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TMA, ESA dispute Google’s claim

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Monitoring Association (TMA) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA) are calling out Google on its recent statement — “security systems often use microphones” — noting that such statements “misrepresent the vast majority of today’s residential security systems installed throughout the country.”

The dispute follows recent reporting by Business Insider, CNN Business and many other publications that have highlighted the undisclosed, on-board microphone discovered in Google’s Nest Guard Security Device — raising serious privacy concerns among consumers.

Since audio recording includes privacy and legal complexities, it’s not extremely common in residential installations, the associations noted, pointing out that security professionals and integrators consult with customers and ensure all federal and state laws are abided by.

“Adding audio surveillance can certainly make for a more robust system,” ESA President Chris Mosley said in a prepared statement. “We’re seeing exciting advancements in the audio surveillance category, such as acoustic sensors and microphones that can help us detect gunfire or when voices become elevated that could indicate potential violence. However, sweeping statements to infer that residential systems commonly have this feature are simply not accurate.”

Richard Brent, CEO, Louroe Electronics, an ESA Member company and 40-year-old manufacturer of audio-based technologies, agrees, noting, “Sound-based technology in security systems is common in law enforcement, institutional, and smart city installations. However, the use of microphones for surveillance in residences is extremely rare on account of heightened expectations of privacy.”

According to both associations, adding microphones and audio capabilities to security systems adds another level of precaution that must be taken to install the system in a way that protects the privacy of the consumer.

“Security systems are now an important part of the customer home experience in that we can integrate with audio assistance,” TMA President Ivan Spector said. “However professionally installed and monitored security systems are not designed to record data and conversations unbeknownst to our customers.”

Professionally installed systems have the backing of technology experts who know the full capability of the system and its components and can appropriately safeguard these systems, so as not to compromise privacy.

ESA and SIA team up to create workforce development strategies

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03/06/2019

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) are collaborating on a joint strategy to help their members identify, recruit and retain qualified employees for a variety of professional roles within manufacturer and integrator businesses.

ESA Leadership Summit 2019 provided valuable education, business contacts

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02/13/2019

IRVING, Texas—A few weeks ago, the Electronic Security Association (ESA) held their 2019 Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas, gathering electronic security and life safety professionals to start off the year by sharing best practices, networking and collaborative strategizing.

ESX 2019 unveils education program

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02/04/2019

INDIANAPOLIS—The Electronic Security Expo (ESX) announced its 2019 educational programming for ESX 2019, which will be held here at the Indiana Convention Center from June 3-6.

TechSec Solutions to feature Security Industry Mega Panel

Leaders from ASIS, ESA, PSA and SIA to come together on one session
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12/17/2018

YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Systems News is excited to announce its TechSec Solutions conference, Feb. 25-26, 2019, in Delray Beach, Fla., will include a Security Industry Mega Panel featuring leaders from the industry’s top associations and organizations, who will come together to give their perspective on, and vision for the future of security.

ESA announces details for 2019 leadership summit

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11/14/2018

IRVING, Texas—ESA recently announced the dates, location, schedule and speakers for its 2019 Leadership Summit: the executive level event will be held Jan. 28-31 in Austin, Texas.

ESX announces 2018 Innovation Awards winners

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05/30/2018

IRVING, Texas—ESX today announced the Innovation Awards winners for 2018, a recognition for outstanding products and services that drive the electronic security and life safety industry forward.

BBB teams with security industry to fight fraud

Louisiana State Fire Marshal leads news conference on stopping deceptive sales practices
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05/23/2018

BATON ROUGE, La.—As one of the leading states for deceptive sales practices, Louisiana consumers will be targets of deceptive doorknockers this summer who con them into switching their alarm service.

ESA launches new online instructor-led training

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05/23/2018

IRVING, Texas—The Electronic Security Association’s National Training School recently launched its new Online Instructor Led Training (OILT) platform, providing synchronous online training to its customers.

ESA and CEDIA expand educational offerings to members

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08/09/2017

IRVING, Texas—The Electronic Security Association and CEDIA announced a new training relationship that will expand the educational opportunities for members of both associations.

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