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ISC West 2018 Concludes As The Biggest Show To-Date

ISC West sponsored by the Security Industry Association (SIA), the largest converged security event of the year, experienced it’s biggest and most successful year to-date. This year ISC West offered over 85 sessions throughout the SIA Education@ISC program, spanning a range of topics that impact security professionals across physical, IT and IoT security – from biometrics to drones to leadership skills. Some of the most highly-attended sessions were Access Control and Video in the Cloud, The Evolution of Credentials and their Use in the IT, OT, and Physical Security Environment, Connected Home – The Future is Now, and The Future of Physical Security: The Decade Ahead.

iotega Wins SIA New Product Showcase Award

Johnson Controls is pleased to announce that the iotega security and lifestyle management hub has been honored with the Best New Product Award in the Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solutions Wireless category. The award was presented at the 2018 SIA New Product Showcase, at ISC West in Las Vegas. Sponsored by the Security Industry Association, the annual awards program is one of the most prestigious recognitions in the security industry.

SIA Welcomes New Chairman, Announces Executive Committee And New Board Members

The Security Industry Association (SIA) welcomed a new Chairman and new Directors to the SIA Board of Directors during ISC West 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Security Industry Association is global security solution providers. SIA protects and advances its members’ interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations.

SIA Applauds Funding of School Safety Grants Program

President Donald Trump signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 which among other provisions would reauthorize and restore funding for school safety grants administered by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The new law provides $25 million immediately for school security technology and equipment in addition to emergency communications systems and other coordination with law enforcement to enhance response capabilities. Administered through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), $33 million is authorized annually for the program beginning next year.

SIA Names James Marcella As SIA Committee Chair Of The Year

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has selected James Marcella, Director, Technical Services, Axis Communications Inc., as 2017 SIA Committee Chair of the Year for his work with the SIA Education Committee. With this award, SIA honors Marcella for his work in strengthening education programming for the security industry through SIA Education. SIA Chairman Denis Hébert will present the 2017 Committee Chair of the Year Award to Marcella at The Advance, SIA’s annual membership meeting.

SIA Supports Senate’s STOP School Violence Act

The Security Industry Association (SIA) strongly supports S. 2495, the Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018, introduced by a bipartisan coalition of 25 U.S. senators led by Sens. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn. The legislation would fund school security improvements and invest in prevention programs to stop school violence before it happens.

Bosch Communicator Helps Customers Keep Pace With Changing Technology

Bosch introduces connectivity and programming enhancements for its B465 Universal Dual Path Communicator, making it easier for dealers and integrators in the Americas to help end users keep pace with changing alarm communication technology. With the B465 communicator, end users can eliminate expenses associated with up to two dedicated phone line connections per control panel, resulting in a lower total cost of ownership for fire or intrusion alarm systems.

SIA Favors Tax Reform Law For Security And Fire Protection Systems

The Security Industry Association (SIA) led a coalition of industry groups urging negotiators to accept a Senate-backed provision for tax reform to expand deductions under Section 179 of the IRS tax code, which empowers businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. The revised tax code permanently expands eligibility for deductions to fire protection, alarm, and security systems, along with other equipment, placed in service in 2018 and beyond.

SIA-Led Coalition Urges Congress To Include Business Expensing Reforms In Tax Overhaul

The Security Industry Association (SIA) recently led a group of eight industry associations in urging the House and Senate tax writing committees to strengthen business expensing provisions in the final version of tax overhaul legislation under consideration in Congress. Under current IRS regulations, customers must capitalize the cost of security and life safety systems over the 39-year depreciation life for buildings.

Jake Parker -SIA Director of Government Relations- Testifies Before Congress

Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications held the hearing, titled “How Effective Is the Science and Technology Directorate: Stakeholder Perspectives,” to hear the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s stakeholders from academia, industry, and the first responder community about their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of working with the directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).