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LIMA — Vendors hoping to help keep schools, homes and businesses safe hawked their products Tuesday in Lima at the "Preservation of Life and Property" expo at the Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

Isaac Duniton, director of Perry proTechDigital Computerized Observation Product Services, said schools are calling out for help to keep their students safe. His division worked with schools to figure out how to use technology schools may already have to keep students safe.

"What can we do to better leverage what schools already have? If they have plans for emergencies, what are they and how can schools find better solutions for school security?” Duniton said.

The goal is protection of students and sharing of knowledge. Duniton said this is why Tuesday's event was free to the public. Perry proTech and the Allen County Sheriff’s Office sponsored the public event, which featured 20 vendors representing physical and network security solutions. The event coincided with Gov. John Kasich's speech in Lima later Tuesday at the Civic Center.

KathyVogler, director of marketing at Perry proTech, said the vendors had solutions for a wide range of products, both for homes and businesses “using computers, iPads, and pretty much everything.” She said she hoped the event could become an annual one.

Local vendor Custom Audio Concepts, of Lima, was at the event partnering with Perry proTech, offering a home security product called 2Gig.

Nate Gast, of Custom Audio Concepts, said the product offers home and business security that you can control directly from your smartphone, including control of lights and heat.

“If you leave your curling iron on, you can turn off that specific outlet from your phone," Gast said. "Virtually anything you can think of, you can use your smartphone to control.”

The service also used a third party called Central Station, which in case of fire or theft can call first responders immediately.

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