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The Future Is Autonomous: AI Will Enable Security Solutions to Analyze and Act

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a part of our everyday lives. People interact with AI, for example, when shopping online and getting a question answered by a chatbot or having the website recommend additional items for purchase. In addition, AI makes it easy for people to leverage voice-to-text responses on mobile devices quickly and accurately.…

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There Is a Hole in the Boat: Why Access Control Professionals Need to Move From Wiegand to OSDP

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Many of the people reading this publication are, presumably, security professionals who take pride in leveraging their expertise to use technology to protect people and property. A large number likely focus on access control solutions to prevent unauthorized entry into controlled facilities and areas. As unfortunate as it is to say, statistically speaking, the probability…

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The Flexible Approach to Access Control: Open-Source Systems and the Cloud Provide Savings and Scalability Options

Jumping into the world of business is not for the faint of heart. In addition to managing employees, overseeing finances and creating a sustainable plan, there are many other important considerations to be aware of, such as ensuring the comprehensive protection of people and assets inside the facility. Entrepreneurs are responsible for the safety of…

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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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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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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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Artificial Intelligence Will Revolutionize Physical Security: Intelligent, Autonomous Systems That Prevent Incidents Are Coming

Future security systems will be faster, more efficient and more agile to maintain safety in workplaces, on campuses, and at public venues. The current state of security technology is often too disconnected to easily adapt to future needs. For security systems to respond to threats in a mixed physical and digital environment, these systems will…

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The Impact of Reliable Wireless Infrastructure on Advanced Security Technologies

How network connectivity fills the space between man and machine for public safety Outdoors, indoors, above ground and below, in suburbs and cities, machines will act as 24/7 sentinels. In performing this task, they will require continuous network connections. Wearable high-tech devices, meanwhile, will be common accessories for public safety officers and citizens alike. The…

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SIA 2021 Women in Biometrics Award Winners: Marta Garcia Gomar, Chief Technology Officer, IDENTY Touchless ID, and Amy Turluck, Director, Biometrics Operations Directorate, U.S. Department of Defense
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Security Industry Association and SecureIDNews Announce Winners for the 2021 Women in Biometrics Awards

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Marta García Gomar and Amy Turluck were honored for their leadership and contributions in biometrics and security during the 2021 SIA GovSummit. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews have named Marta García Gomar, chief technology officer for IDENTY Touchless ID, and Amy Turluck, director of the Biometrics Operations Directorate within the U.S. Department of Defense…

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The Key to Modern Access Control: How Biometric Solutions Can Offer Both Security and Convenience

Meeting the security challenges of modern office environments is a complex and long-standing issue for many organizations. Businesses use a range of enterprise technologies to boost productivity, connect employees, and accommodate a more distributed and flexible workforce. However, with greater flexibility come increasing security demands – both in and outside the office. Employers and employees…

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What Science Really Says About Facial Recognition Accuracy and Bias Concerns

Throughout the United States, a number of activists are demanding that lawmakers ban the use of facial recognition technology. Such an extreme position demands a well-grounded justification. In many cases, the sole reason given for banning the use of facial recognition is the claim that photo matching technology is inherently inaccurate with respect to photos…

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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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The Future Is Autonomous: AI Will Enable Security Solutions to Analyze and Act

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a part of our everyday lives. People interact with AI, for example, when shopping online and getting a question answered by a chatbot or having the website recommend additional items for purchase. In addition, AI makes it easy for people to leverage voice-to-text responses on mobile devices quickly and accurately.…

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The Flexible Approach to Access Control: Open-Source Systems and the Cloud Provide Savings and Scalability Options

Jumping into the world of business is not for the faint of heart. In addition to managing employees, overseeing finances and creating a sustainable plan, there are many other important considerations to be aware of, such as ensuring the comprehensive protection of people and assets inside the facility. Entrepreneurs are responsible for the safety of…

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Developing the Security Solutions of the Future: Focusing on Intervention and Prevention to Add Value and Effectiveness

Traditional professional and do-it-yourself (DIY) alarm systems are too limited to address today’s challenges of protecting people and property. To meet these challenges, systems must evolve from the detection of security breaches to active intervention and, ultimately, prevention. Although technologies exist that allow systems to provide active intervention, there are a number of obstacles to…

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What Recurring Monthly Revenue Means for Integrators: As Use of the Cloud Expands, So Do Opportunities for RMR

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The recurring monthly revenue concept in the security industry was once defined as integrators monitoring and managing monthly contracts with end users. With the increase of cloud-based technology, however, the RMR definition has expanded. Companies no longer just sell systems, they also provide services. With these advancements in cloud technologies, not only do integrators benefit,…

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4 Can’t-Miss ISC West Sessions on Security Systems Design

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ISC West 2021 is coming up July 19-21 in Las Vegas, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC West recently revealed full conference details for the SIA Education@ISC West program, including keynote presentations from top luminaries and 65+ sessions on the most current business trends, technologies and industry developments. Among the robust lineup of…

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Call Boxes in a Mobile Age

Transitioning to apps is not as clear cut as it may seem I am attending a university orientation tour, and our guide is talking about the importance of safety/security and policing at the university. This piques my interest. The guide points to a call box and says, “These call boxes are located throughout the campus…

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Member Perspective: The Rise of Indoor Gunfire Detectors

Indoor gunfire detection has long been a high-value but high-priced addition to a complete security solution. Fortunately, we are reaching a nexus of technology and demand that will remove the largest barriers to entry. As converging market forces and shifting security priorities make such systems as essential as smoke detectors, the next generation of gunfire…

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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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The Future Is Autonomous: AI Will Enable Security Solutions to Analyze and Act

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a part of our everyday lives. People interact with AI, for example, when shopping online and getting a question answered by a chatbot or having the website recommend additional items for purchase. In addition, AI makes it easy for people to leverage voice-to-text responses on mobile devices quickly and accurately.…

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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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