to contribute to Mission 500.  Runners, walkers, and Brinks employees participate in the event, raising thousands of dollars for the foundation.

Honeywell Converts Facilities to Produce Hand Sanitizer during COVID-19 Pandemic

Honeywell temporarily shifted its manufacturing operations at two chemical manufacturing facilities to produce and donate hand sanitizer to government agencies in response to shortages created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Honeywell also recently converted several manufacturing plants that typically make safety glasses and face shields to also produce N95 masks, which are in short supply during the coronavirus outbreak.

Vector Security Networks Awards More than $20,000 in Scholarships

Vector Security Networks announced the recipients of its 2020 Loss Prevention Foundation (LPF) scholarships, which provide financial support to loss prevention professionals seeking to obtain Loss Prevention Qualified (LPQ) and Loss Prevention Certified (LPC) certifications.

Vector Security Donates Meals to Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Association (LEMSA) 

As a show of appreciation for Lancaster Emergency Medical Services Association (LEMSA), Vector Security, Inc. donated meals to feed approximately 80 employees, including members from two platoons as well as administrative staff.

Genesis Security Services, Inc. Aids Victims of Puerto Rican Earthquake

Earthquakes in Puerto Rico have destroyed homes, businesses, churches, and other important infrastructure. In response, Genesis Security organized several events to provide aid to the people in in the Municipio de Guayanilla in the southern area of Puerto Rico. Genesis joined local volunteers to provide food, first-aid articles, toiletries, camp beds and other items. Genesis is very proud of the efforts by the company and its employees who also personally donated items and volunteered in the effort.

Awards

ADT Receives Corporate Social Responsibility Award from Mission 500
With a dedicated week of service and many events throughout the course of the year, including Seasons of Service events around the holidays, ADT provides numerous opportunities for its employees to participate in community service. At the company’s corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., employees assembled 1,000 Care Kits for veterans and donated over 15,000 pounds of food as part of a food drive in November. Also in 2019, ADT contributed $40,000 to the National Volunteer Fire Council and several volunteer departments to raise awareness and recruit more volunteer firefighters across America.

Alarm.com Wins Customer Service Award
Alarm.com has won a 2020 Excellence in Customer Service Award in the Organization of the Year category from the Business Intelligence Group. The Alarm.com customer operations team, known as CORE (Customer Operations and Reseller Education), earned the recognition by delivering excellent customer service, technical support and training to thousands of service providers in the security industry every day.

CPI Security Named SDM 2019 Dealer of the Year
Congratulations to CPI Security, Charlotte, NC, for winning SDM magazine’s Dealer of the Year. This isn’t the first time CPI was named SDM Dealer of the Year: Their first award was in 2000, just nine years after the company’s official founding. 

Altronix eBridge800E EoC 8 Port Receiver named one of Top Network Devices
The eBridge800E EoC 8 Port Receiver was named one of ASMAG.com’s Security Buyers’ Choice Awards in February 2020. The receiver offers customers a convenient way to upgrade their existing coax systems to IP devices by integrating a PoE+ switch and an FOC Receiver. Embedded LINQ Technology allows remote monitoring of power and diagnostics.

SIAC’s Glen Mowrey Receives NCACP Award
The North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police (NCACP) honored SIAC’s (Security Industry Alarm Coalition) Glen Mowrey with their Outstanding Partnership Award. In addition to his role with SIAC, Mowrey is a retired Deputy Police Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. This award, presented at NCACP’s annual training conference, is awarded to those who assist the association and has a great impact on advancing the law enforcement industry.

AICC Chair Receives RCA Fellow Designation
Lou T. Fiore , long-time chair of TMA’s Alarm Industry Communications Committee, became of a fellow of RCA in Nov. 2019.

Habitec Security Named a Toledo Top Workplace for Fourth Year
Habitec Security, ranked No. 52 on the SDM 100, was selected as one of The Blade’s Toledo, Ohio Top Workplaces for the fourth time. The Top Workplace recognition is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third party survey administered by research partner Energage LLC, a provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution and connection.

Products and Technology

CHeKT Released Its Bridge Firmware 2.6.0
Firmware versions 2.6.x and higher enable support for video analytics events. The Bridge will convert these camera analytics events into a Contact ID alarm code and a video event for the alarm monitoring center, giving integrators a solution to create a real-time response to camera analytics. With the Bridge attached to an intrusion panel, you can expanded zone detection to include cameras with analytics and allow the Bridge to deliver the alarm and video information directly into your central station.

OpenEye, Interface Security Systems Partner for Remote Video Surveillance Solution
The strategic partnership will combine Interface’s interactive monitoring service with OpenEye’s web services platform (OWS) to deliver a remote video surveillance solution with Cloud video management to retailers, restaurants and distributed enterprises.

OpenEye Offers New Compact Plug ‘n Play Recorder Series
OpenEye introduced a new compact 1U cloud-managed recorder with a built-in PoE switch. OE-MD Series recorders are an NDAA compliant, low profile, all-in-one IP recording solution perfect for users looking for a plug n’ play IP recording solution compact and quiet enough to fit virtually anywhere.

OpenEye Releases Web-based Fisheye Camera Dewarping and New Integrations
OpenEye announced the release of the Winter 2020 OpenEye Web Services (OWS) update v2.1. The latest update includes updated web-based 360° camera dewarping, Search in Live, improved System Reports, two-way audio in mobile, and other updates to make finding video and managing the system easier.

DMP Introduces System Panics From Virtual Keypad™
DMP users can now use Virtual Keypad if they ever need to trigger a system panic. The app, as well as VirtualKeypad.com can display Police, Emergency and Fire panics in the menu. Dealers just need to add it to their customers’ app user in Dealer Admin™.

DMP to Release FirstNet Alarm Communication Radios
DMP will release a line of FirstNet-certified and compatible alarm communication radios in the spring that will work directly with AT&T FirstNet. With the new communicator, DMP XR and XT Series panels are the first to be available for use on FirstNet.

New Marks USA 2020 Custom Architectural Locking Catalog
Marks USA, a division of NAPCO Security Technologies, announces the release of their new 2020 Custom Lockset Catalog. The new catalog includes over 250 Marks USA custom levers, knobs & escutcheons, standard and custom design decorative locksets.

New StarLink Cellular Solutions Full Line Brochure
Napco Security Technologies, Inc. introduced a new full-line brochure on its class-leading StarLink® Cellular Solutions for commercial fire, connected business/home and intrusion alarm applications.
Downloadable online, the new brochure contains specs and ordering info. on all StarLink models & accessories.

Alarm Lock Wireless Networx Locks Certified for Lenel Version 7.6 OnGuard® Access Control & Video Platform
Alarm Lock, a division of Napco Security Technologies, Inc., announced that its Trilogy Networx® Wireless PIN and Prox Access Locks & Keypads are now certified with Lenel Version 7.6 OnGuard® Integrated Access Control & Video Security Platform.

Michael Randone Joins Per Mar as Key Account Manager
Per Mar Security Services is pleased to announce Michael Randone has joined the company as key account manager. Michael brings with him 30+ years of sales, technology and executive management experience. In his variety of roles, client management and strategic business development has been at the forefront of his client centric efforts.

Per Mar Names Two New Sales Managers
Per Mar Security Services is pleased to announce it has promoted Tim Newcomb to sales manager for its Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids branches. Newcomb will be responsible for managing and growing Per Mar’s Electronic Security Division in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids markets. In addition, the company has hired Frank Damit as Sales Manager for its Madison, WI and Rockford, IL branches. Damit will be responsible for managing and growing the Electronic Security Division in the Madison and Rockford markets.

TMA Members Named Security Systems News’ Top 40 Under 40
Congratulations to TMA members who made SSN’s Top 40 Under 40 – Class of 2019: Matthew Brandon, AvantGuard Monitoring Centers LLC; Jordan Dice, IPtelX; Juergen Henry, COPS Monitoring; Anthony Iannone, Affiliated Monitoring; Nicole Kenny, Criticom Monitoring Services (CMS); and, Laura Penrod, Cooperative Response Center (CRC)

Clare Hires Industry Veteran Gene Marks
Clare is excited to announce Gene Marks, a leading security industry veteran who has joined the Clare team as Vice President of Sales. He will provide his expertise and facilitate the launch of the ClareOne Wireless Security and Smart Home Panel and security sensor line, as well as a new camera line later this year. Gene brings with him a wealth of knowledge and over 35 years of professional experience within the security industry. He served most recently as the Business Development Manager at Nortek Security & Control which owns brands such as 2GIG, Linear, GoControl, and others.

Bold Group Announces New Vice President of Implementation and Project Management
Bold Group announces the addition of Greg Polley to its executive team as Vice President of Implementation and Project Management. Polley spent over eight years as President of Frase Protection, the largest privately held security systems dealer in Memphis, Tenn.