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SIA raises advocacy efforts

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Security Industry Association (SIA) announced this week the establishment of a political action committee (PAC) called the SecurityPAC, which was formed to bolster its advocacy efforts to fully engage within the U.S. political process on matters affecting the security industry.

The timing of this announcement couldn’t be better as it comes a week before the SIA GovSummit, a leading public policy forum for the security industry set for June 28-29 on Capitol Hill and at The Liaison Capitol Hill.

“SecurityPAC was established to strengthen the voice of the security industry on Capitol Hill, by enabling SIA members to support candidates for federal office who will champion issues that are important to the industry,” Joseph Hoellerer, SIA Government Relations manager told Security Systems News. “There are hundreds of trade associations in Washington with robust advocacy efforts and SecurityPAC provides SIA with an additional and important tool to advance the policy priorities of its members.”

The newly formed SecurityPAC will raise funds solely from SIA members to support candidates for federal office who champion important industry issues, and will support matters pertaining but not limited to issues such as homeland security, cybersecurity, federal procurement and critical infrastructure protection.

“The establishment of the SecurityPAC follows the core mission of SIA, which is ‘to be a catalyst for success within the global security industry through information, insight and influence,’” SIA CEO Don Erickson said in the announcement. “The Security Industry Association’s political action committee will enable the association to do just that by adding a vital voice to the national dialogue during federal elections. With SecurityPAC, we will support crucial causes for the improved security posture of the entire country.”

Contributions to SecurityPAC are strictly voluntary and in compliance with statutorily defined regulations of the Federal Election Commission. SIA members with user credentials can access the SecurityPAC website at www.siasecuritypac.org. Employees of SIA member companies interested in gaining access to the site should contact Joe Hoellerer at 301-804-4714 or jhoellerer@securityindustry.org.

Axis' Steve Surfaro to chair SIA's new Public Safety Working Group

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Security Industry Association (SIA) recently announced its establishment of the SIA Public Safety Working Group, which will be chaired by Steve Surfaro, industry liaison, Axis Communications.

“This working group has been in the works for quite some time,” Surfaro told Security Systems News. “SIA began working on public safety through some work with the Homeland Security Science and Technology group, and it was thought that one of the best ways to really serve the security industry and public safety industry was to come up with a very agile and focused working group.”

According to SIA CEO Don Erickson, the goal with standing up the SIA Public Safety Working Group is to develop recommendations to improve the safety, security, and sustainability of cities and communities using technology, as well as provide advocacy of public policies in support of the group’s mission.

"As new and developing technologies undergo trial and testing or enter the field in use by public safety agencies, it is critical that the security industry maintain its voice in the appropriate adoption and deployment of these technologies," Erickson said in the announcement. "SIA members are uniquely qualified to provide council alongside active practitioners in police, fire, emergency medical services and other disciplines to maintain the safety and security of our cities and communities."

Erickson is excited to have Surfaro as the inaugural chairperson for the SIA Public Safety Working Group. “His connections throughout the security industry are exemplified by his achievements, for example, as chair of the Security Applied Sciences Council for ASIS International," he said.

The working group will involve a number of different key entities within the security and public safety spaces, including practitioners, solution providers, systems integrators and specialty manufacturers.

“The most important thing to realize is the PSWG is going to have equal representation across all interested parties, by both practitioners and solution providers, especially SIA members,” said Surfaro. “The mission is to provide guidance through education and publications, including special education sessions and events at ISC West and ISC East, for example, as well as a centralized repository of subject matter experts who have already had success overcoming public safety security challenges.”

In addition to looking at emerging technologies, such as autonomous systems and unmanned vehicles, the working group is creating a Tactical Solutions Handbook, a working document that will be the working group’s “first deliverable,” said Surfaro.

“A while ago with Homeland Security Science and Technology we had some great success together with SIA in publishing a Video Quality handbook,” he explained. “But now things are not just about video—they are about access control, acoustic sensing and signal detection, thermal imaging, screening techniques, body worn cameras, license plate technology, explosives detection—to name just a few.”

He continued, “Everything that we are going to put into this handbook is going to be equally used by both public safety and corporations with high risk, which will be able to get guidance for hardening their facilities as well.”

The working group should have four- to five chapters of the handbook ready by the fall, said Surfaro. “Each chapter will have a structure where a SME leads each chapter, and then has contributors,” he explained. “And then each of the contributors for the other chapters are going to be reviewers on the chapters they did not write, which will add to the collaborative nature of the handbook.”

Surfaro said the handbook will benefit greatly from having so many different perspectives. “We need to be agile enough to be able to work with multiple practitioner groups and leverage the SIA membership, which is very far-reaching with a lot of solution providers, and they will have a tremendous opportunity to contribute to the working group and to this handbook.”

Another goal with the handbook is to provide a guide for matching the different types of emerging threats today with an appropriate tactical solution. “So it will be a nice use-case method where the security industry will learn more about what is happening in public safety and public safety will learn about how many of the solutions that they need to defend against these emerging threats already exist,” said Surfaro.

Since the announcement, SIA and Surfaro have already gotten a great response from those interested in contributing. “In the past week alone, there are many who have reached out to SIA and myself pledging interest in the working group,” said Surfaro. “And it has been a wide variety of folks—systems integrators, solution providers, as well as those who are involved in law enforcement and fire. Working within a consensus-driven environment is vitally important with a group like this.”

Awards all around

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Just starting to recover from ISC West 2017, which is a testament to how busy and well attended the show was this year. I am still waiting for final numbers from ISC but Sherida Sessa, industry vice president, ISC Events & Connected Security Expo, did say by email that both the number of attendees and exhibitors was up from last year.

There was also a sense of renewed optimism—and a healthy buzz on the show floor—about the security industry in general and where it is headed in this age of high tech products.

Speaking of new tech, there was an abundance of new products, and new companies at ISC this year, and the SIA New Product Showcase (NPS) award winners (see list below) exemplifies how tech-driven the industry has become and will continue to be moving forward. [See my and Spencer Ives’ daily blog coverage of ISC West for more].

This year’s Best New Product in the SIA New Product Showcase was CrucialTrak’s Biometric Access Control System (BACS), which according to the company is the “world’s first” multi-biometric authentication technology, providing the highest security measures by layering four different biometric authentications into one terminal. In each BACS module, up to four biometric identification technologies are considered: touchless fingerprint, iris patterns, vein patterns and facial recognition authentication.

“Many returning companies entered the SIA New Product Showcase this year, and many new entrants also competed in the showcase,” SIA CEO Don Erickson said in the announcement. “New and familiar faces did very well in the 2017 showcase. I congratulate CrucialTrak for distinguishing itself as Best New Product overall in a very competitive year.”

In addition, the prestigious Judges' Choice Award was presented to Thermal Imaging Radar for Hydra. The Thermal Radar Hydra provides wide area intrusion detection through continuous 360° thermal intrusion detection combined with 360° targeted surveillance from a 30X zoom laser IR starlight PTZ, said the company.

The SIA NPS had 120 entries from small, medium and large companies in the security industry, representing roughly a 20 percent increase over last year and set a record for entrants in recent years, according to SIA. The NPS judges presented awards in 29 product and service categories.

2017 SIA NPS Award Winners

Access Control, Devices and Peripherals
HES (1500/1600 Electric Strike Platform)

Access Control, Devices and Peripherals, Wireless
HID Global (Location Services)

Access Control, Software and Controllers
Tyco Security Products (Istar Ultra Video)

Anti-Terrorism/Force Protection
Patriot One Technologies (Nforce CMR 1)

Cloud Solutions
Feenics (KEEP)

Commercial Monitoring Solutions
Secure Global Solutions (Next Stage)

Convergence and Integrated Software and Solutions
RightCrowd (Software Essentials)

Emergency Communication/Mass Notification Systems
V5 Systems (Acoustic gunshot sensor)

Fire/Life Safety
Honeywell (5800 COMBO Smoke CO2 Detector)

Green/Sustainable Solutions Products
ASSA ABLOY Americas (IN220)

Hosted Solutions/Managed Services
SureID (Certified Edge)

Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions
Optex (Redscan RLS2030S)

Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions, Wireless
Bosch (Zigbee Multi-Sensor)

Law Enforcement/Guarding Systems
Sharp Electronics (Intellios Aug V)

Lock Systems and Secure Storage Containers
Securitech (Auto-Bolt Max)

Loss Prevention and Article Surveillance Solutions
March Networks (Search Lights)

Mobile Apps
STid (Mobile ID)

Network Support Solutions
KPC Networks Limited (Thru-Link)

Outdoor Perimeter Protection
Ontech (Wardium Perimeter)

Residential and Monitoring Solutions
NAPCO (Starlink Connect Z-Model)

Tools and Hardware
Axis Communications (Site Designer)

User Authentication, Identification, Credentialing and Management
FST Biometrics (iMiD Access 4.0)

Video Analytics
UMBO Computer Vision (UMBO Light)

Video Surveillance, Advanced Imaging Technologies
Thermal Imaging Radar (Hydra)

Video Surveillance, Cameras HD (Megapixel)
Wireless CCTV (Body Camera Connect)

Video Surveillance, Cameras IP
Axis Communications (Q6155E PTZ Dome)

Video Surveillance, Data Storage
Quantum Corp. (Quantum StorNext 5.4)

Video Surveillance, Hardware and Accessories
V5 Systems (Camera Agnostic Platform)

Video Surveillance, Management Systems
FLIR (United VMS)

SIA supports reintroduction of IoT legislation

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01/26/2017

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association announced its continued support of the bipartisan Developing and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act, reintroduced in the Senate in January by the Internet of Things working group.

SIA opens submissions for ISC West New Product Showcase

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12/12/2016

SILVER SPRING, Md.—SIA is now accepting submissions for the SIA New Product Showcase at ISC West 2017.

Congress supports key security legislation

House adopts bill to extend the ‘no-load exemption’ deadline for security and life-safety products
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12/07/2016

WASHINGTON—The House recently approved the Power and Security Systems Act, H.R. 6375, a bipartisan bill introduced by Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) that removes the expiration date on the no-load exemption for security and life-safety products under current energy efficiency standards governing external power supplies.

Allegion’s Tim Eckersley awarded

Eckersley receives Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award
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10/24/2016

SILVER SPRING, Md.—SIA announced in late September that Tim Eckersley, Allegion’s senior vice president and president of the Americas, will receive this year’s Jay Hauhn Excellence in Partnerships Award, in part for his work with PASS—the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools.

SIA selects Fredrik Nilsson of Axis as Lippert Award winner

Industry veteran, innovator to be honored at gala in NY
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09/28/2016

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association has selected Fredrik Nilsson, VP, Americas, Axis Communications, as the recipient of the 2016 George R. Lippert Memorial Award.

Security industry alarmed about overtime pay rule

New law more than doubles income threshold for eligibility
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08/16/2016

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Labor (DoL) recently submitted revisions to the Fair Labor Standards Act that would more than double the salary threshold for earning overtime pay, starting Dec. 31, 2016.

Webcast to look at impact of IoT on security industry

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05/10/2016

SILVER SPRING, Md.— On May 20, SIA and Security Systems News are hosting a webcast about how the security industry can leverage the Internet of Things to drive better innovation, intelligence and value as technology becomes more mobile and social.

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