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CEO Jay Slaughterbeck and President Ron Oetjen share their vision for S3

01/02/2020

Paul Ragusa

RALEIGH, N.C.—Strategic Security Solutions (S3), a super regional systems integrator based here, recently brought on industry veteran Ron Oetjen as partner and president.
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S3 CEO Jay Slaughterbeck, who is a member of the Security Systems News’ 20 under 40 Integrator Class of 2016, told SSN that he is excited to have Oetjen join the team and bring his leadership and experience to S3.
“Ron and I go way back and have deep roots and he has helped me with my personal development as well as with the development of what is now S3,” he said, noting that Oetjen is the right person to take the company to the next level. “So it is not that I was in the market to bring somebody on as president, it was that I was in the market to bring Ron on as president because of what he brings to the organization.”
Oetjen is the former president of Intelligent Access Systems and the architect of the company’s highly successful growth strategy. Oetjen told SSN that he has learned a lot about S3 over the years through his close relationship with Slaughterbeck.
“Jay has already built a very strong organization with a good culture, which in my mind is sacrosanct, so those two items really were appealing to me,” Oetjen explained. “So I will be focusing on the infrastructure of the organization, employee and leadership development, and strategy, policies and procedures, while also consulting with Jay on expansion efforts and possibly an acquisition if the right opportunity presents itself.”
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Oetjen pointed to S3’s recent ERP conversion and push to adhere to Open Supervised Device Protocol (OSDP) compliance standards as two key accomplishments that impressed him.
“There are a lot of people out there that will just lick it and stick it, but to embrace OSDP the way Jay and the company has done is truly a remarkable feat,” he said. “While manufacturers are still struggling to figure it out, you have this relatively small company in Raleigh that has invested in it and is rolling out large-scale national deployments.”
Slaughterbeck added, “We are doing OSDP version two secure channel as a standard because it is the right thing to do, while many in the industry are not. This is a big deal that we have spent a lot of time and money and blood, sweat and tears on to adhere to. So when our customers engage with us, now they get an encrypted system, from the credential all the way to the client.”
Looking back on 2019 and forward to 2020, Slaughterbeck is confident the company can continue to build on its past successes. “This year we are going to come in just shy of $8 million in gross sales, which is our biggest year ever,” he said.
Oetjen agreed, noting that he expects “strong and steady” growth to continue in 2020. “A doable goal is double-digit growth, around 10 percent, every year, so we will focus on continuing to grow, but, more importantly, to grow wisely.”
One area that the company has benefitted from is the increased adoption of cloud services. “There has been steady growth there and we are at the point now where our engineers are engineering it and the company is comfortable selling it,” said Slaughterbeck. “So we continue to grow cloud and we continue to grow RMR, so that has been successful for us.” 


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Handling very soft, delicate items without damaging them is hard enough with human hands, let alone doing it at the microscopic scale with laboratory instruments. Three new studies show how scientists have honed a technique for handling tiny, soft particles using precisely controlled fluid flows that act as gentle microscopic hands. The technique allows researchers to test the physical limits of these soft particles and the things made from them — ranging from biological tissues to fabric softeners.

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Steady improvements documented to ensure public’s trust

12/23/2019

SSN Staff

SILVER SPRING, Md.—The Security Industry Association (SIA) offered sincere gratitude to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) for its thoughtful and diligent work in producing a report evaluating the performance of current facial recognition technology across demographic groups. Because facial recognition is a fast-advancing technology in a constant cycle of improvements and is widely adopted across the public and private sectors, reports from non-biased organizations, like NIST, are immensely valuable. SIA commends NIST for encouraging research organizations to examine this issue comprehensively rather than publish incomplete research in order to generate attention. 
“The NIST study provides clear data that can help shape advances in facial recognition,” Don Erickson, CEO of SIA, said in the announcement. 
Facial recognition solutions offer tremendous benefits for homeland security and public safety applications. The clear advantages of this technology necessitate that steady improvements be made and documented to ensure the public can trust this technology’s public benefits. 
The NIST report found that demographic differentials are lessening due to many of the high-performing algorithms producing fewer errors. The report also emphasized that many facial-recognition-use scenarios require trained humans to remain integral to the process. SIA agrees that trained personnel are critical to the successful deployment of this technology. 
“SIA encourages collaborative efforts by member companies and involving key stakeholders with the goal of improving facial recognition algorithms and eliminating significant accuracy variation or potential bias,” Erickson said. “Our members look forward to a strong continued working relationship with NIST and its scientists as these technologies improve and go even further in protecting human lives.”


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The FBI’s Knoxville Field Office and its Citizens Academy Alumni Association spent time with children in the pediatric hematology/oncology clinic at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

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12/19/2019

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SEATTLE and CUPERTINO, MOUNTAIN VIEW and DAVIS, Calif.—Amazon, Apple, Google and Zigbee Alliance announced a new working group that plans to develop and promote the adoption of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to increase compatibility among smart home products. Zigbee Alliance board member companies are also onboard to join the working group and contribute to the project.
Called the Connected Home over IP project, the project’s goal is to simplify development for manufacturers and increase compatibility for consumers. The project is built around a shared belief that smart home devices should be secure, reliable and seamless to use. Building upon Internet Protocol (IP), the aim is to enable communication across smart home devices, mobile apps and cloud services, and to define a specific set of IP-based networking technologies for device certification. 
The industry working group will take an open-source approach for the development and implementation of a new, unified connectivity protocol, using contributions from market-tested smart home technologies from Amazon, Apple, Google, Zigbee Alliance and others. Leveraging these technologies is expected to accelerate the development of the protocol, and deliver benefits to manufacturers and consumers faster. 
Another project aim is to make it easier for device manufacturers to build devices that are compatible with smart home and voice services, such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant and others. The planned protocol will complement existing technologies, and working group members encourage device manufacturers to continue innovating using today’s available technologies. 
A specific Project Connected Home over IP styled logo is planned to be on gadget boxes, letting customers know that it’s built and supported by the project. The group plans to focus on physical safety smart home devices first, before expanding into other types of devices and solutions.
Device manufacturers, silicon providers and other developers from across the smart home industry are welcome to participate in and contribute to the standard.


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