SIA Announces Latest Revision Of False Alarm Standard

The Security Industry Association recently released the latest revision of ANSI/SIA CP-01-2007 (Revision of ANSI/SIA CP-01-2000) Control Panel Standard -- Features for False Alarm Reduction. This voluntary standard details recommended design features for security system control panels and their associated arming and disarming devices to reduce the incidence of false alarms.

Intended for use by manufacturers that design control panels and alarm signal receivers, this revised standard also can be referenced by security system installers, specifiers and users, central stations and local authorities.

This effort was undertaken to address manufacturers’ requests for interpretation on the 2000 version of the standard. In addition, the revised standard clarifies the issue of UL listings for control panels and the impact that CP-01 revisions have on a listing.

“Unless manufacturers are modifying their products in ways that may affect CP-01 features, such as new-style panic buttons, this revision will not require manufacturers to re-list their products with UL,” said Ted Nesse, vice president of technology for sequel technologies and chairman of SIA’s security control panels subcommittee.

“The Security Industry Association supports all efforts aimed at reducing false alarms,” said Richard Chace, executive director and CEO of the Security Industry Association. “We are pleased the industry stepped up to this challenge and addressed it from an area that we have control of -- the technology solution.”

ANSI/SIA DC-09-2007: SIA Digital Communication Standard -- Internet Protocol Event Reporting also was recently released. This voluntary standard details the protocol to report events from premises equipment to a central station using IP.

Intended for use by manufacturers of control panels and central station receivers to ensure equipment compatibility, this standard also can impact security system installers, specifiers and users (central stations), and local authorities dealing with compatibility issues.

“Manufacturers recognized the growing demand for event reporting over IP,” Nesse said. “This standard will broaden the extensibility of their products in an IP-enabled environment.”

More than a dozen manufacturers participated in the standard’s development. According to Chace, gaining industry buy-in was critical to the project’s success.

“The need for market-relevant standards -- by our industry for our industry --is a high priority for our members,” Chace said. “This effort is just one example of how manufacturers can come together to advance industry objectives.”

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