Remote Guarding Alliance Debuts at ASIS 2007

ASIS, LAS VEGAS, Nev. (September 24, 2007) – In a first-of-its kind collaboration, eight industry leading companies today announced that they are joining forces to create the Remote Guarding Alliance. The charter members – Elite Interactive, Rapid Response Systems, Smart Interactive Systems, Statewide Security, SureView Systems, VideoIQ, ViewPoint CRM and Visentry – are coming together to address best practices, customer adoption and technology standards that will drive the use of quality remote guarding solutions in the market.

Advancements in remote guarding technology and systems are creating a fundamental shift in the guard services market, presenting tremendous opportunities for vendors and end-user customers alike. To fuel the growth of the nascent remote guarding market, two fundamental steps are required: 1) the value of remote guarding approaches must be widely espoused to a largely unaware audience of potential users; 2) standards for quality and performance of remote guarding solutions must be established. The Remote Guarding Alliance is being formed by this consortium of companies and technology enablers to advance these goals and determine the right course of action in furthering these objectives.

“Remote guarding is one of the biggest changes to ever affect the guard services market,” said Scott Schnell, founding member of the Alliance, and president and CEO of VideoIQ. “Underpinned by video analytics advancements, remote guarding presents an entirely new paradigm for security protection – in much the same way that digital dialers transformed the alarm monitoring market over 30 years ago. Sites can be guarded better and at a fraction of the cost of manpower-only solutions. In forming the Remote Guarding Alliance, we will promote awareness of new possibilities fostered by these technological advancements and help set industry standards that ensure the development and delivery of quality solutions in the marketplace. ”

Today, guard services represent a $40B - $50B market worldwide. The Remote Guarding Alliance believes that at least 20 percent of this business can be managed more effectively and less expensively through analytics-enabled remote guarding. In addition to the existing market, there is an even larger opportunity for new applications where guard services have been too expensive in the past, but where remote guarding can add personalized security protection at a practical cost.

Any organization interested in supporting the Remote Guarding Alliance can visit www.remoteguarding.org for more information.

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