SILVER SPRING, Md. - After more than two years of planning, the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association has introduced a new risk retention group that will allow its members to take advantage of liability insurance at a reduced rate.
WASHINGTON - Applied DNA Sciences Inc. took home best in show, called the Innovation Award, for the 2003 National Summit on Security New Product Showcase at the National Summit on Security, held here from Oct.
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, 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.
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.
Some companies this year have discussed the benefit of moving from operating their own central stations to partnering with a third party monitoring center, including RFI Communications, Red Hawk Fire & Security and Comtronics. Will more companies switch to using wholesale centrals?