Much has been written about the disruptions caused by the coronavirus and its impacts on businesses around the globe, including ours – the electronic security industry. SIAC lends its voice to everyone in the industry to remember to operate safely and follow prescribed state and federal guidelines. Our industry protects lives. It is incumbent on each of us to do everything in our power to take all necessary precautions.
Remember that here at SIAC we are here to help, and if you have local or state need for our expert alarm management services, we are here for you at no charge. Interestingly, we have found that some jurisdictions have suspended alarm fines as the virus rages. Our state activity report is a good resource for you to stay up-to-speed on those types of issues.
1)ISC West dates have changed again – “Given the continually evolving COVID-19 pandemic and stay at home guidelines, the July dates are no longer viable. It is now set for October 5-8.”
2) On March 28, 2020 the U.S Department of Homeland Security Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Administration (CISA) released the Administration’s updated “Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce” for identifying “essential critical infrastructure workers.” Please note, under the “Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders” category. The guidelines were updated on March 28th:
• Workers – including contracted vendors — who maintain, manufacture, or supply equipment and services supporting law enforcement emergency service and response operations (to include electronic security and life safety security personnel).
In other recent news, SIAC’s Glen Mowry received the North Carolina Association Chiefs of Police “Outstanding Partnership Award.” Glen has consistently built bridges with law enforcement over the years, and we couldn’t be prouder of him receiving this award recognizing his ongoing efforts in advancing issues with the law enforcement community. Thank you, Glen!
For those of you not aware, we have a new Advisory Board, which has met via teleconference. They have confirmed the selection of Keith Baird/Resideo and Tony Mucci/Johnson Controls as their representatives to the SIAC Board for this year. Other current contributors who also qualify for the council include:
Larry Folsom/I-View representing ADT
We’re thankful for all their contributions and input in keeping SIAC vibrant and addressing the most important alarm management issues we face as an industry.
Finally, we also wanted to point out that The Monitoring Association (TMA) acquired the IQ Certification program. For additional information, contact TMA Executive Director Celia Besore by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 703.660.4913.
Stay safe out there!