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IMS finds end users boosting budgets for physical security gear

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06/12/2013

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—Budgets for physical security equipment continue to defy the sluggish economic recovery, with 45 percent of end users reporting that their security funding increased during 2012, according to a survey conducted by IMS Research, now part of IHS Inc.

SIA: Biometric ID cards 'sound policy' for immigration

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06/12/2013

WASHINGTON—With immigration reform gaining momentum in Congress, the Security Industry Association is calling on lawmakers to approve biometrics on identity cards to ensure the highest level of security at U.S. entry points.

PERS Summit to keep pace with mobile technology, telehealth

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06/10/2013

PARK CITY, Utah—The second annual PERS Summit will reflect changes that are attracting more alarm dealers to this growing market for RMR, including advances in technology that are making personal health management increasingly mobile.

Iconic Chicago tower thrives on friendly security

Security director has ‘open’ philosophy while protecting 12,000 employees
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06/04/2013

CHICAGO—At 110 stories, 1,450 feet tall and 4.5 million square feet, the Willis Tower is an architectural icon in the United States. Formerly known as the Sears Tower, the building’s area is equal to about 100 football fields or 17 Chicago city blocks if laid out flat.

Readers divided on need for early termination fees

SSN News Poll finds sharp split on long-term contracts
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06/04/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—Early termination fees are a standard in the security industry, but now The ADT Corp. is facing a class-action lawsuit over them on consumer protection grounds. Are the fees necessary to help companies recover installation costs and the loss of profit, or are they just an anti-competitive tool used to lock in customers?

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.

IMS: Demand for mass notification systems expected to soar

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05/24/2013

LONDON—In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and the ensuing manhunt, as well as the Sandy Hook massacre, governments, schools and other organizations are turning to mass notification systems to protect public safety, which is expected to fuel a 30 percent spike in demand for the North American market, according to IMS Research, now part of IHS.

Experts: Schools can prepare successfully for disasters like tornadoes

Designated shelter, alignment with emergency management offices also key
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05/22/2013

YARMOUTH, Maine—What can a school do when a monstrous EF5 tornado is barreling down upon it, packing winds of at least 200 mph? Follow through on what should already have been practiced many times, school security experts say.

Demand for security equipment projected to rise 7 percent a year through 2016

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05/20/2013

CLEVELAND—Global demand for security equipment will increase 7 percent annually to $117 billion in 2016, driven by a strong rebound in construction activity and advances in electronic security technology, according to a new report from The Freedonia Group.

IMS: Boston bombing likely to boost video surveillance spending

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05/08/2013

WELLINGBOROUGH, England—The Boston Marathon bombing will likely drive increased spending on video surveillance equipment, a market that had already been projected to more than double through 2016, according to IMS Research.

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