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Keith Jentoft

Keith Jentoft

Keith Jentoft is president of RSI Video Technologies. Jentoft pioneered the development of Videofied wireless alarm systems for indoor and outdoor applications. He is also involved as partner liaison with the nonprofit PPVAR (Partnership for Priority Video Alarm Response) – a public/private partnership founded to link the alarm industry with the other stakeholders in property crime, especially the insurance industry. Jentoft is active in the National Sheriffs Association and the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a featured speaker at many of the state and local police chiefs conferences.

Jentoft has spent more than 20 years introducing European technology to the U.S. market, growing companies from $3 million to $200 million in eight years. Jentoft introduced acoustic authentication for voice and IT networks with applications in banking and telephone transaction systems and holds several patents in related technologies. As president of RSI Video Technologies, Jentoft is responsible for the Videofied product line, which won the “Best of Show” as well as the “Best Intrusion Detector” and “Best Wireless Alarm System” at the industry’s largest trade show. Jentoft developed Videofied as the technology leader in outdoor security, protecting remote assets using cordless/wireless video alarm systems.

PPVAR brings together all the stakeholders in property crime, with board members from: the IACP (International Association of Police Chiefs); NSA (National Sheriffs Association); NICB (National Insurance Crime Bureau), representing 1,100 property/casualty insurers; and most of the largest alarm companies, including Protection1, Diebold and Stanley. The PPVAR project is delivering arrest rates of more than 50% and reducing insurance losses.


For more on video-verified alarms, see this cover article by Keith Jentoft in National Academy Associate: The Magazine of the FBI National Academy Associates.

Recent Articles by Keith Jentoft

Verified Burglar Alarms Reduce Losses

At a recent International Security Conference (ISC) law enforcement seminar, Chief Chris Vinson of the Texas Police Chiefs Association explained why verified burglar alarms work better: “We will give [them] the priority response [they] deserve. We will arrive on the scene in time to make an arrest. And making those arrests [is] what it is […]

‘Smart’ Homes Can Have Stupid Features

Do people want faster response by the police to a burglar alarm, or do they want lights they can control remotely? That is a core question that the alarm industry faces as it undergoes seismic changes. Does the alarm industry sell security, including fast response by police, or does it sell the “connected” home? Many […]

Video Alarms Go Mainstream

Video is now the most popular “option” on alarm systems, a fundamental change for the alarm business. Viewing cameras on a smartphone, known as “self-surveillance,” became a standard feature for all but the most basic burglar alarms.  Now, video is actually being delivered to the central station during an alarm event.  This is the next […]

Copper Theft Solution Reduces Claims For Construction Sites

Copper theft presents a significant challenge for loss control. Unlike other property crimes where “recovery” goes a long way toward mitigating the loss, such as the recovery of a stolen car in an auto theft, the recovery of the stolen copper seldom impacts the size of the claim. Copper theft is different because the damage […]

Video Verified Alarms And Priority Response – How Does It Work?

Traditional burglar alarms have lost much of their value as a tool for loss control, but video alarms are taking their place. Police response to burglar alarms is degrading and in many cases police departments have stopped responding to traditional alarms unless they are verified. Millions of traditional alarm systems have created an enormous problem, […]

Resurrecting "Modern" Loss Control from the Past

Once upon a time, alarms detected burglars, officers responded and police made arrests. Underwriters depended on “loss control with a badge.” In fact, underwriters created the security industry in the early 1900s when they wired a problem Boston bank that then alerted the nearby telegraph office of a burglary. Police arrested the burglars and prevented […]

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