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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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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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Video Intercoms in a Post-Pandemic World: How Residential Security Systems Have Taken On New Functions

During the past year and a half, our homes have become much more than living spaces. They are schools, gyms, workspaces and so much more. Investing in a comprehensive security solution is as important as ever, and providers and integrators should be ready to discuss a system that not only enhances security but also offers…

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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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Touchless Entry Is Here to Stay: How Modifications to Building Access Promote Both Security and Safety

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The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on nearly every aspect of our lives, including how people interact and perform their jobs and even how buildings are designed. The goal of all these changes? Reducing human-to-human contact and, thus, slowing or stopping the spread of the virus. As a result, businesses are challenged to…

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Moving Video Security to the Cloud: How Cloud Technology Can Offer Functionality and Flexibility

The use of the cloud is increasing globally as more organizations look to reap the benefits of this flexible and scalable service-based business model. The growth of cloud-based business functions allows for security-as-a-service (SaaS) options that had previously been unavailable, especially for small to medium-sized businesses. A recent global video surveillance-as-a-service (VSaaS) report by Data…

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The Year That Changed Security: How the Pandemic Shaped the Use of Technology in 2020 and Going Forward

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To say that the year 2020 was challenging is a huge understatement. In March of last year, the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted life around the world. Regular business operations and the economy came to a halt. Businesses such as those in retail, stadiums, casinos, hotels and restaurants were particularly hard hit. Unemployment spiraled, as did frustration…

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Enhancing Vehicle Inspections with Artificial Intelligence

Computer vision “sees” details that can match cars to a database and identify threats Technology offers new ways to close the gap in how we approach security challenges. Vehicle inspection and identification no longer have to rely solely on guards using mirrors and observing license plates. Artificial intelligence (AI) and automation can do more with…

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Applying Ultra-Wideband Wireless Technology for Security and Automation

Decades-old ultra-wideband technology is enjoying a renaissance in secure access and beyond Like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, ultra-wideband (UWB) is a wireless technology that uses radio waves for communications. By operating at a very high frequency and using a wide spectrum, UWB outperforms other wireless technologies in terms of accuracy, robustness in wireless connectivity, and security.…

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