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Capitol Hill Symposium on Vehicular Terrorism: Highlights From SIA’s Second Annual Event on Hostile Vehicle Attacks

On Oct. 17, the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted a free symposium on preventing vehicular terrorism. This event, held at the Reserve Officers Association on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., brought together policymakers, federal agency personnel, state and local government leaders, public safety personnel, project designers, security industry solution and service providers, and other stakeholders…

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SIA and NCS4 to Present Scott Dunn With 2019 Sports Security Innovator Award

Dunn to Be Honored for Innovation in Solving Sports Safety and Security Challenges SILVER SPRING, Md. – The National Center for Spectator Sport Safety and Security (NCS4) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) have named Scott Dunn – senior director of business development, solutions and services for Axis Communications, Inc. – as the 2019 recipient of…

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ISC West Session Preview: The Stadium of the Future

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ISC West 2019 is quickly approaching! In addition to great networking, special events and new products and technologies, attendees have access to 85+ top-quality training sessions through SIA Education@ISC. One key session to add to your calendar: The Stadium of the Future on Thursday, April 11! This session seeks to share the latest updates and findings regarding…

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Now Available: Spring 2018 SIA Technology Insights Journal

SIA’s Technology Insights journal for Spring 2018 is available for you to read or download. Written by SIA members and providing vendor-neutral analysis of emerging technology applications, the Fall 2017 edition takes on emerging topic areas of unmanned security solutions with a strong emphasis on drones and robotics.

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3 Smart City Technologies Improving Security and Transportation

Smart cities offer solutions to our greatest urban challenges. Rising crime rates, traffic congestion and inefficient utility use are all issues that smart cities seek to address. For these metropolises, the goal is to gather both real-time information and trends over time that can inform business, operations and tactical decisions. There are several factors driving…

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New Member Profile: Synectics

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New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Synectics, founded in 1987 as a surveillance technology research and development house, designs end-to-end integrated security and surveillance solutions for challenging environments in the banking, critical infrastructure, gaming, oil and gas, transportation, marine and public space markets. The company – headquartered in the United Kingdom and with offices throughout…

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Securing New Ground Panel to Highlight Shift From Smart Cities to Conscious Cities

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It’s almost time for Securing New Ground (SNG), the annual executive conference  hosted by the Security Industry Association (SIA), and we’re looking forward to an exciting lineup of discussions on the security business trends that matter most. In one of the event’s featured discussions – The Smart City of the Future Will Be Conscious – a…

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The SIA Center of Excellence helps organizations keep at the forefront of ever-changing market demands by fostering knowledge and expertise among employees, contractors and clients. This online repository of vendor-neutral, vetted information includes on-demand training courses, e-learning modules, webinars, articles and more.

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SchoolSafety.gov Endorses the PASS K-12 School Safety Guidelines

This month, the U.S. departments of Education, Health & Human Services, Homeland Security and Justice launched the website SchoolSafety.gov, a new one-stop clearinghouse for resources to help K-12 administrators, educators, parents and law enforcement prepare for and address threats related to school safety, security and support. The site features the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) school…

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Higher Security for Higher Education: Achieving Safe, Secure Learning Environments

Securing college campuses requires strategy, collaboration and integration On April 30, 2019, two students were killed and four others were injured in a shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. On May 7, a Savannah State University student was injured in a residence hall shooting. And while mass shootings rightfully demand the nation’s…

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Lead the Industry: Volunteer for Technology Committees

SIA volunteers lead many committees focused on security solutions, including access, intrusion, video and more. The power of being involved is that you’re shaping the industry and staying ahead of the curve. Interested? We want you.

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UPDATE: New Compliance Deadline for Sec. 889 (a)(1)(B) – Sept. 30, 2020

On Aug. 12, U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) John Ratcliffe issued a memorandum to the U.S Department of Defense (DOD) granting a waiver to the prohibitions listed in Section 889 (a)(1)(B) of the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Citing national security interests in the context of DOD procurement, DNI Ratcliffe exercised existing authorities…

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Here’s What NDAA Section 889 Really Means for Federal Grants

New Federal Regulation Answers Key Questions on How Section 889 Applies to Federal Grant Funds The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finalized its update to rules that apply to all federal grant recipients; the update, among other provisions, implements National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Section 889 procurement restrictions on certain Chinese telecommunications and…

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SIA Position: Government Should Delay Implementation of NDAA Section 889 Part B

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Prohibition on certain Chinese video surveillance and telecom equipment expected to cost contractors more than $80 billion to fully implement; many questions still remain unanswered Following the release of the interim rule Friday, July 10, 2020 (read the Security Industry Association’s (SIA’s) preliminary analysis here), it is now clearer than ever that implementation of “Part…

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State Bills on the Move Enabling Use of Security Technology to Protect Students, Children and the Elderly

Lawmakers in Hawaii (HI HB 736), Minnesota (MN HF 146/SF 11), Missouri (MO HB 719), North Dakota (ND SB 2113) and South Dakota (SD HB 1268) have all introduced legislation that would require nursing homes and assisted living facilities to allow residents and their families to install video surveillance and electronic monitoring equipment in their…

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Ensuring Connectivity to Enhance Security

I recently conducted an interview with security industry veteran Michael Kemp about connectivity issues for the Security Industry Association (SIA). Many people may be familiar with initiatives, such as FirstNet, which bring public safety systems into the Internet of Things through a single wireless broadband connection. Still, they may not understand the other wireless options…

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Capitol Hill Symposium on Vehicular Terrorism: Highlights From SIA’s Second Annual Event on Hostile Vehicle Attacks

On Oct. 17, the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted a free symposium on preventing vehicular terrorism. This event, held at the Reserve Officers Association on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., brought together policymakers, federal agency personnel, state and local government leaders, public safety personnel, project designers, security industry solution and service providers, and other stakeholders…

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SIA-Supported Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Bill Passes U.S. House of Representatives

H.R. 1618 will provide assistance for purchasing and installing residential carbon monoxide detectors. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives’ passing of H.R. 1618, the Nicholas and Zachary Burt Memorial Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2019 – a bipartisan bill sponsored by Rep. Ann Kuster (D-N.H.). SIA…

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Does True Crime Content Lead to Better Security?

Many Americans are apparently worried about life imitating art that recreates life. A major residential security company recently found in a survey of 1,001 consumers of true crime content that 69 percent think the events they watch or read about could happen to their families, prompting them to take countermeasures such as checking locks and…

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The Security Buzz: March 2, 2018

Industry News The Security Industry Association (SIA), PSA Security Network and ISC Security Events opened registration for Cyber:Secured Forum. This inaugural event will feature top experts on cyber-hardening of security systems, cyberstandards and global cybercrime on June 4-6 in Denver, Colorado. MONI Smart Security announced an exclusive, long-term trademark licensing agreement with The Brink’s Company,…

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SIA Supports Common Sense Alarm Legislation in Maryland

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The Security Industry Association (SIA) recently testified in support of two bills before the Maryland General Assembly—Maryland House Bill (HB) 645 and Maryland HB 1117. Maryland’s HB 645 would update long-outdated local regulations by providing a statewide exemption for wireless, low-voltage alarm systems from electrical permitting requirements. These requirements were established when wired systems were…

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How Video, Big Data and Analytics Are Providing Insights and Driving Efficiency in the Retail Sector

It’s no secret that the retail industry is growing more competitive by the day as brick-and-mortar store owners attempt to hold their own against online behemoths offering reduced prices and fast shipping. In this environment, customer experience is becoming increasingly intertwined with sales. Thanks to recent advancements in video capture and data management, retailers are…

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Technology Recommendations for Incident Monitoring and Investigations in Retail

The Security Industry Association’s Public Safety Working Group and Retail Security Interest Group have collaborated to develop detailed information on recommended technologies supporting incident monitoring and investigations in the retail sector. Here you will find a list of security solutions aiming to improve security for retail owners and assist law enforcement in conducting investigations against petty…

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A Solution to Funding Security Needs of American Airports

While many assume U.S. airports are funded primarily through taxpayer dollars, the truth is that it is a combination of local user-fees called the Passenger Facility Charges (PFC) and airport-generated revenue from tenant rents and fees, in addition to federal grants through the Federal Aviation Administration’s Airport Improvement Program. Airports often turn to capital markets…

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