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No DMP Supply Impact Anticipated Due to Coronavirus

February 4, 2020

Marc Mills, chief operating officer, DMP

DMP relies on the best components we can find from across the USA and all over the world. In light of the coronavirus, we’ve been asked if it is affecting DMP’s supply of components. While we do rely on global components sourced from around the world, including China, in light of recent tariff issues, we’ve actively been moving the purchase of components to more trade-compliant countries. As a result, DMP does not source its metal enclosures, injected plastics, most PCBs, wire-in transformers and many other vital components from China. Furthermore, because we do our very best to ship our products directly to you on the day you order it, DMP is not a “Just-In-Time&rd...  Read More

Not Sure Which Hardware Level You Have?

January 24, 2020

Stephen Bowen, manager of the DMP Call Center

By Stephen Bowen, manager of the DMP Call Center If a Thinline Series keypad is going to support an 1108 Wireless Doorbell Module with a Westminster chime, the DMP Technical Update-0952 says you need "Level J” hardware. What is "Level J" hardware you ask? Great question! On the circuit board of DMP hardware you will either see a handwritten letter or a resistor chip near a square that says "LEV" to identify the hardware level. Anything that requires a letter level requires that letter or higher. Additionally, once a circuit board has been setup for resistors, letters will no longer be used. This means a resistor level is always higher than any letter level for that particular ci...  Read More

DMP Takes Steps to Protect Privacy and Connected Devices

January 6, 2020

Mark Hillenburg, vice president of Marketing, DMP

Your ability to meet customers’ security needs relies heavily on the manufacturer you choose. There are many new privacy laws going into effect — is your control panel manufacturer able to keep up with the changes? California’s Senate Bill 327 became a statewide law on Jan. 1 as did Oregon's House Bill 2395. To address cybersecurity laws like these, DMP has released new firmware updates for its family of control panels. DMP control panels now have random installer codes for compliance and tighter IOT privacy regulations With its latest control panel firmware release, DMP is providing a new means of authentication as an added security feature. Panels ship with a unique f...  Read More

How to Avoid Extra Charges on Your SecureCom Bill

December 23, 2019

By Stephen Bowen, manager of the DMP Call Center

We enjoy the relationship we have with our dealers. We love to profit together with you. We certainly don't want you to spend money on a cell modem that you aren't using anymore. Hopefully these tips will help your company save time and money. According to our Accounting team, one of the biggest SecureCom frustrations their callers have relates to being "double billed" on accounts. After reviewing these accounts, we typically find that two different modems are active for the same site. How does this happen? Maybe you replaced a 2G modem with a CDMA modem. Maybe a storm hit and you need to replace the LTE modem. Either way, replacing a modem without deactivating it is the biggest culpr...  Read More

Understanding Keypad Bus Addressing

December 3, 2019

Stephen Bowen, manager of the DMP Calll Center

Keypad Bus addressing is something that's often referred to with phrases like "I don't understand," "This is complicated" and "Where is zone 46?" Other than a few phrases to remember, what if I told you Keypad Bus addressing was as easy as drawing this picture? A column for the Device number, another column for the device's Zone number, then put the two numbers together and you have the Keypad Bus Zone #. Each device slot can have up to four zones on it. The zone number will be the Keypad Bus device number plus a 1, 2, 3 or 4. That means you won't have a zone ending with a 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 0 on the Keypad Bus. (The XTL panel family uses wireless only so does not conform to ...  Read More

Understanding DMP Compliance With the TCPA

December 3, 2019

Mark Hillenburg, executive director of Marketing, DMP

A couple of weeks ago, we released a cool “refer a friend” program that hopefully you’ve had a chance to check out. With this new program, we’ve made it as easy as ever for your customers to refer business to you. But some of you have asked if sending text messages through the Virtual Keypad™ app in an attempt to get referrals violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”). That’s a great question! The short answer is absolutely not. While the program gives you an easy way to leverage the influence and reach of your customers, because they’re the ones choosing to initiate the referral, it’s in total compliance wi...  Read More

How to get the “easy” sales? Put DMP’s Customer Referral Program to Work for You!

November 8, 2019

By Jack Conard, director of Sales Training, DMP

Any salesperson who has successfully asked for referrals knows they’re some of the most valuable leads you can get! But only 11 percent of salespeople ask their customers for them. Why so few? Mainly because they haven’t been trained on the right way to ask and they just keep missing out on a lot of easy sales. How to secure the easy sales?As a sales trainer, I teach sales professionals to always give before expecting to receive. DMP’s new Customer Referral Program creates a unique way to do exactly that. From Dealer Settings in Dealer Admin™, you can now enable Customer Referrals, which allows you to offer your current Virtual Keypad™ app users an incentive t...  Read More

DMP Entré Support & Features

October 23, 2019

By Justin Norris, product manager of Access Control, DMP

8.2 - Jan. 29th 8.3 - June 7th 8.3.1 - Sept. 9th 8.4 - Sept. 26th 8.4.1 - Early November 8.5 - Dec. 2019        Enhancement Highlights: Support for new panel firmware versions International panel support Connection to panels with cell primary comm type Performance improvements Entré database migration tool Single Sign-On To update to the newest version of Entré, see our blog post here or contact one of our Inside Sales representatives at InsideSales@DMP.com or 877-757-4367. Additional Entré information and documentation can also be found at DMP.com/Entre. These resources will assist you...  Read More

How to Maximize Your ROI: Make Sure Your Access Control System Is Integrated With Your Security System

October 22, 2019

By Justin Norris, product manager of Access Control, DMP

The more benefits your security system delivers, the more it pays for itself. Video surveillance, for instance, lets you keep an eye on your business wherever you are. Next, let’s take a look at access control and how the right system can help your bottom line. Let’s take a look: Convenience Without Compromising SecurityRelying on a lock-and-key system can compromise your security; for instance, employees may lose their keys or duplicate them. Using access credentials instead is more secure because of advanced data encryption that makes duplication nearly impossible. An access control system not only provides added security, but it also enhances your facility management capabil...  Read More

Cat-M1 Coverage Enhancement Delivers Greater Signal Amplification Where Coverage is Compromised

October 21, 2019

By Bill Dorman, Information Security Officer, SecureCom Wireless

It’s important to know that the security manufacturer you rely on has chosen the best technology to employ with their new communicators. As you may know, DMP LTE communicators for Verizon and AT&T are designed with Cat-M1 technology. What you may not realize is that every DMP module you purchase is also designed with a unique technology as part of Cat-M1 called Coverage Enhancement Mode A, and now, with the widespread deployment of LTE systems, that’s making a big difference in providing reliable service, wherever you are. In fact, in “fringe areas” where there’s poor connectivity due to high interference or poor coverage, the Coverage Enhanc...  Read More

Upgrading Interlogix Panels. Here Is How to Save Time and Money When You Convert to DMP

October 15, 2019

By Mark Hillenburg, Executive Director of Marketing, DMP

When you have an opportunity to upgrade Interlogix panels, here’s how to give your customers DMP quality and save time and money doing it.  Upgrading Interlogix WirelessThe 738T Wireless Translator, as well as the 738I ITI Wireless Expansion Module allow you to upgrade non-DMP panels without having to replace existing sensors that still work. The 738T translates low-frequency wireless transmitters — specifically 319.5 MHz used by Interlogix — to communicate with DMP’s XT Series and XR Series panels. With this one device, therefore, you can continue to use the working sensors to send supervision, alarm, tamper and low battery messages to the panel....  Read More

Selling is About Process, Not Personality

September 27, 2019

By Jack Conard, Director of Sales Training, DMP

If you’re interested in sales, there are all kinds of blogs and posts about closing techniques, how to overcome objections and on and on. I read one just the other day, in which the author gave an objection and then asked readers to send him, as fast as they could, their ways to overcome the objection and close the sale. Okay, I thought, I get it. That may be fun, but really, have you ever heard a “phrased close” and thought, “That’s it! That is the one! I have finally found the magic phrase that will close sales and make me rich?” Of course not. Because it doesn’t work that way! There really is no silver bullet, voodoo or magic phrase that casts a...  Read More

DOA vs. Repair. What Is the Difference?

September 25, 2019

By Stephen Bowen, manager of DMP Call Center

How do you know when to contact DMP Tech Support vs. the online Repair Center when sending in a product? It’s a question that comes up occasionally. To answer the question, let’s look at the two options we have in place: Advanced Replacement/Defective On Arrival (DOA): If we receive a call about a DMP product that isn’t working, we troubleshoot the problem with the technician. If the unit is, in fact, bad out of the box, we supply you with a DOA Return Authorization Number (RAN) — this allows us to send you a replacement product in advance, and then you get a credit when your return the defective one back to DMP.  Why do we require troubleshooting with DMP's ...  Read More

Are You Taking Advantage of the Entre Pre-Upgrade Checklist?

September 4, 2019

Stephen Bowen, manager of DMP Call Center

What's the best way to ensure that everything goes smoothly when your Entré certified technician arrives at your customer's location to upgrade Entré? DMP's Entré Pre-Upgrade Checklist. We have seen a dramatic increase in successful Entré upgrades since moving to the checklist and then sending you the update file — we want to be sure everyone knows about it. The checklist is available on our Entré page. Previously you downloaded Entré software upgrades directly from our website and hoped the upgrade would go well. This checklist gives you an opportunity to make sure your customer’s system has the required specifications to ...  Read More

Why You Need to Know the Date Code on Firmware Versions

August 5, 2019

Stephen Bowen, manager of DMP Call Center

If you’re confused by our firmware numbering and don't understand the importance of date codes, please allow us to explain. First, let's start with the basics: What is firmware? Firmware is the programming that gets loaded into a DMP product to allow it to function. If the product hardware was the physical brain, the firmware would be the knowledge. How is firmware identified?The version of the firmware is a three-digit number that is followed by a date code. For example, 172 4/29/19 is a firmware for the CellCom. What is a date code?A date code is the number that designates the firmware's version and what features/improvements it has. Without the date code, you won't know ...  Read More

Entry Check-In Protection: Advanced Security for Homeowners and Small Businesses

July 11, 2019

Jon Adams, director of Business Development, SecureCom Wireless

For financial institutions, retail jewelers, and other high-end businesses, the highest security technology is an absolute necessity. For more than three decades, DMP has worked with monitoring centers to deliver that. We know, for instance, that communications between those customers’ panels and their monitoring centers must be reliable and constant — our network Supervision Check-In messages guarantee that. Today, we’re using that knowledge and expertise to provide better security to homeowners and small businesses. As we continue to expand into those markets with the XT Series™ panels, particularly the popular XTLplus™ and now the...  Read More

DMP Control Panels: Designed With Network Security at the Forefront

June 7, 2019

Dave Roberts, vice president of Engineering

DMP’s proven history of using data networks for alarm panel communication began in the early 1990s with the first-ever UL High Line Security listing over data networks. Since that time, DMP has continued to improve network integration and security, making the use of data networks for alarm communication both simple and reliable. Many of the nation’s top banks and secure government facilities rely on DMP control panels and network reporting capabilities for their security needs. DMP control panels are designed with network security at the forefront. No commercial operating systems (COTS) such as Linux or Windows are used in our control panel design. This eliminates the ...  Read More

Key Dates for AT&T, Verizon 3G Network Shutdown

May 22, 2019

Jeff Britton, executive director of SecureCom Wireless

UPDATED JUNE 20 - The 3G sunsetting has begun, and LTE is here. As you know, it’s important to have a strategy to stay ahead. Here are some important dates confirmed from AT&T and Verizon to keep in mind. By 2022, both cellular carriers have confirmed their 3G networks will no longer be in service. Specifically, AT&T’s 3G/HSPA network will shut down in February 2022. Later that year, in December 2022, Verizon has confirmed it will do the same with its 3G/CDMA network. To stay ahead of the 2022 sunset, it’s time to start scheduling the replacement of CDMA or HSPA devices as you are doing service work, if you haven’t al...  Read More

How Does a VPN Make Your DMP Video Solution More Secure?

May 9, 2019

Bill Dorman, C|EH - SecureCom Wireless Information Security Officer

By Bill Dorman, C|EH - SecureCom Wireless Information Security OfficerWith breaches at an all-time high and information security under heavy scrutiny, it’s important to understand what manufacturers of your “smart” devices are doing to keep you safe. The “Internet of Things” is a term that encompasses a large subset of devices with largely varying functions. These include security systems, IP cameras, smart watches, scales, medical devices, appliances, and more. By the year 2020, it’s estimated that there will be more than 20.4 billion IoT devices online. One serious concern with IoT is how manufacturers secure (or fail to secure) the devices the...  Read More

How Secure is Your Two-Man Rule?

April 29, 2019

Aaron McGhee, product manager for DMP control panels

If you’re responsible for protecting other people’s money, you should insist on a security system that’s designed with advanced banking features built directly into the panel. Take the Two-Man Rule, for instance. Most banks implement some variant of this rule whereby two employees are required to jointly perform one action. With two different keys or two parts of a single combination, for instance, they can disarm your bank’s vault. That’s a big responsibility — so big that DMP takes it a step farther to give you more control over restricted areas without the possible cost of replacing locks.   By our standards, the Two-Man Rule, which we call Dua...  Read More

DMP Solution for Full Programming Honeywell VISTA Panels

April 9, 2019

Aaron McGhee, product manager for DMP control panels

When you need to upgrade Honeywell VISTA panels, DMP offers solutions that can make it easy to do. Our CellCom Universal Alarm Communicator, for instance, provides ECP communication with VISTA panels, giving customers the flexibility to arm, disarm, and manage their user codes, all with the powerful, industry-leading Virtual Keypad™ app. We also offer full-programming capabilities with VISTA panels. DMP's DualCom Dual Alarm Communicator can be connected to a VISTA series ECP bus, and with Remote Link™ Version 1.92 gives you the ability to program the Honeywell panel remotely using Honeywell’s Compass downloading software.  By selecting ECP Passthrough on R...  Read More

When Your Business Depends on Just the Right Temperature

December 14, 2018

Brian Crouse, Product Manager for DMP Wireless & Keypads

Does your company rely on assets that have to stay a certain temperature? If so, when temperatures rise or fall below that threshold, you know it can be the perfect invitation for financial loss due to spoilage, contamination, or major production delays. We’re here to help before that happens. Broken water pipes are another “show stopper” — in the eight hours that your business is closed, a frozen pipe that breaks can pour out as much as 5,000 gallons of water! DMP's 1115 Wireless Temperature Sensor and Flood Detector will help you avoid that costly mess. Even when your system is disarmed, this wireless sensor detects flooding, as well as unusual and extreme temper...  Read More

Does Your Business Have an Emergency Exit Solution?

November 14, 2018

Dave Rogers, Director of Sales, Western Region

By Dave Rogers, Director of Sales, Western Region If you're a business owner, you may have thought about adding sounders to the crash bars on your emergency exits inside your business. After all, for security purposes and the safety of your staff and customers, it’s smart to have an audible alert any time those doors open. But what happens if a sounder’s battery dies? Unless you or another employee manually check those batteries on a regular basis, you may not realize they’re not working until you need them! What if a thief triggers a sounder in the middle of the night after robbing your business — who will be inside to take action? Most likely, no one. This ...  Read More

Come Spring or Fall, Automatic Panel Time Updates Can Help You Save Time and Money

November 1, 2018

Stephen Bowen, Call Center Manager

By Stephen Bowen, DMP Call Center Manager It’s that time of year — time change. Typically, we get a lot of calls afterward with questions why customers' panels didn't update. This blog will help you prepare your customers’ panels for the time change and should also help identify the cause if it didn’t work. Automatic panel time updates are dependent on several factors, both on the receiver side and on the panel side. Please keep in mind that customers may prefer having cell tests weekly, monthly, or in some rare instances, no test at all. To that end, if a customer calls several days after the time change about a panel that still hasn't gotten its time update, th...  Read More

Local Communications Failure Annunciation: What is the Best Way to Meet NFPA Requirements?

October 25, 2018

Aaron McGhee, Product Manager, DMP Control Panels

Cellular alarm communicators aren’t made with keypads, nor are they designed with annunciators. But if there’s a communications failure for any reason on a fire system, the National Fire Protection Association requires the cellular communicators to sound a local annunciation. What’s the best way to comply? Here are your options.  When you’re updating an existing fire system that’s not DMP, our CellCom LTE Fire Alarm Communicator makes it easy to capture and convert Contact ID dialer signals to DMP format. Even with older panels, as long as they support Contact ID, this simple communications add-on can deliver full alarm communication via a cellular connect...  Read More

Give Your Customers the Advantage of Adaptive Technology

October 1, 2018

Aaron McGhee, Product Manager, DMP Control Panels

Whatever They're Protecting, With Adaptive Technology, Their Security System's Vital Communications Will Never Miss A Beat  "What we've got here is a failure to communicate!" That well-known line from the 1967 classic, "Cool Hand Luke," certainly wasn't referring to the shortcomings of a security system! Even so, it perfectly pinpoints why some systems fall short. Whatever they're protecting, with adaptive technology, their security system's vital communications will never miss a beat When it comes to protecting people's lives and their property, the communication between your customer's panel and your receivers has to be absolutely reliable. Not most of the time. All the...  Read More

Avoid Walking Into Danger

September 11, 2018

Brian Crouse, Product Manager for DMP Wireless & Keypads

Brian Crouse, Product Manager for DMP Wireless & Keypads Don’t risk walking into work or home and coming face-to-face with an intruder! If the keypad is red, you’ll know to stay safely outside until help  arrives. Most commercial or home security systems are designed to automatically silence an alarm after a few minutes. But if you’re not there when the alarm sounds, you could enter your home or business, not realizing someone broke in. At DMP, we’re setting a higher standard for your security. Unlike the rest, our system has a unique Red Keypad. When an alarm has been activated, the keypad’s backlight turns to red. Even if the alarm has timed...  Read More

How Do We Protect SecureCom Wireless Servers?

July 11, 2018

Bill Dorman, Technical Director, SecureCom Wireless

When customers have questions about server security and redundancy, I tell them they’re smart to ask — in today’s digital world, mobile security is something we should all be concerned about. That’s why for the security and redundancy of the servers and all of our network assets, we employ the highest standards and work only with the most highly rated data centers. If you’re like most of the customers I’ve spoken with, you’d like to know more about that.   Based on their qualifications, we’ve chosen Tier 4 data centers for the primary assets of SecureCom Wireless. Tier 4 is designed to host mission critical servers and computer systems wi...  Read More

Buy.DMP.Com Offers Advantages Only Available Online

June 1, 2018

Keith Shelby, Customer Service Supervisor

If it’s between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a weekday in Springfield, Missouri, one of our Customer Service representatives is ready to take your call. And for your convenience, we also accept orders by e-mail, fax, and through our e-commerce site for authorized DMP dealers. If you haven’t used Buy.DMP.com yet, give it a try — your Buy.DMP.com administrator can add you and anyone else who needs access. Not only does it give you the freedom to place orders at any time, day or night, but it also has these features we think you’ll especially like: Customizable TemplatesDid you know you can create templates for items you order regularly on our site? Say, for instance, you freq...  Read More

Need to Make a Return? Our Customer Repair Center Makes It Easy

May 15, 2018

Dean Virden, Quality Manager

How a company handles returns is a major part of its customers’ experience. We get that — and because we appreciate your business and your time, we’ve tried to make our return process as fast and easy as possible.   Our goal, for instance, is for all requests for product updates or repairs to be turned around in one business day. Meeting that goal has become a lot easier with our online Customer Repair Center (CRC). As you may recall, we introduced the CRC about two years ago. Now, compared to those triple carbon-copy Repair Authorization tags we used to use, it’s much easier to submit a Return Material Authorization (RMA) online through our CRC. Here’s w...  Read More

Advisory Notice: Smart-Home Services Require Equally Smart Contracts for Your Protection

May 9, 2018

Joe Hurst, Sr. Vice President, DMP

Smart-home integration — it’s what the majority of today’s consumers want. And, in our interconnected world, we have the power to integrate disparate services and solutions into our alarm systems that allow consumers to use some of the most popular home automation products. You can envision a typical scenario. For instance, you’ve installed a security system with an integration from Apple TV® that’s using the homeowners’ screen to look at their security cameras, or an Amazon Alexa® or Google Home Assistant® that arms their systems and controls their lights and locks, plus at the front door, there’s a video doorbell that lets them monitor...  Read More

SecureCom Wireless Customer Update

February 2, 2018

Jeff Britton, Executive Director SecureCom Wireless

You may have read that Verizon will no longer support 3G CDMA devices beyond Dec. 31, 2019. Read more about it here. Because of the relationship that SecureCom Wireless has with Verizon, we have received assurances that our products will have service until Dec. 31, 2022. Any SecureCom Wireless device that is activated before Dec. 31, 2019 can remain in service until Dec. 31, 2022. This will allow SecureCom Wireless users substantially more time to migrate existing devices to the next generation of cellular technology and allow you to focus on adopting these technologies for new devices. SecureCom Wireless will pre-load all CDMA units it has in stock to Verizon (including those tha...  Read More

Processor Vulnerabilities "Meltdown" and "Spectre" Present No Threat to DMP Systems

January 15, 2018

David Roberts, Vice President of Engineering

As you may have heard, two critical vulnerabilities, dubbed “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” have been reported with Intel, AMD, and certain variants of ARM processors. DMP has reviewed the list provided by Google Project Zero and was able to determine that none of the listed processors have ever been used in our products. The result of Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities is that an attacker might be able to compromise the privileged memory of a processor by exploiting the way processes run in parallel and subsequently steal any data on a system. Of the list of processors released by Google Project Zero that are impacted by these vulnerabilities, DMP only uses the ARM proc...  Read More

Life Safety Information 24 Hours a Day

December 18, 2017

Mark NeSmith, Vice President of Global Accounts

One of the primary purposes of a well-designed life safety and security system is to provide information that’s critically important, even when the system isn’t armed. For a mom who’s preparing dinner in the kitchen, for instance, imagine how important it would be for her to know if her small child has just opened the front door in the other room. With the multiple door chime feature that DMP has added just this December, there’s no guessing which door has opened.Multiple door chimes let people easily and quickly distinguish by different tones where and when a zone is opened. If it were the back door that opened, mom would know that her child can play safely in the se...  Read More

DMP Blog - OnDemand Monitoring, An All New Pay As You Go Concept

June 15, 2017

Mark Hillenburg, Executive Director of Marketing

The concept of OnDemand™ Monitoring was new when we started talking about it a couple of years ago, but it's really starting to come on. There is not a month that goes by that I don’t see something in an industry magazine about OnDemand Monitoring or something similar. I think that it’s really coming from the concept that there, again, is a certain segment of the population that does not want to sign long-term contracts.  This segment may overlap the DIY market somewhat, but there is also some traction here with traditional customers and what the industry is calling MIY, or Monitor-It-Yourself. Karyn Hodgson, Senior Editor, of SDM Magazine writes in the 2017 State o...  Read More

DMP Blog - Home Automation Integration

May 8, 2017

Mark Hillenburg, Executive Director of Marketing

I’ve been in this industry for almost 25 years and Home Automation--Smart homes--now IoT has been "the next big thing" for that whole time. I think its time is actually here!   Let's look at some numbers.  Parks & Associates reports that "~25% of US homes with broadband have a security system and ~21% of those are professionally monitored.” That also has been the number for the last 20+ years. They also report that for those with an alarm system, 65% say they plan to buy a smart home device within the next year. For years multiple studies have shown that Safety & Security is the number one driver of Smart Home Device adoption, and from multipl...  Read More

DMP Blog - Manufactured in U.S.A. with U.S. and Global Components

March 15, 2017

Mark Hillenburg, Executive Director of Marketing

“Made in the USA” is something you rarely see today. More and more products are made elsewhere. But there is much confusion about the use of the phrase "Made in the USA.” What that means to most of us is contrasted by its very strict definition by the Federal Trade Commission. Although we manufacture all of our products at our factory in Springfield, Missouri, many of the components that we use are not indigenous to the U.S. and therefore come from around the globe. To that end, when you purchase DMP products, you'll see "Manufactured in U.S.A. with U.S. and Global Components" printed on them. With enough of our components made globally, the phrase we must adhere...  Read More

DMP Blog - Increase Your Sales by Using Auto-Programming Panels

March 6, 2017

Jim Hawthorne, Director of Sales - Eastern Regions

At a recent conference I attended, two questions prodded a group of alarm dealers from all parts of the United States.  The first question was, “What do you need to double your business in the next three years?” The second question was, “What are your biggest concerns about your business today?” The number one answer to BOTH questions was the same:  Staff.  We need qualified people on my team in sales and installations but also adequate training, getting new hires up to speed quickly and retaining talented people. If owners of alarm companies from various regions of our nation all have the same issues, it stands to reason that our industry has some ...  Read More

DMP Blog - Earn 18 Percent on the Money You Spend at DMP

January 3, 2017

Chris Stange, CFO

Earning interest on your money is always a good idea. It’s the basis of how banks work and wealth is built. When you buy items on credit, interest is a factor. A supplier offers an option that many people overlook. That option is the 1% Net 10 days you often see as part of the terms of your credit agreement. One of the things I like about my job is my conversations with dealers about how to save money or be more efficient. THIS option is one of the most overlooked, yet most lucrative tips I can give. DMP is one of those creditors that offers these two payment terms options: Net 30 or 1% Net 10. Net 30 means you pay the full balance of your invoice within 30 days. But is that ...  Read More

DMP Blog - Why Does Free Freight Matter?

December 29, 2016

Chris Stange, CFO

I often get to have conversations with dealers about a variety of topics, but many times the subject of their account comes up and ways to save money on items they buy from us. There are a few ways that we can save dealers money, and I thought I would spend some time writing about those ideas here on the new DMP blog. In this recent study I was reading, Transportation Accounting: How Understanding Transportation and Freight Costs Leads to Strategic Thinking and More Profitable Business, it estimated freight costs between two and three percent of the total cost of an item. Of course, cost varies widely with the weight of items. Another study I read suggested that freight in the technology...  Read More

The Dream of Building the Best Panel in the World

November 16, 2016

David Peebles, VP of Organizational Development

Atlas Security Service is where Rick got his start in the industry and where his dream of building the best panel in the world began.  After working in all areas of Atlas, and upon returning to Springfield after college, Rick approached his father, Marvin Britton and then-owner of Atlas, with a big idea.  Rick thought they could design and build alarm equipment that fit Atlas better than what was available on the market.  Marvin agreed, and DMP was born. In 1975, Rick and Marvin Britton took a multiplex alarm panel that Rick had designed to the NBFAA convention in Las Vegas.  That was the official beginning for DMP.  But DMP’s roots in the alarm industry go ba...  Read More

DMP Blog - Why Does DMP Need a Blog?

November 11, 2016

Mark Hillenburg, Executive Director of Marketing

You may be asking yourself why DMP needs a blog. Probably a good question. Part of my responsibility is to promote our products and protect our brand. As a long-time DMP employee, I think the company has an interesting story and a great culture. As for the leadership position we enjoy within the alarm industry and for our many well-respected alarm dealers, to that end, we occasionally need a place to talk about our position on industry issues. In part, sharing some of our culture with customers helps us all understand how and why we do things. Although we have a full list of White Papers and Case Studies and other content, sometimes a topic does not require such formality. So, today we are...  Read More

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