Find articles published in the SIA Technology Insights journal, a twice-annual journal focusing on emerging security technologies, and authored by SIA members.

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The Sharing Economy: Why Integrators and Manufacturers Must Work Together to Improve Customer Care

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For the past 30 years, a core set of assumptions has remained the same in the security industry, despite the fact that customer expectations, economic realities, technological complexities and the availability of skillful technicians have changed. The unchanged assumptions are that integrators “manage” and “control” the relationship with end users; manufacturers don’t have any direct…

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The Heat Is On: How High-Quality Thermal Cameras See Threats That Other Solutions Cannot

Thermal sensors capture something that the naked eye cannot see: heat. What distinguishes thermal cameras from other security sensors is their ability to use heat rather than light to produce images. By measuring the differences between heat signatures and representing these variances in high-contrast, monochrome images, thermal cameras can “see” even in total darkness, sun…

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The Keys to Electronic Access Control: How Security and Convenience Can Increase With Modern Lock Technology

Electronic access control is growing at a rate that outpaces other security technologies. This growth is driven by the desire to manage access and to know definitively which doors are secured and which are not. In addition, facilities are demanding security and safety features like lockdown, which is especially important for K-12 schools but is…

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Unlimited Access: How Cloud and Open-Source Solutions Allow for Greater Access Control Scalability & Efficiency

Jumping into the world of entrepreneurship is not for the faint of heart. In addition to managing finances, hiring competent employees and creating a sustainable business plan, there are many other important considerations to be aware of, such as ensuring the comprehensive protection of the people and assets inside a facility. Entrepreneurs are responsible for…

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Who Am I, and Why Am I Here in this Database? Addressing Privacy Concerns With Security Technology

The definition of personal data, also known as personally identifiable information (PII), has expanded in recent years. Previously, personal data typically referred only to the most sensitive information, such as name, address, Social Security number, health records and date of birth. Today, it has expanded to include things like location data, IP address, MAC address,…

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Smarter Cities Through Secure Data

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The first step to leveraging sensor and other information is ensuring that it is protected. Jason Bonoan As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, growing pains felt by large cities can be seen across a number of indicators, from rising crime rates to increased traffic to housing shortages. In 1950, only 29 percent of the global…

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Data, Data Everywhere: How Leveraging Information From Multiple Sensors Can Enhance Security and Efficiency

When thinking of data, it usually is not associated with anything of an artistic nature. Instead, images of spreadsheets, wires or dark server rooms often come to mind. However, true data integration must be more than that. It needs to combine pieces of information that come from a number of sources and display them in…

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Quality In, Accuracy Out: Applying Video Analytics to High-Quality Images for Effectiveness

For the past 15 years, the accuracy and range of video analytics have tremendously improved, from basic people counting to facial recognition. Indeed, what was yesterday’s imprecise line crossing has given way to artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning-based people and object recognition. Several factors directly affect the precision and efficiency of these applications, including…

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Gaining an Edge: How Embedded Analytics Enable Proactive Security and Business Solutions

During the past 10 to 15 years, a savvier video surveillance end user has emerged demanding solutions that feature high-performance cameras, versatile installation, flexibility to expand, cost efficiency in storage and advanced analytics to help realize a system’s full potential. Increased public and private security concerns have driven a technology shift and altered business models…

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You Say You Want an Evolution: How Built-In Intelligence Enables Security Devices to Expand Beyond Their Usual Functions

Safeguarding people and property remains the top priority for the security sector, but the industry is evolving into more than that. The Internet of Things and increasing connectivity are expanding the role of security devices, making them an integral part of the vast, connected digital infrastructure. This is possible through the expansion in intelligent security…

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