The Security Week That Was: A Recap - June 3-9, 2006

SIW Editor Geoff Kohl gives a weekly surveillance of news shaping your profession

Chris Russell, who heads up the North Texas Alarm Association, a group of security systems dealing companies in Dallas and surrounding areas, reported in to this week about how the town of Carrollton, Texas, was able to work with the association to create an ordinance that was positive for the town and for security dealers. Unlike Dallas, which went to the mat with the NTAA and others and which eventually became a "verified response" town, Carrollton was able to avert that kind of extreme decision and used the enhanced call verification (ECV) protocol which seeks to eliminate false alarms by trying additional phone numbers to reach a system owner or operator. See Russell's report here: Carrollton goes to ECV.

Where's Cisco Now?

And for those of you who were wondering how Cisco could get involved in physical security, here's the answer (at least the first answer). The company's Linksys division, best known for its wireless routers, unveiled a self-installable small business surveillance camera loaded with a surprisingly decent feature set. And while we don't believe for one second that CCTV cameras are the production goal of Cisco, it is certainly notable how quickly after the acquisition of SyPixx that a Cisco division comes out with a network video technology.