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CFATS reauthorization, at long last, awaits presidential approval

Four-year reauthorization will benefit industry
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12/22/2014

WASHINGTON—After a long wait for those in the industry, the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) bill is now on the president’s desk awaiting his signature.

SIA’s happy new year hinges on federal funds for schools, train surveillance rules

Other ongoing efforts remain on its agenda, too
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12/03/2014

WASHINGTON—Federal funding for school security technology and surveillance requirements for train cars are among the Security Industry Association’s top priorities for 2015, according Jake Parker, SIA’s director of government relations.

Security in transit

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

I normally fly when I travel from Maine to New York City. But, for ISC East a couple weeks ago, I was late making a reservation and the airfares went throught the roof, so I took the train.

It was actually a bus from Portland to Boston and then a train from Boston to Penn Station. It took a little longer than a flight and transport from the airport into Manhattan would have taken, but not that much longer and overall it was a very comfortable and hassle-free travel experience. You can't help but notice, however, the lack of security on buses and trains—especially when you compare it to air travel.

It's not that I want to have to remove my shoes at Penn Station, but it's noticeable and it's something that we have talked about here in the office.

In this week's newswire, three stories touch on transportation security. First, we have integration firm Minuteman Security getting into product development. Minuteman has developed a new mobile video surveillance and health check monitoring system. It test drove the system at the fifth largest tranportation authority in the country and others are showing interest in the system. Here's a link to the story.

Our monthly "Stats" story delves into a report from TechNavio that projects that the market for mass transit security will reach $5 billion in North America by 2018. Here's a link to that story. 

And finally, our monthly Legislative Update, takes a look at SIA's work with FRA, the Federal Railroad Administration, to set requirements for video and audio security technology on passenger and freight trains. Read that story here.

 

Security market confidence on rise

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New product introductions, sales and new orders drove SIA’s Security Market Index up to 74.6 in November, SIA reports.

That’s up from 72.3 in September and 62 in July.

Independent researcher Maddry Associates conducted the bimonthly Internet survey of nearly 100 executives from SIA member companies.

"Across the board, security companies indicated that they are feeling bullish about the performance of the security industry in the coming months," Ron Hawkins, SIA manager of special projects and partnerships, said in a prepared statement. "The survey's findings are consistent with the performance of the U.S. economy overall, with strong growth in the past two quarters providing hope that we are, perhaps, about to finally escape the post-Great Recession doldrums."

Executives participating in the survey gave this take on how they expected their companies to do during the next three months:

  • 38 percent, they would fare much better
  • 42 percent, a little better
  • 15 percent, no change
  • 4 percent, a little worse
  • 1 percent, much worse

The full results of the SIA Security Market Index are available to SIA members and can be found here.

SIA makes recommendations to the Federal Railroad Administration

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12/01/2014

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association Nov. 6 recommended incorporating image and audio recording technologies to safety onboard U.S. passenger and freight trains to an advisory committee of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The FRA will require cameras on trains by April 1, 2015.

Jay Hauhn retires

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Monday, November 24, 2014

This week is the first week in 37 years that Jay Hauhn is not reporting to work at Tyco (or former sister company ADT). Hauhn's last day was on Friday. I had a chance to catch up with Jay last week at ISC East.

Jay said he's looking forward to taking the next 6 to 12 months to "decompress" from the day-to-day corporate world. But he'll stay connected to the security industry in a volunteer capacity: Hauhn serves as president of the Central Station Alarm Association, and he's also looking forward to "re-engaging with SIA [in some volunteer capacity.]"

Jay began his career with a temporary job at ADT as a "key runner," where he literally carried a metal keybox to businesses when there was an alarm. After six months, he moved to an engineering position where he worked on the "very beginnings of computerization of central stations." He later worked in the World Trade Center in New York where did further work with ADT central stations (There were 165 at the time; today there are fewer than five.)

In the course of his career, Hauhn has worked on the systems integration side of the business, has been responsible for products, and has worked as CTO.

Asked about the most important technological change he witnessed in his career? The digital dialer, he said. "The digital dailer created the residential businesses' ability to cost effectively protect homes. That was a paradigm shift," he said. Many security companies are about 70 percent residential, he noted. "[The digital dailer] led to the growth in this industry."

More recently, an important technological advancement has been managed services and in particular hosted access. Where previously a security company that did card access and video "was lucky to get a maintenance contract," hosted access changed that.

"Steve Van Till [Brivo CEO] did this," Hauhn said. "He showed this industry how to sell card access and get RMR out of every sale."

The industry is not there yet with hosted video, he said.

Hauhn said he's a huge believer that workable video analytics will be the key to hosted video.

"That's where managed video is going to finally get traction," he said. Then, only important snippets of video will be sent to the cloud.

Then that video data will be mined. "It will be more about business operation improvement as opposed to security. That's where the ROI [for end users] would be—in improved business metrics."

I asked him about the most fun stuff he's done working in the security industry.

Hauhn spent some time in the late 80s and early 90s working for ADT's federal group. "I got to design security systems for some places that don't exist," he said. "I'm still not allowed to talk about those, but to go to those federal DoD locations and know the importance of those places, and I got to design the security systems to protect them. That was neat," he said.

Hauhn also really liked some work he did with the Navy SEALS. He declined to elaborate beyond: "I got to play with some of their toys—boats and vehicles. That was fun."

Hauhn said he may do some consulting after a year or so, but he also may decide not to.

"Tyco and ADT have been very good to me," he said. "I know it sounds corny, but I've really met some fantastic people in this industry," he said. "There's a lot of cameraderie and people care about what they do—protecting assets and property."

 

 

SIA’s Education Interest Group to become SIA PASS

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11/06/2014

SILVER SPRING, Md.—SIA announced that its Education Interest Group, formed in 2013 to address school security issues, is now the SIA Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS).

Women in Security: Janet Fenner, 'know the product'

Gender diversity may be enhanced by SIA’s efforts
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11/05/2014

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.—Janet Fenner, senior marketing group manager for Samsung Techwin America, drifted into security early in her career. Fenner was doing marketing for a company that went through several acquisitions. “Along the way I ended up working in a [physical security division] that specialized in identity,” she said.

SIA questions GSA pricing policy

Anecdotal evidence shows companies are being unfairly rejected
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10/08/2014

WASHINGTON—Uncertainties surrounding the General Service Administration’s new schedule pricing policies for products and services need to be further examined, according to Jake Parker, government relations director at the Security Industry Association.

Steve Shapiro appointed to CSAA board

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10/08/2014

VIENNA, Va.— Steve Shapiro, vice president of industry relations for ADT, has been appointed to the Central Station Alarm Association board of directors.

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