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  • In false alarms, enough is enough

    By Geoff Kohl - Thursday November 2, 2006
    A recent news story on Vindy.com,  a news website serving Youngtown, Ohio, and the surrounding valley, is an example of why the burglar alarm industry sometimes can't get any respect.  Vindy.com reported about the alarm system...
  • I love it when a plan comes together

    By Greg McConnell - Wednesday November 1, 2006
    For many security dealers, the most important thing about their company is its reputation.  Period. As in any business, a company that has a good reputation will likely see other good things follow suit, such as happy customers...
  • Fact or Fiction?

    By Marleah Blades - Friday October 27, 2006
    On Tuesday, Slashdot.org linked to a report issued by the DHS Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee that strongly recommended against the use of RFID in government-mandated cards and documents. You can view the report here...
  • Wanna be invisible?

    By Greg McConnell - Monday October 23, 2006
    Scientists at Duke University report that early experiments indicate that it will one day be possible to "cloak" objects (make them invisible).  Of course, time will tell, but I still think it's an interesting topic.  You can read about it here...
  • Know Your Enemy

    By Marleah Blades - Thursday October 19, 2006
    This week I read an op-ed in the New York Times in which writer Jeff Stein described the responses he received when he asked U.S. counterterrorism officials and members of Congress whether they know the difference between a Sunni and a Shiite...
  • Facial recognition goes mainstream

    By Geoff Kohl - Wednesday October 11, 2006
    I found this very interesting piece of news the other day. It pertained to Picasa , which is Google Inc.'s photo management system (kind of like iPhoto from Steve Jobs/Apple). This software basically finds all your photos on your PC in the same way...
  • Still got it

    By Greg McConnell - Thursday September 28, 2006
    When Bob Dole took the stage to a thunderous applause this past Tuesday morning in the San Diego Convention Center to keynote the ASIS International tradeshow, I began to get a little nervous for him because he didn't look as I had...
  • Live from ASIS 2006

    By Geoff Kohl - Tuesday September 26, 2006
    The crew from the Cygnus Security Group of publications -- SecurityInfoWatch.com, Security Technology & Design and Security Dealer -- are out here in San Diego, Calif., where the weather's awful. Ok, we're pulling your leg on that last part. We just...
  • The South American Security Tour

    By Geoff Kohl - Friday September 15, 2006
    I just returned from approximately two weeks in Peru, and while I was there for a little R&R, I can never seem to take off my security hat. While most of my time was spent in rural areas slinging a camera and enjoying the natural wonders of the Incans...
  • Verified Response: A Hot Topic

    By Greg McConnell - Monday September 4, 2006
    NOTE: This has been re-posted from July.  Thank you. Regardless of where you stand in today's heated debate over Verified Repsonse in the burglar alarm industry, one thing is clear: The number of police departments enacting Verified Response...