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.
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.
WASHINGTON - According to a release from the United States Department of DefenseÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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.
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.
Technology may be paving the way for new methods of alarm verification, but Jim Osborne, president of American Response Center, Euclid, Ohio, said some customers are choosing to use initial alarm response companies as the means for reducing false alarms.
Although response companies, which respond to an alarm in person before seeking aid from police, have been around for a long time, Osborne said there is renewed interest in their use.
DENVER - Police chiefs and sheriffs in this area have formed a task force to investigate ways of reducing false alarms, which Denver police estimate cost the city nearly $1 million and more than 23,000 hours of lost time last year.
In late August, that task force presented its findings to members of the Denver Metropolitan Chiefs Association, which will make a decision on how to address this growing issue in the coming months.
The editorial team at Security Systems News has scoured the seminar and workshop schedule for the National Summit on Security, and the seminars listed below are our picks from the list.
In addition to the sessions highlighted below,which by no means comprise an exhaustive list, there ar e a number of opportunities for NSS attendees to learn about government-related work, including homeland security initiatives.