2G Sunset

    I just finished reading Mark’s question (Aloha Alarm) about sunset on 2G [April 17 2014]
    I am not advocating Honeywell, but there is a rebate program dealers can take advantage of through ADI.  He will need to ask his local Honeywell rep for details.  Basically, we receive credit for returning the SIM cards.  This can help offset his costs.  The bigger issue…
    AT&T has already started impacting our state (NC).  However, the AT&T 4G (By the way is not really true 4G, but 3G plus I am told) coverage is not sufficient and the typography of NC is very challenging.  We have already started changing the 2G to 4G.  In a lot of cases the 4G will not work.  Now we have a bigger problem…..NO COMMUNICATION!
    We also sell DMP products. (I am not advocating DMP either)  DMP does have a CDMA radio, T-Mobile and AT&T radio version you can pick depending on the coverage.   
    Might be beneficial…
Buck. VP/GM
First Security Service, Inc.
Durham, NC
interactive services - I-ACS system
In reply to the short list of hosted services published on the April 16 2014 newsletter, I’d like to make the readers aware of the I-ACS system.
    I-ACS® is a unique offering in the hosted and remote managed field. Our main offering is an integrated and remote managed card access and video system. We use a non-standard business model in an effort to bring these services to the small business owner who can’t normally afford the enterprise level system we offer. Using COTS equipment, we provide all of the required equipment for card access doors, starting at under $500 per door. IP cameras (Axis, Arecont, Acti or similar) start at under $200. These are installed prices. Control and viewing is through a secure SSL web site with no software or apps to load. Dealers are welcome to join our team, and we offer a generous split in RMR. Every feature in an enterprise card access system is available in I-ACS. With full Integration to video, we can add I-ACS as a layer to existing systems or use the clients own analog cameras with encoders. Or, use video alone.
    We can also provide video verification on a client owned camera or one we provide. Through one of our COTS hosted video products, Salient Systems integrates with Bold and other Central Station automation packages. Our monthly fees are tied to the actual service provided and any equipment that we install, or cause to be installed, on the client’s premises. Video from our hosted system is sent at up to 15 FPS at 4CIF.
    Our dealer agreements are not restrictive, only fair. Your clients remain your clients. Haven’t heard of us? Not surprising. We spent two years developing and testing this service before releasing it. Now that we are actively selling, the name will become better known. We have also developed a specific instance of I-ACS for educational facilities and government buildings to help with “active shooter” and hostage situations, where emergency law enforcement can control specific portions of a building using their smart phones, iPads or other devices. Contact me for further information.
Mitch Cohen
comments on workers comp [both Alice and Brian can be found on The Alarm Exchange]
    In regards to Al Simon's comment regarding workers compensation:I can make comments in regards to the Mid Atlantic region and I have clients in the alarm/security industry with a host of different companies. There is a shortage of companies only willing to entertain the workers compensation however, if you have property and automobiles then finding a company to offer workers compensation becomes very simple. I included a sample list of companies I have some of my clients with (these companies write auto, property and workers comp): Selective, Donegal, Westfield, Hanover, Travelers, Penn National, Cincinnati Insurance and State Auto.
    The issue I see is not workers comp limitations but general liability programs that offer limitations and exclusions on coverages such as Electronic Data Liability and Property in the Care, Custody and Control of the insured (you).
    Hope that helps. 
Brian J. Villari
Consolidated Insurance Center
    I wanted to respond and let your readers know that there are carriers that will write workers compensation for alarm installation/service and that there is a specific class code used.  In many states the class code is 7605.  There are carriers available, as well as the state fund, that write workers comp for the alarm industry which includes Travelers through their national program via CoverX.  This is yet another reason to contact an agent that specializes in the alarm industry.
    Thank you for your continued support!
Alice Cornett Giacalone,  Senior Vice President
Central Insurance Agency
if you are not getting all our emails
    Another thing you may want to pass on about your emails:
    If your emails are not being received check the ISP's settings.  Cox 
tags over 50% of your emails as spam, and by default doesn't send them 
on except to the 'bit-bucket'.  I had to log into Cox' server and tell 
it to send me all emails, even spam.  Probably other ISPs are doing the 
same thing.  When I tried to sign up through Go-Daddy, I never got a 
response.  I found out that Go-Daddy tags your confirmation emails as 
spam and also 'bit-buckets' them.  So anybody having problems with sign 
ups or reception may want to check their ISP's server settings.  If that 
doesn't work they may want to set up an email account with a web-based 
service; I used Hushmail for a similar situation with another email 
subscription service that Cox & Go-Daddy thinks is spam.
    Keep up the good work.
PS:  I never had a problem subscribing to Judge Kraft's Employment Law email newsletter, 
and I've never had any of hers tagged as spam.
J. W. Hale
Phoenix, AZ

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