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PSA-TEC opens up to non members, SIA Government Summit, more


PSA-TEC Opens Doors to Non-Members

PSA Security Network(r), the largest electronic security cooperative, has for the first time in 30 years opened its PSA-TEC 2010 educational event to all security professionals, not just member companies and suppliers.

PSA Security Network currently includes more than 200 electronic security systems integrators and over 200 manufacturing vendor partners. Together, its members are responsible for over $2 billion in annual security systems design, installation, integration and maintenance of access control, video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire and life safety systems-and those numbers continue to grow.

PSA-TEC, slated for May 24 through 28, moved from its long-time St. Charles, Ill., venue to the accessible and more visible Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, minutes from Chicago's O'Hare Airport.

According to Bill Bozeman, CPP CHS and president and chief executive officer of PSA, the group beta-tested opening the educational event last year and did a low-key invitation to non members, with positive results. "We are always looking for the top minds in video and surveillance and controlled access and opening up the program to the security community allows us to attract the very best and not limit ourselves with a finite gene pool," he said. "Our members are integrators and are IP savvy." Bozeman added, PSA-TEC provides unrivaled education and unbiased training on some of the hottest industry topics and best practices, including generating RMR; hosted access control and managed services; wireless; networking; sound and communications; transmission/infrastructure; business intelligence; video verification and analytics; and project management.
PSA-TEC includes three umbrella tracks: business optimization, information technology and physical security. Physical security represents the core education offered at PSA-TEC and is designed for purchasing agents, sales professionals, systems designers, technicians and project managers. Other events scheduled for the show include a vendor appreciation luncheon, keynote speaker and reception, as well as a Jam Session at nearby Gibson's Steakhouse. Register online at www.psatec.com.

Save the Dates: June 8-9-SIA Summit

SIA's Government Summit 2010, June 8 through 9 in Washington, D.C., will include the latest information on the federal government market for security devices, with speakers including Martha Johnson, administrator of the General Services Administration; Carol Linden, a biosecurity expert at the Department of Health and Human Services; Teresa Schwarzhoff, a specialist in identity management at the National Institute of Standards and Technology; and several other notable federal officials.

In addition, the Summit will include discussions of other public policy topics related to the security industry, including one of the defining issues in the government market today-the implementation of identity, credential and access management (ICAM) guidance. The federal government will rely heavily on the security community during this process, and it is crucial for companies who are involved in identity management in any way to understand what the program means to them.

Whether helping to implement ICAM, design integrated security systems or meet the many other physical protection needs of the U.S. government, electronic security companies will continue to play a crucial role in securing the nation's federal facilities, as DHS Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infrastructure Protection James Snyder noted at last year's Government Summit.

"Your businesses," Snyder said, "really are how we get after doing these things." For more information about SIA's government relations efforts or the June 2010 Government Summit, visit www.siaonline.org/government.

 

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