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.
WASHINGTON - Thanks to video cameras left recording at two exhibitor booths at the National Summit on Security, a Freeman Decorating employee was caught on tape stealing a pair of laptops from two exhibitor booths and the stolen items were recovered.
Video transmission company NVT caught one of the incidents on video the night prior to the show opening.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Adams-Scat Security Systems is facing a lawsuit from the father of a convenience store clerk who was killed when the storeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security system sounded an audible rather than a silent alarm.
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.
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.