SIA’s Virtual GovSummit Proves Essential for Government-Focused Integrators

Among the topics addressed were COVID-19 relief measures, costs, impacts and opportunities, highlighting how, where and when billions of dollars of relief funding could help the security industry.

SIA’s Virtual GovSummit Proves Essential for Government-Focused Integrators

The inability to attend industry events during the pandemic has been unfortunate, but one of the positive things to come of it has been the pivot many organizations have done to continue to bring value to the marketplace through virtual versions. Moreover, this shift has allowed broader audiences access to the presentations and information than ever before, and for much less cost.

Such is the case for the Security Industry Association (SIA), which produced the first day of its GovSummit 2021 on April 28. The event offers a particularly unique structure for 2021, with its second- and third-day agendas being deployed on June 9 and Sept. 21 (as opposed to all days running consecutively).

Although I have not been able to travel in recent years to the onsite edition of this conference, in this format I was pleased to be able to now attend. With a host of subject matter experts and government officials among the speakers, the material is essential for security contractors to the federal and local government markets.

Among the pertinent segments for security integrators was “The American Rescue Plan Act, Infrastructure Modernization and the Role of Safety and Security Solutions,” which included panelists from Convergint Technologies and Motorola Solutions.

They addressed COVID-19 relief measures, costs, impacts and opportunities, highlighting how, where and when billions of dollars of relief funding could help the security industry.

Looking out through 2024, the group noted security needs and likely allocations in not only all levels of government but also the education and critical infrastructure sectors.

Among the systems and solutions in demand: contactless access control, including biometric credentials; surveillance camera expansions/upgrades; video analytics for social distancing, people-counting/occupancy detection; exposure reporting tools, and license plate recognition; cybersecurity; temperature screening/thermal imaging; PSIM; communications equipment; and technology maintenance/service.

Check out the slideshow above for more insights from the first edition of GovSummit 2021. For more info, go to govsummit.securityindustry.org.

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Scott Goldfine is Editor-in-Chief and Associate Publisher of Security Sales & Integration. Well-versed in the technical and business aspects of electronic security (video surveillance, access control, systems integration, intrusion detection, fire/life safety), Goldfine is nationally recognized as an industry expert and speaker. Goldfine is involved in several security events and organizations, including the Electronic Security Association (ESA), Security Industry Association (SIA), Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC), False Alarm Reduction Association (FARA), ASIS Int'l and more. Goldfine also serves on several boards, including the SIA Marketing Committee, CSAA Marketing and Communications Committee, PSA Cybersecurity Advisory Council and Robolliance. He is a certified alarm technician, former cable-TV tech, audio company entrepreneur, and lifelong electronics and computers enthusiast. Goldfine joined Security Sales & Integration in 1998.

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