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Efforts focused on helping businesses prevent the spread of COVID-19

07/01/2020

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SANTA ANA, Calif.—Allied Universal announced the availability of distance screening solutions as companies continue to launch their ‘return to workplace’ initiatives.
“With new and evolving COVID-19 guidelines, organizations in every industry are trying to determine how best to minimize risks and move forward,” Jim Geyer, vice president of sales, Allied Universal Technology Services. “With the right protocols, trained security personnel and technology solutions, organizations will be able to reduce their health risks at their facilities and continue to move their businesses forward.”
Allied Universal Technology Services experts are working with customers to design and implement the screening solutions that best fit their company’s environment, requirements and existing security operations. The screening solutions include state-of-the-art technology that connects artificial intelligence and human response to better protect people with accurate, real-time data and safer social interaction.
The comprehensive suite of distance screening solutions includes:
•    Fixed and Semi-Permanent Thermal Screening Solutions – American-made handheld, fixed and semi-permanent or fully automatic systems that use thermal imaging and data analytics as effective pre-screening solutions. These imagers and smart scan stations help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by detecting elevated body temperature.
•    Robotic Solutions – Robotic distance screening solutions that combine the intelligence and reliability of robots with the personal problem-solving capabilities of humans. The interactive robots perform access control, communications and screening functions with key functionalities that support COVID-19 protocols and social distancing guidelines.
•    Kiosk Screening – Thermal checkpoint kiosks solutions provide unmatched screening accuracy. The camera and system were designed, calibrated, and lab-tested to address the critical elements that skew temperature readings when deploying a thermal camera in environments typically affected by heat variances from open doors, drafts, heat and A/C ducts.
•    Handheld Thermal Screening – Handheld imagers are calibrated to target the highest temperate reading on a person’s face.
Allied Universal has approximately 235,000 employees and revenues over $8.5 billion, with offices located throughout the nation as well as internationally (Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom).
The company has been hiring tens of thousands over the past few months in an effort to meet the increased demand placed on facilities as a result of COVID-19. 


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06/30/2020

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SILVER SPRING, Md.—Security industry professionals, products, services, policies and procedures have a direct impact on the safety and security of millions of people. This means members of the industry have a special duty not only to those they directly service, but to all of society, since, outside of the most remote places, virtually everyone encounters security devices.
To that end, the Security Industry Association (SIA), through its Ethics in Security Technology Working Group, has developed the SIA Membership Code of Ethics, a set of nine principles designed to promote the highest standards of conduct among its members. Several of the principles cover common business topics, from ensuring “honesty, integrity and transparency” in business practices to opposing “prejudice, harassment and abuse” to taking appropriate steps to protect sensitive person information. Others are focused on specific security industry matters.
For example, because many security companies work with law enforcement, one principle states that member organizations and their employees shall “work with law enforcement in an appropriate manner that enhances public safety while respecting the reasonable expectations of privacy held by customers and individuals whose images or information are captured by security devices.” 
Another principle example intended to security privacy states that members shall “ensure that their products, services and solutions are not designed or manufactured in such a manner as to surreptitiously transmit information to third parties for purposes outside the normal and expected scope of security and business operations.” 
A final principle example that grows out of the ideal that security technology should never be used for abusive or harmful purposes requires SIA members to “refuse to knowingly design, manufacture, sell or deploy products, services or solutions that have been finally determined by any supranational, national, federal, state or local governmental authority or any self-regulatory entity, whether foreign or domestic, having competent jurisdiction over the applicable member organization to support the infliction of human rights abuses, the restriction of civil liberties and/or the implementation of other oppressive measures.”
As of July 1, all new and renewing SIA members will be required, as a condition of membership, to affirm that they will abide by the principles. 
Should a member who has made that affirmation commit a material violation of one or more of the principles as determined by the SIA Executive Committee, that member may be subject to punitive action, ranging from a written warning to suspension of membership to expulsion from the association. All decisions made by the Executive Committee concerning possible violations and SIA’s response will be final. 


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A new mathematical model for predicting variations in solar irradiance has been developed. It may help to promote more efficient use of electricity from solar energy. In tests of various data models, the model proved capable of making highly reliable forecasts, and emerged as the best for this purpose in some respects.

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06/25/2020

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Originally scheduled for October 5-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada, ISC West 2020 has been canceled due to industry and market circumstances; however, Reed Exhibitions, along with Premier Sponsor SIA, will transform ISC West 2020 into an all-virtual event taking place October 5-7, 2020 to serve the security and public safety community. 
“While we are very disappointed to not be able to meet face-to-face this year in Las Vegas, we look forward to continuing to help the ISC West community engage via digital programs, resources and connections,” Will Wise, Group VP, Reed Exhibitions, said in the announcement. “Our team, along with our valued venue partner, Sands Expo and Venetian, is working on detailed planning and protocols for ISC West 2021, which will take place March 23-26, 2021.” 
During this time of major change and transformation in the U.S., the ISC West community of security integrators, installers, dealers and consultants, along with corporate, government and law enforcement/first responder practitioners, have frontline essential services and mission-critical responsibilities. Amidst travel and budget restrictions, security industry professionals and solution providers are playing a major role in serving regional communities, as businesses are working on re-opening and re-designing facilities in order to ensure public health and safety across all cities and communities. 
“We at SIA sincerely regret not being able to meet face-to-face in Las Vegas in 2020,” said Pierre Trapanese, SIA Chairman. “We know the importance of ISC West to our community and know that we have a responsibility to our industry to adapt during this period. We will continue to provide our members with timely information and resources on an on-going basis. We look forward to producing a great virtual event with the ISC team, anchored by a compelling SIA Education@ISC conference program delivered in a dynamic format in October.”
All amounts paid for exhibit space or media to date for the March 2020 ISC West edition will be or can be credited and used as follows in any combination:
Towards participation in the March 24-26, 2021 edition of ISC West.
Towards participation in ISC West 2020 Virtual Event (Oct 5-7).
Participation in ISC News Digital Sponsorships, ISC West Virtual Vendor Solution Sessions or Partner Bulletins (pending availability), must be fulfilled by West ‘21 live event.
Towards participation in ISC East 2020 (November 18-19, 2020).
The credit can be applied to your outstanding balances for any event for which you are already contracted to participate or to new contract(s) listed above.
Refunds can be requested upon approval. A 20% retention fee will be collected on the contracted obligation, due to sunken costs incurred by Reed Exhibitions for the 2020 event and contractors/suppliers.
“We will be rolling out additional information on the ISC West 2020 Virtual Event soon, including formats for education, discussion groups, matchmaking, showcased solutions and technologies, plus elements to celebrate the security community, and support our charity partner Mission 500 and their key role in helping kids and families in crisis,” stated Mary Beth Shaughnessy, event director of ISC Security Events. “Regarding ISC East 2020, our smaller scale, more regional-focused event slated for November 18-19 in New York City, we will be assessing event viability over the next 8-10 weeks with guidance from the Javits Center, New York State and New York City authorities. We will continue to consult with SIA, with the ASIS NYC Chapter, and other Northeast regional association supporters, along with our loyal community of attendees, speakers and exhibitors. Our security community is committed and resilient and we look forward to continuing to rally and adapt with everyone to chart the course forward.”


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06/24/2020

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INDIANAPOLIS—STANLEY Security’s Chief Information Officer, Kara Pelecky, shares her love of horses, the advice her dad imparted to her, her favorite movie and more with SSN. Get to know more about her!
ARE YOU MARRIED? ANY KIDS? ANY PETS? Yes, I’m married with four children in high school and college. I am an avid equestrian with big dreams and moderate skills, and am looking forward to growing my riding skills and possibly buying a horse.
WHAT’S SOMETHING INTERESTING ABOUT YOU THAT YOUR COWORKERS MAY NOT KNOW? Most don’t know that I am repatriating to the United States from a seven-year role in the United Arab Emirates. I led the establishment of the IT function for the first-ever nuclear power generation station in the Arabian Gulf. Repatriating during a pandemic has made my life feel like a game of “52-card Pickup.”
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVERY BEEN GIVEN? Certainly, the best advice I received was throughout my childhood from my father that “you have to let yourself be happy.”
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO JOIN THE SECURITY INDUSTRY? Coming from nuclear power, I already had significant exposure to security in its many forms. I enjoyed the multifaceted nature of nuclear power with different problems to solve each day. (Could we use drones to predict jellyfish blooms?)
I was interested to experience an industry that was similarly complex but that had a truer customer than seen in the energy industry, and found that in the security industry.
WHAT BOOK, PODCAST OR MOVIE WOULD YOUR RECOMMEND TO OTHERS AND WHY? Most will laugh or roll their eyes, but my favorite movie is “Groundhog Day.” This is especially ironic during this period of pandemic, given that each day seems to repeat in real life. The cycle of sarcasm, despair, joy and redemption in this movie is uplifting. This movie makes me laugh again and again.


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An Inside Job

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Three roommates planned out a profitable bank heist with a movie-worthy plot twist. Unfortunately for the criminals, the story’s ending was written by the FBI and our partners.

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