Protection 1 is an electronic security company in the United States, which provides home and business security solutions. The company has approximately 1.5 million home and business customers, 66 branch offices, and 2,200 employees. Wikipedia.
Ayrilmis N.,Istanbul University |
Akbulut T.,Istanbul University |
Dundar T.,Istanbul University |
White R.H.,Protection One |
And 4 more authors.
Construction and Building Materials | Year: 2012
Physical, mechanical, and fire properties of the injection-molded wood flour/polypropylene composites incorporated with different contents of boron compounds; borax/boric acid and zinc borate, and phosphate compounds; mono and diammonium phosphates were investigated. The effect of the coupling agent content, maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene, on the properties of the composites with fire-retardant was also investigated. The composites with the zinc borate had the highest dimensional stability and strength in the bending, tensile, and izod impact, followed by the monoammonium phosphate, borax/boric acid, and diammonium phosphate treatments. The treatments produced modest improvements in fire performance as indicated by reductions in the heat release rates. Best results were achieved with the phosphate treatments. The Scanning Electron Microscope-Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy elemental mapping of the samples revealed that the outer surface of the wood fibers was coated by some crystalline deposits of the fire-retardants. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Eller F.J.,National United University |
Clausen C.A.,Protection One |
Green F.,Protection One |
Taylor S.L.,National United University
Industrial Crops and Products | Year: 2010
Eastern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) is an abundant renewable resource and represents a vast potential source of valuable natural products that may serve as natural biocides. Both the wood and needles from J. virginiana were extracted using liquid carbon dioxide (L-CO 2) as well as ethanol (EtOH) and the yields determined. Wood blocks were vacuum impregnated with the extracts and subsequently tested for resistance against eastern subterranean termites (Reticulitermes flavipes) and two species of brown-rot fungi (Gloeophyllum trabeum and Postia placenta). Cedarwood oil (CWO) yields (fresh weight) were 2.3% and 5.9% using L-CO 2 (CWO-CO 2) and EtOH (CWO-EtOH), respectively. The yield (i.e., fresh weight) of juniper leaf oil using EtOH was 6.6% of the unground needles. Laboratory termite testing indicated that the ethanol extract of needles was lethal to the termites and resulted in no damage to the test blocks. The CWO-CO 2 and the CWO-EtOH treatments were statistically equivalent and both exhibited significant resistance to termite damage compared to untreated controls. The CWO extracts were significantly more effective against G. trabeum than P. placenta. For G. trabeum, the CO 2-derived CWO was statistically equivalent to the uninoculated control. On the other hand, for P. placenta, only the EtOH-derived CWO conferred any significant inhibition. The ethanol extract of the needles did not inhibit either test fungus. These extracts from J. virginianna may provide a renewable source of safe natural wood preservatives. © 2010.
Grant C.C.,Protection One
Fire Technology | Year: 2010
This study provides a literature review of prior research on respiratory exposure for fire fighters and other emergency responders, and includes an information collection effort that provides a summary review of field measurement technology and selected fire department Standard Operating Procedures and Standard Operating Guidelines (SOPs/SOGs) relating to respiratory exposure. The purpose of this study is to raise awareness on the need for emergency responder respiratory protection, promote and support specific fire service respiratory exposure related research, and to help develop best practice fire service guidance for determining when to use and discontinue use of self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) and other respiratory protective equipment. The applications of primary focus include atmospheres that are possibly hazardous yet tenable, such as during overhaul operations, fighting outdoor fires, or limited exposure situations. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Bagherpour A.,University of New Brunswick |
McLeod I.M.,Protection One |
Holloway A.G.L.,University of New Brunswick
Transactions of the ASABE | Year: 2012
An important characteristic of liquid sprays is the statistical distribution of droplet sizes that they produce. Knowledge of the droplet size distribution is particularly important for pesticide applications because droplet size affects trajectory, probability of contact with the target pest, and the biological dose. This article describes an experimental study of the spray plume of a rotary-cage atomizer in a wind tunnel environment with an air speed typical of aerial application (60 to 70 m s-1). Comparative measurements of droplet velocity and diameter were made using phase Doppler interferometer (PDI) and laser diffraction (LD) instruments. The present study is unique because it reports full droplet velocity and size data over a range of streamwise distances from the atomizer. High droplet concentrations and strong flow recirculation in the near wake (x/D < 2) were found to have a significant effect on the LD measurements. At greater downwind distances (x/D > 8), droplet velocities were found to be more uniform, and droplet size measurements using LD and PDI instruments were found to be in close agreement. © 2012 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
Protection One | Date: 2014-06-24
Mobile personal emergency response system, namely, an electronic personal emergency response system consisting of a device worn on the body with a button that users push to notify others in the event of an emergency; wearable medical device for connecting to emergency care specialists, namely, an emergency notification system comprised of a device worn on the body with a button that users push to notify others in the event of an emergency for connecting to an emergency response entity through a communication network and allowing audio and data communication between the processor and the entity. Remote monitoring of data indicative of the health or condition of an individual for medical assistance purposes; medical assistance services provided via telecommunication and global computer networks for individuals with health problems through the use of wearable medical devices monitoring medical information from electronic patient monitoring devices and connecting individuals to emergency care specialists. Medical alarm monitoring and reporting services.
News Article | July 22, 2013
Canary is a device the size of a soda can that can keep your home secure. The company launched an Indiegogo campaign today and is already close to doubling its $100,000 goal. Canary is sleek piece of hardware loaded with sensors. It contains an HD camera with night vision, a microphone that picks up on high frequency audio, an accelerometer, passive infrared motion detection, and sensors for heat, humidity, air quality, and carbon monoxide. It also has a siren (to scare away the bad guys) and connects to your smartphone. The companion mobile application receives live video and sensor data from the device, and sends notifications if something is amiss. In the event something happens, home owners are prompted with options like “make a call” or “trigger siren” and receive guided action plans for emergencies. People can also arm and disarm alarms, and trigger sirens and speakers remotely. All the privacy settings are customizable and the system learns from your behavior to send smarter alerts. “We believe that everyone — not just homeowners or the wealthy — should have the ability to secure the people, pets, and things they care about the most,” the company said on the Indiegogo page. Companies like ADT and Protection One have been working on home automation and security for many years. Traditional systems are expensive — they involve a lot of equipment, maintenance, and fees, and people still question their efficacy. The rise of mobile devices and advancements in hardware development in recent years has led to innovation in this space. The Internet of Things has inspired a string of “connected home” products that can keep people safer, as well as reduce energy consumption in a more efficient, convenient way. Large companies like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Google, and Microsoft are all developing products in this arena, as well as a startups like iControl and Scout. Canary’s goal is to be a “home security device for everyone.” It is not only affordable, but aims to be a more effective method than legacy providers by using machine learning to cut down on false alarms. 94 to 99 percent of burglar-alarm calls turn out to be false, and false alarms make up between 10 to 20 percent of all calls to police and lead to billions in costs. Using data analytics, Canary can distinguish between innocuous abnormalities and real threats, and knows how to react. The device will retail for around $199, and the “early bird special” offers have already sold out. The money raised through the Indiegogo campaign will give Canary the resources it needs to begin tooling and production. The company recommends that homes with more than three bedrooms and multiple entrances buy more than one device. Canary is based in New York City.
News Article | February 2, 2010
Adchemy, an emerging advertising powerhouse, has figured out a way to tweak web ads to make them dramatically more effective. The company performs a crazy real-time technical dance to optimize the ads and landing pages shown to searchers. The idea came out of a realization by CEO Murthy Nukala and his co-founder, Rajeev Motwani (the now deceased influential angel investor and Stanford professor), that to improve demand for online advertising, it must become more effective — not just efficient — and only then could it provoke a “share shift” of traditional advertising dollars. If all goes as planned, the web advertising market could grow dramatically. I visited Nukala at his company’s new Foster City, Calif., headquarters on Monday (which are actually directly across the office park from competitor QuinStreet) to learn more. Last fall Adchemy signed up Accenture as an investor in a new $30 million round (also including Mayfield Fund and August Capital, bringing the 5-year-old company to more than $57 million in total funding). Adchemy is now in testing with some of Accenture’s powerful client advertisers, and hopes to announce relationships with them soon. Sure, these are early-day numbers, but the company recently announced it had grown revenue by 60 percent last year and its number of employees by 50 percent (to 135). How does Adchemy actually work? “We featurize every part of advertising — every button, every page — then compute how much every feature is contributing to success or failure,” said Nukala. The company’s AudienceMaster system (which it is now building out as software as a service) takes in as much (non-personally identifying) data as it can about the person making the search. So if I’m searching for a keyword like BlackBerry, for example, it figures out as much as it can about my actual intent — for instance, potentially what I really want is to find smartphone data plan pricing in my area. Adchemy then creates machine-generated ad copy to respond to my profile and the intent of my search terms, and shows a customized ad on the search results page on which I land. When I do click, a custom landing page is configured and served onto the advertiser’s web site using an iFrame — so instead of seeing a standard AT&T landing page, I would go directly to one that shows my options for signing up for a BlackBerry in my coverage area. This all happens in the time of a click, with literally thousands of potential versions evaluated. Nukala said Adchmey can create a dynamically constructed banner ad, for example, within 30-40 milliseconds. One early Adchemy customer, home security provider Protection One, has increased conversion rates 218 percent. The idea is that people will respond much better to advertising that’s customized for them — the advertising really does become the content you were hoping to find.
News Article | August 9, 2012
Glenn Lurie wants AT&T service on as many gadgets as possible. The head of Emerging Devices at the nation’s No. 2 wireless carrier has plans to connect security systems, automobiles, and health gadgets to AT&T’s network. Lurie told Wired Business about AT&T’s plans to get into the gadget business and why the carrier will soon be as beloved as Apple. Wired: What did you learn from working with Apple in the early days of the iPhone? Glenn Lurie: When we met with Apple in 2005, they were known for being very innovative and on the edge of pushing everything forward. What we didn’t realize at the time was their expertise in taking complex things and making them simple. I would argue they do that better than anyone else in the world. A great example is the iPhone, which was the first smartphone to ever launch without an owner’s manual. The owner’s manuals that used to come with phones five years ago were books and they were very hard to read. Then all of the sudden Apple puts out a device that people could pick up and a figure out how to use. And when I say people, I mean children, to people that are retired who all found this device easy to use. That was one of the biggest ‘a-ha’s for me, learning to make things simple. Wired: You also worked with Amazon on the Kindle, what did you learn from Jeff Bezos and his gang? Lurie: When Amazon launched the first Kindle, it introduced a model that no one had ever seen before. You didn’t understand how the book got there, or that it was a wireless device. We talked to customers when we brought the Kindle onto AT&T’s network and asked them to describe how the book got there. They gave responses like “It’s magic, but I just don’t care. It just works.” With the Kindle, customers weren’t paying [a monthly fee] for wireless. It was a wholesale deal between us and Amazon, and Amazon took the cost of the wireless service and put it in the books and the Kindle. They built a simple, easy-to-use model and arguably it became one of the most successful devices ever launched. The key element we’ve learned from our partners – Apple and Amazon are two great examples – is that if you make it a simple, effortless customer experience, people will buy it. Wired: In return, what do you think Apple and Amazon learned from you guys? Lurie: They learned from us that the wireless carrier plays a huge part in helping enable that simplicity. The wireless carrier can help make the partner’s life easier, which then makes the user experience better. Things like our single-SIM global platform do that. It makes manufacturing more simplistic for any OEM to build, manufacture, and ship that device anywhere in the world and sell it locally in a very simplistic fashion. Think about the activation process in the wireless business from several years ago. You walked into a store and it took 45 minutes to an hour to activate a device. When we launched the Emerging Device group, we realized that the old activation process is not how people will want to activate Amazon Kindles or tracking devices. Wired: And that was an outcrop of the iPhone taking off in the world? Lurie: That was an outcrop of us wanting to wirelessly enable anything and everything. It was an outcrop of us saying, “If we’re going to sell [digital] picture frames, the customers don’t want to walk into a store and spend 45 minutes to activate it to put a wireless picture frame in their home.” They want to buy it like a regular picture frame, take it home, plug it in and it just works. Wired: That’s not something AT&T historically would have thought about, right? Lurie: Absolutely. That’s why the Emerging Device group was put together four years ago. We have to be open to building platforms that will lead to a better customer experience. Take the original launch of the iPad. We worked with Apple to make the decision together that this had to be different. We made the decision to launch the iPad with only a pre-paid rate plan, no contract. We wanted the entire customer experience on the screen of the device. We don’t want people to have to call us, because they don’t wake up every morning and want to talk to AT&T. We built a process where you buy an iPad, and take it wherever you want to take it. On the screen it takes you to a very simple flow to activate that iPad and pick a rate plan, and it works. Wired: There were a lot of growing pains for AT&T service with the iPhone. What happened there? Lurie: We were the tip of the spear in growing our data business two to three years ago. We had the iPhone and iPad exclusively, Emerging Devices were growing, and everything was going great. We got to be a pioneer in data growth for the whole world and we’ve grown data 20,000 percent in five years. But at the same time, we were very honest with our customers that we had congestion issues and obviously went through some pain in certain markets. We’re well past that today and having great success. Lurie: In the short term, there will be a lot happening in the tablet and computing business. You’ll see a lot happening in your automobile and with telematics, infotainment, and security. We’re also making strides in healthcare. For sure, you’ll see a ton from AT&T in the digital home. Wired: What are your plans for healthcare and the digital home? Lurie: There are so many opportunities to bring wireless connectivity to health devices. You’re going to have devices on your body that can give real-time diagnostics on your breathing and body heat, whether you strap it to yourself on an athletic field, or if it’s on your baby in their crib so you can look at an app and see all their vitals. There are also devices, like the GlowCap, that will help you stick to taking your medication. All these things will be better when they’re wirelessly enabled. We’ll also be offering the first all-IP security and automation system in U.S. history. We’re building this from scratch, so we were able to look at the customer first and build an absolutely effortless customer experience. It’s an all-wireless system, so we’re not running wires to your house. We’re connecting what we call a Digital Life controller to door locks, cameras, sensors under your water heater, and water shut-off valves, and it’s all wireless. The customer will control the system from an app on a phone, tablet, or computer. They’ll have one window into their whole digital life. Wired: By moving into home security, are you trying to compete with a whole new set of players? Lurie: Yes, we are going into the security and automation business to compete with a whole new set of players, whether that’s ADT, or Protection One. With our all-IP network, if your house alarm goes off, you can authorize our monitoring center to turn on the cameras in your house and see what’s going on. No one else can do that. Wired: Where will my relationship with AT&T go from here? Will we start seeing AT&T stickers on cars? Lurie: Our goal is to create trusted relationship with our customers and enrich their lives. We want to give them peace of mind in their home and wireless services any time, any place. We as a company are so customer-focused that people are starting to see it now. Our relationship with our customers has evolved. Do I think people will have AT&T stickers on their cars? Yes, I do.
News Article | June 3, 2015
The value of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) targeting North American companies in May soared to more than double that of the previous month, in spite of a decrease in volume, thanks to Charter Communications’ massive takeover bid for Time Warner Cable which accounted for more than a third of total M&A value for the region. Deals worth a collective USD 202,410 million were announced over the four weeks, compared to USD 91,265 million in April, marking the third-highest result of the last 12 months under review. The figure was 14 percent higher than the USD 177,505 million recorded in May 2014. Volume slipped for the second month in a row to 1,003 transactions (March: 1,501; April: 1,404) and was down 35 percent on the 1,549 deals announced at the same time a year ago. US M&A value leapt to USD 191,307 million from USD 79,829 million in April against a 28 percent decline in volume. Canadian deal value rose by a more modest 6 percent and volume decreased by 31 percent month-on-month to 238 transactions from 343. The much-publicised takeover offer for Time Warner Cable by Charter Communications was the region’s biggest deal by value in May, and, at a staggering USD 77,182 million, accounted for 38 percent of overall M&A value (USD 202,410 million). Four of the top 20 deals by value targeted Canadian companies, the largest of which was a takeover offer for oil and gas explorer Pacific Rubiales Energy by Mexico’s Alfa and Bermuda-based Harbour Energy worth USD 4,474 million. This was one of five transactions in the region’s oil and gas sector, while life sciences and telecommunications also featured prominently. Lisa Wright, Zephyr director, said: “While there was a significant increase month-on-month in terms of aggregate deal values in North America, it is worth noting that a significant portion of this can be attributed to a single deal. By contrast, the drop in private equity deal-making is largely due to the lack of high-value deals, as just one transaction surpassed USD 1,000 million, compared to five last month and nine in March.” Private equity (PE) investment value fell by 57 percent month-on-month to USD 9,949 million from a high base of USD 22,930 million in April and was 39 percent lower than the same time a year ago (May 2014: USD 16,178 million). Volume decreased by 28 percent over the four weeks to 349 transactions and by the same percentage compared to a year ago (April 2015: 483; May 2014: 483). Just one PE deal topped USD 1,000 million in the month under review, which was Apollo Global’s acquisition of home security company Protection One in a secondary buyout from GTCR Golder Rauner worth USD 1,500 million. For the full M&A Reports from Zephyr, please visit mandaportal.com About Zephyr Zephyr is an information solution containing M&A, IPO and venture capital deals and rumors with links to detailed financial company information. Zephyr, published by Bureau van Dijk, covers various deal types including M&A activity, IPOs, joint ventures and private equity deals. The deals on Zephyr are linked to the company financials and peer reports on BvD's product range, which includes Orbis, Amadeus and Osiris, for company valuation and benchmarking. Zephyr contains information on over 1 million deals. Over 85,000 deals are added each year depending on levels of deal activity. Zephyr has no minimum deal value. Zephyr's UK and Singapore researchers speak over 40 languages and use native language and English sources in their deal research. http://www.zephyrdealdata.com About M&A Portal The M&A Portal is a resource for anyone interested in M&A Deals intelligence and information. We host M&A news, deal commentary, features and research papers written by experts across the globe. About Bureau van Dijk Bureau van Dijk (BvD) is one of the world’s leading publishers of electronic business and company information. The company has 32 offices worldwide. BvD is best known for its range of international company information products that combines multiple high-quality data sources with flexible software to allow users to manipulate data for research, marketing intelligence and analysis. Products include Orbis, Amadeus, Bankscope and Osiris. BvD also publishes the global M&A database, Zephyr. http://www.bvdinfo.com