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False Alarm Reduction


False Alarm Reduction

January 17, 2019
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“Students from the Pestalozzian Academy” | Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1806} | Meadows Museum Southern Methodist University

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has initiated a revision cycle for its standard — SIA CP-01 Features for False Alarm Reduction — which asserts leading practice for reduction of false alarms.  To paraphrase the benefits of this ANSI-accredited consensus document:

  • Saves facility management enterprises time and money with decreased alarm dispatches and programmable swinger shutdown.
  • Provides technical specifications for cross zoning and carbon monoxide zoning.
  • Provides commissioning, inspection, testing and maintenance guidance.
  • Provides guidance for installing security measures like the duress alarm that can be entered by a user to trigger a silent call for help while under threat from an intruder.
  • Features, including specifications for carbon monoxide zones and qualifications for swinger shutdown.

From the ANSI Project Initiation Notification Announcement:

Project Need: False Alarms and False Dispatches continue to be a thorn in the side of municipalities and law enforcement.

Stakeholders: Security integrators, security manufacturers, law enforcement, central stations, monitoring companies, and
some end-users (consumers) of security.

Scope: This standard details recommended design features for security systems, control panels, and their associated devices to reduce the incidence of false alarms. These features are applicable to both residential and commercial properties protected by an electronic security system. This standard is intended for use by manufacturers in the design of security systems and alarm signal receivers. It is also intended for reference by all affected parties, including security system installers, specifiers, and users; central station owners and operators; manufacturers of central station products, such as receivers and automation software; and local authorities

We will be watching for release of public review drafts.   You may do so yourself at the SIA standards home page linked below:

Industry Standards

You are encouraged to communicate directly with SIA: CONTACT 

Security standards for the education industry are developing on a near-weekly basis.  Every incident spawns new workgroups that compete with incumbents, consortia and open source licensing organizations to set the standard of care through documents, accreditation, training and other revenue-capture instruments.  We count the better part of 100 of them including the standards spawned from ad hoc alliances and partnerships.

Accordingly, we refer this SIA action to the agenda of our monthly school security standards teleconferences where we sort through the competitive landscape of education industry security standards.  The next teleconference is scheduled for January 15th, 11 AM EST.    For a draft agenda send a request for the School Security Standing Agenda to bella@standardsmichigan.com.   Use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.


Issue: [13-143]

Category: Facility Asset Management, Public Safety, #SmartCampus, Risk Management, US Department of Education

Colleagues: Andrew Updegrove, Mike Anthony, Richard Robben



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