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False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
10/01/2003

GREAT FALLS, Mont.

Police here have asked city commissioners to raise the fines for false alarms in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms officers respond to each year.

STANDARDS

SSN Staff  - 
10/01/2003

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Security Systems News surveyed NewsWire subscribers to gauge industry opinion on the importance of standards and how those rules will impact the industry. Here’s what we found.

STANDARDS

Who should set security standards?
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10/01/2003

A maturing security industry, impacted by factors ranging from the false alarm issue to emerging technologies to mandates related to government contracts, is increasingly turning its attention to the creation and adoption of standards to keep it competitive and viable.

Most observers seem in agreement that standards administered and coordinated by the American National Standards Institute, which helps develop voluntary standards in the United States, will improve the industry and its standing within the global business community, as well as that industry-specific organizations should address issues related to their members.

Guard response services available as another approach to verification

Industry sees a renewed interest in guard service
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10/01/2003

Technology may be paving the way for new methods of alarm verification, but Jim Osborne, president of American Response Center, Euclid, Ohio, said some customers are choosing to use initial alarm response companies as the means for reducing false alarms.

Although response companies, which respond to an alarm in person before seeking aid from police, have been around for a long time, Osborne said there is renewed interest in their use.

Colo. chiefs team to fight false alarms

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10/01/2003

DENVER - Police chiefs and sheriffs in this area have formed a task force to investigate ways of reducing false alarms, which Denver police estimate cost the city nearly $1 million and more than 23,000 hours of lost time last year.

In late August, that task force presented its findings to members of the Denver Metropolitan Chiefs Association, which will make a decision on how to address this growing issue in the coming months.

GSA deploys Verint solution

SSN Staff  - 
10/01/2003

WASHINGTON - The United States General Services Administration has deployed Verint Systems Inc.’s Loronix Digital Solutions to enhance security at its facilities across the country.

Editors’ picks for National Summit on Security conference program

SSN Staff  - 
10/01/2003

The editorial team at Security Systems News has scoured the seminar and workshop schedule for the National Summit on Security, and the seminars listed below are our picks from the list.

In addition to the sessions highlighted below,which by no means comprise an exhaustive list, there ar e a number of opportunities for NSS attendees to learn about government-related work, including homeland security initiatives.

New verification services broaden the scope of monitoring

Many of the products coming on the market today
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10/01/2003

give alarm owners a chance to track and verify non-critical alarms

With false alarm prevention as the basis, along with the opportunity to take advantage of all that telecommunications technology has to offer, new verification options are entering the monitoring arena.

While none are designed to eliminate the need for existing central station services, many of the products coming on the market today give alarm owners a chance to track and even verify many non-critical alarms.

Change in judges delays decision in S.F. case

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10/01/2003

SAN FRANCISCO - In early September, both sides in the lawsuit filed by the California Alarm Association against the city of San Francisco were left waiting for a decision on seven cross-motions that will determine the future of the case.

The hearing on the motions was held in late-July, but mitigating circumstances caused a delay in the ruling, which had been expected almost immediately.

A range of uses crop up for biometrics

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09/01/2003

While biometric access control may be more commonly implemented in government facilities and high-end applications, the reality is that in addition to these traditional users, many more adopters are finding a place for biometrics.

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SSN News Poll September 2014

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