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Cloud Access Control and the Importance of API Integrations

A transformation is happening. From global enterprises to the most renowned hospitals, cloud access control is quickly becoming more popular, replacing its on-premises predecessors. With the cloud’s rise in popularity, IT and security teams have the “green light” to trash their antiquated Windows 95-esque dashboards and bury their bulky server racks. In their place, sleek…

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Security Industry Association Surpasses Milestone of 100 SIA OSDP Verified Products

The SIA OSDP Verified program validates device conformance to the SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol standard and strengthens end user confidence in its adoption. SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced a major milestone in its SIA OSDP Verified initiative – that over 100 device models have been named OSDP Verified through…

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Using Technology to Bring Employees Back Safely: Touchless Access Control and Other Solutions Enhance Both Security and Health

Will we ever return to the office for good? The rise of the Omicron variant and the pandemic’s rapid resurgence has forced companies to postpone office return dates. However, many companies will soon welcome people back, and they will need to address people’s safety concerns in the process. A Gartner survey of global HR leaders…

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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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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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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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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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U.S. States and Cities Rethinking Bans, Setting Rules for Law Enforcement Use of Facial Recognition

On April 27, 2022, a bill was enacted in Virginia to replace the state’s complete ban on local law enforcement use of facial recognition technology with a comprehensive set of rules for its use. Virginia is only the latest and largest jurisdiction where policymakers are rethinking blanket bans and seeking to establish guardrails ensuring the…

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Cloud Access Control and the Importance of API Integrations

A transformation is happening. From global enterprises to the most renowned hospitals, cloud access control is quickly becoming more popular, replacing its on-premises predecessors. With the cloud’s rise in popularity, IT and security teams have the “green light” to trash their antiquated Windows 95-esque dashboards and bury their bulky server racks. In their place, sleek…

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Using Artificial Intelligence and Emerging Technology to Assist in On-Site Guarding

Many companies across the world are facing new challenges in terms of recruiting and retaining talent. With that, we’ve seen a shift in the industry towards technology. When looking specifically at the on-site guarding side of the industry, many companies have started offering alternative solutions using technology as a way to innovate and augment staffing…

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How CISOs Look at Physical Security: A Conversation With CISO Nicole Ford

The SIA Cybersecurity Advisory Board (CAB) presents an engaging discussion with chief information security officer (CISO) Nicole Ford (previously of Carrier and currently at Rockwell Automation), along with the CAB’s Min Kyriannis, CEO of Amyna Systems. Their discussion uncovers top down challenges and affirms some prevailing cybersecurity perceptions leaving viewers with new understanding and tools…

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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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Putting Video in a Container: Containerization Technology Can Provide an Integrated and Future-Proof C2 Platform

Video management systems (VMS) will always be necessary for mission-critical organizations because they are the foundational application that security systems are built upon. Therefore, VMS architecture should promote interoperability, scalability and reliability. Historically, one of the biggest challenges in video surveillance deployments has been ensuring the ability to scale a system as the need arises.…

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The Unique Benefits of CCTV Towers: Overt Security Has Its Advantages

Retailers have had cameras, both inside and outside their stores, since the VCR made it economical. Traditionally, the cameras have been hidden in corners, mounted on light poles, or attached to the sides of buildings. But that is changing. Now when visiting retailers, customers might actually notice the cameras because they are not subtly installed…

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Security in 3D: LiDAR and Other Sensors Allow the Creation of Rich, Video Game-Like Digital Maps

Digital twin, LiDAR, sensor fusion, mixed reality and gamification – these are all terms that are more familiar to the IT, autonomous vehicle and gaming industries. But a 3D surveillance control system (3DSCS) brings these cutting-edge technologies to the usually conservative security industry by delivering real-time 3D data and superior intruder detection in an intuitive…

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