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Introduction to Cloud-Based Access Systems

As the security industry expands to keep up with modern businesses’ needs, new technology is modernizing and improving access control. While current access control solutions are still satisfactory for many companies, cloud-based access control systems are steadily growing in popularity. Many access control experts are predicting a sharp increase in the number of customers who…

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Overview of Access Control Systems

Basic Access Control Access control is modernizing security for businesses everywhere. As companies grow and expand, it becomes more important for them to develop complex security systems that are still easy to use. Access control can solve these issues and streamline daily processes that often cause unnecessary headaches in the workplace. This article will provide…

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Women in Security Invited to Write for SIA Technology Insights

Fall 2018 issue of SIA Technology Insights Journal to be entirely female authored.

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Audio for Alarm Verification

Police departments across the nation have become overwhelmed by false alarms triggered by malfunctioning security systems. According to city statistics, of the 62,500 alarms the Memphis Police Department responded to in 2016, 99.2 percent were deemed to be false, as reported by Security Sales & Integration. In the end, it amounted to $1.7 million and…

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Offering More With Your Security Installs

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Most dealers are familiar wireless intrusion detection devices – motion detectors and door/window transmitters, and the like – and understand the advantages of wireless. Because wireless eliminates the labor costs running of cable and trenching, the economic advantages are clear. Likewise, wireless avoids the difficulties presented by traditional hardwiring. Wireless devices can be simply mounted…

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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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There are many opportunities to contribute independent, non-commercial content to SIA’s online Knowledge Center as well as to our blog and to our SIA Technology Insights journal.

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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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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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Robot Evolution: How Security Robots Can Enhance Security Programs

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New technologies are enhancing the security teamwork between man and machine In many industries, the introduction of machine learning, computer vision and robotics is changing the paradigm of security and facility management. Robots are more than a compilation of sensors and computation. They offer both innovation and adaptability, and they are, quite literally, computers that…

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Observe and Report: Considerations for Evaluating Drone Detection Systems

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Identifying and locating drones and their pilots can mitigate threats Consumer-grade unmanned aerial systems (UAS), also known as drones, promise to enhance lives and operations in significant ways. As with many new technologies, though, safety and privacy concerns abound. Inexpensive and widely available, drones flown by clueless or careless pilots can create public safety hazards.…

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Security Matters Podcast Episode 3: Here Come the Robots

In episode 3 of the Security Matters podcast, the Security Industry Association (securityindustry.org) speaks with experts in the fields of using robots for security applications. These companies, including Cobalt Robotics and Robotics Assistance Devices, discuss the challenges of putting robots in commercial environments, how such technology can be used to work with existing guard forces,…

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Why SIA Opposes Massachusetts’ Far-Reaching Facial Recognition Technology Prohibition Bill

Massachusetts’ Joint Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on Oct. 22, 2019, to consider S. 1385/H. 1538, an extreme ban on facial recognition technology prohibiting any government entity or employee at the state and local level throughout the commonwealth from “acquiring, accessing or using the technology or any information derived from it by another…

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SIA and Other Organizations Urge Congress to Consider Facts and Benefits of Facial Recognition

Groups outline concerns with blanket prohibitions or moratoriums on the technology, citing beneficial uses for public safety, national security and fighting fraud. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) – as part of a coalition of  organizations and trade associations – has issued a letter to Congress outlining its concerns regarding potential bans on…

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Winners Announced for the 2019 Women in Biometrics Awards

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The Security Industry Association and SecureIDNews will honor four female leaders in biometrics and security for their contributions at SIA GovSummit in Washington, D.C. SILVER SPRING, Md. – Four distinguished leaders in the biometric identity and security industry have been selected as the winners of the 2019 Women in Biometrics Awards, co-founded by the Security…

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Introduction to Cloud-Based Access Systems

As the security industry expands to keep up with modern businesses’ needs, new technology is modernizing and improving access control. While current access control solutions are still satisfactory for many companies, cloud-based access control systems are steadily growing in popularity. Many access control experts are predicting a sharp increase in the number of customers who…

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Moving to the Cloud: Key Questions for Integrators to Ask Cloud Providers

Off-premises solutions can provide multiple advantages to integrators When systems integrators embrace cloud technology, they enable a long-term solution that allows a transitional approach with many options available to customers. While preparing an integration business to provide cloud services for video, access control and other solutions can be a challenging and uncomfortable transformation, it is…

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All in One Security: Introducing the Intelligent Security Operations Center

An intelligent security operations center can enhance situational awareness and effectiveness The threat landscape is changing rapidly, becoming more sophisticated and complex with each incident. Those responsible for keeping people, property and assets safe need a comprehensive and cohesive approach to security. To protect what matters most, organizations of all sizes and industries must take…

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New Member Profile: Crotega

New Security Industry Association (SIA) member Crotega – based in Minneapolis, Minnesota – was started after the Sandy Hook shooting by founder and CEO Jody Allen Crowe. As a former school administrator who had spent 25 years in school buildings, most of that time in high-risk schools, Crowe saw the need to protect school children…

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SIA Explains Tax Incentives for Security and Fire Protection Systems in New Fact Sheet

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The Security Industry Association (SIA) today released a fact sheet, “New Tax Incentives for Security and Fire Protection Systems,” to explain how new U.S. tax reforms allow many businesses to deduct the full cost of security and fire protection systems as an expense for the tax year in which they are placed in service. Under…

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SIA to Testify Against Vermont Right to Repair Bill

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Montpellier, VT—SIA Government Relations Manager Joe Hoellerer will appear before the Vermont Senate on Wednesday, Feb. 7, as a witness in opposition to S. 180, the Vermont Fair Repair Act. The Security Industry Association (SIA) has concerns that requirements in the legislation would harm companies in the security industry, where SIA represents more than 800…

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Opinion: Impact Expected From Commerce Department’s Rules on Largest Chinese Video Surveillance and AI Providers

Contributing author Steve Surfaro notes potential effects upon chip makers, investments in artificial intelligence. On Oct. 9, 2019, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a final rule amending the Export Administration Regulations to add 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations to its Entity List determined to be “acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of…

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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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U.S. Commerce Department Places Restrictions on Chinese Video Surveillance and AI Firms

Chinese firms placed on “Entity List” due to implication in human rights violations On Monday, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a rule that places Dahua and Hikvision among eight Chinese companies and 20 Chinese public security bureaus on the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security “Entity List.”   The Entity List imposes certain export…

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