Counter-UAS Working Group

Event venues are limited in their ability to establish counter-uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) given the myriad of regulatory nuances and lack of a clear national framework for addressing the topic. The Biden administration has published a plan to address this concern, the Domestic Counter-UAS National Action Plan.

The SIA Counter-UAS Working Group was created to actively support the work needed to accomplish the recommendations of the national action plan and further educate and give authorities options to mitigate UAS attacks. This group collaborates with external organizations and recruit industry experts aligned with this goal; tracks and monitors supportive legislation; and identifies, educates and engages legislators.

SIA Counter-UAS Working Group Members

The Counter-UAS Working Group is comprised of the following individuals:

  • Bill Edwards (Chair), Building Intelligence
  • Sean A. Ahrens, Affiliated Engineers, Inc.
  • Jason Cansler, UASidekick
  • Dan Dunkel, Dedrone
  • Casey Flanagan, AeroVigilance
  • KC Jones, Gate Keeper Enterprises
  • Roger Jordan, SAIC
  • Craig Kubala, Imperative Systems
  • David Lewin, Echodyne
  • John Petrone, Petrone Risk
  • Mark Schreiber, Safeguards Consulting
  • David Segalini, Imperative Systems
  • Mike Stoll, Automatic Systems Inc.
  • Koby Tanzer, Imperial Capital
  • Jayde Wilks, DroneShield
  • Linda Ziemba, AeroDefense
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Audio & Intelligent Communications Subcommittee

As the vendor-neutral technology working group representing the entire audio and intelligent communications ecosystem, our mission is to educate the industry to the importance of audio and communications and aid in growing this technology segment by providing business insights into the importance of audio for safety and security applications. We believe audio will be the central hub and is critical for control and intelligence within safety and security ecosystems.

The Audio and Intelligent Communications Subcommittee is intended to bring together stakeholders within the audio and communications sectors and is currently seeking volunteers from SIA’s membership. Please contact staff liaison Cameron Walker-Miller at to volunteer. Goals for the subcommittee include:

  • Provide researched information to our audience (SIA members initially) on the role of audio communications within a risk, resilience, and security program and the leverage audio, audio analytics and intelligence communications have in crossing over into the operations of the building, campus and community.
  • Identify the stumbling blocks to overcome the adoption of the integration of audio and intelligent communications more fully into the security landscape. Roadblocks can go from a simple lack of understanding of the intent of the federal and state laws to articulation of the value proposition to decision makers.
  • Identify the stakeholders in the industry ecosystem that can help drive the advancement of audio communications within the industry. Deliver a compelling value proposition and leverage it to seek their interest and involvement. From this, create a guiding coalition that reflects the diversity of the members and the influencers.
  • Create a process for understanding the industry potential of audio and intelligent communications. Identify where the industry is today. Provide a reasoned analysis of the constraints or gaps between the promise and the current state. Develop a plan for closing the gaps. This could include the identification of current standards and needed future standards in the deployment of voice and audio within the industry.
  • Identify current integration approaches/scenarios, and future expanded integration approaches to integrating audio as a vital part of mission-critical technologies in security and the enterprise.
  • Leverage the above information gathered to advocate at the state and federal government for appropriate updates to legislative changes to capture the value proposition for the constituents  thereby ensuring market adoption.
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Facial Recognition Working Group

The mission of SIA’s Facial Recognition Working Group is to advise and participate in legislative advocacy and communications efforts, help determine priority areas of focus and support initiatives serving the needs of the industry. The group also works to ensure SIA and its members – as subject matter experts in facial recognition technology and its uses – participate as stakeholders in the development of any policies affecting the use of facial recognition technology.

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Human Resources Working Group

The Security Industry Association (SIA) Human Resources Working Group develops resources and best practices for SIA members to help them improve their hiring processes and attract qualified personnel.

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Autonomous Solutions Working Group

About the Working Group

SIA’s Autonomous Solutions Working Group (formerly the AI, Drones and Robotics Interest Group) brings together members of the security industry, end users, technology experts and other interested parties to promote best practices regarding the use of robots in security, develop research, offer guidance on legislative and regulatory matters and enhance communication and collaboration.

Working Group Goals

  • Equip SIA members with resources to understand, share and implement security and facility solutions that feature autonomous functionality
  • Provide a member forum to discuss solutions, case studies, applications and opportunities
  • Advocate for responsible use of artificial intelligence- (AI-) enabled autonomous solutions, whether they are fixed or mobile

Join the Working Group

Want to get more involved in autonomous solutions efforts? Join the Autonomous Solutions Working Group! We’re looking for SIA members who:

  • Strive to provide the most up-to-date solutions to their base in order to provide the best solutions and capture competitive advantages
  • Are interested in where AI-enabled solutions are headed
  • Want to influence manufacturers’ design and applications
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Public Safety Working Group

The Public Safety Working Group focuses on improving the safety, security and sustainability of communities. The group is comprised of SIA members, security practitioners and first responders who combine their experiences and insights to develop resources regarding the effective and responsible implementation of security technologies.

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Procurement Policy Working Group

The Procurement Policy Working Group serves as a forum for members to discuss policy issues that impact their ability to conduct business with government customers and help guide SIA’s involvement on procurement policy issues.

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State & Local Policy Working Group

The State & Local Policy Working Group monitors state government activities affecting the development, use and sale of security solutions and provides insight into the state legislative challenges facing the industry while shaping SIA’s engagement on these issues.

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CSI MasterFormat Working Group

The CSI MasterFormat Working Group seeks to ensure that the MasterFormat construction specifications for security and life safety equipment, especially those contained in Division 28, are appropriate for current technologies and uses.

MasterFormat, from the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Specifications Canada, provides an organizational structure that is an important tool in the construction and architecture and engineering fields. The document’s Division 28 lists titles and numbers for “Electronic Safety and Security,” but that section had not been fully updated since 2004. In 2014-15, the MasterFormat Division 28 Working Group produced a set of recommendations to overhaul Division 28 to reflect the current state of security technology. Those recommendations were incorporated into the 2016 edition of MasterFormat.

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SIA Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) Technical Subcommittee

The SIA OSDP Technical Subcommittee is made up of access control manufacturers, integrators and end users implementing OSDP whose responsibilities include the following:

  • Act as the primary editors of the OSDP standard
  • Vote and approve draft OSDP revisions prior to submission to the SIA Standards Committee
  • Coordinate and review research projects related to OSDP
  • Provide technical guidance on issues related to OSDP
  • Address request for interpretation on issues related to OSDP
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