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JAN 2016

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January 2016 www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / Security Dealer & Integrator 21 OPPORTUNITY: Body-Worn Cameras Few new areas of security technology received as much government atten- tion this year as the proliferation of body-worn camera (BWC) bills were introduced in numerous state legisla- tures. Tis notable trend has led the Security Industry Association to create a Body-Worn Camera Working Group intended to advise government of- cials when they are developing policies to govern the use of these devices. While the ofering of body-worn cameras by integrators with traditional security products has not yet found widespread acceptance, these busi- nesses should pay closer attention to how this fast-moving emerging market is being defned by local policymak- ers across the country and the funding that is being allocated to support the acquisition of BWCs. Te themes of the myriad BWC proposals vary, but typically these bills establish policies to authorize and implement the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement agencies. In other cases, direct funding is provided for BWC programs, while some proposals would require the development of policies to address privacy concerns raised with the use of BWCs. For example, in 2015, Florida adopted legislation that ensures that recordings taken from inside a private residence or healthcare facilities are treated confdentially. In a bolder and broader approach, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed legislation that established a Body-Worn Camera Fund for pur- poses of assisting state and local law enforcement agencies on the initial purchase, maintenance, and replace- ment of body-worn cameras. OPPORTUNITY: Data Centers Te agenda for any state Governor typically includes a large number of initiatives intended to attract out-of- state businesses and their facilities and employees into a new region. Tis economic development mission by a state's chief executive can also drive new market opportunities for securi- ty integrators and dealers seeking to provide physical security protection for planned data centers. In 2012, Nebraska adopted legisla- tion intended to meet the twin goals of accelerating economic development and security market enhancements. Legislation intended to spur data center construction will continue in 2016 — providing new opportunities for engaged security integrators with market expertise.

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