MONROE, La.—A new security industry venture, Central Station University, is bringing back a popular training program that was last offered in 2009. Interested central station managers will be able to take the SIA-APCO Central Station Operator Instructor (CSOI) Course—more popularly known as the Train-the-Trainer course—in both Costa Mesa, Calif. and Orlando, Fla. from Sept. 12-16.
YARMOUTH, Maine—The security industry bodies that have stepped forward to advocate for a standardized future for physical security have all made moves and issued press releases recently that tout progress being made. SIA, PSIA and ONVIF all say that in the short time since ISC West, more and more compliant products have been released and have been demonstrated to work seamlessly together.
WASHINGTON—Security Industry Association COO Rand Price will temporarily manage day-to-day operations of the Security Industry Association, following the April 21 resignation of SIA’s longtime chief executive officer, Richard Chace, the organization told Security Director News, sister publication of Security Systems News in an email interview.
LAS VEGAS—It’s a good economic indicator for the security industry that show floor space for ISC West, which takes place here this year April 6-8, is 95 percent sold out, according to Ed Nichols, VP, strategic accounts, ISC.
Nichols expects all 300,000 square feet of the show’s available exhibit space at the Sands Expo & Convention Center to be totally sold out when the show starts. That means that ISC will be the same size that it was before the economic downturn, a good sign for the industry, Nichols said.
The controversy surrounding Article 6-E—proposed legislation in New York that looks to vet and license central station employees according to statewide standards—has many in the industry talking about central station employee training. There are plenty of virtual and classroom training options provided by industry associations like CSAA and SIA. And, many monitoring companies take full control and create their own training programs for employees.
ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Security Industry Association Board of Directors has seen some elections and re-elections lately. Panasonic System Networks Company of America announced Dec. 9 that its president, Bill Taylor, has been elected to the Board, while Brivo on Dec. 14 announced the re-election of its president and CEO Steve Van Till.
WASHINGTON—When the National Research Council released a report criticizing the use of biometric technology, many in the security industry took notice. The 2010 report, Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities found that “human recognition systems are inherently probabilistic and hence inherently fallible; the chance of error can be made small but not eliminated. System designers and operators should anticipate and plan for the occurrence of errors, even if errors are expected to be infrequent.”