About Elizabeth Lasko

VP, Marketing and Communications for The Monitoring Association

ADS Security Partners with City of Brentwood to Improve Emergency Response with ASAP

Brentwood is the second community in Tennessee to go live with ASAP-to-PSAP.

On March 15, ADS Security (ADS), a regional electronic security company based in NashvilleASAP-Concept1D, announced the introduction of the ASAP-to-PSAP service (ASAP) in Brentwood, TN. ADS worked closely with the City of Brentwood and the Brentwood Emergency Communications Center to make this technology available in their area. ASAP will cut down on 911 processing time by 2-3 minutes for all residents of the City of Brentwood.

“ADS Security is delighted that the City of Brentwood Emergency Communications Center has allowed us to partner with them to introduce this state-of-the-art technology,” said Steve Crist, ADS Director of Monitoring Operations. “Reducing alarm response times is at the heart of what we all do.”

Now in Brentwood, alarm companies like ADS Security will be able to electronically send information like addresses, names, and alarm information directly to 911 operators. The information appears in an “instant messaging” box for the 911 operators to quickly review. They then are able to provide real-time dispatching information back to the alarm company, to then relay to the customers.

The three main benefits of ASAP are:

  1. The electronic transmission of data virtually eliminates mistakes and miscommunications with humans talking over the phone.
  2. The elimination of a phone line from the transmission process can cut down 911 processing time by 2-3 minutes. This can save lives, help authorities more quickly extinguish fires, and help apprehend criminals.
  3. This program reduces call volume into emergency communication centers. This can save municipalities money and resources that can be better allocated elsewhere to serve the community.

The City of Brentwood is only the second agency to go live with ASAP in Tennessee, following Chattanooga /Hamilton County which went online with this program in November 2017. ADS plans to continue to work with communities across the Southeast to roll this program out in all of the areas they service.

Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, ADS Security (ADS) is ranked the 20th largest electronic security firm in the nation, according to the annual Top 100 rankings compiled by Security Distributing & Marketing (SDM) magazine. ADS was named Dealer of the Year by SDM in 2014.

Following ADS, Rapid Response, Protection One, Vector, Tyco, Monitronics, Guardian, and Vivint have gone live with Brentwood.  ADT is scheduled to go live with Brentwood on March 27. Brentwood is the 36th agency in the United States to launch ASAP.



Colorado Representative Addresses AICC

Representative Michael Coffman (R-CO), who sits on the Armed Services and Veterans Affairs Committees, spoke to the AICC members at their quarterly meeting in Washington, DC last week.

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Representative Michael Coffman, left, and AICC Chair Lou Fior

Coffman primarily focused on the net neutrality issue and where proposed legislation stands in Congress. He indicated he is against repeal of the December 2017 FCC overrule of the net neutrality rules because it would set a precedent for change every few years.

At the meeting, members also discussed the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, security industry concerns regarding drones, cybersecurity and IoT, and other important issues.

For information on membership in AICC, contact chair Lou Fiore.

TMA Mourns Rod Garner, Bill Moody, and Ray Adams

The TMA community is saddened by the recent deaths of three renowned industry members.

Rodney Grant Garner (June 11, 1948 – February 18, 2018) —  Rodney Grant Garner, of Pleasant View, UT, began his association with the alarm industry by working with his father-in-law at Mountain Alarm. Later, as President and CEO of Mountain Alarm, he grew the small family business to the 28th largest security company in America that employs more than 275 people. He was passionate about his work, and loved talking business and motivating his family to find success. His son Josh is the CEO of AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, Inc. Read Rod’s complete obituary and the statement from Mountain Alarm. 

William Moody (October 1, 1926 – March 1, 2018) of Lafayette, NJ died at the age of 91.. He began his career as an electronic design engineer and section chief at the Naval Ordnance Lab in White Oak, Md. While there, his projects included the design and development of a heat-activated homing torpedo and the firing systems for the Alias Betty atomic depth bomb project, the success of which earned him a commendation from the U.S. Department of the Navy. Following work as a designer, engineering manager, marketing director, and plant manager in a variety of Schlumberger locations on the East Coast, he became president of Dumont Electronics in 1972, followed by a move to ADT in 1981. While a vice president with ADT he held a variety of posts encompassing engineering, manufacturing and distribution. Bill enjoyed a long and illustrious career before retiring at the age of 80. He continued as a consultant to the alarm systems industry for several more years after his retirement. Read Bill’s complete obituary.

Raymond L. Adams (June 23, 1929 – March 8, 2018) began his career in 1953 as the first salesman hired to introduce Sam Bagno’s ultrasonic sensor to the alarm industry. In 1971 he joined Norman Rubin of the Supreme Burglar Alarm Corp. in a series of ventures, beginning with the formation of the Mutual Central Station Corp. in New York City. When Honeywell acquired Mutual, he stayed on to manage the central station. He rejoined Rubin in 1973 and together they formed Jewelers Protection Services Limited with Adams serving as president. He later became president of both Security Centres, Inc. and its subsidiary, Holmes Protection of New York, renamed HolmesLimited in 1989. A link to his obituary will be posted when available.


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UL 827 Industry File Review (IFR) Effective Date Extension Proposal

March 9 — Today, UL published a proposal to extend the effective dates for two sets of requirements that are new to the 8th edition of UL 827, The Standard for Central Station Services. The proposed effective dates will align confirmation of new requirement compliance with UL’s annual audit program for monitoring stations.

The proposed extension dates are:

  • July 31, 2018 extended to January 15, 2019
  • July 31, 2020 extended to January 15, 2021

“The new requirements in UL 827 have proven to be quite challenging,” noted Alan Cavers, Managing Engineer of UL’s Certificate Service business. “Our monitoring station customers have made great progress, but in many cases, UL needs one more on-site visit to finish compliance determination. The current mid-year effective dates would require that UL establish separate engineering projects to assure the necessary work is completed prior to the effective date. Those projects would be outside of the annual audit program, adding extra cost and complexity to our customers’ experience. Adjusting the effective dates as proposed would simplify the process for all parties.”

The proposal was sent, via email, to all impacted monitoring stations, with a request for comment by April 8, 2018. For more information, contact Margret Sloma (Margret.Sloma@ul.com) at UL.

New TMA Interest Group for Licensing, Permitting, and Regulations Management

TMA is launching a new TMA interest group for members who deal with licensing, permitting, and regulations management. The group is formed in response to the results of the 2017 TMA Voice of the Customer survey in which licensing and regulatory issues were identified as among those of most concern to TMA members. The first virtual meeting of this group is this Friday, March 9 at 2:00 pm ET.

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The group will be led by two TMA members, Kate Fisher, President of Compliance Management Solutions, LLC and Rick Sheets, Director, Licensing Compliance and Industry Affairs, AT&T-Digital Life; AT&T/DirectTV. Rick is also a TMA Board Member and the Chair of the TMA Government Relations Committee.


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The intent of the interest group is to provide a forum to discuss issues related to compliance, as well as to establish a virtual community of like-minded people who can help each other.

The first virtual meeting of this group will take place on Friday, March 9 at 2:00 pm ET. We want the discussion to be worthwhile to all, so please send cbesore@tma.us  topics/questions that you would like covered during the call by Wednesday, March 7. We also hope to discuss the following:

  • Frequency and time of further meetings
  • Format of interaction
  • Goals of community
  • Review of current resources (TMA wiki; SIAC database)
  • Discussion of current issues (based on your questions)
    • Sandy Springs update and data request

Please register for the virtual meeting at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/9020741229004723969. You will receive a confirmation email and the link and phone number to join the call. Contact Celia Besore at 703-242-4670, x. 18 or cbesore@tma.us if you have any questions.


TMA Events at ESX 2018

Register now for 2018 ESX and make your hotel reservations — rooms are going fast in popular Nashville! Education sessions are June 20-22. Below is the schedule of TMA pre-conference committee, membership and leadership meetings.

Monday June 18

  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Membership/NRTL/Five Diamond/MarComm/Insurance
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Education/Legal Affairs/Technology
  • 2:30pm – 4:00pm — Government Relations/PSLC/Standards/Video
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm — ASAP Outreach/Business
  • 6:30pm – 9:00pm — TMA Board Dinner

Tuesday June 19

  • 7:00am – 8:00am —  Executive Committee
  • 8:00am – 12:00pm –Board Breakfast and Meeting
  • 2:00pm – 3:30pm — General Membership Meeting
  • 3:45pm – 5:00pm — Contract Council
  • 3:45pm – 4:45pm — Proprietary Council
  • 4:00pm – 5:00pm — TMA Associates
  • 6:00pm – 7:30pm — ESX Opening Celebration and TMA Excellence Awards

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The TMA booth in the Exhibit Hall will be open Wednesday and Thursday, June 20-21 during regular exhibit hours. We look forward to welcoming members and guests to meet TMA staff and leadership there. Questions? Contact communications@tma.us.