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How Ultra-Wideband Works
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Applying Ultra-Wideband Wireless Technology for Security and Automation

Decades-old ultra-wideband technology is enjoying a renaissance in secure access and beyond Like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, ultra-wideband (UWB) is a wireless technology that uses radio waves for communications. By operating at a very high frequency and using a wide spectrum, UWB outperforms other wireless technologies in terms of accuracy, robustness in wireless connectivity, and security.…

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The Keys to Electronic Access Control: How Security and Convenience Can Increase With Modern Lock Technology

Electronic access control is growing at a rate that outpaces other security technologies. This growth is driven by the desire to manage access and to know definitively which doors are secured and which are not. In addition, facilities are demanding security and safety features like lockdown, which is especially important for K-12 schools but is…

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Unlimited Access: How Cloud and Open-Source Solutions Allow for Greater Access Control Scalability & Efficiency

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Security Industry Association Strengthens Identity Expertise Through Addition of IdTA Members

IdTA to cease operations; leading members to join SIA and guide its new Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board effective Jan. 1, 2021 Silver Spring, MD, Dec. 3, 2020 – The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the Identification Technology Association (IdTA) announced today that leading IdTA members will become members of SIA and guide a…

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Dan Rothrock, president, Zenitel Americas, 2020 chair of SIA Audio & Intelligent Communications Working Group
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SIA Names Zenitel’s Dan Rothrock as Chair of New Audio & Intelligent Communications Working Group

Working group formed to develop informational and educational resources that will help increase the industry’s knowledge base on the application of audio and communications solutions within security. The Security Industry Association (SIA) is proud to announce that Dan Rothrock, president of Zenitel Americas, has been appointed as the first chair of SIA’s newly formed Audio…

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The Sharing Economy: Why Integrators and Manufacturers Must Work Together to Improve Customer Care

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For the past 30 years, a core set of assumptions has remained the same in the security industry, despite the fact that customer expectations, economic realities, technological complexities and the availability of skillful technicians have changed. The unchanged assumptions are that integrators “manage” and “control” the relationship with end users; manufacturers don’t have any direct…

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Smarter Cities Through Secure Data

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The first step to leveraging sensor and other information is ensuring that it is protected. Jason Bonoan As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, growing pains felt by large cities can be seen across a number of indicators, from rising crime rates to increased traffic to housing shortages. In 1950, only 29 percent of the global…

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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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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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Enhancing Vehicle Inspections with Artificial Intelligence

Computer vision “sees” details that can match cars to a database and identify threats Technology offers new ways to close the gap in how we approach security challenges. Vehicle inspection and identification no longer have to rely solely on guards using mirrors and observing license plates. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation can do more with…

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Here’s What NDAA Section 889 Really Means for Federal Grants

New Federal Regulation Answers Key Questions on How Section 889 Applies to Federal Grant Funds The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has finalized its update to rules that apply to all federal grant recipients; the update, among other provisions, implements National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Section 889 procurement restrictions on certain Chinese telecommunications and…

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