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ISC West growth good economic sign

The fact that exhibit space is nearly sold out means industry is rebounding from recession
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02/17/2011

LAS VEGAS—It’s a good economic indicator for the security industry that show floor space for ISC West, which takes place here this year April 6-8, is 95 percent sold out, according to Ed Nichols, VP, strategic accounts, ISC.
Nichols expects all 300,000 square feet of the show’s available exhibit space at the Sands Expo & Convention Center to be totally sold out when the show starts. That means that ISC will be the same size that it was before the economic downturn, a good sign for the industry, Nichols said.

Keeping central station employees in the know through extensive training

Many different options abound
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02/10/2011

The controversy surrounding Article 6-E—proposed legislation in New York that looks to vet and license central station employees according to statewide standards—has many in the industry talking about central station employee training. There are plenty of virtual and classroom training options provided by industry associations like CSAA and SIA. And, many monitoring companies take full control and create their own training programs for employees.

Panasonic’s Taylor elected, Brivo’s Van Till re-elected to SIA board

SSN Staff  - 
12/14/2010

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—The Security Industry Association Board of Directors has seen some elections and re-elections lately. Panasonic System Networks Company of America announced Dec. 9 that its president, Bill Taylor, has been elected to the Board, while Brivo on Dec. 14 announced the re-election of its president and CEO Steve Van Till.

Report finds biometrics ‘fallible’, but SIA disagrees

‘In the security world, biometrics are accepted as a viable solution for authorization and identification’
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11/23/2010

WASHINGTON—When the National Research Council released a report criticizing the use of biometric technology, many in the security industry took notice. The 2010 report, Biometric Recognition: Challenges and Opportunities found that “human recognition systems are inherently probabilistic and hence inherently fallible; the chance of error can be made small but not eliminated. System designers and operators should anticipate and plan for the occurrence of errors, even if errors are expected to be infrequent.”

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