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New Video Doorbell Expands User’s View While Eliminating False Alerts
March 2, 2021

Guardian Improves People and Package Detection with Launch of Video Doorbell Pro

Pittsburgh, PA; Guardian Protection has launched a new product named “Video Doorbell Pro” which it says will eliminate frustrations often experienced with standard video doorbell cameras. The “Pro”, available to new and existing customers, has a vertically expanded field of view, video analytics that heighten people detection – including detection of those who lurk outside and don’t touch the doorbell – plus an advanced, high dynamic range that sharpens views both day and night.

According to Vice President of Marketing Kevin Bish, the new Video Doorbell Pro enhances the overall smart home security experience with its higher 1440-x1920 resolution, increased 3,000 clips-per-month video storage, and ability to seamlessly interface with the other components in Guardian’s smart home security system.

Bish commented, When answering the doorbell remotely, as many people now do, the Pro lets you touch a button on your smartphone to have the garage door go up or the front door unlock and allow your visitor entry without having to physically answer the door. He added, And because it focuses on alerting users to the presence of people, annoying notifications caused by the detection of cars and animals are largely eliminated. It’s a game changer and we’re proud to be able to install it in the homes of customers where its convenience can be fully enjoyed.

In addition to an expanded vertical view allowing a homeowner to see the package that’s been delivered to the doorstep or welcome mat outside their door, the Pro lets users electronically “paint” a customized ground zone in any shape outlining the specific areas they want it to monitor, such as a driveway, steps to a porch, garden area, etc. When activity is detected, a notification is sent within seconds to the homeowner, and then live video can be viewed on the Guardian mobile App or a computer, whichever is preferred.

Other cutting-edge features of the new Video Doorbell Pro include a built-in battery heater that ensures operation in very cold weather, dual-band 5GHz and 2.4GHz to accommodate variables in Wi-Fi service, and two-way seamless audio allowing users to talk and listen at the same time, unlike the old walkie-talkie functionality of other video doorbells.

Our mission is to make homes and businesses safer, smarter, and more connected for the people who live and work there, and our Video Doorbell Pro is just another way that we are accomplishing that mission, said Bish.

Guardian offers the Video Doorbell Pro as an add-on to its monitored smart home security systems in all regions that it serves and through its network of authorized dealers.

Armstrong Development Brings New Life to Roseville, CA
January 28, 2021

Roseville, CA; Armstrong Development is nearing completion of what is known as Campus Oaks Town Center. This is a retail center that will be anchored by a Nugget supermarket. Nugget is a popular family-owned company operates 12 Nugget Markets, as well as Fork Lift by Nugget Markets in Cameron Park, Food 4 Less Woodland, and Sonoma Market in Sonoma Valley. Nugget will be the first business to open in the business park, which is located near a Hewlett Packard Co. campus. The 42,000 square-foot grocery store will employ over 150 people in the area.

As Armstrong Development continues to develop and prepare the store for an early March opening, more than a dozen other businesses have committed to opening retail stores in the business park. Among the stores will be a nail salon, an evening dental center, a Starbucks, and a 24-Hour Fitness. The Campus Oaks Town Center is around 120,000 square feet. After Nugget opens, additional businesses will open throughout the year, with most planning to open between August and October of this year.

The success of the development property has brought some welcomed attention to Armstrong Development. The Sacramento Business Times recently recognized Armstrong Development for their efforts in Roseville. Chris King, CFO of the Armstrong group isn’t surprised by the fine work completed here and adds, This is a GREAT article and great exposure for the amazing folks at Armstrong Development.

The success of this retail development property will no doubt help boost the economy in Roseville. The shopping center will bring new jobs to the area, and will provide those in Roseville with a fabulous new place to eat, work, and play. Along with a residential component, this town center is a shining example of the amazing work that Kevin Parker, Mikol Maitland, Nicole Zion, Charlene Westbrook and the rest of the Armstrong Development team provide on a regular basis. These folks are an asset to our organization, and we could not be more pleased with the work done to complete this major project.

Anthony Jepson Joins 4Front Solutions as Chief Operating Officer
January 19, 2021

Anthony Jepson has joined 4Front Solutions and has assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer. Anthony will oversee the daily operations of the 4Front manufacturing facilities in Erie, PA and Deland, FL and will be responsible for driving process improvement throughout the operation.

Anthony is a seasoned veteran in the Electronic Manufacturing Services (EMS) industry. He has extensive experience in the High-Reliability Tier 1 EMS space. Anthony joins 4FRONT from Celestica’s Advanced Technology Solutions Aerospace and Defense division where he held the position of senior director, Operations Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electronics/Technology Engineering from Boise State University. He holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Pepperdine University. He also holds the Six Sigma Black Belt designation.

4Front Solutions is a full-service EMS provider focused on providing services to customers with high-reliability requirements – Aerospace, Defense, Industrial Controls and Transportation. 4Front’s approach to quality is simple: quality product on time, every time. 4front has Implemented a very strict Quality Management System compliant to leading edge industry standards, to minimize risk and ensure safety and reliability of the products manufactured.

4Front is part of the Armstrong Group. Based in Butler, PA, the Armstrong Group is a family-owned and operated leader in the telecommunications, security, commercial development, electronics manufacturing, HVAC & plumbing industries. The Armstrong Group is made up of five companies: Armstrong, Guardian Protection, Armstrong Development, 4Front Solutions, and Armstrong Comfort Solutions.

The Armstrong Group Fills New VP Position
December 10, 2020

Diane Potochny has been promoted to the newly created position of Vice President – Finance & Accounting for the Armstrong Group. Diane will assist the Armstrong Group executive team in managing and monitoring the performance of the Operating Business Units.

Diane joined the Armstrong Group in 2004 as an Accountant. Over the years, she progressed through roles in the Armstrong Group’s Finance department as Financial Systems Analyst, Manager of Accounting Operations, and Corporate Controller before moving to Human Resources as the Director of Compensation & Benefits. Diane has been the Controller for Armstrong Utilities since 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh with additional Accounting certification from Slippery Rock University.

Guardian Protection Announces Staff Promotions
December 9, 2020

Guardian Protection announced the following staff promotions aimed at expanding and strengthening sales, dealer, and leadership functions.

April Maloney has been appointed to the new role of Vice President – Dealer and Inside Sales. In this position, she will oversee the growth and strategic development of the Authorized Dealer program, Residential Inside Sales Group, and Residential Sales Operations. Maloney joined Guardian Protection in 2012 in the Finance division and was most recently its Director of Sales Operations. She is credited with leading a transformation in Guardian’s Authorized Dealer program, making it more successful than ever before. Prior to joining Guardian, Maloney worked at Crown Castle, the nation’s largest provider of communications infrastructure. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from State University of New York, Buffalo.

Kevin Santelli has been promoted to the role of Director - Builder Sales with responsibility for the activity of the builder sales team, builder partner acquisition, go-to-market strategy, and overall division profitability throughout Guardian Protection’s footprint. Santelli worked for OnQ Legrand for eight years and was its Northeast Market Manager before joining Guardian in 2006 as Builder Sales Manager for the Pittsburgh region. Most recently he was the Area General Manager for Guardian’s Pittsburgh and Cleveland regions. Santelli served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Corporal and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, Mississippi.