Security Industry Association Releases the Latest Version of False Alarm Reduction Standard

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Reducing false alarms saves first responders time and money, ensuring that resources are sent to actual emergencies, and saves consumers money as some municipalities charge up to $500 for false alarms.

Increasingly, panels are being armed and disarmed using remote devices including smartphones and tablets, we thought it was time to address that in CP-01.

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has announced the release of the ANSI/SIA CP-01-2014 False Alarm reduction standard.

CP-01-2014 details recommended design features for security system control panels and their associated arming and disarming devices to reduce the incidence of false alarm dispatches. The new version features definitions for remote devices and includes updated verbiage stemming from requests for interpretation from the last update of the standard in 2010.

The effort to update this keystone standard led by the CP-01 Working Group, a special group of the SIA Intrusion Subcommittee.

“As technology continues to evolve, it is important that we keep this useful standard up to date with it,” said Lou Fiore of CSAA and chairman of the CP-01 Working Group. “Increasingly, panels are being armed and disarmed using remote devices including smartphones and tablets, we thought it was time to address that in CP-01.”

CP-01-2014 is intended for use by manufacturers in the design of control panels and alarm signal receivers. It is also intended for reference by all affected parties, including security system installers, specifiers; central station operators; manufacturers of central station products, such as receivers and automation software; and local authorities.

Over the past two decades, revisions have been made to CP-01 in response to changing technology to reduce false alarms. CP-01 compliant panels have been shown to reduce false alarms in municipalities by as much as 90 percent. This reduction in false dispatches saves responders time and money, ensuring that resources are sent to actual emergencies. It also saves consumers money as many municipalities charge fees in excess of $500 for unnecessary dispatches.

The specifications for revised standard are available for purchase in the SIA Store, online at http://services.siaonline.org/portaltools/shopper/ProductDetail.cfm?ProdCompanyPassed=1&ProdCdPassed=1-101&quantityPassed=1.

About the Security Industry Association

The Security Industry Association (SIA) (http://www.securityindustry.org) is the leading trade association for electronic and physical security solution providers, with more than 500 innovative member companies representing more than 300,000 security leaders and experts who shape the future of the security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation at the federal and state levels; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities; and collaboration with other like-minded organizations. As a proud sponsor of ISC Events expos and conferences, and owner of the Securing New Ground® conference, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers, as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.

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