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Camera jam

June 12, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

I’m staying local again for this week’s blog, as I fittingly “focus” on cameras, and how they relate to a topic that has been discussed in NYC circles for nearly two decades – congestion pricing.   Guess I should first briefly explain what congestion pricing is for those who do not live in the Northeast, or specifically the Greater NYC Metropolitan Area. Congestion pricing was a plan developed by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) back in 2007 to...

Central Business District (CBD), congestion pricing, E-ZPass, Kathy Hochul, Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), TransCore


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Game of drones

May 29, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

Drones have emerged in the physical security space as a reliable video surveillance tool, but New York City (NYC) Mayor Eric Adams is traveling uncharted waters, so to speak, in how he wants to utilize drones during the summer months. As a NYC resident, I have read numerous articles on how there’s a lifeguard shortage at area beaches this summer. Now, with Memorial Day weekend in the rearview mirror and summer unofficially underway, Mayor Adams has come up with a game plan to overcome the...

Eric Adams, Kaz Daughtry, New York City Fire Department (FDNY), New York Police Department (NYPD), NYC Parks Department


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My, how you have grown

May 15, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

I’m channeling Van Morrison for this week’s blog after spending the last few days at PSA TEC 2024, a conference being fittingly held in “Big D.” Why do I say, “fittingly held?” Well, they say that everything is bigger in Texas, and I’m in Dallas, a city whose nickname is “Big D.” What I’m trying to say is that PSA TEC has gotten bigger each year since I started coming to the integrator-based conference, and it doesn’t seem like...

2024, Access Control, Bill Bozeman, integrators, PSA TEC


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A two-headed fight for facial recognition

May 1, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

The issue of whether to ban facial recognition technology has reared its ugly head again, and this time, the Security Industry Association (SIA) has an ally to help its cause. SIA joined forces with the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) – an international trade group that represents the identiļ¬cation technology industry – to compose a letter dated April 15, 2024, encouraging Congress to oppose a provision in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization...

Don Erickson, Federal Av, International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA), Maria Cantwell, Rick Larsen, Robert Tappan, Sam Graves, Security Industry Association (SIA), Ted Cruz, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), United States Congress


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ISC West hits the jackpot

April 17, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

Safe to say that ISC West 2024 came up all 7s. Sorry, had to use some slot machine terminology as Las Vegas was the center of the security universe for the largest industry show of the year. It’s a good thing I’m not claustrophobic, and I’m sure my quartet of Security Systems News colleagues who joined me in Vegas – Ken Showers, Brad Durost, Acasia Gardner and Christina Throndson – would echo that sentiment. Boy, was that show floor packed to the gills or what? We...

2024, 2025, Acasia Gardner, Brad Durost, Christina Throndson, ISC West, Ken Showers, Las Vegas, Mary Beth Shaughnessy, Mission 500, Security 5K, Security Systems News (SSN), SIA Women in Security Forum (WISF), The Wallflowers, Venetian Expo


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Honoring a great man's legacy

April 3, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

As we all prepare for ISC West next week, one man who sadly will not be in Las Vegas will instead be honored for his years of dedication to his company and the security industry as a whole. Paul Ahern was the longtime CEO of Cypress Integration Solutions who passed away in January 2023 after a battle with liver and pancreatic cancer. Paul’s presence at industry shows - including ISC West and Security Systems News’ own SecurityNext conference - demonstrated his commitment to not...

Brien Ahern, ISC West, Open Supervised Device Protocol, Paul Ahern, Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Systems News (SSN), SecurityNext, The Interface


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Self-checkout, security style

March 20, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

I’m sure we’ve all done self-checkout at a grocery store to save time, rather than stand behind shoppers in line with literally a cartful of items. But how about self-checkout at an airport? You’re probably saying, “What? How is that possible?” Well, folks, a new technology was recently unveiled at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas, featuring a screening system designed for travelers who do not want to wait on long lines at airport security checkpoints....

David Pekoske, Dimitri Kusnezov, Harry Reid International Airport, Las Vegas, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


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Capital gains

February 7, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

What do you get when you bring 40 journalists together to Washington, D.C.? If you said a presidential briefing or a congressional hearing, good guess, but for me, the answer is a one-of-a-kind experience learning about the inner workings of a physical security solutions provider. This week, myself and other security journalists from literally all around the world (yes, from as far as Singapore and Australia), have gathered for the Genetec Global Press Summit, a two-day event featuring a combination...

Andrew Elvish, Capital One Arena, Genetec, Global Press Summit, Michel Chalouhi, State of Physical Security Report 2024


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20, 2024 hours to go

January 24, 2024Cory Harris, Editor

Yes, I am channeling the legendary Ramones for my first blog of 20, 20, 24 - wait, let me correct that - 2024. See where my mind is this week? I’m far from being sedated; as a matter of fact, I’m pretty pumped about what’s ahead for Security Systems News readers in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead. But before I get into 2024, I have to look back at the end of 2023, and the tremendous webcast we hosted in December, titled “State of the Industry - A Look Ahead...

2024, Andrew Lanning, Antoinette King, Dean Drako, Don Joos, Greg Massullo, Integrator of the Year/Bill Bozeman Awards, Ivan Avramov, PSA Security Network (PSA), PSA TEC, Ramones, Security Systems News (SSN), Senthilkumar Chandrasekaran, SIA Women in Security Forum (WISF)


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Megatrending

December 13, 2023Cory Harris, Editor

I’m thinking big this week. Like really big. Like mega-big, if there’s such a word.   Why do I have “mega” on the brain this week? Well, the Security Industry Association (SIA) just revealed its 2024 Security Megatrends, an annual report that reveals the coming year’s top 10 factors “influencing both short- and long-term change in the global security industry,” as the association describes it. Speaking of reveals, the Megatrends report certainly...

Brivo, James Rothstein, Securing New Ground (SNG), Security Industry Association (SIA), Steve Van Till


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