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ISC West: What You Need to Know for the Show

The preeminent tradeshow for installing and monitoring security providers, ISC West is back for another round in Las Vegas. To help attendees prepare for this exciting event, SSI offers a concise overview of what individuals can expect from this year’s show.

Focusing on School Security

With the recent massacre at a Newton, Conn., elementary school that left 26 dead, the issue of school security has been at the top of everyone’s minds. To address the matter, SIA Education @ ISC will launch its new School Safety Series, as well as a special course in the Learning Labs track, which will focus on K-12 and higher education campus security.

Held on April 9, 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Bob Cullum, vice president of Dugmore & Duncan, and Rodney Weaver, training specialist for ASSA ABLOY Door Security Solutions, will host “From School Lockdowns to Quiet Auditoriums: The Proven Benefits of Electric Latch Retraction.” During the hands-on learning lab, participants will examine opportunities for providing electric latch retraction at schools, hospitals and various other settings. Students will also install a motor kit into a mechanical exit device, make wire connections and power on for operation.

The following day, show organizers will unveil the School Safety Series, divided into four sessions that discuss how technologies, such as Near Field Communication (NFC) and IP video can keep students, staff and campuses safe. Courses include: “The Future of Crime Prevention: Stopping Crime in Remote Areas of Campus,” “NFC on Campus: Using Smart Phones as Campus Credentials,” “Critical Incidents in Higher Education: The Case for an Intelligent Response,” and “60 Sites, 50 Miles and 5 Key Lessons Learned: How One School District Made the Move to IP Video Surveillance.”

Connecting Socially at the Show

As more organizations realize that the best way to reach people is through social media, Reed Exhibitions will launch “Live With ISC,” a series of short interviews with attendees and exhibitors. Social networking at its finest, this new program will allow all in attendance to share their thoughts on the current and future state of the security space. Video will be posted on the ISC West Web site and on Twitter (@iscevents).

Attendees can also learn about the latest developments from the show floor with SSI’s new Social eLert newsletter. For up-to-the-minute updates, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@SSIMagazine), Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ashley Willis is Associate Editor for SECURITY SALES & INTEGRATION. She can be reached at (310) 533-2419 or [email protected]

5 Greats Earn Hall of Fame Spots

In conjunction with this year’s SAMMY Awards presentation, five industry aces will receive recognition for their contributions to the electronic security trade during the 10th annual SSI Industry Hall of Fame ceremony. These praiseworthy stalwarts will join more than 60 other professionals who have made permanent imprints on the industry and in their communities.

In alphabetical order, the inductees are: Mike Duffy, president, Per Mar Security Services; John Jennings, CEO, Safeguard Security; Alan Pepper, counsel, Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp; the late Morris Weinstock, co-founder and president, Morse Signal Devices; and Tim Whall, president and CEO, Protection 1.

“Big Idea” columnist (see page 160) Ron Davis, one of the first to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, will once again participate in emceeing this year’s ceremony. For an in-depth look at the Hall’s distinguished Class of 2013, go to 50 or

PDQ Award Heads Down to Nashville

For the fourth consecutive year, the Police Dispatch Quality (PDQ) Award will be presented at the Electronic Security Expo (ESX) in Nashville, Tenn., June 17-21. Notably, one commendable firm will receive the accolade at the ESX Industry IceBreaker Luncheon on June 18 at noon.

Established in 2005, the PDQ Award program is presented by the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), SSI and the Installation Quality (IQ) program. The award honors alarm installing and monitoring businesses for creating best practices that help prevent false alarm dispatches. PDQ Award judges are now reviewing entries.

The award-winning company will receive $1,000 courtesy of Honeywell to attend the awards ceremony. Additionally, SSI will highlight the award recipient’s program ideas and best practices in the August issue.

Past winners include  HS Technology, Custom Alarm, Broadview Security (formerly Brink’s Home Security), Atronic Alarm Systems, Alarm Detection Systems Inc. and  Vector Security. This year’s selection will be featured in October’s annual “Alarm Response Issue.”

Marketing MARVEL Award Back at ESX

The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) and SSI will present the second annual CSAA Five Diamond Marketing MARVEL Award during the 2013 Electronic Security Expo (ESX).

Held during the ESX IceBreaker Luncheon on June 18 at 12 p.m., the honor recognizes central stations that creatively use their Five Diamond status to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace. The program also aims to educate all electronic security companies on best marketing practices and encourage CSAA companies to attain CSAA Five Diamond designation.

Redwire LLC was the inaugural MARVEL Award winner, with Alarm Tech Central named runner-up. An in depth look of the award-winning company’s operations will be featured in the November issue of SSI. Interested parties can download the award application at

NEW! SSI’s Social eLert

SSI will launch the Social eLert newsletter, combining social media updates with two E-mail news bulletins covering the SAMMYs and the 45th annual ISC West. Sign up at

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