The Security Week That Was: A Recap - May 27-June 2, 2006

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

To look at why the funding is disappearing, you have to look at capital expenditure projects. Based on news reports that we see across our wires, much of the homeland security monies are being spent on such items as first-responder gear like networked communications vehicles for responding to major incidents, and equipment for LEOs and fire-fighters that can be multi-tasked for normal response and terror response. Much of this gear has a long-term shelf-life, especially since the funding typically doesn't go for daily usage equipment that towns are expected to pay for by themselves (like standard patrol cars). Thus, it makes sense that the DHS is pulling monies back from areas that have been heavily funded and refocusing those funds on towns and regions that have seen lesser funding levels. It's also the case that, for many cities, the terror dollars received thus far haven't been fully spent, so there is still funding sitting "in the bank" so to speak.

And in news beyond homeland security...

New dealer programs in the last week popped up on the radar from Tri-Ed and from Alarm Lock. ... Brink's unveiled its new home security website, designed to help attract even more customers. ... Protection One opened the expansion to its Irving, Texas monitoring facility. ... The ISO is developing standards for crisis management. ... Integrator ATC International reports receiving a veritable stack of integration projects involving access control, CCTV and automation for condos and office buildings in Florida.