In the first of our monthly CALSAGA blog posts for October we looked at some of the key points from the 60th annual ASIS (American Society for Industrial Security) Conference. The ASIS is an organization for security professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia that addresses issues within the industry on a local, national and international level. This post will summarize the longer post from our CALSAGA blog, touching on the main issues covered there: video surveillance, hospitality security and challenges for the security guard industry going forward.
ASIS Conference 2014: Trends & Challenges For Security Guards
One of the topics covered at the ASIS conference involved reassessing an issue that’s already part of the job description for security professionals: video surveillance. Video surveillance and closed-circuit televisions have long been a helpful tool for security guards and the pace of technology is rapidly improving the effectiveness with which remote cameras can be implemented. One key point mentioned in the presentation was that guards that monitor TV and computer screens for more than 20 minutes have shown to be much less effective at spotting potential problems. The hope is that, in the future, technology can be used to extend the reach of such tools, while increasing their effectiveness and reducing operating costs for security companies.
If you’d like to learn more about the presentations from the conference or view videos from the event, visit the ASIS 2014 page.
Changing Laws & How They Affect Security Professionals
In the third section of our post, we examine how two recent legal changes will impact the contract security industry as we move into 2015: healthcare reform and marijuana legalization. In the case of the Affordable Care Act (sometimes called Obamacare), security guards are subject to the same issues as any other worker: full-time status–more than a 30 hour per week average–is required to qualify for health benefits from an employer. This isn’t a huge issue in the industry since much of it operates on a contract basis, but it is a factor that should be considered. The legalization of recreational marijuana in Washington and Colorado may not directly affect how security professionals in California do their job, but there are already groups working toward full legalization in 2016, making it a potential issue down the line.