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The March to Mobile: How Mobile, Cloud-Based Access Control Is Changing Security

“Mobile” might seem like a buzzword in the access control industry these days; however, use cases and demand are rapidly increasing. According to a 2021 survey from Campus Safety, 62% of respondents have purchased access control solutions with mobile credential options over the past two years. What’s more, an estimated 14.7 million mobile credentials were…

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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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Four Video Surveillance Trends Alarm Companies Need to Know

Emerging Technologies Can Strengthen Partnerships, Build RMR During the past two years, organizations around the globe have increased their reliance on video surveillance. The explanation as to why is both simple and intricate all at once: Video has become the source of advanced security and operational insights that enables leaders to adapt to the contemporary…

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Turning Security From Reactive to Proactive

Intelligent Video Monitoring Can Be Used to Prevent, Not Just Investigate, Crimes Video surveillance has become the primary data source for security and insights that help businesses operate. Typically, video is a reactive process used to investigate a crime after damage has been done. But more impactful solutions are now available. Proactive video monitoring (PVM)…

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Using Audio for Alarm Verification: Hearing Plus Seeing Increases Situational Awareness and Reduces False Alarms

Alarm-based security systems have a long history. The first systems proliferated after World War I, when an increase in property crime created a need for homeowners and businesses in the United States to find creative ways to protect their property. Around the same time, insurance companies began offering premium discounts to alarm subscribers, which drove…

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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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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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Drone-Related Threats Addressed in New Government Stopgap Funding Law and Multiple Active Bills

The U.S. government has narrowly averted a midnight shutdown of most federal agencies with the passage of a short-term spending bill hours before the deadline.  The stopgap bill passed in the Senate with a 72-25 vote, passed 230 to 201 out of the House and was then signed by President Joe Biden. The legislation, known…

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Guest Opinion: It’s Time for Counter-Unmanned Aerial/Aircraft Systems in the Private Sector

Protecting Our Public Space Using “Take Control” Technology In March 2021, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new rule for the commercial drone market requiring “digital license plates” by September 2023. This move is positive, but there are many reasons why it still falls short of what our aviation governing body of the nation…

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Guest Opinion: Why It’s Time to Get Serious About the Risk of Commercial Drones

Building Intelligence President Bill Edwards says federal policy regulating commercial drone technology is better late than never but far too shortsighted. There is no argument against the fact that we are experiencing the “Wild West” with the evolution of commercial drone technology. I recently read that the commander of the United States Special Operations Command…

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Explore Essential Biometrics Topics With These ISC East Sessions

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ISC East 2022 is coming up Nov. 15-17 in New York City, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC East recently revealed full conference details for the SIA Education@ISC East program, including keynote presentations from top luminaries and over 30 sessions from top industry expert speakers on the most current business trends, technologies and industry developments. Among the robust…

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As Cities Face Violent Crime Surge, Tide Is Changing on Use of Facial Recognition

New Orleans Reverses Decision to Ban Facial Recognition as Law Enforcement Faces High Murder Rate Updated July 29, 2022 On Thursday, July 21, the city council of New Orleans, Louisiana, approved an ordinance that restores use of facial recognition technology tools to aid criminal investigations by the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD), though under new…

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SIA 2022 Women in Biometrics Award Winners: Gena Alexa, CEO and Founder, Dignari; Amanda Conley, Chief, Human Capital Branch, Office of Biometric Identity Management, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Delia McGarry, Senior Director, U.S. Department of State, IDEMIA National Security Solutions; Diane Stephens, Biometric Standards Coordinator, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Bobby Varma, Co-Founder and CEO, Princeton Identity
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Security Industry Association Announces Winners for the 2022 Women in Biometrics Awards

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Gena Alexa, Amanda Conley, Delia McGarry, Diane Stephens and Bobby Varma will be honored for their leadership and contributions in biometrics and security at the 2022 SIA GovSummit.     SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named five female biometrics leaders as recipients of the 2022 SIA Women in Biometrics Awards, a globally recognized program…

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SIA's Cybersecurity Advisory Board is a Champion of Cybersecurity Awareness month. Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart
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Proactive Proactivity in Security…and Why It’s Not Redundant

October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) Cybersecurity Advisory Board is marking the occasion with a series of blogs, articles and videos containing helpful tips and guidance on key cybersecurity topics. In this blog from SIA Cybersecurity Advisory Board Chair John Deskurakis – chief product security officer at Carrier – learn about the key…

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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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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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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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Four Video Surveillance Trends Alarm Companies Need to Know

Emerging Technologies Can Strengthen Partnerships, Build RMR During the past two years, organizations around the globe have increased their reliance on video surveillance. The explanation as to why is both simple and intricate all at once: Video has become the source of advanced security and operational insights that enables leaders to adapt to the contemporary…

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Turning Security From Reactive to Proactive

Intelligent Video Monitoring Can Be Used to Prevent, Not Just Investigate, Crimes Video surveillance has become the primary data source for security and insights that help businesses operate. Typically, video is a reactive process used to investigate a crime after damage has been done. But more impactful solutions are now available. Proactive video monitoring (PVM)…

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ISC East Session Preview: Sound in the Security Ecosystem

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ISC East 2022 is coming up Nov. 15-17 in New York City, and the Security Industry Association (SIA) and ISC East recently revealed full conference details for the SIA Education@ISC East program, including keynote presentations from top luminaries and over 30 sessions from top industry expert speakers on the most current business trends, technologies and industry developments. Among the robust…

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