CSAA gives thumbs up to Intertek's ETL listed central stations

Pittsburgh, Penn., June 17 -- At ESX 2010 this week in Pittsburgh, Penn., representatives from Intertek received good news from the Central Station Alarm Association: The CSAA would recognize Intertek certified stations as CSAA members. Previously, the CSAA reserved that permission to UL- and FM-listed stations.

The recognition of Intertek certified stations (known commonly as "ETL listed") by the CSAA is a major stepping stone, said Tom Connaughton, global director for life safety and security services at Intertek. Intertek has been working hard in recent years to let the security industry know that Underwriters Laboratories is not the only listing and testing firm. Both UL and Intertek, he said, test to the same standards, whether that is an ANSI standard, an NFPA standard or even a UL-developed standard.

"This approval is very exciting for us and our clients," Connaughton said.

Intertek is primarily testing the stations to UL 827, a central station standard, and the recognition by CSAA means that the association's members will have a choice when it comes to renewing or initially certifying their monitoring station.

Some central station owners at the show told SecurityInfoWatch.com they were already considering Intertek's listing, but others said they weren't sure they would change since they were already listed by UL and saw an ETL listing as redundant as long as they are keeping their UL listing.

Maintaining a listing is required for central stations that wish to be CSAA Five Diamond certified.