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From Seed to Sale: Securing a Cannabis Operation Poses Unique Challenges

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The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing verticals in the United States, offering a variety of opportunities for businesses seeking to capitalize on continued state deregulation. Amid global shutdowns, shelter-in-place orders, loss of jobs and the ever-present threat of illness, cannabis sales skyrocketed in 2020. A study conducted by Leafly using state tax and…

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Touchless Entry Is Here to Stay: How Modifications to Building Access Promote Both Security and Safety

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, including how people interact and perform their jobs and even how buildings are designed. The goal of all these changes? Reducing human-to-human contact and, thus, slowing or stopping the spread of the virus. As a result, businesses are challenged to…

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The Impact of Emotions on Corporate Crisis Management

How emotions are changing the security requirements for corporations and the security professionals charged with mitigating risk Emotions have significantly increased the security requirements for corporations and the security professionals charged with mitigating risk. Moreover, with the increase in protests, socially driven change and the increased influences by outside entities, these risks continue to evolve.…

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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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What the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Means for Security and Life Safety Companies

Dear Security Industry Association (SIA) members, On Nov. 15, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. This infrastructure bill is the most significant U.S. investment in infrastructure in decades and includes $550 billion in funding far above baseline for many existing highway, transit, rail and other programs. SIA commends the president…

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Security Policy Brief: How a Proposed Houston Electrical Code Would Harm Integrators and Installers

In this video, learn about how a proposed amendment to Houston’s electrical code provisions would limit the work done by low-voltage workers and how SIA is engaging on behalf of members on this issue. The Houston Public Works Department has proposed an amendment to the City of Houston 2020 Administrative Code Provisions for the National…

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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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Solving Business Challenges With Computer Vision: Artificial Intelligence Technologies Will Soon Be Transformative

Alan Turing is considered to be a founding pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI), dating back to the 1940s. The role of AI, in particular computer vision, has dramatically increased since then, in part because of the overwhelming amount of digital and visual data in our daily lives. Computer vision is one of the most advanced…

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Relevant Security Technologies Under the American Rescue Plan Act

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In this video, get an overview of which safety and security solutions fall into allowable uses under ARP and CARES Act funding. On April 28, the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted Part 1 of the 2021 SIA GovSummit, the nation’s premier government security conference connecting government, security and technology. This daylong virtual conference featured insights…

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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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How the Latest National Defense Authorization Act Impacts the Security Industry

On Dec. 27, 2021, President Biden signed the FY22 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), legislation that annually authorizes federal funding for various programs under the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and its service branches – the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force. Prior to its enactment, the Security Industry Association (SIA) circulated a support letter…

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Why Hostile Vehicle Incidents Can’t Be Ignored

With a clear pattern of incidents, here’s why cities must pay attention – and what SIA is doing to drive awareness The road to Waukesha, Wisconsin, runs from Santa Monica, California.  It runs from Stillwater,  Oklahoma.  It runs from Austin, Texas, and Charlottesville, Virginia. The road runs from New York City and New Orleans, Louisiana. …

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Congress Passes Bill Requiring FCC to Limit New Authorizations for Chinese Equipment, Prohibiting Revocation

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Updated Oct. 29, 2021 On Oct. 20, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3919, the Secure Equipment Act of 2021, in a nearly unanimous vote. The bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Steve Scalise (R-La.) and Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.,) would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules it recently proposed prohibiting “equipment…

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Solving Business Challenges With Computer Vision: Artificial Intelligence Technologies Will Soon Be Transformative

Alan Turing is considered to be a founding pioneer of artificial intelligence (AI), dating back to the 1940s. The role of AI, in particular computer vision, has dramatically increased since then, in part because of the overwhelming amount of digital and visual data in our daily lives. Computer vision is one of the most advanced…

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A Smarter, Safer Approach to Hospital Security

Hospital security is tricky. A medical center should be a place of healing and provide a welcoming atmosphere, but the reality is that hospitals and medical campuses create environments that are difficult to monitor and secure and regularly experience violence. Hospital security teams have a tough job – provide a safe environment, while largely remaining…

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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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SIA Tech Brief: When Should Artificial Intelligence, Convoluted Neural Networks and Deep Neural Networks Be Used in Public Safety?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is useful when applied to a given practice area like the recognition of known cyber intrusion attack profiles, for a market such as utilities, in a given global geographic region, over an identified cybersecurity program’s useful lifespan. When the first manned landing on Mars occurs, should human “common sense” be trusted over AI-based…

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Why Hostile Vehicle Incidents Can’t Be Ignored

With a clear pattern of incidents, here’s why cities must pay attention – and what SIA is doing to drive awareness The road to Waukesha, Wisconsin, runs from Santa Monica, California.  It runs from Stillwater,  Oklahoma.  It runs from Austin, Texas, and Charlottesville, Virginia. The road runs from New York City and New Orleans, Louisiana. …

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Planning and Preparation in Protecting Buildings Against Unrest

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In this video, learn about the importance of planning in protecting public buildings and preparing to manage incidents of violent civil unrest. On April 28, the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted Part 1 of the 2021 SIA GovSummit, the nation’s premier government security conference connecting government, security and technology. This daylong virtual conference featured insights…

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Video Intercoms in a Post-Pandemic World: How Residential Security Systems Have Taken On New Functions

During the past year and a half, our homes have become much more than living spaces. They are schools, gyms, workspaces and so much more. Investing in a comprehensive security solution is as important as ever, and providers and integrators should be ready to discuss a system that not only enhances security but also offers…

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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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Applying Indoor Positioning Systems: A Primer for Integrators and Security Specialists

This paper reports on modern indoor positioning system (IPS) technologies that utilize personal smart mobile devices, or non-personal non-smart mobile devices (object tags and beacons),for purposes of locating and tracking people and objects. The greatest attention is given to technologies that incorporate smartphones. Smartphones are of special interest to IPS manufacturers, because smartphone users are…

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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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