These discussions focus on issues associated with the emergence of new technology. These issues include the following:
- Likelihood that the technology will function as intended under optimal conditions;
- Likelihood that the technology will function as intended under foreseeable operating conditions;
- Safety issues;
- Maintenance issues;
- Life cycle management issues;
- Risk management issues; and
- Training issues.
IAMSP has established through consultation with its members and other persons within applicable professions (asset protection, safety, engineering, and training) a structured and formalized method of reviewing new technology to determine whether or not it should be endorsed under the name of the IAMSP.
This formalized process, based on technical review standards, includes 168 check points divided across the major categories above, making it one of the most comprehensive reviews to date. Each segment of the review is undertaken by persons who can clearly demonstrate competence (education, training and experience) in the domain and is subject to both critical peer review and oversight by the President or a named member of the Executive.
The overall process is also subject to the IAMSP Quality Management System. This ensures that the testing and evaluation criteria remains relevant to industry and the operating environment. It also assists us in ensuring that such evaluations align with appropriate testing criteria.
Technological reviews are available to members of the IAMSP at cost and as a benefit of membership. Costs are defined as reasonable travel, per diem and material costs associated with the performance of the evaluation and the completion of the work. IAMSP is considering, on a trial basis until 2012, offering this advantage to non-members on a case-by-case basis (scope of work and costs to be discussed).
IAMSP does not endorse products in terms of the potential return on security investment (ROSI) or the results of a cost benefit analysis. Our specific focus is on the discoverable need, utility, design, manageability and training requirements of the technology.