Up to the Minute Standards Info
The Security Industry Standards Council (SISC) has overwhelmingly passed the Central Station Alarm Association's Standards Committee's CS-V-01 Alarm Verification and Notification Procedures standard. CS-V-01 has passed the last hurdle on its way to requesting ANSI to certify the standard. This standard, in the works for almost two years, has gone through two public comment periods and a 30-day review by members of SISC.
This standard is the product of CSAA's Standards Committee chaired by Louis T. Fiore. This standard defines methods by which false dispatches can be greatly reduced. It has been proven that verifying an alarm signal by a monitoring central station will drastically reduce false dispatches. This standard takes alarm verification to its next level by defining multiple call verification, cross zoning, biometric, audio and video verification. Beyond traditional verification, this "next level" has proven to yield yet another substantial reduction in false dispatches.
Alarm verification is a generic name given to many techniques used to permit authorized personnel to appropriately identify themselves, thereby preventing emergency response agencies from being requested to respond to situations that do not represent an emergency; and to confirm or deny the validity of alarm signals received at a Central Station or monitoring facility.
Additionally, the Alarm Industry Communications Committee, also chaired by Fiore, at its September 9th meeting, unanimously voted to approve its version of the Licensing and Reciprocity Bill. The next step is to lobby Congress for passage of the bill during this upcoming or the next session of Congress.
The purpose of the bill is to ensure protection of the safety interests of alarm monitoring customers while achieving increased efficiencies and reduced costs by eliminating duplicative efforts by state regulating agencies and alarm monitoring organizations doing business in numerous states; to establish a minimum reciprocity and regulation standard for alarm monitoring organizations that may be adopted by states; encourage states with licensing to adopt a minimum regulation for alarm monitoring organizations; and, to allow alarm monitoring facilities to operate more efficiently by entering into new states without meeting redundant regulations. This bill will be of benefit to national and regional alarm companies, companies that monitor national accounts and third party monitoring companies.
AICC is a committee made up of the CSAA, NBFAA, SIA, Ademco division of Honeywell, SNA, and Vector. As such, it is a "pan-association" committee administered by CSAA. The committee's purpose is to oversee and facilitate the industry's response to wireless and wireline matters to the FCC and Congress and promote appropriate legislation. Since Licensing and Reciprocity deals with alarm signals traveling across state lines, it falls squarely within the committee's scope. With NBFAA rejoining the committee, AICC is almost back to its full strength. According to Fiore, the committee is attempting to recruit other companies from among the larger dealers and manufacturers.
Software House (part of the Tyco Fire & Security Access Control and Video Systems business unit), is joining forces with National Security Integrators (NSI). NSI, founded a year ago, is comprised of eleven systems integrators who provide the design, installation, maintenance and monitoring of access control, CCTV, and other security systems throughout the U.S. and Canada.
"As system integrators, we often found that corporate and government entities that had offices spread throughout the country had a difficult time ensuring that all of their systems operated the same way and were supported with responsive personal service," states Alan Kruglak, president of NSI. "National Systems Integrators solves that problem by ensuring that every integrator in the network carries the same products. For more information, visit www.nationalsecurityintegrators.com or www.swhouse.com.