Friday, December 21, 2012

Home Security Store Adds Network Video Recorders to its SurveillanceSystem Offerings

Ecommerce retailer Home Security Store has just added a new line of video recorders to the surveillance section of its online store. According to Sales Manager, Ruben Cervantes, the new network video recorders (NVRs) are as simple to install as traditional DVR surveillance systems.

Within the Surveillance section of their ecommerce site, Home Security Store now showcases their network video recorders (NVRs) alongside their extensive line of digital video recorders (DVRs). Offering plug-n-play technology, the new line of NVRs feature up to eight security channels and include either four dome or bullet styled IP cameras, enabling the end user to view live video footage remotely via any web-enabled device. Home Security Store’s network video recorder kits are offered at competitive prices and are designed to operate over a home or businesses’ existing wireless network.

As the home security retailer is known for providing do-it-yourself home security devices, Sales Manager, Ruben Cervantes touts that this new line of network video recorders are easy to install and use. “When it comes down to installations, it will be like using an actual DVD player -- .just plug the unit up. It may take a bit of time to learn about the functions of the NVR, though, just like any electronic item you purchase. You know how things can get when you deal with a ‘new toy’.” Beyond commenting about the small learning curve needed to master operation of an NVR’s features, Cervantes further relayed that the surveillance and recording quality of network video recorders are virtually indistinguishable from that of digital video recorders.

When asked to note how customers should best make a purchasing decision between the two technologies, Cervantes stated, “The main difference is if a customer is wanting to use an IP camera for recording. A normal DVR uses analog cameras, which are normal Coax cable cameras. IP cameras use a Cat5e cable. Some people call them Ethernet cable.” Home Security Store’s website elaborates further by sharing that another primary difference between network video recorders and digital video recorders is that a DVR uses a video capture card for video input while an NVR relies upon a home’s existing network.

Currently, Home Security Store offers four separate network video recorder kit options in addition to a number of other individual cameras and accessories that can be added to any of the NVR systems offered on their site. Of their two 4-channel kits, one includes four IP indoor dome cameras and a second kit offers four IP bullet cameras, each with a varifocal lens. Homeowners also have an option of purchasing an 8-channel system as two separate kits are also featured in this category with the same camera offerings as the 4-channel kits. Cameras made by other manufacturers can also be added to each NVR system.

The company’s website shares that these same quality network video recorders are used for surveillance in larger institutional settings, such as schools and maximum security prisons. Home Security Store maintains, however, that NVRs are not overly complicated and can even be remotely monitored via personal computers as well as through the use of an application for smartphone devices, which is automatically included with each new NVR kit. Marketing Manager Annie Blanco maintains that some home or business owners may erroneously believe that the level of surveillance offered with network video recorders comes with a hefty price tag or may involve a complicated installation process, but she goes on to say that, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” According to Blanco, the network video recorders sold at Home Security Store are both affordable, considering the high-end technology the end-user is getting, and the systems are fairly easy to install.

As with other surveillance and security products offered at Home Security Store, network video recorders come with a 12-month warranty and a full 30-day guarantee in addition to technical product and installation support. Customers are encouraged to offer feedback and reviews on each product purchased with this information being shared directly with future consumers as ratings are featured in every product description. Free shipping is also available for each of the new NVR kits currently featured at Home Security Store.

About Home Security Store, Inc.

Home Security Store is the premiere online ecommerce website specializing in affordable DIY wireless and hardwired home alarms, security camera systems, fire protection, spy equipment, survival gear, and more. The company brings together highly-trained, professional technicians and a state-of-the-art product line to provide the most comprehensive security source found online. Home Security Store’s website offers a number of video tutorials, how-to articles and security-related blog posts. The company also offers free and fast shipping, plus free tech support. For more information go to

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Automate 2013 Brings the Full Spectrum of Automation Technology toChicago

Association for Advancing Automation Sponsors Automate 2013

The Automate 2013 ( Show and Conference opens January 21 at McCormick Place North, showcasing automation technologies and solutions for a broad range of industries. The four-day trade show will feature live demonstrations by companies that provide integration of automation, robotics and machine vision, giving Automate attendees the opportunity to see successful automation solutions in action.

The show floor will highlight the latest automation, robotic, vision and motion control technologies, including Baxter from Rethink Robotics. Baxter is a robot capable of handling a diverse set of manufacturing operations without special programming, and can work side-by-side with people while adapting to its environment.

“Business owners are increasingly turning to automation to help them become stronger global competitors,” said Jeff Burnstein, President of the Association for Advancing Automation, primary sponsor of Automate 2013. “But, there are still many companies who fear automation is too complex or costly – Automate 2013 will show them that this isn’t the case. In fact, attendees will meet business owners who have succeeded because of automation, and they’ll find system integrators and global suppliers who can help them do the same.”

More than one million robots are currently used worldwide to improve quality and productivity. The US is the second largest user of robots in the world. Japan is the leading user, and China is the most rapidly growing. Automate attendees will not only see how companies are integrating robots to improve quality and productivity, they will also learn how automation has opened up new business opportunities.

For attendees who want a quick shot of education on specific topics, Expert Huddles will convene daily, throughout the day, on the show floor. Huddles are small-group discussions led by industry experts, lasting approximately 50 minutes. All huddles are free to show and conference attendees.

Dr. Henrik Christensen, KUKA Chair of Robotics at the Georgia Institute of Technology, will kick off the Automate Conference with the first keynote address: The Impact of Robotics on Economic Growth. Christensen, who has been spearheading the U.S. robotics roadmap, will speak at 8:45 AM on Monday morning. Steve Forbes, Chairman of Forbes media and former presidential candidate, will deliver Automate’s second keynote address: Navigating the New Political Climate for Business Growth and Success. Forbes will discuss the impact of the election on manufacturing at 8:45 AM, Tuesday morning, January 22nd.

“The 2013 event will have a special emphasis on small and medium sized companies,” Burnstein said. Many of the conference sessions will focus on how smaller businesses can integrate and succeed with automation.

Tuesday morning’s conference session, Automation Users Share Their Experiences, will give attendees a chance to hear from company presidents on how robotics and automation help make them globally competitive. Torben Christensen, President of Wiscon Products, Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel, and Matt Tyler, President and CEO of Vickers Engineering will share their personal experiences with deploying automation to stay in business and retain local manufacturing.

The conference will also host a roundtable discussion with the CEOs of small and medium sized companies, examining the results of a new study on robots and job creation.

Automation professionals will find presentations and training sessions geared toward a variety of skill levels– from basic through advanced. Automate 2013 will offer Certified Vision Professional courses and the certification exam for both the basic and advanced levels.

The show spans four days, beginning Monday, January 21, and is open to visitors from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with hours closing at 3:00 PM on Thursday. The conference begins daily at 8 AM and extends through Friday, January 25. For on-the-go access to exhibitor listings, dynamic floor maps, session descriptions and more, download the free Automate 2013 mobile app (

About the Organizer

Automate is organized by the Association for Advancing Automation, the not-for-profit umbrella corporation of the Robotic Industries Association (RIA), AIA - Advancing Vision + Imaging, and the Motion Control Association (MCA). Together these associations represent nearly 700 member companies from 32 nations. Members include suppliers, system integrators, end users, universities, consulting firms and others involved in automation. For more information on RIA, visit For AIA, visit For MCA, visit Automate show and conference information can be found at To reach Association Headquarters, call 734/994-6088.

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Oracle buys web firm Eloqua to boost cloud presence

By Sayantani Ghosh | Reuters – 

(Reuters) - Oracle Corp agreed to buy Eloqua Inc, a maker of web-based marketing automation software that listed in August, for about $810 million as it seeks to expand its cloud-computing services.

Eloqua makes software to help businesses predict and grow revenue by monitoring marketing and sales initiatives. Its customers include AON Plc, Dow Jones, Automatic Data Processing Inc, Polycom Inc and National Instruments Corp.

Oracle, which came late to cloud computing, is trying to be a one-stop shop for operating systems, databases, computer programs and infrastructure over the Web.

"The acquisition of Eloqua will add a leading market automation solution to Oracle's strong salesforce automation products and the recently acquired RightNow call center automation solution," Nomura Equity Research analysts said in a research note.

Oracle bought RightNow Technologies last year for $1.5 billion, sparking several more acquisitions in the cloud-computing market including IBM Inc's acquisition of Kenexa and SAP AG's purchase of SuccessFactors.

Oracle, which has traditionally offered installed software products, then bought Taleo, a cloud-based HR software firm.

"We would expect Oracle to continue to make acquisitions in this space, to bolster its Fusion Applications suite and respond to competitive pressure in the applications market from SAP and," Nomura said.

Oracle priced the deal at $871 million, net of Eloqua's cash. Based on the 34.5 million Eloqua shares outstanding as of October 31, the equity portion of the deal came to $810 million.

Cloud computing, a broad term referring to the delivery of services via the Internet from remote data centers, is a favorite with corporate technology buyers because it is faster to implement and has lower upfront costs than traditional software.

Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison mocked cloud computing in 2008 as "complete gibberish". He described it as a fad, comparing the computer industry to the fashion world.

But Oracle has since introduced its own web products and acquired several firms selling internet-based software as its corporate customers embraced web services offered by Inc, Inc and Google Inc.

"Although Oracle already had strong marketing functionality, this gives it a cloud offering to deliver and an additional base of midmarket customers providing a recurring license maintenance stream," Nucleus Research analyst Rebecca Wettemann said.

The company's $23.50 per share offer for Eloqua represents a 31 percent premium to Eloqua's Nasdaq close on Wednesday.

Eloqua shares jumped to match the offer price while Oracle's shares were flat at $34.05 on the Nasdaq.

"Eloqua's leading marketing automation cloud will become the centerpiece of the Oracle Marketing Cloud," said Thomas Kurian, Executive Vice President of Oracle Development.

Eloqua's board has unanimously approved the deal, which is expected to close in the first half of 2013.

Oracle said on Tuesday that software sales growth will stay strong into the new year despite fears that there could be big tax hikes and U.S. government spending cuts that could cause a slump in spending by customers.

(Editing by Don Sebastian and Rodney Joyce)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

2013 Home Security Systems Reviews Announced has released their 2013 top home security companies with monitoring services. is an independent home security reviews site that is focused on educating consumers on how to purchase the best home security system for their family. Each year the national review site conducts an online and offline investigation of the leading home security providers and reviews their monitoring plans, customer service, equipment and pricing. Once reviewed each home security system company is then compared side-by-side and ranked accordingly on their website.

Mike Bristow, the senior editor for states, “This is our second annual review since we founded The team takes a lot of pride in their work and performs a thorough investigation of dozens of companies. This year FrontPoint Security came out on top once again for their outstanding customer service, clear pricing and cellular monitoring technology. When the editors compared their reviews in the ranking phase, it became abundantly clear that FrontPoint Security earned the Gold Award once again.”

To read the full FrontPoint Security review, please visit

The other companies that ranked well in the 2013 home security systems reviews are Protect America and ADT. Protect America is celebrating their 20th year in business and present a solid offering to home security shoppers. Protect America has the most home security packages out of the competition and each package can be fully customized to address the needs of the individual homeowner. Protect America also provides their customers with a choice of landline, broadband or cellular monitoring services.

ADT ranked well in the 2013 home security reviews. ADT has the longest history in the home security space and a large customer base. They earned the 2013 Bronze Award for their credibility and reliability in the home security space as well as the technology built into their home security systems. They present their customers with an option to address most any home security or home monitoring need.

To view the ADT reviews or Protect America reviews visit

About is dedicated to providing consumers unbiased information and reviews of the nation’s leading home security system companies. Each year the national home security systems reviews site ranks and publishes a list of the top home security companies according to their strict set of criteria. Consumers can then compare the pros and cons of each company directly on the website.

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The home security experts at have completed their yearly reviews of the best wireless alarm systems for 2013 and are proud to announce that Protect America has once again earned a coveted spot on the list.

The home security and alarm system experts at have completed their Protect America review and updated their 2013 annual rankings of best wireless alarm system companies to reflect Protect America's nearly perfect rating. (The company scored 4.5 out of a maximum 5. Only one company, FrontPoint Security, has ever rated higher than that on's standardized benchmark system.)

Several factors contributed to Protect America's high rating and overall #2 ranking on the list of best wireless alarm system service providers.

Perhaps most important for budget conscious consumers is Protect America's minimal upfront costs. Several monitoring service plans come with no upfront costs, while others offer homeowners substantial savings for the most robust home alarm system packages. Protect America even further reduces costs by offering easy to install, wireless DIY alarm systems that can lead to substantial savings on installation costs. Because these systems do not require any wiring or complex integration with phone lines, even homeowners with no technical experience can typically install them with any problems.

In addition to the substantial value and cost savings that Protect America offers its customers, the company also delivers a high degree of reliability. By using high grade equipment with robust manufacturer's warranties, Protect America ensures that every customer receives equipment that's designed to last and function in inclement weather and other adverse environmental conditions.

Other important factors in determining the company's ranking was its strong, established customer base of over half a million homeowners and businesses, its close relationship with General Electronics (and its use of many of the company's components), and its diverse selection of monitoring services. In additional to its strong wireless capabilities, Protect America's cellular home alarm monitoring and notification system was specifically highlighted as a customer favorite that boasts a number of advanced options.

"Protect America has done an especially good job of keeping pace in what's become a challenging technological environment," explained Steve Ordona, head of public relations at "What these security companies are faced with is an constantly evolving market with new technologies literally coming out every month. Protect America has done a great job of embracing this new torrent of innovation by developing some of the best wireless alarm systems on the market today."

In addition to Protect America, has cited a number of other high performing home security and alarm system companies, including ADT Security, LifeShield Home Security, Vivint Security, and FrontPoint Security. All of these companies have received at least a 4 on the company's 5 point rating scale.

About is a leading consumer information, research, and advocacy organization which aims to deliver fact based, unbiased information and analysis about the home security and alarm industry. The company’s independent group experts, investigators, and writers conduct ongoing analyses and evaluations of all of the leading home security companies with a focus on both quality of service and product reliability, especially in the do-it-yourself, cellular, and wireless alarm system niches. also provides additional coverage of home security system reviews and home safety tips, all freely available on its website.


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Best Home Security System Companies in Missouri Announced by announces the best home security companies in the state of Missouri after conducting thorough home security systems reviews. is the leading home security systems reviews websites that specializes in delivering independent reviews of home security monitoring companies. The review team is going state-by-state and is publishing their reviews and rankings.
The state of Missouri is home to over 6 million residents. The property crime rates in 2010 toppled the 200,000 mark with violent crimes being over 27,000. Missouri residents understand the need for a home security system for not only a piece of mind but to lead a safer lifestyle. The Missouri home security systems reviews resulted in one home security company really standing out from the competition.

Tim Smythe, senior editor for stated, “The review team made a few interesting discoveries when speaking to Missouri residents. They found that Missouri consumers where more focused on a home security company’s credibility rather than what type of monitoring technology is used. Second, they learned that having home security fit into their lifestyle was an important deciding factor.” ranked FrontPoint Security as the number one home security company that provides services in the state of Missouri. FrontPoint Security addressed all of the concerns Missouri residents had regarding credibility and having a home security system fit into their lifestyle. FrontPoint Security is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and maintains an A rating. They are one of the only companies that the team reviewed that meet this criteria. Consumers will also find very few if any FrontPoint Security complaints on the Internet. According to they have one of the best ratings by customers.

FrontPoint Security also provides remote access to their home security systems from a customer’s iPhone or Android device. Their remote access features provide the ability to arm/disarm the home security system, receive text message alerts when events occur or stream video from a wireless home security camera. These features are exactly what consumers are looking for according to the national home security reviews site.

The other top home security companies in Missouri are Protect America and ADT. Consumers can read detailed Protect America reviews on

About is dedicated to providing unbiased and independent reviews of the leading home security providers. Dozens of home security companies are reviewed, compared and ranked on an annual basis. Only the best home security companies are awarded the’s coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. also focuses on educating consumers by providing home safety and security tips as well as graphs and charts on how burglars target homes.

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Survalent Technology Commissions New SCADA System North CentralElectric Cooperative, Ohio

Survalent Technology Commissions New SCADA System North Central Electric Cooperative, Ohio

Survalent Technology, the most trusted provider of smart grid solutions for the control room, announced today that it has commissioned a new Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for North Central Electric Cooperative, Ohio.

North Central Electric Cooperative (NCEC) is one of 24 electric cooperatives in Ohio and serves about 9,800 customers in Crawford, Hancock, Huron, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Wood and Wyandot counties. A not-for-profit electric cooperative, NCEC is owned and controlled by its members. NCEC maintains about 1,800 miles of underground and overhead power lines as well as 11 substations and one metering point.

The new system features Survalent’s highly available, open-architecture system based on Windows Server 2008. It includes several of Survalent's open system applications, including: WorldView, SCADA Explorer, Command Sequence, Event Data Recording, IED Wizard and Control Panel, SCADA Add-In, Remote Alarm Annunciation, Master/Slave Alarm Suppression, System Configuration Status, SCADA Replicator, MultiSpeak, WebSurv, and Voltage Reduction.

“We are pleased to have North Central Electric Cooperative join our growing number of Buckeye Power members using Survalent SCADA systems,” states Steve Strauss, Vice President of Sales for the Eastern United States. “North Central has moved from older technology to our software, which provides an easier to use operator interface with advanced features and applications.”

About Survalent Technology

Survalent Technology is the leading provider of real-time smart grid management systems for enabling visualization, optimization and improved operations for utilities. For over five decades, we have helped more than 400 utilities use operational data to increase reliability, efficiency and customer service. With our proven and reliable SCADA, Outage Management System (OMS), Distribution Management (DMS), Demand Response (DR), Distribution Automation (DA), Substation Automation (SA), SurvCentral Mobile Applications and i-Surv Hosted SCADA, utilities transform data into actionable intelligence. We partner with utilities across the globe to create mission critical solutions that will achieve the promise of the Smart Grid. Learn more at

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