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Month: May 2018

Should Smart Home Devices Talk to Your Insurance Company?

5.22.18 – Electronic House The majority of homeowners like the idea, here are some smart home devices that can do the job. Parks Associates research indicates that almost 60 percent of U.S. broadband households with insurance are likely to buy smart home devices with detection/prevention features and nearly 50 percent of U.S. broadband households with insurance […]

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6 Reasons to Reduce False Fire Alarms

6 Reasons to Reduce False Fire Alarms Fire departments in the United States responded to more than 2.6 million false fire alarms in 2016, according to Statista. Here are a half-dozen ways help curtail the problem. 5.21.18 SSI – Jamie Paul   False fire alarms continue to be a problem for the fire service, schools, businesses […]

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Regulation of Texas Alarm Industry May Change…

Texas Department of Public Safety Sunset Hearings- 5/23/18 By: Brad Shipp, TBFAA & Trevor Hand, McWilliams Governmental Affairs Consultants The Sunset Advisory Commission held a hearing on 5/23/18 with invited and public testimony to review the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) to review the agencies’ operations and make recommendations to improve its functions as it continues. […]

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5-28-18 Weekly News

Door to Door Sales BBB Helps Fight Fraud at the Front Door by Teaming with ADT and Other Security Leaders 5.18.18 – TMA – As summer selling season kicks off, news conference with Louisiana State Fire Marshal features victims and tips on stopping deceptive sales in the security industry. Alarm industry sees progress in its continuing fight […]

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How GDPR Privacy Rules Could Hamper Smart Home AI

According to industry analysts, the GDPR may cause serious problems for businesses, including higher AI costs, practical limitations, and legal risks. CE Pro Editors · May 22, 2018 In a recent article by CE Pro’s sister publication, Robotics Business Review, the site did a deep-dive into the ramifications of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect […]

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5-21-18 – Weekly News

Public Safety News BC: Delta police saving time with new false alarm strategy 5.15.18 – Delta-Optimist – “These false alarm calls take up an enormous amount of patrol resources, both in terms of their frequency and the overall time they take officers away from other … GA: Sandy Springs again amends false alarm ordinance 5.15.18 – MDJOnline.com – The city of Sandy […]

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More Great Hiring Tips

More Great Hiring Tips in Tight Labor Market: Join Industry Forums, Pay for Referrals 5.16.18 – CEPro -Experienced home-technology integrator suggests participating in industry forums to find potential employees with the right skillsets, and offering generous bonuses for referrals. The combination of an expanding economy (more business coming in the door) and a tight job […]

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Are Your Customers Following These Home Security Do’s and Don’ts?

Are Your Customers Following These Home Security Do’s and Don’ts? 5.17.18 – SSI – A veteran security and safety analyst offers home security best practices to share with your customers. With the pure amount of security solutions available to consumers, homeowners are better protected than ever. However, one can’t rely solely on security cameras and motion sensors. […]

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2017 National Electric Code is Here!

The Texas Electrical Safety and Licensing Act requires TDLR to adopt the revised National Electrical Code (NEC) as the electrical code for the state of Texas. In August 2017, the Texas Commission of Licensing & Regulation, TDLR’s governing body, adopted amendments to Chapter 73.100 of the Electricians Administrative Rules and established the 2017 NEC as the “minimum standard” for […]

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The Texas Tax Amnesty Program

The Texas Tax Amnesty Program runs from May 1, 2018, through June 29, 2018. The Texas Tax Amnesty Program will, under certain circumstances, provide delinquent taxpayers with relief from penalties and interest on tax due. Tax amnesty applies to periods prior to Jan. 1, 2018, and only includes liabilities that have not been previously reported to […]

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