The security week that was: 08/13/10 (Managed services)

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There may be some initial hesitancy on the part of the end user to outsource security, Atteberry says, but that is usually quickly overcome. Initially, the prospective customer for a hosted/managed security solution was a small or medium-sized business, but Siemens representatives says that is changing, and they are seeing more and more enterprise customers willing to turn over the reigns of electronic security to an integration/monitoring company.

Indeed, users are steadily turning to these types of solutions. Siemens own research indicates that there there has been an annual increase of 8 percent in third party monitoring for corporate security users. Carey Boethel, CPP, the vice president and business unit head of Siemens Security Solutions, says that there has been an industry-wide 15 percent compounded annual growth rate for hosted/managed video and access control solutions. Double digit growth is impressive; it's the kind of growth that would make any monitoring or integration company salivate, and indeed Siemens is far from being the only company to offer these services. Most of the large monitoring and integration providers have jumped into this business, and manufacturers have tailored their product and software offerings to this trend.

In other news:
SIW gets talk time with TSA's John Pistole, New York to use even more cameras, Vendors announce expansions, partnerships and rebranding efforts

New TSA Administrator John Pistole spoke with about the "See something, say something" anti-terrorism public awareness campaign. ... Leo Guthgart and Cecil Hogan will be honored by the industry at the Tri-Association awards dinner held during the ISC Solutions tradeshow in New York this fall. ... The Security Industry Association is opposing legislation that would require users to provide their "informed and written" consent before submitting biometric information like a fingerprint swipe. ... Infinova has been on a global marketing and expansion push, and the firm announced a new office in India this week. ... Marketing and rebranding work has been occuring since the merger of Black & Decker with The Stanley Works, and as part of that, K2 Commercial Hardware (formerly part of Black & Decker) has been made part of the Stanley Security Solutions group. ... Major video and security management providers DVTel and Lenel announced integration of systems, as well as the inclusion of DVTel into Lenel's Open Access Alliance Program. ... Cities continue to expand their user of surveillance cameras in public infrastructure; New York announced it is adding more and more cameras to its subways.