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The Hidden Value in Store Security Systems

Managers of a candy store in San Francisco were puzzled by the poor sales of a product they introduced in 2014. What explained the lack of interest from customers? Did the recipe need to be tweaked? Was the price point off? As it turned out, the proble…

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Announcing the SIA OSDP Boot Camp

The Security Industry Association (SIA) is pleased to announce the first-ever Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) Boot Camp! Primarily designed for teams of integrators that are deploying OSDP systems, this one-day course will provide in-depth training on how to design, configure and deploy modern, interoperable, OSDP-compliant access control systems. Why attend? OSDP is an access…

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GSA Reverse Industry Day 2018
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Physical Access Control Systems: Highlights From GSA’s Reverse Industry Training

On Sept. 17, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) held a physical access control system (PACS) reverse industry day training featuring remarks from industry, government and members and staff representing the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the Secure Technology Alliance (STA). The daylong event hosted at GSA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., was designed to improve contract…

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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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Nominations Open for the 2019 Women in Biometrics Awards

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The Security Industry Association and SecureIDNews will honor top female biometrics and security leaders at the 2019 SIA GovSummit. SILVER SPRING, Md. – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Women in Biometrics Awards, co-founded by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors Biometric Update, IDEMIA and SIA’s Women in…

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ISC West Session Preview: The Great Biometric Debate

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ISC West 2019 is quickly approaching! In addition to great networking, special events and new products and technologies, attendees have access to 85+ top-quality training sessions through SIA Education@ISC. While panels are common at ISC West, on Thursday, April 11, attendees can attend a session with a twist that hasn’t been done before. Instead of featuring panelists…

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2018 Winners Announced for Women in Biometrics Awards

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Female Leaders to Be Recognized for Contributions to Biometrics and Security During SIA Honors Night SILVER SPRING, Md. – Five distinguished leaders in the biometric identity and security industry have been selected as the 2018 winners of the Women in Biometrics Awards, co-founded by the Security Industry Association (SIA) and SecureIDNews and co-presented with sponsors…

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Security Megatrend: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing platforms and applications are proliferating across enterprises today, serving as the IT infrastructure driving new digital businesses. The cloud is an enabling technology for security integrators, who can provide managed services and the cost and labor advantages of off-site servers to their customers. In the Security Industry Association’s 2019 Megatrends report, showcasing the major…

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Mitigating Risks From A to Z-Wave
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Mitigating Risks From A to Z-Wave

A wireless standard delivers interoperability but could create vulnerability Zigbee and Z-Wave are wireless standards that enable home and building automation devices to communicate with each other without using Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Z-Wave is lower power than Wi-Fi and has a longer range than Bluetooth. This article will examine the complexities and vulnerabilities introduced by…

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Overview of Intelligent Building Management Systems Guidance

The Security Industry Association recently partnered with the ASIS Foundation and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International to release groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind guidance for practitioners in the security and building management fields. Intelligent Building Management Systems (IBMS): Guidance for Protecting Organizations provides a framework to help decision makers assign a risk-based criticality or impact to their…

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What Are Intelligent Building Management Systems?

The Security Industry Association recently partnered with the ASIS Foundation and the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International to release groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind guidance for practitioners in the security and building management fields. Intelligent Building Management Systems (IBMS): Guidance for Protecting Organizations provides a framework to help decision makers assign a risk-based criticality or impact to their…

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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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Why Now for Security Robotics? Key Insights From SIA’s Report

The Security Industry Association (SIA) report Market Spotlight: Extending the Capabilities of Human Security Officers With Modern Robotics, produced exclusively for SIA by research firm IDC in partnership with SIA’s Drones and Robotics Working Group, highlights topics like the evolution of robotic technology, security robots as modular platforms and real-world scenarios for robotic security. And…

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SIA Explores Drones, Robots and Counter-Drone Systems at ISC West

With drones and ground-based robots (along with counter-drone systems) becoming a growing part of the security industry, ISC West – April 9-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada – will once again dedicate a portion of the show floor to the Unmanned Security Expo. This year’s expo will feature exhibits (of course), technology demonstrations (watch an early…

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Key Factors Driving Robotic Technology Adoption in the Security Industry: Top Statistics From SIA’s Report

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The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released a new report for SIA members examining the opportunities, benefits and reasons for growth presented by the robotic security market. Market Spotlight: Extending the Capabilities of Human Security Officers With Modern Robotics – produced exclusively for SIA by research firm IDC in partnership with SIA’s Autonomous Security Robotics Working Group – highlights the evolution…

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Hazard Counting

Hardened video cameras can secure even the most dangerous of sites Video surveillance technology is a key component of security plans for enterprise organizations. And nowhere is this more true than at oil and gas production sites, critical infrastructure facilities, and manufacturing locations that are considered“hazardous environments.” Here, protection, safety and security go hand-in-hand with…

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Artificial Intelligence in Video Surveillance: Advantages Over Previous Technologies

The speed of development of artificial intelligence (AI) has aided its adoption in several industries, and the physical security market is increasingly looking to adopt AI applications, particularly in the case of deep learning algorithms in the video surveillance market. AI in Physical Security, a white paper produced for SIA in partnership with IHS Markit,…

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