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MAR 2019

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14 Security Business / / March 2019 George P. Gunning passed away on Feb. 14, 2019, leaving behind a tremendous legacy in the electronic security and life safety industry. He was an active member of the secu- rity industry for 40 years, where he held leadership posi- tions in local, state and national trade associations while earning awards such as the Electronic Security Association (ESA)'s Morris F. Weinstock Person of the Year and George A. Weinstock Lifetime Achievement awards. "George was like a father to me, and he would always tell me, 'Mikey remember all of your stakeholders' – always reminding us that we are to think of not only ourselves but our customers, vol- unteers, employees and more," says Mike Miller, who served on Gunning's exec- utive committee during his NBFAA (now ESA) presidency. "George knew no limitations. He uprooted himself from the Northeast, planted roots in California and started a new business," adds current ESA President Chris Mosley. "He was charismatic, deter- mined, committed, passionate, and a very successful businessman and leader in our industry. He will be missed by all." Gunning came to the security industry from the photographic printing trade, when his son and nephew asked him to invest, help manage and develop computer software programs for the security and fire alarm business they were acquiring. In 1998, Gunning and California Alarm Association (CAA) Past President Frank Burke merged their companies and formed USA Alarm Systems Inc, where Gunning served as CEO. "George's passion (for the alarm industry) ultimately led him to his vision – the development of the Apprenticeship Program," Burke says. Gunning was the founding chairman of the Western Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (WBFAA) Unilateral Apprenticeship and Training Committee, which launched the apprenticeship program. In Oct. 2006, the NBFAA concluded negotiations with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Apprenticeship, result- ing in a four-year, 8,000-hour apprenticeship program. Gunning also spent many years helping to bring professional status to the security and fire industry through state licensing and supporting the development of ongoing training. "Having served with George for many years on the executive committee was truly an experience I will never forget," says former ESA president Marshall Marinace. "He made an everlasting impact on our industry and association." Gunning served as 37th president of the NBFAA, serving a two-year term until 2008. "My first year on the executive committee of ESA was when George became President," says John Knox. "Our industry is better today because George was a part of it." Gunning also inspired the creation for what is now the Electronic Security Expo (ESX)."George always challenged conventional wisdom and encouraged everyone to strive to be their best," says George DeMarco, ESX Chairman. Access the original version of this article, written by Electronic Security Association (ESA) MarCom Specialist Andria Morgan at ■ Our industry is better today because George was a part of it." – Former ESA President John Knox Lowe's Shutters Iris Smart Home Platform Home improvement retailer Lowe's made its foray into the smart home market with its "Iris" DIY smart home platform in 2012. Though the com- pany saw strong demand for the platform and its compatible devices and even partnered with United Central Control to offer professional security monitoring as recently as 2016, the company has announced it will shut down the platform as of March 31. Lowes said in a statement that customers who own eligible Iris devices will be given Visa pre- paid cards to help them migrate to another platform. Read the compa- ny's full notice to customers at www. ■ Alarm Industry Mourns Loss of George P. Gunning An active member of the security industry for 40 years, he took prominent roles with ESA and CAA Fresh Off the Wire / News from around the industry SECURITY WATCH COMPILED BY PAUL ROTHMAN, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF ADT to Use FirstNet for Security Monitoring ADT has announced it will be the first home security provider to offer an enhanced communications expe- rience via FirstNet – public safety's dedicated, nationwide communica- tions platform. FirstNet is designed for first responders, providing a reli- able and highly secure connection to the critical information they need to respond to incidents. "ADT Command-monitored secu- rity system signals will be relayed within (FirstNet) – enabling an enhanced communications experi- ence when help from first responders is needed most," ADT's Don Young said in a statement. ADT expects to have FirstNet- Ready alarm panels available by the second half of 2019. Alerts sent from ADT-monitored customers to its Emergency Operations Center will pass through the FirstNet network core – the only physically separate public safety core dedicated entirely to public safety in America. ■ Gunning

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