SIA Makes Significant Revisions to Control Panel Standard

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released a draft set of revised standards for security system control panels and their associated arming and disarming devices. The changes are intended to reduce the incidence of false alarms. The draft revisions are open for public comment through May 29.

The new standard would make several significant changes, including eliminating single button devices to initiate panic alarms, providing exceptions for the specified time ranges of the entry and dialer delay times, expanding the range for swinger shut-down programming and requiring more specific product documentation. Products listed to the current standard may need to be resubmitted to a testing laboratory to demonstrate compliance with the new guidelines.

The “Control Panel Standard — Features for False Alarm Reduction” is meant for use by manufacturers in the design of control panels and alarm signal receivers. It can also serve as a reference for security system installers, specifiers and users; central stations; manufacturers of central station products, such as receivers and automation software; and others.

The draft version of the standard can be downloaded from the SIA Standards Control Panel Working Group Web page. Comments should be directed to Joe Gittens, SIA’s manager of standards, at [email protected].

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