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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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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The Future Is Autonomous: AI Will Enable Security Solutions to Analyze and Act

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a part of our everyday lives. People interact with AI, for example, when shopping online and getting a question answered by a chatbot or having the website recommend additional items for purchase. In addition, AI makes it easy for people to leverage voice-to-text responses on mobile devices quickly and accurately.…

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There Is a Hole in the Boat: Why Access Control Professionals Need to Move From Wiegand to OSDP

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Many of the people reading this publication are, presumably, security professionals who take pride in leveraging their expertise to use technology to protect people and property. A large number likely focus on access control solutions to prevent unauthorized entry into controlled facilities and areas. As unfortunate as it is to say, statistically speaking, the probability…

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The Flexible Approach to Access Control: Open-Source Systems and the Cloud Provide Savings and Scalability Options

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

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From Seed to Sale: Securing a Cannabis Operation Poses Unique Challenges

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The cannabis industry is one of the fastest-growing verticals in the United States, offering a variety of opportunities for businesses seeking to capitalize on continued state deregulation. Amid global shutdowns, shelter-in-place orders, loss of jobs and the ever-present threat of illness, cannabis sales skyrocketed in 2020. A study conducted by Leafly using state tax and…

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The Long Path to True Convergence: Where Do Things Really Stand and Why Have They Not Progressed Further?

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The ongoing digital transformation means limitless opportunities for those who can harness the digitization of the physical world safely and effectively. But these changes have forever altered the threat landscape, leaving no entity without risk. According to the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), today’s threats result from hybrid attacks targeting both physical and…

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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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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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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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