Microchip Joins Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) – the Global Industry Coalition Dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility

Microchip logo (image)Microchip Joins Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) – the Global Industry Coalition Dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility | #TpromoCom #Microchip #Security #Financial #Health | Microchip Technology Inc. has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies.

CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 16, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Microchip Technology Inc. (Nasdaq: MCHP) today announced it has joined the Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a nonprofit coalition of companies dedicated to the improvement of social, environmental and ethical conditions in their global supply chains.

The RBA Code of Conduct is a set of social, environmental and ethical industry standards. The standards set out in the Code of Conduct reference international norms and standards including but not limited to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ILO International Labor Standards, OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises plus ISO and SA standards.

Call TpromoCom for web design and content (image)“With the principles of corporate social responsibility as a fundamental part of Microchip’s DNA, we remain committed in every aspect of our business and operations to advancing human rights, ethics and health and safety worldwide,” said Ganesh Moorthy, president and chief operating officer. “Along with RBA member companies, we align under a set of common values that send a clear message of commitment to the global supply base and to our customers.”

Founded in 2004, the RBA and its initiatives have nearly 400 company members committed to improving conditions in global supply chains; including safe working conditions and ethical labor practices.

Microchip’s values and operating principles including its Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, certifications, sustainability reporting and other standards are reflected in the company’s practices and actions of employees worldwide. Microchip is committed to aligning with organizations and companies worldwide to advocate for principals regarding workforce and labor standards, human rights, sustainability and anti-corruption.

About Microchip Technology
Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of smart, connected and secure embedded control solutions. Its easy-to-use development tools and comprehensive product portfolio enable customers to create optimal designs which reduce risk while lowering total system cost and time to market. The company’s solutions serve more than 120,000 customers across the industrial, automotive, consumer, aerospace and defense, communications and computing markets. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip website at www.microchip.com.


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36% of those intending to purchase a security system prefer self-installation

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December 17, 2019

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36% of those intending to purchase a security system prefer self-installation | #TpromoCom #ParksAssociates #DIY | New research addresses the preference for self-installable solutions in home security market.

Parks Associates research finds preference for self-installed systems is growing among US broadband households planning to buy a security system, rising from 18% in 2007 to 29% in 2012 to 36% in 2019. DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security reports that the percentage is even higher among people who actually follow through on their intentions, as 51% of security system owners who acquired their security system in the past 12 months self-installed their system. Though these figures point to a rising trend in DIY preferences, intentions do not translate to sales as intentions may not be fulfilled for a plethora of reasons.

DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security explores the home security market, including current state of adoption and preference for self-installable solutions, consumer interest in smart home products that address security needs, and the impact of these solutions on the traditional security industry.

“As people move from intenders to owners of security systems, they find the cost savings of DIY systems highly attractive-48% of those who self-installed their system did so to save money,” said Dina Abdelrazik, Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Among earlier DIY systems, the challenges in installation and setup counterbalanced the cost savings, but current self-install security solutions are designed from the ground up to be installed by the consumer, removing that inhibitor.”

Similar to consumers who have already purchased a system, intenders value cost savings with self-installation. Almost 50% of intenders report that they would like to avoid the hassle of professional installers. Scheduling an installation appointment, waiting for installers, and the privacy lost from installers coming into the home are all barriers to professional installation.

“DIY security systems are fulfilling on the appeal that these systems are easy to install,” Abdelrazik said. “From the security system industry perspective, smart products and DIY systems are woefully inadequate substitutes for a traditional full-blown security system, but for consumers, smart products and DIY systems can make them feel safe and provide similar peace-of-mind value propositions while delivering cost savings.”

Additional research:

At the end of 4Q 2018, 28% of US broadband households report the presence of an active security system, with 24% having professional monitoring.

51% of security system owners that acquired their security system less than a year ago self-installed their system compared to 10% of security system owners that acquired their system more than 6 years ago.

For more information about DIY Disruption: Smart Products and Home Security, contact sales@parksassociates.com. To schedule an interview with an analyst or to request specific research data, please contact Sherrelle Lewis at sherrelle.lewis@parksassociates.com, 972-996-0214.

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Update on Goods in House on the Security and Fire Buy or Sell Forum on Facebook

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What’s available on the Security and Fire Buy or Sell Forum on Facebook | #TpromoCom #Security #Fire #Marketplace | The following items are available on the Forum. Prices are not included in these short write-ups. To view these and many other deals, go to http://bit.ly/2AkwgWt. To join this forum, you must be in the business and you must answer all three questions that are posed, otherwise your application for membership will be declined. Go to: http://bit.ly/2AkwgWt


We have a Rhino™ 5200 in Wilmington, DE, available on the forum | #TpromoCom #Rhino #LabelMaker | Rugged, versatile, and packed with time-saving features, the Rhino™ 5200 meets key ANSI and TIA/EIA 606-A labeling standards – and labels up to 77% faster than the competition*. Just press a proprietary Rhino “Hot Key” to automatically size, space and format text for perfect patch panel labels – then press another to print matching cable flags or face plate tabs, without retyping. It’s just as easy to print module and fixed-length labels, horizontal and vertical wire wraps, terminal and 110 blocks and much more. Print Code 39 and Code 128 barcodes. Access 100+ industry symbols, fractions, and punctuation marks with a few quick keystrokes. Add the optional quick-charging lithium-ion battery for uninterrupted productivity. Compatible Label Width: 1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″ No USB connection.


We have one PW5K1IC board and 29 PW5K1R2 boards in San Antonio, TX. All pulled from a functioning system. No longer needed. I also have four PW5K2ENC1 enclosures to go with them if you feel like shipping them. Make an offer. Buyer pays shipping. Note: according to the owner, “the IC is gone but I still have a good amount of R2 boards left.”


We have a Wisenet spd-150n decoder our of Naugatuck, CT, on the forum. Additional info: “Decoder, 49CH on 3 different monitors: HDMI 36/32 channel max, VGA 16 channel max, BNC 1 channel, H.265, H.264, MJPEG, ONVIF support, decode up to 12MP, PoE or 12VDC”


We have a GVI heated housing and camera out of Coatesville, PA, on the forum for sale. “All new the are heated housing with Samsung camera. 10 in stock”


We have a Door gard 232i in Coatesville, PA, for sale. The Door Guard 2321. Additional info: Control Stand Alone Keyless Entry Indoor Use Single Gang Flush Mount 8 Amp, Form C, Lock Release Relay Lock Release Timer Forced Door Alarm Relay Propper Door Alarm Relay Alarm


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The Importance of a Technical Education in Security and Fire

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There are generally three levels of knowledge that security and fire field personnel  exhibit in the form of assumed titles:

  1. Wire Puller
  2. Installer
  3. Service Technician

Tech working on Network (image)From the time that someone enters the field knowing very little or nothing about this business, the aim of all concerned above them is to educate them in the intricacies of the post to which they were employed. For the Wire Puller, the Installer is striving to teach them which cable to pull for what device:

  • 4-conductor, 22 – 18 AWG cable for motions
  • 6-condctor, 18 AWG cable for card readers
  • 6-conductor, 18 AWG cable for zoned smoke detectors
  • Etc.

The Installers on each crew also strive to teach their more more promising Wire Pullers where and how to level and mount each device as well as how to install the main alarm control panel. And where  programming is done on site, the task eventually turns to the art of  programming all the intricate data into each location in programming.

testing a fire alarm panel (image)It’s usually the Operations Manager that makes the decision as to which Wire Puller to move from one level to the other in the hopes of one day giving that man or woman their own van and installation crew. This is necessary because the same Ops Mgr is working to move his/her installation foremen upwards into the position of a seasoned, knowledgeable Service Technician.

On a personal note, after decades of managing Wire Pullers, Installers, and Technicians, I have to say that the best Techs that I’ve  had, had some exposure to training in the electronics field. I, myself, became an Associate Electronics Engineer, trained for the manufacturing world early on. I was able to use that training to my advantage as an Installer and Service Technician right from the start as I worked in the field for 15 years before becoming a full-time trade journalist and later an Operations Manager.

working on a burglar alarm installation (image)One way to derive an education for  your technical staff without paying an arm and a leg is to use an educational portal called Alison (http://bit.ly/32Gn8I1). The wonderful thing about this opportunity is that it’s free as each student can monitor the course. If they pass it, that’s when you can invest in a Certificate of Education for that specific student.

The value to you, as a manager, as an owner, is that you can use that ultimate goal (your willingness to purchase the Certificate) as an incentive for them to study on their own time, their own dime. Those who do not pass a course will not receive a Certificate, but the  main benefit is that they walk away with some of what they studied, which can only help them on the job.

Use this handy link to enroll your first student: http://bit.ly/32Gn8I1

–Al Colombo

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Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference

Mercury Systems (image)Mercury Systems to Present at the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference | #TpromoCom #Conference #Event #Security | ANDOVER, Mass., Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Mercury Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRCY, www.mrcy.com) announced that it will participate in the Baird 2019 Global Industrial Conference to be held Nov. 5-7, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Management will present an overview of the Company’s business on Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 11 a.m. CST.

The presentation will be webcast live and may be accessed from the investor section of Mercury’s website at http://ir.mrcy.com/events.cfm. A replay of the webcast will be available for 90 days.

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Mercury Systems is a leading commercial provider of secure sensor and safety-critical processing subsystems. Optimized for customer and mission success, Mercury’s solutions power a wide variety of critical defense and intelligence programs. Headquartered in Andover, Mass., Mercury is pioneering a next-generation defense electronics business model specifically designed to meet the industry’s current and emerging technology needs. To learn more, visit www.mrcy.com and follow us on Twitter.

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Commentary: Recent Disclosure of an Alleged Flaw in Burglar Alarm Panels

On the 12th of this month, Security eNews–your news blog–carried the following news item related to single-use and combination burglar / fire alarm panels, alleged to be non compliant with regard to UL 985 and NFPA 72:

SDM Magazine (image)Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified (click here).

I’d like to make a personal observation on this matter.

Allan B. Colombo, Tech Writer
Allan B. Colombo,  a security/fire Trade Journalist/Writer

First, was public disclosure with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) really necessary? In a world where the popular news media grandstands on any and every opportunity to demonize the security industry, was this really necessary?

Second, as technicians, many of us have suspected that there might be potential issues with the electronic burglar alarm panels we use… but we didn’t publicly disclose the matter because it would tell every burglar known to man that there could be an inherent issue. Oh, and we commonly run our alarm wires inside the walls, inside the structure, and not outside so burglars cannot easily short them.

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Typical combo burg/fire alarm panel (not named in complaint with CSPC).

Third, couldn’t this be handled in some other manner, other than involving all the above as well as the entire world?

In conclusion, the resolution to this issue is now beyond comprehension or the financial ability of  anyone to address via normal channels.

Not only will this effectively cause most burglar alarm panel manufacturers to expend an unimaginable amount of money and effort to fix, if found to be an issue, but it could put some of them out of business. It may also mean that every alarm company out there might have to return to their good customer’s place of business or residence to replace the alarm panels that they previously installed–and most likely at their own expense.

Did I forget to mention the lawsuits that could result because of all this? Of course, some of the older panels out there were installed before UL and NFPA compliance was codified. That will, of course, help limit or contain the problem to some degree.

Alarm dealers, the immediate resolution to this problem is to stop running all your wires surface on the outside of buildings and homes.  Well, at least make sure you don’t (sorry for the bit of sarcasm here).

And finally, I sincerely hope I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but time will tell. One thing is for sure, this will be an interesting ride.  –Al Colombo

About Al Colombo
Allan B. Colombo (image)Allan B. Colombo is a long-time trade journalist and copywriter in the security and life-safety markets. Over the past 35 years his byline has appeared in nearly every security and locksmith trade magazine on the planet. He’s now a Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom, a social media, content, and web design company based in Canton, Ohio.

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NETGEAR Expands the Orbi Family With New Dual Band Mesh System

NETGEAR Expands the Orbi Family With New Dual Band Mesh System | #TpromoCom #WiFi #Netgear #Wireless | Slim and Sleek Design With Powerful WiFi, Easy-to-set-up mesh system with cybersecurity and parental controls extends WiFi everywhere around your home.

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 14, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of performance mesh WiFi networking systems is today introducing the latest addition to the popular Orbi™ Whole Home WiFi System. This new Orbi Dual Band Mesh WiFi System which consists of one router and one or more satellites is best suited to cover a medium to large sized home from 3,000 sq. ft. or higher to provide reliable WiFi for streaming and gaming. This new Orbi Mesh WiFi offering also features NETGEAR Armor™ cybersecurity to keep your home safe from online threats and Circle® Smart Parental Controls to manage screen time.

The latest addition to the Orbi Whole Home WiFi System product family combines performance with style delivering combined speeds up to 1.2Gbps for households with a large number of internet-connected devices. The new compact and modern design will blend subtly with a home’s décor inconspicuously sitting on a shelf, counter or entertainment center. The setup is made easy and completed in minutes through the Orbi app from your Android or iOS mobile device, which also enables management of the home WiFi. Orbi works with either Amazon Alexa™ or Google® Assistant enabling voice management of frequently used functions like enabling guest WiFi.

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This new Orbi utilizes a single WiFi network name (SSID) to make whole home WiFi available seamlessly as you roam throughout the home with your mobile devices eliminating interruptions and streaming continuously. Orbi Whole Home Mesh WiFi systems are known to the market as the performance leader for home WiFi. With this latest introduction to the product family, NETGEAR now offers a quality WiFi mesh system at an even greater value.

“NETGEAR is expanding our Orbi lineup because we believe that everyone deserves the best WiFi experience,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home Products for NETGEAR. “With the introduction of this new dual band Orbi offering, we are making the Orbi technology more accessible for a broader audience by addressing the WiFi needs of every household. The hallmark of any Orbi system is the elimination of dead spots and the new kit continues to deliver on this expectation of ensuring coverage from end to end within your home.”

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Award-winning Orbi technology delivers high-performance whole home WiFi for the entire household to simultaneously game, stream and surf the internet to their heart’s content. The addition of more satellites to the network when needed for larger homes or those with complex architectural design is an option that can be done with ease. With the Orbi app for Android or iOS mobile devices, quick and easy setup is accomplished in minutes and can also provide a guest WiFi network for friends and family.

NETGEAR Armor™ cybersecurity
Protect your home and household from online threats with Armor, a multi-layered cybersecurity built into the Orbi Dual Band WiFi router to protect all your smart and mobile devices, smartphones, and computers. It includes best-in-class anti-virus, anti-malware, and data protection for an unlimited number of devices.

Circle® Smart Parental Control
The most comprehensive parental control solution available for your home network. With multiple filters offering that provide the capability to set unique configurations and age-appropriate settings for each family member – including mature and explicit content – and further customization by toggling of settings for various apps, websites, ad blocking, as well as safe search. With the included Parental Controls, parents will now have greater visibility and control over their children’s screen time and will gain the peace of mind that their children are safe while online.

Pricing and Availability=
The NETGEAR Orbi Mesh WiFi System is now available through authorized NETGEAR partners and other reseller channels, ecommerce sites, and major retailers.

Orbi Mesh WiFi System (RBK13) — (1) Orbi 1.2Gbps router with (2) satellites for an MSRP $229.99 USD.

Please visit NETGEAR.com to learn more about the new Orbi Mesh WiFi offering and the entire family of Orbi Mesh WiFi system models available the Orbi Tri-Band Home WiFi System family.

U.S. Sales Inquiries: (408) 907-8000, sales@netgear.com
U.S. Customer Inquiries: (888) NETGEAR

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Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming

SDM Magazine (image)Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | #TpromoCom #UL #NFPA #FireAlarm | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified.

Jeff Zwirn, president of IDS Research & Development, discovered this issue and has produced several videos which show the non-compliance of the panels.

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The claims are that none of the control panel equipment tested complied with codes UL 985 and NFPA 72. The non-conforming control units are unable to communicate the alarm condition to the central monitoring station in certain conditions, and cannot audibly alert the property owner and those within the property of life safety dangers such as smoke and carbon monoxide, or intrusion.

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