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False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
02/01/2004

Baltimore

City Councilor Lisa Joi Stancil introduced a proposal in mid-January that would pass along city-imposed burglar alarm registration fees to monitoring companies, according to the Baltimore Sun. The city enacted a law in April 2002 that required registration fees for security systems and imposed fines for repeated false alarms.

Safety Act could protect companies from a lawsuit

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02/01/2004

WASHINGTON - A little-known law called the Safety Act that can protect manufacturers and systems integrators of homeland security products from potential lawsuits is just now getting underway.

The Department of Homeland Security has begun accepting applications from manufacturers and systems integrators who want protection under what is considered landmark legislation.

Venture capital backing for technology should impact security sector

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02/01/2004

ARLINGTON, Va. - An improvement in venture capital fund-raising activity overall, and a continued interest in security-related companies in particular, is on the horizon for this year, according to the National Venture Capital Association, based here.

Lawmakers debate dueling security tax breaks

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01/01/2004

WASHINGTON - Just days before the end of the 2003 legislative session, lawmakers began discussions on a new piece of legislation that would grant businesses tax breaks for buying security equipment, the second such bill to be unveiled in 2003.

Introduced in late November by Rep.

STANDARDS

Who should set security standards?
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01/01/2004

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.

False alarm ordinance watch

SSN Staff  - 
01/01/2004

LaPorte County, Ga.

The city and county of LaPorte has adopted an ordinance allowing police to fine businesses and homeowners for the cost of false dispatches from alarm systems unless there is a malfunction with the system.

SURVEILLANCE

Digital conversion is coming, but the question remains: How soon?
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01/01/2004

Although sales of analog components are predicted to continue for several more years, most in the industry believe the conversion to digital security systems will continue at a fairly rapid pace.

“Market analysts still predict sales of analog recorders beyond 2007,” pointed out Bill Durno, product manager-digital storage for Silent Witness.

The Right Response

SSN Staff  - 
01/01/2004

Sonitrol central aids in arrest

STOCKTON, Calif. - Son-itrol’s central station here has been credited with apprehending a burglar who broke into a telecom business last month.

New ASIS president takes helm

SSN Staff  - 
01/01/2004

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Bringing more than 25 years of experience in corporate security management and law enforcement, Shirley A.

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