Through the SIA Public Safety Working Group, SIA develops recommendations to improve the safety, security, and sustainability of cities and communities using technology. SIA serves as the voice of the security industry in appropriate adoption and deployment of security tech alongside active practitioners in police, fire, emergency medical services and other disciplines.

SIA Perimeter Security Symposium, October 2022
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Event Report: SIA’s Capitol Hill Symposium on Perimeter Security

Government and industry met to identify challenges in hardening of facilities and public spaces At the Security Industry Association (SIA) Capitol Hill Symposium on Perimeter Security in Washington, D.C., on October 27, 2022, industry and government connected to explore threats to safety and the share information on the evolution of technology to secure facilities and…

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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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Virginia’s New Rules for Facial Recognition and What They Mean

Updated May 6, 2022 On April 27, 2022, S.B. 741 was enacted in Virginia, replacing the state’s complete ban on local law enforcement use of facial recognition technology with the most stringent law in the country regulating its use.  Introduced by Virginia Delegate Jay Leftwich (R-Chesapeake) and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Fairfax), the measure to establish…

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ISC West 2022 Keynote: Sheriff Michael J. Bouchard, Oakland County, Michigan
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ISC West Keynote Speaker Michael Bouchard Shares Lessons Learned From Active Shooter Response & Recovery

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Bouchard, sheriff of Oakland County, Michigan, discusses the top challenges he’s faced in his public safety career, investing in security technology and how law enforcement is addressing workforce development. ISC West is coming up March 22-25 in Las Vegas, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC West have revealed full conference details for the SIA Education@ISC…

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$25 Million in New Grant Funding Established for Safety and Security Barriers

As part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, Congress secured funding to protect pedestrians from vehicle attacks. The ongoing threat to public safety in crowded spaces, special events and street venues has received notice in H.R. 3684, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was signed into law by President Biden in November 2021.…

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

Steve Surfaro of SURFARO LLC is chair of the SIA Public Safety Working Group. 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…

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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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