Security Watch

Secured Cities, Women's Security Council, more


SecuritySpecifiers.com is the only resource of its kind for those seeking to identify specifiers of physical security and surveillance systems for the purposes of sharing company information, gaining enhanced visibility or initiating an engagement, he added.

"Successful integrators in the security industry understand the importance of effectively engaging with those firms and individuals who design systems and write bid specifications for them," Coulombe said. "They know how to establish working relationships without violating the integrity of the consulting process."

SecuritySpecifiers.com provides access on a subscription basis to security consultants and engineering firms with a security practice, searchable by geography and market sector. It is available for consultants to add or update individual or company qualifications at no charge. Subscriptions can be purchased for specific regions, but there is no charge for the consultant to obtain a listing. Owners and end-users are now able to obtain temporary search credentials at no charge, also.

Coulombe said the site is the largest access database of security consultants and engineering firms and is growing weekly. The site is guided by an advisory board consisting of some of the most experienced security industry practitioners. "The site helps extend the footprint of specifier contacts in the industry and helps guide new project architecture and design," he said. "It also may assist in getting certain products and services specified and aid in project visibility. For the integrator, it provides valuable information on the entire specifying chain."

Visit www.securityspecifiers.com to see the more than three dozen searchable market sector categories or e-mail info@securityspecifiers.com for more information.

WSC Launches New Programs at ISC West

The recently launched Women's Security Council (WSC) debuted its new series of networking and educational events at ISC West in April and also just released its new website at www.wscouncil.com.

A networking reception the night prior to show opening drew 100-plus women-integrators, sales professionals, manufacturers, distributors, consultants, public relations and others from every rank up and down the channel. Event sponsors included Reed Exhibitions-ISC Events, Siemens Industry, Mobotix, Milestone Systems, Next Level Security Systems and CompassPR. Media sponsors were Security Dealer & Integrator, Security Systems News and Security Director News.

An educational event: "The Woman's Handbook to Professional Success in the Security Industry," drew close to 60 attendees, who heard three notables: JoAnna Sohovich, president of Honeywell Security & Communications in the Americas; Linda Mansillo-Kear, global director of Marketing Communications, Tyco International; and Sandra Jones, Principal of Sandra Jones Company. SD&I magazine moderated the panel.

Visit www.wscouncil.com for information on membership and additional events slated for ISC Solutions.

Chicago TUNES IN TO WIRELESS TRENDS

Cellular Specialties' Lunch & Learn event, Chicago, addressed questions last month regarding all things wireless, including what works, what doesn't and what do you need to know about the next generation of applications. Also discussed were the latest trends in enterprise wireless, the secrets to successful deployments as well as how to make the most of your existing infrastructure. SD&I sat down with David Tuttle, director of Sales, to get further details on how the security industry can prepare for the continuing evolution of wireless technologies.

Q: In security, more alarm companies and resellers are moving away from hardwired solutions and are implementing wireless alarm panels and wireless receivers for the end-users. There's also the continuing discussion of POTS lines disappearing, as some statistics confirm that POTS lines will be gone as close as five years from now. What should alarm industry professionals be paying attention to as far as wireless technologies that can better serve them in continuing to provide wireless solutions? And better serve them during onsite installation?