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False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
11/01/2003

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas

In late August, the city council here adopted changes to its alarm ordinance that require property owners to renew their alarm permits annually. Alarm permit holders and monitoring companies were notified by mail of the changes, which took effect immediately.

Fort Worth City Council bows to pressure

Councilors rethink verified response after residents protest proposal
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11/01/2003

FORT WORTH, Texas - After a week that featured resident protests and an anti-ordinance ad placed in the local paper, the Fort Worth City Council sent a proposed verified response policy back to committee for further review last month.

The proposal would have eliminated alarm permits that are now required in the city and allowed police to respond to alarms only if there were proof of a problem, provided by a monitoring company, guard service, resident or eyewitness.

STANDARDS

Who should set security standards?
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11/01/2003

A maturing security industry, impacted by factors ranging from the false alarm issue to emerging technologies to mandates related to government contracts, is increasingly turning its attention to the creation and adoption of standards to keep it competitive and viable.

Most observers seem in agreement that standards administered and coordinated by the American National Standards Institute, which helps develop voluntary standards in the United States, will improve the industry and its standing within the global business community, as well as that industry-specific organizations should address issues related to their members.

New verification services broaden the scope of monitoring

Many of the products coming on the market today
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10/01/2003

give alarm owners a chance to track and verify non-critical alarms

With false alarm prevention as the basis, along with the opportunity to take advantage of all that telecommunications technology has to offer, new verification options are entering the monitoring arena.

While none are designed to eliminate the need for existing central station services, many of the products coming on the market today give alarm owners a chance to track and even verify many non-critical alarms.

Change in judges delays decision in S.F. case

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10/01/2003

SAN FRANCISCO - In early September, both sides in the lawsuit filed by the California Alarm Association against the city of San Francisco were left waiting for a decision on seven cross-motions that will determine the future of the case.

The hearing on the motions was held in late-July, but mitigating circumstances caused a delay in the ruling, which had been expected almost immediately.

DOT investigating surveillance technologies for bridges, tunnels

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10/01/2003

WASHINGTON - The United States Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to Fulcrum Corp., Fairfax, Va.

NTP names award winners at GOVSEC

SSN Staff  - 
10/01/2003

VIENNA, Va. - In late July, National Trade Producttions announced the winners of its first annual Profiles in Innovation Awards, which were presented at GOVSEC, a security conference geared toward the government sector.

Onus on alarm cos. to mend fences

L.A. situation highlights rift between industry, public safety officials
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10/01/2003

The contentiousness displayed in the fight over verified response in Los Angeles is indicative of the relationship between police and alarm companies across the country, according to several in the industry.

One of the first steps in preventing false alarms, according to John Yusza, president of Monitor Controls Inc.

DOD biometrics plan to be in place by 2010

SSN Staff  - 
10/01/2003

WASHINGTON - According to a release from the United States Department of Defense’s Biometrics Management Office, the department will use biometrics in its classified and unclassified systems to improve both physical and cyber security.

By 2010, the DOD said it might require that all military, civilian and contractor personnel provide such biometric identifiers as fingerprints or iris scans to enter buildings or access data.

False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
10/01/2003

GREAT FALLS, Mont.

Police here have asked city commissioners to raise the fines for false alarms in an effort to reduce the number of false alarms officers respond to each year.

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