SIA Recognizes 2023 Excellence in Government Service Award Winners

May 17, 2023

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has recognized Paul Anstine, majority staff director for the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security, and Scott Shellenberger, state’s attorney for Baltimore County, MD, with the 2023 SIA Excellence in Government Service Award. This award honors public servants who have demonstrated extensive leadership and a steady commitment to supporting […]

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PASS Releases New Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools

March 21, 2023

The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools (PASS) has released the sixth edition of its Safety and Security Guidelines for K-12 Schools, which offers comprehensive information on best practices specifically for securing school facilities — from subject matter experts across the education, public safety and industry sectors. The sixth-edition release — including updates to the Safety […]

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Security Industry Association Reveals the 2023 SIA Women in Security Forum Power 100 Honorees

March 19, 2023

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has revealed the 2023 honoree list for the SIA Women in Security Forum (WISF) Power 100. This initiative, presented by the SIA Women in Security Forum, honors 100 women in the security industry each year who are role models for actively advancing diversity, inclusion, innovation and leadership in the community. […]

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ISC West Announces Keynote Series Speaker Lineup

March 14, 2023

The International Security Conference (ISC), in collaboration with premier sponsor Security Industry Association (SIA), announced five of this year’s ISC West Keynote Series speakers. ISC West will kick off its annual conference on March 28 (SIA Education@ISC: March 28-30 | Exhibit Hall: March 29-31) at the Venetian Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. “We are three […]

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Viking Launches New Mobile App for Both iPhone and Android

March 8, 2023

Viking Electronics, Inc. has introduced a new mobile app to give customers, distributors, and installers easy access to Viking product information and downloads. The Viking app is available now to download free via the Apple App Store or Google Play. According to the company, the Viking app offers an easy-to-use, on-the go experience for customers. […]

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What’s Happening at ISC West 2023

March 1, 2023

The International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC West) is the largest trade show for security in North America; it will be take place March 28-31, in Las Vegas. The show, organized by RX, is set to feature industry-leading manufacturers with new products and new trends, and AV and security integration professionals shouldn’t miss out. Mary […]

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It’s a New Year

February 20, 2023

Over the past several weeks, people much smarter and more creative than I have made predictions on what 2023 will bring to the AV world. These are always fun to read and keep score of throughout the year. Rather than make predictions, I tend to think about what the important issues will be throughout the […]

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Viking Electronics Releases 2023 Product Catalog

February 17, 2023

Viking Electronics has released its 2023 Product Catalog. According to the company, the catalog features many new innovations, as well as Viking’s core products — such as emergency phones, door entry systems, paging amplifiers, mass notification systems, hot line phones and more. The catalog is a comprehensive “go-to” resource — offering countless ideas and custom […]

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IHSE USA to Show Latest Solutions at WEST 2023

February 9, 2023

IHSE USA says it is bringing a powerful lineup of products designed to support state-of-the-art security requirements for command and control (C2) operations to Booth 1648 during WEST 2023, Feb. 14-16 in San Diego. On display will be the Draco vario 487 Series of extenders, certified to the latest common criteria standards for NIAP PP […]

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CEDIA Expo 2022 Thoughts from Someone Who Didn’t Go

October 11, 2022

I didn’t go to CEDIA Expo 2022 in Dallas. But like both ISE and InfoComm this year, I acted as the editor in charge of rAVe’s product videos from afar, and therefore watched all 573 videos that the team shot on the show floor over the past few days. I missed seeing industry friends and […]

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ELAN Announces New Range of Surveillance Cameras

January 28, 2020

ELAN announced a full range of new surveillance cameras Monday, an NVR and an assortment of compatible accessories. The new lineup features ELAN’s IntelliVision analytics for person and vehicle classification plus object detection. The competitively priced lineup includes an eight-channel NVR that can be mounted in a structured wiring can or a rack shelf. Along […]

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Viking Electronics’ PB-3-IP Offers VoIP Emergency Phone Panic Button

January 15, 2020

Discreetly place emergency calls at the touch of a button with the PB-3-IP Panic Button from Viking Electronics. Designed for VoIP SIP systems, this PoE panic button can be programmed using Viking’s IP Programming software and receives automatic firmware updates. The PB-3-IP includes an onboard relay for activating security cameras, emergency lighting or any other […]

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Data Privacy Issues in Higher Ed

November 7, 2019

Management guru Peter Drucker is often quoted as saying, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” I have long believed in this philosophy and work with my teams to make sure we are setting goals and measuring our success. While I think Drucker was right, he lived and worked in a much different […]

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Friction, SB-327 and Zoom’s Terrible, Horrible, No-Good Week

July 16, 2019

Last week was an eventful one for Zoom. In less than twenty-four hours, we had: The revelation of multiple security vulnerabilities in the popular Zoom conferencing software A [now updated] defensive statement by Zoom, dismissing concerns related to same Public outcry A reversal of course and introduction of an immediate patch for one vulnerability and […]

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Imminent Disaster  —  The Looming AV Threat

July 10, 2019

I want you to imagine a 46″ flat panel display. This display is in a staff cafeteria on the 30th floor of an office building. Wall-mounted. It is not an extravagant display, probably 1080p… not even smart (gasp!). You’ve seen one just like it, looping special events and other corporate propaganda. Now I want you […]

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Cybersecurity and the Problem with OEMs

May 22, 2019

Last year, Crestron was the focus of some cyber activists who found vulnerabilities in Crestron touch controllers that could theoretically allow someone to use touch screens to spy on the person in the same room. This was covered in a class at a hacktivist conference called DEFCON and subsequently was written up in WIRED Magazine. […]

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Security: Start from the Beginning

May 7, 2019

Security has arisen as a significant issue over the past several years in the AV industry. Several high profile issues have made people question what they should be doing about security. I (and others) have written about it, trying to give our readers some thoughts about where to start. As I read more about security […]

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Where to Start With Cybersecurity

March 12, 2019

On October 20th, 2018 Apple announced Group FaceTime for its iOS devices. Three weeks later, on Mon., Jan. 28th, Apple announced a major flaw in this new feature. If someone initiated a FaceTime call, and then added themselves to it, the phone of the original person would start transmitting their audio before they picked up. […]

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Crestron Expands Entry Door Security Line and Adds Two New Partnerships

February 7, 2019

At ISE 2019, Crestron announced a partnership with 2N, a global provider of IP intercoms and ekey biometric systems GmbH, a provider of fingerprint access solutions. The latest firmware update to 2N IP-based video intercom door stations makes them Crestron Rava SIP intercom and phone technology compliant. As a result, they integrate with Crestron TSW-x60 […]

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Security Through Light: The World’s First Quantum Secured Video Conference

December 12, 2018

My readers will know that I tend to focus on topics related to collaboration, user-interaction, and generally building products that help us work together. You may be surprised to learn that a significant amount of my time is spent thinking about security. As devices become increasingly attached to our enterprise networks – those same devices must be […]

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Savant Intros Home Entry Product Line

October 5, 2018

Savant has introduced a suite of what the company is calling “Savant Entry” that allows homeowners to see and communicate with anyone who approaches an entry point such as the front door, side door, garage, gate, etc., all accessible from within a single app. The Entry solution has been introduced as part of Savant’s 8.9 […]

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The Art of Hacking AV Systems

August 13, 2018

There are quite a few conferences that focus on AV equipment. On the consumer side, there is CES, on the broadcast side there is NAB, then for residential AV there is CEDIA Expo and for commercial AV, we have InfoComm. The latest conference to focus on AV equipment, however, happened Friday, August 10th. The conference? DEFCON. […]

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Why Are We Not Talking About Digital Signage Security?

August 6, 2018

By Viktor Petersson Screenly Over the last few years, we have seen many cases of digital signage players being hacked for fun, profit and even propaganda. Hardcore porn shown on hacked billboard in Malmö Cyberattack claims multiple airports in Vietnam Hacked digital signage displays porn in Union Station Hijacking the Outdoor Digital Billboard – By […]

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Linear Debuts New 7″ e3 Entry Access Control Solution at InfoComm 2018

June 8, 2018

Nortek Security & Control (NSC) today debuted the new Linear 7” e3 Entry System. Linear e3’s new 7” weatherproof product features a larger touchscreen display with a self-adjusting sensor, making it easy-to-read both during the day and at night, as well as in rain, sleet and snow. The display is paired with a stainless-steel keypad […]

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Linear Adds New 7″ e3 Entry System

April 11, 2018

Nortek Security & Control (NSC) today announced the addition of the new 7″ e3 Entry System to the Linear line of access control and telephone entry solutions. The browser-based Linear e3 Entry System is a touch screen based entry system with a full query keyboard, which they says minimize the number of steps. Dealers save time with an easy-to-install solution […]

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IC Realtime Focuses on AI, Analytics in New Surveillance Solutions at ISC West

April 11, 2018

IC Realtime is introducing a new surveillance camera with on-board analytics to provide traffic metrics for business owners. The new 3 Mega Pixel, IP-based surveillance camera (Model: ICIP-3128-3D) is designed for retail installations and features a dual lens, dual camera design to differentiate between flat 2D objects and 3D people. When mounted towards the entrance of a retail environment, the ICIP-3128-3D […]

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PASS: An Alliance You Need to Know About

April 4, 2018

Last month for rAVe Ed, I wrote an article about school safety. I was inspired by the Parkland students, who suffered a horrible tragedy and decided to do something to make sure others did not have to suffer a similar tragedy. I specifically avoided talking politics and law. I think there is a place for […]

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The AV Industry Should Lead in Improving School Safety

March 8, 2018

In rAVe Ed, we read about technologies that help teachers reach their students in new and improved ways. On occasion, we have written about how technologies in schools can also improve the safety of schools. In light of the recent violence in Florida and regular violence in schools in this country, I think we, as […]

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All Data Is Consequential

February 3, 2018

As the world moves further and further into a technology-enabled and -dependent world, serious questions arise about personal and institutional privacy. Recently, news headlines have revealed that a seemingly innocuous bit of data could have far reaching and deadly side effects. Over the past several years, the U.S. Army has issued fitness trackers to its […]

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Nortek Security & Control Announces ELAN Integration With 2GIG GC3

January 11, 2018

Nortek Security & Control (NSC) today announced the integration of the ELAN Entertainment and Control Platform with the 2GIG GC3, claiming it to be the industry’s first Z-Wave Plus Certified Security panel. The GC3 panel can now be controlled natively from within the intuitive ELAN user interface ELAN’s Auto Zone Detection simplifies installation; once the panel has been configured, all zones […]

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New School Security Construction Cost Estimates Reference PASS K-12 Guidelines

October 23, 2017

The Partner Alliance for Safer Schools K-12 (PASS K-12) – an initiative developed by the National Systems Contractors Association (NSCA) and the Security Industry Association (SIA) – is excited to announce that its guidelines have been used by the Secure Schools Alliance Research and Education (the Alliance) organization to create the first-ever school security construction […]

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Is Your Digital Signage Susceptible to Hacking?

August 8, 2017

As I’m sure many of you are aware, there were quite a few instances of digital signage hacking this year. One of the most recent incidents, the hacking at Union Station, has stirred up some concern regarding safety for digital signage. Not to worry! Our team has put together four safety check steps to ensure […]

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