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SW24 earns UL listing

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04/29/2014

NEW YORK—SW24 Security has received Underwriters Laboratories certification for meeting all requirements under the UL standard for central station alarm service, according to a news release.

San Diego central earns Five Diamond Certification

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Alarm Relay, a UL-listed alarm monitoring company based in San Diego, became the latest central station to earn Five Diamond Certification from the Central Station Alarm Association, the company recently announced. Fewer than 200 central stations in the country have the certification.

Among the most rigorous requirements for completing the Five Diamond program include the commitment to random inspections by a nationally recognized laboratory, such as FM Global, Underwriters’ Laboratories or InterTek/ETL, and central stations must also comply with quality criteria standards developed by those same organizations.

Five Diamond Certification also testifies that 100 percent of central station operators at a given company have been certified through the CSAA online training course, which covers all phases of central station communications with law enforcement, customers, and fire and emergency centers.

For an operator to achieve certification, they must demonstrate (among other things) proficiency in alarm verification, which helps reduce false dispatches, and in communications with Public Safety Answering Points.

That latter requirement is bound to be vitally important as central stations around the country forge more partnerships with PSAPs, allowing the ASAP to PSAP program to expand. 

Potter: New flow switch a first

The self-testing device for wet sprinkler systems saves water, eliminates pollution and reduces corrosion, company says
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12/10/2013

ST. LOUIS—Potter Electric Signal Co. recently introduced what it says is an industry first: a self-testing flow switch for wet sprinkler systems that requires no discharge of water.

Monitor America earns UL listing

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07/30/2013

MOONACHIE, N.J.—Monitor America, a provider of security monitoring services technology, based here, has earned UL certification for meeting all required criteria, according to a company statement.

Gamewell-FCI fire alarm system earns new UL listing

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04/29/2013

NORTHFORD, Conn.—The E3 Series fire alarm and communications system from Gamewell-FCI, a division of Honeywell, is now listed to a new Underwriters Laboratories standard, according to a co

Should you dread a UL audit?

Not if you’ve done your homework and you know what to expect, two specialists tell the CSAA
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02/05/2013

VIENNA, Va.—For central stations pursuing UL certification or expecting their first audit, there can be uncertainty and maybe even a touch of anxiety. It’s an important benchmark—will your facility be able to stand up to the scrutiny?

New UL standard will rate camera performance

UL 2802 out in February; some products will be certified before ISC West
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01/30/2013

NORTHBROOK, Ill.—Underwriters Laboratories is launching the first digital-camera performance standard in February and plans to have some cameras certified in time for ISC West, Bob Jamieson, UL general manager, life safety and security industries, told Security Systems N

Fatal fire shows need for sprinklers in new homes

NFPA challenges claim by building industry that smoke alarms are enough
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05/02/2012

AUBURN, N.Y.—A fatal fire in a new home here tragically underscores the falsity of a claim by home fire sprinkler opponents that the devices are not needed in new construction, according to Maria Figueroa, regional director of the NFPA’s Fire Prevention Field Office.

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