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Mr. Joseph E. Hauhn
Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Industry Relations
ADT Security Services North America
Chairman Security Industry Association 


Jay Hauhn serves as chief technology officer and vice president of industry relations for ADT Security Services, the world’s largest provider of electronic security services. As CTO, he is responsible for ADT’s intellectual property portfolio and emerging technology research. Mr. Hauhn also sets ADT’s long term strategic product and services strategy. Mr. Hauhn has executive responsibility for all interaction with industry associations and regulatory agencies as well as state and federal governments. He sits on the board of directors of the Central Station Alarm Association, the Security Industry Alarm Coalition, and the Security Industry Association. He is chairman of the Electronic Security Associations government relations committee. Mr. Hauhn became chairman of the Security Industry Association in November of 2011. He has more than 30 years of security industry experience, having joined ADT in 1977. In 2009, Mr. Hauhn was the recipient of the Security Industry Association’s prestigious “Statesman” award. His many contributions to the industry were recognized in April of 2011 when he was inducted into the industry Hall of Fame.

For more information: Thank you for joining us today, Jay. As Chairman of the Security Industry Association (SIA), you certainly need no introduction to our audience, but please give us a brief recap of your background and tell us about your role at SIA.

Jay Hauhn: I'm serving as Chairman of the SIA Board of Directors 2013, and I am chief technology officer and vice president of industry relations for ADT Security Services. I started at ADT in 1977 and have been in the industry for 35 years. I sit on the board of directors of the Central Station Alarm Association and the Security Industry Alarm Coalition in addition to SIA. As we head into 2012, please summarize for us SIA achievements during 2011 and your perspective on goals for SIA in 2012.

Jay Hauhn: 2011 was a year of significant change and progress for the organization. The first annual Security Week was held in New York City in November and included the Securing New Ground conference - the first since SIA acquired SNG.

SIA Standards released Roadmap 2.0, a revised standards strategy that focuses on harmonization of industry standardization and specification initiatives. SIA Research launched the SNG Business Intelligence Service, an online portal providing SIA members and others with financial information on the Security Sector.

The Government Relations department made a significant impact by working to exempt manufacturers from proposed energy-efficiency legislation, which was signed by President Obama in January 2010. The legislation exempts electronic security companies from the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007. SIA was able to engage and convince the Department of Energy (DOE) and energy conservation stakeholders to provide an exemption from meeting a misguided energy efficiency requirement, ultimately resulting in considerable savings for SIA members.

Our newsletter was revamped and re-launched as SIA Update. It's published as a daily e-mail newsletter and contains more original content than it did previously. Are there any particular upcoming events you would like to talk about?

Jay Hauhn: ISC West will be held on March 27-30. Our New Product Showcase (NPS) at ISC West was updated for 2012: we've simplified the awards categories and added a new "Green Products" category for products or services that consume less energy or are manufactured using green technology. We've just announced a new NPS Winner's Forum, in which the winners of the Judges' Choice and Best New Product awards will be recognized and given an opportunity to present their products to all ISC West attendees. The forum will also explain how products are judged for the NPS and will explain how winning product innovations are transforming the industry.

SIA has also been very involved in revamping the educational sessions at ISC West and has conducted surveys of previous attendees. Based on that feedback, a little less than half of the conference material was specially developed by SIA and ISC to ensure critical issues and technologies are addressed.
We've also just announced that the SIA Government Summit will be held June 19-20. SIA's Membership Directory is truly a blue chip listing of security industry leaders. For those companies considering membership, please summarize SIA Membership Benefits.

Jay Hauhn: Members receive valuable exposure through SIA's online membership directory, and free subscriptions to SIA Update and to the Quarterly Research Update. They get the opportunity to participate in the development of standards, and receive federal and state legislative tracking, analysis and reporting, including the recently launched State Policy Digest. Members receive significant discounts on courses, webinars, and market reports, and get insights from around the globe. Members who participate in ISC West get special pricing on booth space, $1,000 off the New Product Showcase registration fee, and are included in an exclusive networking opportunity with end users during the conference. What resources are available for security industry professionals at ?

Jay Hauhn: Through our web site, users can access up-to-date information about the initiatives of the SIA Standards groups and the efforts of the Government Relations department. The newly updated SIA member directory , which includes a profile of each member company, is also available online. In addition, users can access executive summaries and information about the security market reports, and SIA's new video channel contains interviews we've conducted with industry leaders. Can we touch base regarding ADT for a moment? We understand that Tyco recently approved a plan to separate Tyco's businesses, including ADT, into three separate, publicly traded operating companies: 1. ADT North America Residential and Small Business Security; 2. Flow Control - a global supplier of flow management, water and environmental systems and thermal control solutions, and 3. Commercial Fire and Security. Can you tell us about your role in the "new" ADT?

Jay Hauhn: The ADT brand will go to the future Residential and Small Business company. I will remain as Chief Technology Officer and Vice President of Industry Relations for the North American commercial business, which has not yet been named. Thanks again for joining us today, Jay. Are there any other subjects you would like to discuss?

Jay Hauhn: I would like to acknowledge the work of my predecessor, Gordon Hope. Despite uncertain economic times, he maintained momentum in meeting the goals set by the board of directors while simultaneously leading SIA through a change in staff leadership, leaving me with a strong organization to lead in 2012.