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NBFAA officers win uncontested election

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2004

SILVER SPRING, Md. - The ballots have been counted for the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association’s annual officer election and all four candidates running uncontested for separate positions can now be called NBFAA officers.

Smarter systems offer better solutions in video arena

Bandwidth and compression technology are at the forefront as the industry looks to improve the quality of video
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06/01/2004

With network-based digital video surveillance at the heart of many security systems these days, issues related to bandwidth and compression are taking center stage.

Even though networks are becoming faster and growing quicker than before, “bandwidth and network capacity will always be your choke point,” said William L.

False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2004

St. Louis

A plan to reduce the frequency of false alarms here by bolstering fines as well as increasing operating standards for alarm companies is close to passage.

The Right Response

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2004

Neighbor’s system stops fatal disaster
BROOKLINE, Mass. - When a fire broke out in a Victorian townhouse here, it was not that home’s newly installed security and fire alarm system that alerted homeowners a fire was in progress in the attic, but a neighbor’s security system that told authorities about the blaze.

LESA calls it quits, SIAC to pick up the pieces

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06/01/2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Law Enforcement and Security Alliance, an association formed to promote dialogue about alarm-related issues between public and private organizations, folded last month after four years of operations.

Which is best: Shared or a separate network?

These days it’s more than a bandwidth issue when deciding which approach to take
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06/01/2004

Another way to address the issues related to bandwidth is to put security on its own network, rather than sharing the existing IT infrastructure. This addresses not only capacity problems, but also the increasingly difficult issue of who manages the network.

SIA prepares for cross-country tour

SSN Staff  - 
06/01/2004

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Security Industry Association will hold its first Certified Security Project Manager program this month in Chicago.

Manitoba adds tax to monitoring services

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06/01/2004

WINNIPEG, Manitoba - Once July 1 rolls around, monitoring stations in Manitoba will no longer be exempt from provincial taxes.

In a move that aligns this western Canada province with other provinces in the country, Manitoba is instituting a 7 percent tax on security investigation services.

ISC West turnout reaches beyond industry expectations

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05/01/2004

LAS VEGAS - Security professionals who descended upon America’s playground for the 2004 International Security Conference & Exposition contributed to a 17 percent increase in attendees in comparison to last year’s show.

Reed Exhibitions, organizer of the annual event, reported that out of the 19,439 people who visited the show, 55 percent of attendees were dealers and 24 percent were end users.

Lifestyle takes alternate approach

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05/01/2004

DALLAS - Lifestyle Innovations filed its quarterly report in March - a narrative that revisits missteps the company has experienced over the past year.

In the last 12 months, the company has played a part in a number of failed transactions.

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