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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.

SIA urges industry to tell candidates that security matters

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09/19/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—Summer is over, the political conventions are a memory and Congress is back in session. Pressure is building on Capitol Hill about how to fund the federal government through March 2013, with items of great interest to the security industry hanging in the balance.

Industry looks to conventions for clues about security funding

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08/27/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—With Congress in recess in mid-August, security industry watchdogs geared up for two big events outside the Beltway: the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this week, and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 4-6.

Bill to deregulate telecoms in Pa. concerns industry

AICC says legislation would give telecoms like Verizon unfair advantage over security company competitors, but Verizon denies that
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08/08/2012

HARRISBURG, Pa.—Proposed legislation in Pennsylvania to deregulate the telecommunications industry in the state would give an unfair advantage to telecom providers of home security services, according to an attorney with the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC).

Legislative Roundup: Congress keeps industry busy

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07/31/2012

YARMOUTH, Maine—This month we’re launching a monthly roundup of legislative news, both state and federal, of interest to security and fire integrators, installers and monitoring companies.

House passes Secure Border Act

Bill goes to Senate with provisions important to security industry
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07/16/2012

WASHINGTON—The Security Industry Association announced some good news for the industry in June: The House has passed H.R. 1299, the Secure Border Act.

SIA: Biometrics can cut fraud in Medicare, Medicaid

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07/03/2012

SILVER SPRING, Md.—Biometrics can reduce fraud in Medicare and Medicaid programs and provide assurance that patient information is protected, the Security Industry Association told the Senate Finance Committee on June 29.

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