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Getting Serious About Security as a Service

Offering security as a service (SaaS) — such as managed access control — is an appealing and viable way for installing/monitoring providers to grow RMR. Yet many have yet to get onboard while…


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A new AIREF-funded study scientifically supports the industry’s assertion that alarm systems deter burglars. More than four in five incarcerated respondents say they would try to determine if an alarm was present before attempting a burglary. And the presence of an alarm system would cause more than half the intruders to abort. September 30, 2013

Virtualization software and common management structures can ease installation quandaries for integrators and administration requirements for end users. Virtualization brings the advantages of the cloud infrastructure with reduced IT complexity. It enables streamlined installations and system configuration while still reaping the benefits of advanced IT functionality. September 28, 2013

Today’s IP video surveillance systems can be used in a wide variety of applications. Here are some best practices end users have found that make the most of their security technology investments. September 18, 2013

Much of physical security operation revolves around the basic concept of making sure no individual in a facility or on a campus is ever where they are not supposed to be. To address the matter, the focus on physical access control systems (PACS) has shifted beyond basics such as card readers or turnstiles to IT-based physical identity and access management (PIAM). September 08, 2013

The University of Kentucky is investing $5 million to renovate decades-old standalone legacy systems. A unified security management platform serves as the linchpin, tying together video  surveillance, access control credentials and emergency call stations into a centralized security system. Find out how the integrator is leading a highly coordinated project to make it all happen. By Rodney Bosch · September 08, 2013

In no small part due to increased real and perceived dangers, more than ever educational institutions are looking to electronic and physical security solutions to make campuses safer. This is opening opportunities for integrators, but only those well-versed in the specific requirements and codes this market demands.  September 08, 2013


A Southern California municipality tests the video surveillance waters with a system that keeps watch on busy intersections along main thoroughfares. To meet the city’s requirements, the project’s winning integrator provides a high-definition wireless solution that partly relies on solar power. By Rodney Bosch · September 08, 2013

Navigating through the bureaucratic, regulatory and funding-challenged federal government marketplace can be daunting to say the least. However, agencies’ needs for security solutions are great and integrators willing to play this game can score big. September 08, 2013

Close to four in five security directors/managers are looking to spend more money on security, with 76% of that group considering new or upgraded systems. However, SSI’s ninth Commercial End-User Study also indicates funding is more of an impediment, equipment costs and reliability are of greater concern, and integrator IT know-how is lagging.  By Scott Goldfine · September 08, 2013

Advancements in video analytics and systems integration are helping end users achieve newfound applications for their security systems, yielding a greater ROI for the entire organization. Find out how data gathered from security technologies is providing operational improvements across a spectrum of industries. September 05, 2013




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