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How Government Agencies Are Utilizing ID Cards To Take Control of Security

It’s a known fact that government agencies across the U.S. require a higher level of security due to the amount of sensitive information they keep on file. They must maintain control over their public facilities and require more stringent security practices than the normal building. With constant risks of attempted forgery and tampering, government agencies must ensure that only authorized personnel have access to public records and their facilities. A great way to take control and bring security to the next level is investing in a fully comprehensive ID card solution. Most agencies today are implementing an ID card policy to help ensure confidential information stays private.

Announcing the Winners of the 2024 Security Technician of the Year Awards

The Foundation for Advancing Security Technology (FAST) is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2024 Security Technician of the Year Awards, now in its second year. This prestigious initiative highlights the critical role that security technicians play within the industry, celebrating their excellence in the meticulous design, installation and maintenance of security systems that safeguard our communities.

The Monitoring Association’s Surveillance and Video Verification Committee Welcomes New Co-Chair

The Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce that David Charney, chief customer officer (COO), Stealth Monitoring, has accepted the position of co-chair of the TMA Surveillance and Video Verification (SVV) Committee. Charney joins seated Committee Co-Chair Wes Usie, Guardian Alarm Systems.

Protecting Data is Critical

To say that the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a part of everyday life would be a dramatic understatement. At this point, you would be hard-pressed to find an electronic device that is not connected to the internet.

Elite Interactive Solutions Unveils New Website

Elite Interactive Solutions, a remote video guarding pioneer using proprietary intelligence and integration to achieve proven crime prevention, announces the launching of its new website, eliteisi.com. Several months in the making, the site has been designed with the security end-user customer across a diverse range of vertical markets in mind, highlighting myriad benefits of Elite’s solution and company differentiation in an appealing and user-friendly format.

Mobile Access Adoption

Smartphones and other mobile devices have had a profound impact on how the world securely accesses the workplace and its services. The growing adoption of mobile wallets and the new generation of users is compounding this effect.

Changing Mindsets

We have come a long way from the early days of fuzzy analog CCTV systems. During that time, we have had to migrate from analog to digital signals. When IP-based network cameras arrived, they opened a new world of quality and connectivity but also introduced plenty of challenges. Thankfully, network devices today have become smart enough to discover themselves and even self-configure to some degree. While some IT expertise is certainly required, things are much smoother these days. The biggest change is in how fast security cameras and supporting infrastructure are evolving.

Elevating Security

Willis Tower, an iconic symbol in Chicago for more than 50 years, has undergone significant transformations to become a modern workplace and community hub that delivers the best experiences for its tenants, area residents and visitors. Originally known as Sears Tower, it was renamed Willis Tower after a change in ownership in 2009.



Security Industry Association Announces First-Ever Security Industry Community Service Day

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the first-ever Security Industry Community Service Day, an initiative created by the SIA Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Advisory Board to rally the entire security industry to give back and make the world a better place. The 2024 Security Industry Community Service Day and supported by event sponsors ASSA ABLOY and HID – will take place on Friday, June 7, and the event will be held on the first Friday of June each year.

Digital Access in the Workplace

It is simple to set up a unified, robust access control solution for one tenant leasing one building. It is even easier if the tenant owns the property. But what is involved when multiple companies lease space in a building? And what about companies that have multiple buildings in the same city or locations across various regions in the country and the world?

Axis Communications Enhances Presence in Texas with New Dallas Experience Center

Axis Communications celebrated the grand opening of its latest Axis Experience Center (AEC) in Frisco, Texas on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. The new Dallas-area facility replaces the original Irving AEC location with a larger, state-of-the-art facility built to accommodate the need for a greater Axis presence in North Texas, and to better serve customers as the Axis product portfolio expands and its partner ecosystem grows. The space also offers additional meeting space, with plans to expand staffing in the future.

Cloud and Hybrid Adoption on the Rise

The physical security industry is experiencing a time of great transformation. Cloud connectivity is accelerating, and more organizations are choosing to blend on-premises and cloud-based solutions. This transformation is affecting all aspects of security, including access control. In the Genetec annual State of Physical Security Survey, it was access control that topped the list of new technologies end-users planned to focus on in 2024.

Texas City Replaces Locks on Intelligent Traffic Cabinets With More Secure Option

The Transportation Services and Mobility department for the city of Grand Prairie, Texas recently completed a substantial project to replace the locks on their Intelligent Traffic Cabinets with a better and more secure choice. Turns out what they needed was only a few miles away with ALCEA’s Traffic Cabinet Locking Solution powered by ABLOY technology.

Security Industry Association Announces 2024 Winners of the SIA Women in Biometrics Awards

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has named four women biometrics leaders as recipients of the 2024 SIA Women in Biometrics Awards, a globally recognized program presented by SIA with support from sponsor IDEMIA and organizational and media partners AVISIAN, Biometric Update and SIA’s Identity & Biometric Technology Advisory Board and Women in Security Forum.

New Report Says Vulnerability Exploitation Boom Threatens Cybersecurity

Verizon Business recently released the findings of its 17th-annual Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), which analyzed a record-high 30,458 security incidents and 10,626 confirmed breaches in 2023—a two-fold increase over 2022.

Cybersixgill Unveils Third-Party Intelligence, Exposing Threats to Organizations Stemming from Their Supply Chain

Cybersixgill, the global cyber threat intelligence data provider, broke new ground today by introducing its Third-Party Intelligence module. The new module delivers vendor-specific cybersecurity and threat intelligence to organizations’ security teams, enabling them to continuously monitor and detect risks to their environment arising from third-party suppliers and take preemptive action before an attack executes.

In The Clouds

Video data storage in the cloud was a novel concept when Dean Drako founded Eagle Eye Networks back in 2012. While cloud was being used for almost all other business systems at that time, the physical security industry took a cautious and measured approach to cloud adoption.

ZBeta Unveils Comprehensive Engagement Model to Elevate Physical Security Consulting

ZBeta recently announced the launch of its engagement model designed to transform the landscape of security strategy development and implementation. This comprehensive approach extends beyond traditional consultancy services, providing clients with a sustained advisory, advanced technology and system design, and ongoing operational support.

Safetrust Delivers First Employee Badge in Apple Wallet via Web Provisioning

In an industry first, Safetrust now provisions employee and visitor badges directly into Apple Wallet via an email link or text message, eliminating the need to download an application. This innovative app-free approach ensures a seamless experience for people requiring access to buildings or enterprise IT systems, whether visitors, contractors, or employees. It enables the deployment of mobile credentials in minutes rather than months.

myQ Expands Ecosystem with Launch of First Smart Indoor Camera

The myQ Smart Indoor Camera is the latest evolution in the myQ Smart Access Ecosystem from Chamberlain Group, the global leader in intelligent access. With the new myQ Smart Indoor Camera, you'll be able to keep an eye on the inside of your home from anywhere, anytime – all through the myQ app.

NAPCO Announces the Promotions of Two New Sales Directors

Napco Security Technologies, Inc., Amityville, NY is pleased to announce the recent promotion of two regional sales managers, to Sales Director, Troy Bonnano, for Napco Security & Fire, and Rob Etmans, for Napco Access Pro divisions, respectively.

Surveillance Cameras Provide Peace of Mind for New Florida Homeowners

Managing a large estate is never easy. Tack on 2 acres of property and keeping track of the comings and goings of family and visitors becomes nearly impossible. Needless to say, the new owner of a $10 million spec home in Florida was eager for a simple way to monitor and manage his 15,000-square-foot residence, 2,800-square-foot clubhouse and expansive outdoor areas.

Keynote Speakers and Education Program Announced for GSX 2024

ASIS International, the world’s largest association for security management professionals, has announced its programming lineup for Global Security Exchange (GSX) 2024 with in-person and digital experiences taking place 23-25 September at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL and via the online GSX event platform.

Global Physical Security Market for LiDAR Sensors to Exceed $6 Billion by 2030

Enhancing physical security, especially perimeter intrusion detection (PID) at critical infrastructure sites like airports, data centers, warehouses, and utilities, is increasingly crucial due to growing threats such as theft, protests, sabotage, terrorism, and war.

Survey: 72% of CISOs Are Concerned Generative AI Solutions Could Result In Security Breach

Metomic recently released its “2024 CISO Survey: Insights from the Security Leaders Keeping Critical Business Data Safe.” Metomic surveyed more than 400 Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) from the U.S. and UK to gain deeper insights on the state of data security. The report includes survey findings on various cybersecurity issues, including security leaders’ top priorities and challenges, SaaS app usage across their organization, and biggest concerns with implementing generative AI solutions.

SIA, IBIA Oppose Adding Extraneous Prohibitions on TSA Use of Facial Biometrics in Potential FAA Measure

The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) have urged Congress to oppose inclusion in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization measure of an extraneous provision seeking to prohibit the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) from using facial recognition technology.

Conference to Offer Education, Networking, and Solutions on Workplace Violence Management

The Security Executive Council, with Rice University and MD Anderson Cancer Center, will facilitate a day and a half of expert-led sessions on workplace violence risk management for corporate security practitioners, cross-functional partners, and police and emergency responders.

ADT – Knoxville, TN Receives TMA Five Diamond Monitoring Center Designation

The Monitoring Association (TMA) is pleased to announce that ADT – Knoxville, TN has received the prestigious “TMA Five Diamond Monitoring Center” designation.

PSA TEC 2024 Runs May 13-17 in Dallas

The PSA Network, the world’s largest consortium of professional systems integrators, will hold PSA TEC 2024 May 13-17, 2024, at the Hyatt Regency Dallas in Dallas.

Hanwha Vision Announces Support for Genetec Security Center SaaS Unified Solution

Hanwha Vision is announcing that its Q series cameras will be fully compatible with Genetec™ Security Center SaaS, the company’s newly announced unified software-as-a-service solution.

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