SIA releases revised false alarm reduction standard

The Security Industry Association announced today that it has released a revised standard for control panels designed to reduce false alarms with security systems. The ANSI/SIA CP-01-2007 standard has been widely acclaimed to reduce false alarms, and the new standards CP-01-2010 is said to "address numerous requests for interpretation received since the document's last publication." According to a statement from SIA, the revised standard has specifications for carbon monoxide zones and revised qualifications for swinger shutdown.

The standard generally specifies the design for controls of security alarm systems at the control panel. The specification focuses chiefly on the arming and disarming process, where many false alarms are generated. The standard is chiefly used by manufacturers and security system installers.

The revised standard ANSI/SIA CP-01-2010 is available for purchase from SIA's website for $30 for members, $60 for non-members.