APCO, CSAA Receive Approval for Data Exchange Standard

The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) Int’l announces the approval of an American National Standard (ANS) that will provide a standard data exchange for electronically transmitting information between a central station and a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).

Co-written by APCO and the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) Alerts Working Team, the ANS is intended to standardize an automated computer-to-computer exchange of data between alarm monitoring companies and PSAPs. It provides detailed technical data to software providers who support computer-aided dispatch (CAD) systems or alarm monitoring applications concerning the common data elements and structure that is utilized when electronically transmitting a new alarm event from a central station to a PSAP.

The documentation includes process-flow examples that are necessary during the handoff of a new event, new-event responses, and updates to working events between the central station and the PSAP.

There are three primary uses for this standard, also known as Alarm 3.0: initial notification of an alarm event; bi-directional updates of the status between a central station and the PSAP; and bi-directional updates of other events between a central station and a PSAP.

For more information or to download the approved ANS, click here.

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