In 2018, SIA's industry relations team expanded its efforts to build partnerships and provide resources that enable more informed and effective deployments of security equipment.
- The Data Privacy Advisory Board, in its first full year of existence, produced materials to help the security industry better understand the critical compliance and customer service issues related to the handling of data, including the Data Privacy and Security Trends for 2018 white paper and a video, list of references and fact sheets about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.
- The new Autonomous Security Robots Working Group launched its efforts to inform SIA members and end users about the security uses of robotics technologies by partnering with leading research firms to produce two white papers, Market Spotlight: Extending the Capabilities of Human Security Officers with Modern Robotics and Artificial Intelligence in Physical Security. In addition, a podcast on drones examined the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in security, and a UAS FAQ outlined the evolving federal regulations that govern their use.
- SIA Technology Insights completed its sixth year of publishing in-depth, vendor-neutral articles about emerging security technologies with its regular spring and fall editions, the latter of which was produced in partnership with the Women in Security Forum and featured all female writers.
In addition, SIA Industry Relations connected with end users in various vertical markets, as by delivering a presentation at the Energy, Utilities and Environment Conference, publishing an article in Natural Gas & Electricity and speaking at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Annual Conference. SIA strengthened its ties to and support for law enforcement by participating in an active shooter summit organized by the International Association of Chiefs and Police and Target and by sponsoring and presenting the Michael Shanahan Leadership in Public/Private Cooperation Award at the IACP Annual Conference.
Finally, SIA continued its production of SIA Technology Insights, a semi-annual publication that features in-depth analyses of security technologies and trends written by industry leaders for an end-user audience.
The year saw the continuation of SIA's Security Market Index reports, a bi-monthly publication that provides market confidence and market conditions based on the surveying of SIA member companies. The report is provided to each SIA member, and complements the Investment Trends Committee's annual webinars on the industry's financial landscape.
In 2018, SIA Industry Relations will focus on helping both members of the industry and security practitioners to manage the changes associated with emerging technologies in ways that will enhance safety and security. A key part of this will be the launch of the Autonomous Security Robots Working Group, which will provide resources on how best to deploy robotics and artificial intelligence in a security system.