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OCT 2018

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14 Security Dealer & Integrator / October 2018 ADT Partners with Amazon on New Alexa Guard System Audio monitoring functionality to be integrated with Pulse system ADT has announced that starting in late 2018, the company will support integra- tion of Amazon's new Alexa Guard feature with the ADT Pulse security system, helping ADT customers enhance their home's security capabilities by detecting specific sounds via the customer's Echo device when they are away from home. Once available, ADT professional installation and mon- itoring solutions will be offered to customers through the Alexa Guard website and Amazon mobile app. When a customer enables Alexa Guard on their Amazon Echo device and says "Alexa, I'm leaving," Alexa will notify the customer if the unit detects the sound of smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms or breaking glass while the customer is away. These notifications, called Smart Alerts, are delivered to a customer's smartphone to let them know which sound was detected, and provide an audio clip of that event. Customers with an ADT Pulse system using Alexa Guard can choose to for- ward the Smart Alerts to ADT monitoring professionals to help determine if addi- tional action should be taken, including dispatching first responders if needed. "The integration of Amazon's Alexa Guard with ADT's Pulse security system and professional installation and security monitoring services is an exciting next step on our innovation roadmap and our successful collaboration with Amazon," said Jim DeVries, current President and incoming CEO of ADT. "Amazon's vision to simplify the smart home experience through voice-enabled action matches with ADT's passion for security and customer service, making us natural collaborators." ADT will soon offer new Echo devices directly to new and existing customers, assisting with product set-up and additional support for those who purchase the device through ADT. Additionally, ADT and Amazon are working together to pro- vide offers and promotions to Amazon customers for ADT services. Pelco, Vivotek, Milestone, Bosch and Hanwha form Alliance Group to build technology standards, specifications, best practices, references and implementation guidelines Bosch Building Technologies, Hanwha Techwin, Milestone Systems, Pelco by Schneider Electric and Vivotek Inc., have formed the Open Security & Safety Alliance, a non- profit, non-stock corporation that aims to create specifications for a common standardized platform for security and safety solutions. The Alliance brings together orga- nizations with the goals of: • Creating and promoting the use of commonly-agreed standards, best practice and specifications. • Addressing commonly-agreed to challenges such as data security and privacy issues. • Enable market players to focus on innovative solutions which their customers find of higher value. Over the past year, the found- ing companies have worked with more than 50 companies, including systems integrators and distributors. This input will shape the standards and specifications that will eventually become the Alliance framework. Membership is now open for organizations interested in joining the alliance. Learn more details at: www. UTC Acquires S2 Security Company merges it with Lenel to form new "LenelS2" business UTC has acquired unified security and access control video manage- ment solutions provider S2 Security, and has announced its plans to merge it with Lenel as part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security – under the name "LenelS2." "This move is well aligned with our strategic focus to grow our core business and increase innovation," Alex Housten of UTC Climate, Controls & Security said in a statement. "We look forward to providing enhanced service capabilities and offerings for our customers, and accelerating our access control and video- centric solutions for intelligent buildings." Lenel President Jeff Stanek will lead the new organization and S2 Security Founder and CEO John Moss will serve as Chief Product Officer. The broader leadership team will consist of key members from each company. "The depth of Lenel's OnGuard platform and BlueDiamond mobile creden- tialing together with S2's product ecosystem...creates a new offering that is far greater than the sum of its parts," Moss said in a statement. "We will continue to advance the capabilities of all products, including NetBox and OnGuard." Fresh Off the Wire / News from around the industry SECURITY WATCH COMPILED BY PAUL ROTHMAN, EDITOR–IN–CHIEF ■ Pelco CEO Jean-Marc Theolier; Vivotek Chairman Owen Chen; Milestone Systems CTO Bjørn Skou Eilertsen; Gert van Iperen of Bosch Building Technologies; and Jong-Uk Kim of Hanwha Techwin.

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