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SIA Technology Insights – Summer 2021

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In every issue of SIA Technology Insights, we try to look to the cutting edge (and sometimes even to the bleeding edge) of security technology, to ensure you stay current with the steady whir of technology change. This edition examines the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on security operations, from touchless access control to temperature screening, as well as topics like how security technology is evolving from detection to intervention and prevention.

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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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Most State Legislatures Have Rejected Bans and Severe Restrictions on Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology and related legislation have been a hot topic in the media and in policy discussions around the country. The Security Industry Association (SIA) is advocating nationwide for policies ensuring responsible use and sensible privacy protections, while urging rejection of blanket bans or unbalanced restrictions of these technologies that ignore the clear benefits…

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Security Industry Association Opposes Reintroduction of Facial Recognition & Biometric Technology Moratorium Act

The legislation would impose an unnecessary blanket ban and prevent government from leveraging the proven benefits of biometric and related image analytics.    SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) – the leading trade association representing security solutions providers – has announced its strong opposition to the Facial Recognition and Biometric Technology Moratorium Act, originally…

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Coalition White House Letter Opposing a Blanket Moratorium on Facial Recognition

SIA joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and a group of other associations in sending a letter to President Biden expressing concern with blanket moratoriums on facial recognition and advocating for a combination of technological safeguards and policy measures to effectively mitigate any risks associated with the technology and ensure that it is developed and used responsibly.

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Baltimore City Council Advances Extreme Ban on Facial Recognition Tech for Personal, Business Use

Proposed Ordinance Would Criminalize Use of Common Consumer Products SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety & Government Operations Committee moved on May 26, 2021, to advance a proposal that would ban nearly all applications of facial recognition technology in the city. Prior to the vote, the Security Industry Association (SIA) and…

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Highlights From SIA's Identity & Biometrics Kickoff Virtual Coffee With DOD, Guest Speaker: Colonel Sundiata-Walker, Sponsored by IDEMIA National Security Solutions & NEC National Security Systems
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Highlights From SIA’s Identity & Biometrics Kickoff Virtual Coffee With DOD

On May 12, the Security Industry Association‘s (SIA’s) Identity and Biometric Technology Advisory Board (IBTAB) hosted a virtual coffee with industry leaders specializing in producing biometrics and digital identification solutions. The event featured remarks from Col. Senodja “Frank” Sundiata-Walker, project manager, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Biometrics. During her presentation, Sundiata-Walker discussed how her team…

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