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Biometrics access control: not perfect, but possibly inevitable


YARMOUTH, Maine—Biometrics is the present and the future of access control. Some integrators and manufacturers of facial, iris and fingerprint recognition systems talk as if the markets are growing so fast that cards and keys may seem as old-school as paper checks. Others, however, caution that end users still need time to digest what is happening and what’s ahead.

Industry divided on Google’s effect on security industry

News Poll: Few believe Google will seek professional monitoring

YARMOUTH, Maine—Google, in March of this year, acquired patents relating to residential security. Twelve months earlier, Google acquired the smart home thermostat Nest. Is Google planning a big move into the security space? Should the industry be nervous? Security Systems News readers were evenly divided among those who are worried, those who are not worried, and those who plan to worry about Google if and when it gets seriously involved in the industry.

ESX veterans talk about what brings companies back

DIY panels, video verification catch show veterans’ attention

BALTIMORE—ESX veterans told Security Systems News that peer-to-peer learning and networking are among the offerings that keep them coming back to the annual event that will take place here June 24-26.

North American perimeter security market to grow

Growth across all sectors, higher in some

DALLAS—Technavio predicts growth in North America’s perimeter security market to be about $5.7 billion by 2019, up from $4.1 billion in 2014, a 39 percent increase.

State legislatures and security technology

LPR, body cams, data centers are topical in 2015

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Legislation dealing with security technology, most notably body-cams for law enforcement and data centers’ tax status, made an appearance at the state level this year, according to SIA.

Specifically Speaking with Jeff Pronschinske

Security practice leader, Mead & Hunt, Wauwatosa, Wisc.

How many employees does Mead & Hunt have? How many are involved with physical security and what is your specialty?

Five Questions: Joe Albaugh


Joe Albaugh is the chief security officer at Vivint, a job he has held for 10 months. He is responsible for the “convergence of security practices,” he says, including the operational security of products, cybersecurity and personal and physical security.

How I Use My System: Joey Rao-Russell

Kimberlite’s president and CEO talks about her home security system

Joey Rao-Russell, Kimberlite’s president and CEO and a Security Systems News “20 Under 40” winner, has worked at Kimberlite for 13 years. She started in the accounting department, was named COO in February 2012 and then CEO later in 2012. She holds a degree in criminal justice and sociology, which made the security industry “a nice fit,” Rao-Russell said. SSN recently spoke with her about the system she uses at home.

Specifically Speaking with Rodney Thayer

Principal, RSG Modelworks, Sunnyvale, Calif.

Your background is in IT security, and your company focuses on cybersecurity and network vulnerabilities in physical security, how and why did you make the move into physical security specifying?

The Great ISC West 2015 Roundup


LAS VEGAS—ISC West expected that the 2015 show would be the second biggest ever, and although no official attendance figure has been released yet, that certainly appeared to be the case. The expansive show floor was packed with exhibitors and attendees and busy even during the dwindling hours of the show Friday morning. SIA reported that attendance at its education sessions was up 18 percent over last year, up a whopping 91 percent since SIA assumed responsibility for the education program in 2010.



SSN News Poll January 2016

There's a lot of private equity interest in security. Many top security companies, such as Vivint, Protection 1, CSG Security and Alarm Capital Alliance, are PE-backed. What do you think about private equity's involvement in the security industry?

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