Eco-Friendly Options 

By Stephanie Silk

Pressure on businesses to be is only going to rise in 2008. Security equipment has not historically been affected by green concerns, but that could change....

Bosch Integrated Control Panel 

The G Series Control Panels from Bosch Security Systems allow users to integrate intrusion, fire and access control components. The scaleable panels, offered in three models, also include a two-person disarm feature for greater security and an early ambush feature, which requires redundant confirmation that a facility is safe at first entry and again after inspection. ...

Silent Knight Fire Alarm Control Panel 

The upgraded IntelliKnight 5820XL Fire Alarm Control Panel from Silent Knight now conforms to UL Ninth Edition requirements. Enhancements include a USB port to increase compatibility with laptop computers and a data compression software upgrade to enable the uploading and downloading files at a five-times faster rate than the previous model. ...

Staying Alert In Parking Facilities Reduces Vulnerability 

Parking garages and lots are ranked second after residential property as locations where violent crimes are more likely to occur. Specifically, in parking...

Priority 1 Campus Safety 

During its 50-year history, the University of San Diego (USD) has grown from a local college with 50 students and a handful of professors to a nationally...

Upgraded Protection 

In Cincinnati, when one says school's out, it has a whole different meaning. That's because all 65 schools in the Cincinnati Public School District encompassing...

Remembering The 3 Cs Can Ensure A Successful Evacuation Plan 

By John McCarthy, J.D.

Emergency situations tend to confuse and panic employees, but a carefully crafted evacuation plan can provide a degree of order and discipline to an otherwise...

Billion Dollar Growth Projected For Alarm Systems Market 

Despite a two percent fall, from $17.8 billion in 2005 to $17.5 billion in 2006, the market for alarm systems, services, and installations is expected to reach $19.6 billion by 2011, according to U.S. Market for Alarm Systems, Services and Installations, a new report from market research publisher Specialists in Business Information (SBI).
Following significantly reduced equipment shipments and system installations in 2006 and changing market conditions in both the residential and commercial markets in 2007, SBI projects that growth will return to the market in 2008. Expected annual increases range between one and four percent, with growth expected as advanced technologies, integrated systems, cross- channel innovation, and general end-user awareness and interest in security, which is no longer limited to fire and intrusion, converge....

Texas Alarm Associations To Cooperate With Dallas Officials 

The Dallas City Council repealed its "verified response" burglar alarm policy, meaning police officers has again respond to all commercial alarm calls.
"Dallas business leaders expressed their concern about the policy and their elected leaders responded. The repeal of the verified response policy by the Dallas City Council is the beginning of another chapter in the alarm industry's long-term effort to reduce false alarms and enhance public safety," says Chris Russell, president of the North Texas Alarm Association (NTAA). "Some may view this as a reason to relax, but we need to continue to work from all directions to significantly reduce the number of false alarms to the extent that verified response will not even be considered again."...

Natural Disaster Preparedness Survey Spurs Scary Results For Atlanta 

The threats of devastating natural disasters such as hurricanes, terrorist attacks and other manmade calamities have prompted more U.S. businesses to prepare for disaster. But a survey taken by AT&T Inc. of local executives indicates that many businesses in Atlanta remain vulnerable. The survey of 100 local information technology (IT) executives found that the Atlanta business community scored in the lower half of U.S. cities surveyed for disaster preparedness, with nearly one-third of respondents saying business continuity is not a priority.
"Tornadoes, floods, fires, blackouts and manmade disasters such as cyberattacks can all have devastating consequences, but having a plan in place can minimize the impact of a disaster," says Phil Jacobs, president, Business Communications Services, AT&T Southeast. "In Atlanta and throughout the Southeast, AT&T offers companies a wide range of defenses to protect networks from intrusion by viruses and hackers as well as ensure remote backup and secure data storage for businesses of all sizes."...

Crisis Leadership Vs. Crisis Management 

By Bob Brand

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, the Cox Enterprises Inc. phone bank team sprang into action to help locate approximately 400 missing...

Innovation Corner: The Detection Section 

The possibility of new threats in the workplace suggests a need for new sensor technologies to provide early warning signals. Several recently announced...

ADT Outdoor Mobile Public Alerting System  

ADT’s Clear Warning Public Alert Warning System is a mobile, self-contained system that uses Clear Voice technology to issue audio messages via live voice, recorded and/or siren tones throughout high-population and wide geographic areas. The communication can be used in situations that call for emergency evacuation, crowd control, voice deterrents and critical area warnings. ...

SimplexGrinnell Visual Emergency Notification Device  

The TrueAlert Emergency Visual Messaging Display Unit from SimplexGrinnell is designed for emergency notification in noisy environments such as factories, train stations and airport terminals. In these environments, high noise levels can compromise the effectiveness of emergency voice communications....

Stamp of Approval 

The United States Postal Service (USPS) Processing and Distribution Center in Dallas is part of a national network of mechanized bulk mail centers that...

When Disaster Strikes, Take Nothing For Granted 

In case of a natural or man-made disaster, basic infrastructure services may be available at diminished levels or not at all. These include shelter, communications,...

A Pod of Protection 

By Stephanie Silk

It's the desk that people sit at every day. It's the trashcan that is used continually week after week. It's the car that takes you around town. These...

Tested and True 

By Ashley Roe

On April 16, Ware County in Southeast Georgia experienced the beginning sparks of a wildfire later designated as the largest fire in the history of the...

Screening Firm To Tackle Workplace Violence 

After 15 years in the business of pre-employment screening, HR ProFile, Anderson Township, Ohio, is adding security services to its list of offerings to help its clients with workplace security issues both before and after they arise.
HR ProFile has brought in Ed Casey, the former director of global security for Procter & Gamble. Casey has spent his entire career in the security business and said his knowledge of corporate security will give HR ProFile's customers a seasoned adviser on problems ranging from theft prevention to workplace violence....

Choosing Fire Extinguishers for Health Care Facilities 

By Craig Voelkert

Many fire hazards exist within health care facilities. Today, more than ever, it is necessary to prevent as well as suppress fires, if and when they occur...

New Burglar Alarms Hazardous to Responders 

The International Association of Fire Chiefs, Fairfax, Va., is concerned about a new burglar alarm system that deploys dense smoke to incapacitate an intruder. The systems are sold on the premise of protecting a property by having a blinding smoke screen quickly fill an area when a burglar alarm is activated. In turn, the blinding smoke may likely activate a smoke/fire alarm; this would precipitate a fire department response.
Chief Alan Perdue, chair of the IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section, brought the new alarms to the attention of the IAFC board of directors, saying that several national franchise businesses are reportedly installing this type of system....

Organized Readiness 

Ensuring that communication moves efficiently requires a state-of-the-art operations hub to coordinate response efforts and to facilitate field operatives...

Tech Watch 

The Virginia Tech campus shooting further emphasized the need for colleges, universities and schools to implement emergency procedures to ensure effective...

Fire Protection At A Turkish Hotel 

Acomprehensive fire detection system from Bosch Security Systems, Denmark, has been installed in the Kempinski Hotel The Dome in Turkey. Opened in 2005,...

NSCA Expo to feature the latest in fire and life safety 

This year's NSCA Expo in Orlando at the Orange County Convention Center on March 15-17 will play host to practical, real-world audio experiences provided by live demonstration rooms. In addition, the expo will feature a new exhibitor area called "Tools of the Trade," which is dedicated to showcasing and demonstrating essential items for every system integrator's toolbox....

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