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SIA steps up fight for school security funding

Industry faces new hurdle on TWIC as report faults pilot program
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05/24/2013

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association has expanded its fight for school security funding, taking the issue to the House and asking the Senate to consider a stand-alone bill after grant money was denied during the debate over gun control.

Video surveillance holds the key in Boston bomb probe

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Marcus Dunn was late for the phone call Tuesday morning, but there was no need to apologize (although he did so anyway). As director of government relations for the Security Industry Association, he had been in a meeting to discuss the bombings in Boston and it ran longer than expected.

Our conversation—we speak every month about legislative issues affecting the industry—quickly turned to Monday’s deadly attack. Less than 24 hours had passed and speculation was rampant about who had done it and why. There were few new facts, but police had started to sift through surveillance video that likely will be key to solving the crime.

That provided a silver lining, however slim, for Dunn.

“When these things happen, despite all the craziness, there’s a little bit of pride in being with an organization that often prevents these types of things or plays a large role in apprehending those responsible,” he said. “There are some critics of the technology and how there are cameras on the streets, but I think we’ve seen time and time again that they’re effective in preventing crime and certainly very effective in capturing perpetrators.”

Dunn said that was the case after bombs killed 52 people aboard three London trains and a city bus on July 7, 2005. The examination of CCTV images helped investigators identify the suicide bombers and arrest others connected to the attacks.

“We’re trying to determine what was deployed in the area in Boston and if a [SIA] member company had equipment deployed there,” Dunn said. “In London, it’s just decked out—there are cameras everywhere. That’s what they used [in 2005]. They were able to go through the surveillance footage very quickly.”

In the aftermath of Monday’s attack, there was also the realization that “soft targets” like the Boston Marathon will always be vulnerable. No matter what security precautions are taken, the risk can never be eliminated—at least not in a free society. With it comes a loss of innocence that deepens the grief.

“The marathon is one of those things that is very open, you can come and go,” Dunn said. “Those days are gone now.”

After SIA’s meeting Tuesday morning, CEO Don Erickson—who is also a marathon runner—echoed the thoughts of many with the following statement:
 
“As someone who has personally experienced the strong community spirit that exists on marathon days, I am incredibly saddened by the horrific events that tragically occurred yesterday in Boston. On behalf of SIA, our thoughts and prayers are extended to those who were injured and to the families of those who lost their lives on what should have been a day of accomplishment and excitement for the city of Boston. We extend our thanks to the first responders who acted so quickly to help the victims of this attack.”

SIA tells Obama safer schools possible without policy shift

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02/25/2013

WASHINGTON—With the debate raging on in Congress about school security after the shootings in Newtown, Conn., the Security Industry Association recently sent a letter to President Obama to let him know that steps can be taken now to make schools safer without major changes in policy.

SIA supports school security initiatives in letter to Obama

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02/05/2013

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Jay Hauhn, chairman of the board of directors for the Security Industry Association, sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging “a comprehensive solution” concerning security in the nation’s schools, according to a statement from SIA.

SIA pursues waiver to increase flow of port funding from DHS

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12/04/2012

WASHINGTON—The election is a memory, the robocalls have ceased and Congress is locked in a lame-duck session. While the so-called “fiscal cliff” is generating the lion’s share of discussion inside the Beltway, port funding is the talk of the town in the security profession.

Fire-Lite Alarms achieves SIA milestone

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11/28/2012

NORTHFORD, Conn.—Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell is being recognized by the Security Industry Association for its 25 years of membership with the organization, according to a company statement.

Security companies: You can still have your say on NFPA 730!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

NFPA 730 and NFPA 731, the National Fire Protection Association rules governing installation and maintenance of security systems, have proved controversial in the past—and now they’re up for revision again.

Because the proposed changes could impact security companies, the Security Industry Association (SIA) is urging its members to comment. You have until 5 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 16, to do so.

Here’s some of what SIA had to say in a recent communication to members:
 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has opened the next revision of the NFPA 730: Premises Security Guide and the NFPA 731: Standard for the Installation of Electronic Premises Security Systems for public comment. Of importance to many Security Industry Association members is the proposal to change the title and scope of NFPA 730 to NFPA 730: Premises Security Code and the resulting change of all instances of “should” to “shall” within the document. This change can have an impact on the installed products and systems of many SIA members. After conferring with other industry groups including ASIS International and NFPA, we recommend that SIA members consider submitting comments directly to the NFPA.

For more information, visit www.siaonline.org and www.nfpa.org.

 

ISC East is back, will take place Nov. 28 and 29

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Monday, November 5, 2012

ISC East has been rescheduled for Nov. 28 and 29 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, Reed Expo’s Ed Several told me in a phone call earlier today.

ISC East was originally scheduled for Oct. 30 and 31 was postponed due to Hurricane Sandy.

Details will be available on the ISC East site www.isceast.com this afternoon, Several said. Also, an email will go out to everyone who had registered to attend the event.

“We’re making this as easy as possible,” Several said. “We have an email going out this afternoon that will enable someone who is already pre-registered to click a button to say I’m interested in joining you again,” he said.

Several said Reed and the Security Industry Association and other organizers have worked long days and weekends with the Javits Center to work out the details of rescheduling the trade show.

Typically, dates for trade shows are booked “years in advance  … we were able to do some maneuvering to get dates that will be four weeks after the original,” Several said. “We couldn’t do it any earlier,” he said, noting that residents and businesses in the New York metropolitan area is still recovering from the storm.

The fact that many exhibitors have booths and other materials stored in the New York area makes the rescheduling a little bit easier, he said.

Is there a precedent for rescheduling a trade show this large? Several said that Reed had to postpone and reschedule a food industry trade show a few years ago. The show was to take place in Florida and had to be postponed because of a hurricane.

“What is unprecedented is the fact that New York City experienced a storm of this magnitude,” Several said.

“I'm happy that SIA, the ISC East team, exhibitors and attendees were in constant contact and were able to the address [rescheduling the show] prior to the storm making landfall … and we’ve been quickly able to reschedule for four weeks later,” he said.

“On November 28, we’ll be ready to go,” Several said.

Lame ducks and partisan muck: Security bills await action in D.C.

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10/22/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Can the upcoming lame-duck session of Congress get off the ground, or will the nation’s business—and legislation of interest to the security industry—continue to grind along in the jaws of partisan gridlock?

Changes to FIPS-201-2: How will they affect you?

The government is making progress and those in the know say eventually what’s going on in Washington will affect access control in the commercial market everywhere
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10/12/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Is it important for integrators who don’t do government work to pay attention to what’s going on with federal mandates for access control in government buildings? According to experts who spoke to Security Systems News for this story, the answer is yes.

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