COPS Monitoring to open central station in Tennessee

COPS Monitoring announced this week that it will be opening its fourth central station in Nashville, Tenn., during the first quarter of 2011.

According to a statement, the new facility will be interconnected with the company's existing central stations in New Jersey, Florida and Arizona and will "perform active load-sharing" of alarm traffic.

The company also said that they will operate the new central station 24 hours a day, seven days a week and expect to have it UL listed as well.

According to David Smith, the company's director of marketing and communications, the new central station will allows COPS the ability to diversify their staff across the entire organization.

"What we've learned during hurricanes, nor'easters and things like that affect some of our offices is that it doesn't necessarily affect the technology, but it affects the ability of our dispatchers to go to and from work," he said.

Smith said COPS chose Tennessee as the location for the central station due to its geographic proximity to other states in the region.

"We didn't currently have an office in that area and because it is so centrally located to other states, we wanted to put one there in the South," Smith explained. "It's our next step. We are always looking for opportunities to increase our regional presence."