SIA Looks at Standards; NBFAA Warns False Alarm Funds Are Drying Up


Both the Security Industry Association (SIA) and National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) held meetings over the course of several days in concert with the International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC) West.

SIA held sessions at the Sands Convention Center on industry segments, such as CCTV and access control, as well as specific technology issues, such as research and equipment standards.

At the SIA Standards Committee meeting, Chairman Bill Moody of ADT expressed disappointment about lackluster attendance and stated the need for a better commitment and showing from members.

Those who did attend agreed on several points: the industry needs to establish a standard glossary of terms; alarm equipment false alarm immunity enhancement is a priority; and piezo sounders may be too high in pitch for some people to hear.

In addition, ADT‘s Larry Dischert talked about the importance of standardization.

At the DC-01 and 07 CIS Standards assembly, SIA committee members discussed the challenges of establishing standard communication protocols for different equipment to effectively interface.

At the Venetian Resort and Casino and Sands Convention Center, NBFAA held meetings for all its committees and the Electronic Systems Institute (ESI), instructional seminars co-sponsored by Security Sales.

At the Government Relations session, responding to comments about electricians muscling in on security business, NBFAA President Bart Didden said security professionals must look at it as the low-voltage industry, not “our industry.”

At the False Alarm Prevention Committee session, ADI‘s Stan Martin noted that funding for the Alarm Industry Research and Educational Foundation (AIREF) and Coordinated Alarm Reduction Effort (CARE) was set to run out by the end of 2001, and that the average dealer’s contribution to funding the programs has been “next to nil.”

NBFAA also held its annual awards gala at the Venetian Resort and Casino the evening of April 2. Awards were handed out in five categories, including the prestigious Morris F. Weinstock Award, which was presented to Bill Ohm of Response Services Center.

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