The alarm industry will begin 2013 facing legislative battles in several state capitols where telecommunications companies have undertaken intensive lobbying efforts to pass laws that industry leaders contend undermine current licensing standards, mandated background checks, false alarm reduction and more.
By Rodney Bosch · December 02, 2012
The Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of Michigan (BFAAM) and the Electronic Security Association (ESA) have have opposed two bills that would create specific licensing requirements for IP-enabled security systems in Michigan. Both groups maintain that the legislation will help telephone companies enter into the state’s electronic security sector, while creating a burden on existing security providers.
October 03, 2012
During the Senate Finance Committee meeting last week, the Security Industry Association (SIA) advised the group that biometric technology could help reduce fraud in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.
July 02, 2012
The Security Industry Association (SIA) submitted comments this week supporting an energy efficiency rule proposed by the Department of Energy (DOE) that would exempt security and life-safety systems from no-load power requirements.
May 30, 2012
A new statewide licensing policy in Arizona makes it easier for alarm companies to conduct business throughout the state by eliminating required background checks in individual cities.
Ashley Willis · May 30, 2012
The Security Industry Association (SIA), in conjunction with several other groups, is supporting bipartisan legislation reintroduced by Congressman Jim Matheson (D-Utah) and Congressman Charlie Bass (R-N.H.) to increase the use of life-saving residential carbon monoxide (CO) alarms.
April 09, 2012
The Georgia House of Representatives is seeking to amend a state alarm law to require alarm companies to use alarm verification in an effort to conserve public safety resources, reports Examiner.com.
January 23, 2012
In SSI’s 2012 Industry Forecast, SIAC Executive Director Stan Martin says the lack of company participation in state and national associations probably won’t improve in the New Year.
By Scott Goldfine · January 08, 2012
The House of Representatives approved a bill this week that would allow unscreened emergency calls from alarm systems to go directly to public service answering points (PSAPs).
December 14, 2011
A bill supported by the Electronic Security Association (ESA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA), which would retract a portion of a law that imposes weighty constraints on government vendors, awaits President Obama's approval.
November 21, 2011