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Coming Soon: Security Trends Research on the Commercial Real Estate Sector From SIA’s Proptech Advisory Board

The Security Industry Association (SIA) Proptech Advisory Board (PTAB) is excited to announce that we will be introducing a first-of-its-kind report focused on security solutions trends in the proptech and commercial real estate sector. We’ve enlisted CREtech – a company with extensive experience in proptech and commercial real estate that offers research, events and the largest international…

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Making the Case for a Systems Approach to Ballistic Security

In Bullet-Resistant Systems, Key Components Come Together to Build Something Greater For those unfamiliar with ballistic security, it would be easy to assume the process is as simple as a single piece of bullet-resistant glass. The terms themselves – “ballistic”, “bulletproof” and “bullet-resistant” – tend to inspire confidence, and the average person may not be…

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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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Making the Case for a Systems Approach to Ballistic Security

In Bullet-Resistant Systems, Key Components Come Together to Build Something Greater For those unfamiliar with ballistic security, it would be easy to assume the process is as simple as a single piece of bullet-resistant glass. The terms themselves – “ballistic”, “bulletproof” and “bullet-resistant” – tend to inspire confidence, and the average person may not be…

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SIA GovSummit Tackles Top Issues in Perimeter Security and Combating New and Enhanced Threats

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The Security Industry Association put together an excellent industry/government/researcher event in the form of the 2022 SIA GovSummit, held May 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Pulling together more than 50 speakers on dozens of topics, this year’s GovSummit featured presentations on standards, budget trends, new initiatives and all manner of topics covering everything from how SIA can…

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The Still Essential 90-Year-Old Technology: Radar Can Do What Visual Security Solutions Alone Cannot

Since 1934, when radio detection and ranging was introduced to the U.S. military, radar has added value to numerous applications across a wide range of industries. Utilizing microwaves to determine the range, angle and velocity of objects, radar’s dynamic ability to map human and vehicle movement and deliver early warnings of intruder activity has made…

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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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SIA and ESA Express Support for the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act

The Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) are part of a community of security professionals unified by the mission of keeping people and property safe. Following inexplicable and senseless school security tragedies that occur far too often in this nation, most recently in Uvalde, Texas, we commit ourselves to support reasonable…

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SIA Expresses Concerns on Use of Classroom Door Barricade Devices in Schools

There have long been questions in jurisdictions across the country regarding classroom door barricade devices. Typically designed to be installed on classroom doors during a lockdown in addition to the existing, code-compliant locking hardware, these devices are tempting solutions for schools because they seem to address the perceived immediate need for additional security. But there…

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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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Making the Case for a Systems Approach to Ballistic Security

In Bullet-Resistant Systems, Key Components Come Together to Build Something Greater For those unfamiliar with ballistic security, it would be easy to assume the process is as simple as a single piece of bullet-resistant glass. The terms themselves – “ballistic”, “bulletproof” and “bullet-resistant” – tend to inspire confidence, and the average person may not be…

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SIA GovSummit Tackles Top Issues in Perimeter Security and Combating New and Enhanced Threats

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The Security Industry Association put together an excellent industry/government/researcher event in the form of the 2022 SIA GovSummit, held May 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Pulling together more than 50 speakers on dozens of topics, this year’s GovSummit featured presentations on standards, budget trends, new initiatives and all manner of topics covering everything from how SIA can…

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Security Industry Association Reveals Keynote Speakers for 2022 GovSummit

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Experts from federal and local government and in counterterrorism advocacy will share insights at SIA’s public policy and government security technology conference May 24-25 in Washington, D.C. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced a lineup of three expert keynote speakers for the 2022 SIA GovSummit, SIA’s annual public policy and government security…

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Integrating Technologies, Security and Privacy: Hospital Security Systems Must Do More Than Lock Doors and Record Video

Health care facilities are faced with a considerable number of challenges. The responsibility to balance security with a welcoming and therapeutic environment demands a unique approach that involves security leaders, the IT department and the C-suite. Paramount to this idea is executing a multilayered strategy that includes creative security solutions, staff safety training and the…

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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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U.S. States and Cities Rethinking Bans, Setting Rules for Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

On April 27, 2022, a bill was enacted in Virginia to replace the state’s complete ban on local law enforcement use of facial recognition technology with a comprehensive set of rules for its use. Virginia is only the latest and largest jurisdiction where policymakers are rethinking blanket bans and seeking to establish guardrails ensuring the…

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Leveraging AI for People Screening: Millimeter Wave Tech and Deep Learning Can Produce Effective, Automated Virtual Searches

Despite advancements in security technologies across nearly every industry, options for screening people have largely remained the same for more than a decade. People screening for loss prevention, data center security, high-value manufacturing, event security and other use cases generally relies upon low-tech and personnel-intensive measures like physical searches, pat-downs and metal detection systems. Some…

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Examples of Successful Use of Facial Recognition in Virginia

As demonstrated throughout its 30+-year history of development, facial recognition technology offers tremendous benefits to society when used effectively and responsibly. The benefits of facial recognition are proven and growing, through a wide range of vastly different applications. For example, in the United States, the technology has been used for more than a decade to detect…

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Pandemic Changes in Building Access Are Here to Stay: Moving Toward Mobile Access and Touchless Sensors

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Security in multitenant buildings and condominium complexes has been evolving for many years. Property managers continuously look for ways to ensure the safety and security of individual living spaces, as well as common and shared areas, and the events of the past two years increased the already existing demand for comprehensive and efficient access control…

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SIA GovSummit Tackles Top Issues in Perimeter Security and Combating New and Enhanced Threats

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The Security Industry Association put together an excellent industry/government/researcher event in the form of the 2022 SIA GovSummit, held May 25-26 in Washington, D.C. Pulling together more than 50 speakers on dozens of topics, this year’s GovSummit featured presentations on standards, budget trends, new initiatives and all manner of topics covering everything from how SIA can…

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The Unique Benefits of CCTV Towers: Overt Security Has Its Advantages

Retailers have had cameras, both inside and outside their stores, since the VCR made it economical. Traditionally, the cameras have been hidden in corners, mounted on light poles, or attached to the sides of buildings. But that is changing. Now when visiting retailers, customers might actually notice the cameras because they are not subtly installed…

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Leveraging AI for People Screening: Millimeter Wave Tech and Deep Learning Can Produce Effective, Automated Virtual Searches

Despite advancements in security technologies across nearly every industry, options for screening people have largely remained the same for more than a decade. People screening for loss prevention, data center security, high-value manufacturing, event security and other use cases generally relies upon low-tech and personnel-intensive measures like physical searches, pat-downs and metal detection systems. Some…

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The Still Essential 90-Year-Old Technology: Radar Can Do What Visual Security Solutions Alone Cannot

Since 1934, when radio detection and ranging was introduced to the U.S. military, radar has added value to numerous applications across a wide range of industries. Utilizing microwaves to determine the range, angle and velocity of objects, radar’s dynamic ability to map human and vehicle movement and deliver early warnings of intruder activity has made…

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