TMA Releases Revised ANSI-Accredited False Dispatch Standard

TMA CS-V-01-2020 defines methods by which false dispatches can be greatly reduced, according to The Monitoring Association.

McLEAN, Va. — In its on-going effort to reduce the occurrence and impact of false dispatches, The Monitoring Association (TMA) has released the latest revision of its ANSI-accredited standard, TMA CS-V-01-2020 (Version August 01, 2020).

The standard is said to take alarm verification and confirmation to its next level by defining multiple-attempt confirmation, biometric, audio and video confirmation. The standard is available for free to download from TMA’s website.

“I am passionate about standards. Having had the experience of both contributing to the development of industry-wide standards and implementing them within security-focused organizations, I am intimately familiar with the distinct value and benefits standards offer,” states TMA President Don Young.

Young continues, “This standard, as ANSI’s development guidelines stipulate, represents the collective contributions of stakeholders who have a role in ensuring the accuracy and efficiency of the alarm response process — including monitoring center staff, emergency response professionals, and law enforcement.”

The revised standard has been prepared under the direction of members of the Security Industry Standards Council (SISC), with the participation of members from TMA, Security Industry Association
(SIA), Electronic Security Association (ESA), ASIS Int’l and the Canadian Alarm Association (CANASA). The standard is intended to be used by alarm monitoring facilities and by state and local units of government in their development of consistent administration criteria for alarms.

TMA is an ANSI-accredited standards development organization. As such, the TMA Standards Committee works on standards that benefit consumers, regulators and the security industry. Actions related to commercial and residential fire alarm systems are found in NFPA 72.

To learn more about the association’s standards activities, go here.

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