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Archive: August 2019


On The Editor's Desk

Is in-home delivery driving security spending?

August 23, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

Anyone who has fallen victim to the dreaded “porch pirates” can understand why the current smart home trend of in-home delivery of packages continues to catch on. Nothing sucks more than having video footage — from a video doorbell or camera — of someone grabbing your goods off your stoop and having no power to do anything about it. It is this convergence of technology and convenience that is driving interest in, and spending on, security. In fact, nearly half of consumers...

Amazon, Package Delivery, Parks Associates


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Monitoring Matters

Why seeing a star on your driver's license is a good thing

August 23, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

I remember in elementary school those little gold, silver, red, green and blue foil star stickers the teacher would put at the top of my paper, each color reflecting my grade: gold for the perfect score of 100; silver for 90s; blue for 80s; and green for 70s. If I saw a red star, just forget it, because that meant redoing the whole assignment, usually DURING recess, or when I got home from school DURING my favorite TV shows — Woody Wood Pecker, Tom & Jerry and Heathcliff. Let's see if you pass...

airport security, Department of Motor Vehicles, DMV, passport, Real ID, TSA


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General News

Despite privacy concerns, readers bullish on biometrics

August 23, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—With the debate on biometrics and data privacy heating up, and more and more states seeking to regulate the collection, use and retention of biometric data, this month's News Poll focuses on the future of biometrics and its role in security.Interestingly, despite privacy concerns, readers are bullish on biometrics. While a whopping 94 percent of respondents feel there should be biometric laws in place, an overwhelming number, 76 percent, think facial recognition will continue...

biometrics, facial recognition, Identity, News Poll, privacy


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General News

Roundtable discussion: security system lifecycle considerations, effectiveness and cost control

August 23, 2019Frank Pisciotta

A substantial focus of the security industry is on the selection and installation of security systems, and there is no doubt that this is a critical element of the process. However, in order to ensure that security systems such as access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection and panic alarms deliver on “game day,” an equal if not greater emphasis has to be put on the actions that are taken after the installers have closed the doors on the truck and driven away.This article...

access control, ASIS, Business Protection Specialists, Frank Pisciotta, IAPSC, International Association of Professional Security Consultants, intrusion detection, panic detection, video surveillance


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Residential

ADT announces new brand direction

August 23, 2019SSN Staff

BOCA RATON, Fla.—ADT announced it is transforming its brand to highlight its diverse portfolio of products and solutions.ADT believes that everyone deserves to feel safe in every aspect of their lives and considers each customer's unique needs by asking a distinctly personal question: “What do you want to protect?”“At ADT we know that security extends beyond the front door, and as the #1 smart home security provider we continue to innovate and develop the best solutions for...

ADT, New Brand Direction


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Commercial

American Defense Systems acquires Direct Protect Security and Surveillance

August 23, 2019SSN Staff

DALLAS—On Friday, August 16, 2019, American Defense Systems of Dallas acquired Direct Protect Security and Surveillance out of Costa Mesa, CA. Direct Protect has provided smart home solutions to residents and businesses in over 13 states for approximately 10 years.Matt Leibelt and James Melad, principals of Direct Protect, met in the mortgage industry in the early 2000s. After working in a different industry for a number of years, they reconnected to work in the home security space. Leibelt...

American Defense Systems, Curtis Kindred, Direct Protect Security and Surveillance, Residential Security, smart home


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Monitoring Matters

5 important facts you need to know about the Texas-based ransomware attacks

August 21, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

Whomever is the culprit for all these ransomware attacks on local U.S. government entities sure is getting a ton of notoriety in the media. With 22 reported and known public-sector attacks so far this year, and none tracked by the federal government or FBI, according to CNN, I say, the more information available the better for those needing to protect themselves. The most recent ransomware attack happened in my home state of Texas against 22 small-town governments, and while our “Don't mess...

Cybercrime, Ransomware, Texas


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On The Editor's Desk

SIA provides analysis of rules related to NDAA

August 21, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

If you're part of the security industry, there's little doubt you haven't heard about the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) rule announced last week that started the ball rolling on the prohibition to procure certain Chinese telecommunications and video surveillance equipment. The key word here is “certain,” meaning not all equipment is part of the rule, and security contractors are left scrambling trying to figure out exactly what to do. The Security Industry Association (SIA) jumped...

NDAA Procurement Ban, SIA


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Suppliers

Johnson Controls has big plans for Tyco Cloud

August 21, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

MILWAUKEE—Johnson Controls recently unveiled Tyco Cloud, a new cloud-based security suite developed to help customers move costly and complex security infrastructure for access control and video surveillance to the cloud.With Tyco Cloud, Johnson Controls said organizations can reduce costs, improve enterprise security management and scale security operations on demand, allowing users to protect lives, assets and facilities through management of access control, video surveillance and other security...

Johnson Controls, Martin Renkis, Tyco Cloud


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General News

Specifically Speaking with Nicholas M. Stefantsiv

August 21, 2019Paul Ragusa, Editor

What's your role at the company?I design and manage any low voltage systems in our Boston office projects, and collaborate with all of Bala's Technology Systems group team members in other offices.What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide?Bala's Technology Systems group designs telecommunication and structured cabling systems, electronic security systems and audio-visual systems. On the electronic security side, we design access, intrusion and video systems....

Consulting, Nicholas M. Stefantsiv, Specifically Speaking


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