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MAY 2018

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NEWS By Spencer Ives YARMOUTH, Maine—Security Sys- tems News recently asked its read- ers about emergency management solutions and which systems or measures would most help to keep a school or business safe. Readers say the industry can be more involved and provide stronger doors. Sixty-two percent of respondents indicated that their company does not offer emergency management solutions. Twelve percent said they have a range of solutions for emer- gencies, and 25 percent offers some related systems, but not many. When asked if the industry could be more involved with emergency management, 62 percent said it could be, by offering more tai- lored solutions. An additional 12 percent said the industry might be able to help, but in more of an advisory role. Twenty-five percent said the industry should not be more involved, as end users should decide their own processes. SSN News Poll: Readers discuss emergency solutions "I see companies will do what they want to do or what their insur- ance company tells them," one respondent wrote in. Sixty-two percent pointed to stronger doors and access control measures as a key way to better pro- tect buildings, while 38 percent rec- ommended more guards or trained personnel. Zero respondents chose better video or analytics solutions as the best option. Jim Crumbley, president of Risk Response Team Inc. and member of the Partner Alliance for Safer Schools Steering Committee, talked with SSN on the topic of emergency management solutions in schools. Crumbley highlighted a few technologies that have promise, either current or in the future, for emergency management. Cam- eras—such as with analytics and facial recognition, access control, and notification systems. PASS is a working group—co- founded by the Security Industry Association and the National Sys- tems Contractors Association—that discusses security in schools, both higher education and K-12, and develops guidelines. The organi- zation has described tiers of secu- rity that present different layers of security, outlining key priorities based on a school's budget. Mem- bers include industry experts from manufacturers, SIA, and school professionals. "Our primary focus is the school administrator. It's not the integra- tors; it's not anyone else. We don't want people using our guidelines to sell product, we want them using our guidelines to help enhance security and take a holistic approach to the problem," Crumbley said. The association is currently developing an online assessment tool based on its tiers of security so that an end user could determine where they are and the next steps for advancing security, as well as help in developing budgets. SSN Does your company offer emergency management solutions? Should the industry be more involved? Which measures could make schools and businesses safer? News Poll based on answers provided by respondents in March and April. Due to rounding, figures may not add up to 100 percent. Jim Boots discusses his home security system J im Boots, Central Security Group's chief revenue offi- cer, started with the company four years ago. He recently talked with Security Systems News about his home security system. What kind of security system do you have? My personal system is our Alert 360 smart home system, which is comprised of a Nortek color-touchscreen panel and the Alert 360 interface. Why this particular setup? My home was pre-wired when it was built several years ago and had a full perimeter system with multiple keypads. Like many homeowners we work with every day, I saw the technology evolving and the smart home revolution begin to take shape and wanted to be sure my family had the latest and greatest in security and convenience. Our flexible Alert 360 smart home system allowed me to use the existing hardware while adding automation solutions, such as locks, lights, thermostats, and a video doorbell that can be controlled with a mobile device. I'm a big believer in owning and using what you offer to your customers. It shows your commitment to the solution. What is one aspect of your security system that you wouldn't want to live without? 24/7 monitoring is the absolute "must," but the ability to control the system remotely from almost anywhere and receive notifications that those commands were successful also is something I would not want to live without. Proactively receiving notifications to changes in the system status created by others or the status of devices is invalu- able; when the system is armed/disarmed, when a door is locked or unlocked or the thermostat is adjusted, for example. Where do you see security going next? What are some big trends? The demand for residential video cameras continues to be as strong as ever. The IoT continues to be "the" trend. It's really exciting to see all of the different types of devices being developed with a common denominator—the ability to wirelessly connect and control them through a security system control panel. Aside from the cool factor, home security and smart home solutions bring the future into our lives and homes, and our industry stays on the cutting edge. —Spencer Ives How I Use My s yste M Boots has an Alert 360 system in his home. June 7 • 3 pm est • Free! 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