Register Now! TMA Virtual Product Review Series: Umbo Light A.I. Video

Got 15 minutes? Register for TMA’s next Virtual Product Review (VPR) on “Improving Operator Efficiency with A.I.” on December 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm ET.

False alerts from weather, animals, and other triggers have direct effects on how profitable your central station can be. But the tools widely available for minimizing these nuisance false alerts are lacking.

Umbo Light is a powerful security video A.I. service that helps monitoring scale. With 98% accuracy in seeing humans and human behaviors, this solution ignores car headlights, animals, weather and more to send only true, accurate alerts to your operators.

This 15-minute webinar demonstrates using actual video clips and demos, the power of Light’s A.I. technology, already being used by leading stations with direct impact to the bottom line.

Register now.

TMA Virtual Product Reviews are webinars inspired by the popular two-minute “lighting round sessions” we offer at TMA Annual Meetings, where our Sponsors and Associate Members have an opportunity to speak about their products. The Virtual Product Review expands the lightning round concept into a 15-minute virtual live product review from a current TMA advertiser, in which attendees can learn more about a new/improved product or service and ask questions.

Did you miss our previous VPRs? Catch them at TMA Product Reviews.

Save the dates for our next scheduled VPRs:
• December 19 @ 1:00 pm ET – Johnson Controls/Tyco Security Products
• January 15, 2019 @ 2:00 pm ET – Bold Perennial Cash Flow

AvantGuard’s Justin Bailey Joins TMA Board of Directors

JBaileyTMA is pleased to announce that Justin Bailey, President and COO of AvantGuard Monitoring Centers, is newly-appointed to the TMA Board of Directors as a representative of the Contract Monitoring classification.

Bailey began his career building technology solutions for some of the world’s largest companies. Technology consulting introduced him to the monitoring industry, and he has been a full time member of the constantly growing team at AvantGuard for the last eight years. He is passionate about success and innovation as well as leadership and growth.

“I’m excited to join the TMA board, after having served on committees for a number of years,” said Bailey. “I see the pace of change increasing from within the industry as well as from disruptors, and know we need to evolve more quickly as an industry to remain relevant.  I look forward to working with the other TMA board members to that end.”

AvantGuard is one of the nation’s largest wholesale monitoring providers and offers security, fire, PERS, mPERS, and IoT monitoring services. AvantGuard also offers cloud monitoring services including hybrid monitoring solutions. With offices in Utah and Idaho, AvantGuard is committed to providing great service through people and technology. Under his leadership, the company naturally has strength in technology and innovation, and those things are critical underpinnings to AvantGuard’s desire to ensure everyone they serve knows they “[are] In Good Company.”

 

 

TMA Committee Co-Chair Ron Rothman Joins SightLogix Board of Directors

ron-rothman-headshotTMA Marketing/Communications Committee Co-Chair Ron Rothman, formerly Honeywell Security Global President and a TMA board member, has joined SightLogix’s board of directors. Sightlogix, a new TMA associate member, makes smart thermal camera systems that protect some of the world’s most important sites, including assets in the energy, transportation, chemical, utility, communications, government and defense industries – as well as private, independent businesses around the world

Rothman will help guide SightLogix growth initiatives, drawing on his longstanding record of building and transforming security businesses. “Ron is a visionary leader with unparalleled success in the security industry,” said John Romanowich, SightLogix president and CEO. “His deep knowledge and long history of accomplishments make him an ideal advisor, and I am thrilled to welcome Ron to our team.”

Rothman brings over thirty years of security leadership to SightLogix, rising from inside sales to president of the Honeywell Security Group & ADI Distribution (2010 to 2015), a global $3 Billion strategic business unit within Honeywell Automation and Control Solutions.

“SightLogix has a reputation for offering one of the most reliable and innovative solutions for outdoor security,” said Rothman. “I look forward to working with the Board and SightLogix management to help them align strategy, technology, and operations to accelerate our growth.”

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Sightlogix CEO John Romanowich addresses the TMA members at the Annual Meeting as part of the  associate members’ Lightning Round presentation.

 

UL Update: Close Before You Doze

by Steve Schmit, Program Manager, UL LLC

UL is honored to count TMA as a partner in our mission to create safe living and working environments for people. We work together most directly through our Certificate Service Program, which delivers the benefits of standards compliant alarm service to communities and businesses. At the same time in communities where UL Fire Alarm Certificates are required, your UL Certification gives you access to a unique and valuable market.

Educating the community and those responsible for ensuring public safety is key to creating these kinds of markets. We see many opportunities to work together on community education in order to advance both of our mutual public safety and business objectives.

In that spirit, this month we highlight UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute’s “Close Before You Doze” campaign, our most recent public safety outreach program. The campaign package includes:

  • A critical safety message about contemporary home fires
  • A video that dramatically illustrates the effects of closed vs open bedroom doors in home fires
  • A toolbox of community & first responder resources

While UL’s outreach has touched a wide audience (8.5 million video views to date), there is still much work to do. We invite you, as partners in our mission, to consider bringing it to public safety officials in your markets. Alternatively, we would be delighted to talk about how you might use these materials in your own organization’s public service messaging. Either way, there is an opportunity to leverage the UL public safety message and brand to create a positive environment for discussion of UL Certificated alarm service.

Why “Close Before You Doze”?

  • 25 years ago, occupants typically had 17 minutes to evacuate a home after a smoke detector annunciation.
  • Today, typical safe egress time is about 3 minutes, due to the much higher use of synthetics in furnishings, floors, and fixtures.
  • Research tests show that simply closing a bedroom door can significantly extend the survivability time for people in the room.

Test results are clear and the message is simple. However, communicating with the public, in ways that inspire behavior changes, can be a challenge. To help, UL established a dedicated website to serve as a resource clearinghouse. Visit closeyourdoor.org to explore. Be sure to check the First Responders section as well. You could be the one that brings a turnkey public safety campaign to your market’s public safety partners.

About UL FSRIUL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) advances fire research knowledge and develops cutting edge, practical fire service education aimed at helping firefighters stay safe while more effectively protecting people and property. Working in partnership with the fire service, research departments, and agencies, UL FSRI executes firefighter research and makes the results widely available to the global fire community.

Leading Law Enforcement Associations Back Model Alarm Ordinance

Best Practices Developed by Industry and Law Enforcement

Two of the nation’s leading public safety associations have passed resolutions in support of members utilizing the Model Ordinance for Alarm Management and False Alarm Reduction developed in partnership between law enforcement and the electronic security industry through the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC).

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) approved a resolution at its 2018 Annual Conference “encouraging the use of this 2018 Model Ordinance…and all of the best practices.”

The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) also passed a resolution “recognizes the need for and value of strong enforcement recommended in this Model Ordinance to achieve the desired reduction in alarm dispatches experienced by police agencies…”

The recently updated model ordinance has been the result of close collaboration between SIAC and law enforcement for the past 20 years. While the ordinance has been endorsed at the committee level, this is the first time that both IACP and NSA have endorsed the ordinance on a national level.

“By working together we have been able to significantly reduce unnecessary police dispatches while at the same time maintaining the police response to alarms,” said Stan Martin, Executive Director of the Security Industry Alarm Coalition. “Alarm systems reduce crime and protect homes, businesses, places of worship and schools. We want to make sure criminals know police are responding. It is an important component to protecting people and property and reducing crime.

“Every best practice in the model ordinance has been tried and tested for effectiveness in reducing false alarms and the resulting dispatches,” said Martin. “In addition to IACP and NSA fifteen State Chiefs of Police organizations across the U.S. use some form of this model and recommend its use to chiefs within their respective states. When all recommendations within the model are followed and strictly enforced dispatch reductions of 40-50% can be expected with 85% of the permitted systems in any given year not requiring even one law enforcement dispatch.”

Every year dozens of the nation’s 18,000 law enforcement agencies consider creating or amending an alarm ordinance. SIAC is funded by the alarm industry and has a team of experts, including retired chiefs, to assist local communities in developing and implementing the model ordinance to meet their needs. “SIAC needs support from the alarm industry to continue this important mission,” said Martin.

Support SIAC with a contribution today.

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SIAC Executive Director Stan Martin with Charles Brobeck, Retired Police Chief, Irvine (CA); SIAC Liaison

 

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Glen Mowrey, SIAC Law Enforcement Liaison (L) and Bill Berger, U.S. Marshall, Central District of Florida; Retired Police Chief, Palm Bay (FL); Past President, IACP.

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Photos from the Alarm Industry Associations’ Reception at the IACP Annual Meeting in October 2018.

 

Chesapeake, VA Goes Live with ASAP for Faster, More Accurate Emergency Response

Technology Automates Emergency Response for More Speed and Accuracy

The City of Chesapeake, VA is the latest municipality to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), a technology designed to automate communication between alarm monitoring central stations and public safety dispatch/911 centers.

Chesapeake is the 42nd PSAP in the United States and 7th PSAP in Virginia to go live with the ASAP program as of October 12, 2018.

Electronic data transmission results in the following benefits for residents and first responders:

  • Fewer phone calls to emergency response centers. Alarm center data is passed to public safety dispatch/911 operators electronically within seconds and then provided to first responders upon dispatch.
  • Quicker processing times. Data doesn’t have to be input manually or communicated verbally, resulting in reduced hold times, less chance of human error, and faster responses.
  • Greater accuracy of information transmitted. Electronic transmission of data reduces chances for errors.

More than 900 Vector Security customers in Chesapeake will benefit from improved emergency response times via ASAP. Vector Security assisted the city by helping to perform extensive testing prior to the system going live.

“Virginia is where we debuted ASAP for the first time in 2012,” said Anita Ostrowski, Vice President of Central Station Services, Vector Security. “We’ve come a long way since being the first alarm company to introduce ASAP in Richmond, and we are glad to see the technology make its way into more municipalities across the nation, for the greater safety of our communities.”

ASAP was formed in partnership between The Monitoring Association and The Association of Public Safety Communications Officials, with Vector Security President and CEO Pamela J. Petrow co-chairing the committee.

The city of Chesapeake joins Richmond and Newport News, VA, as well as the counties of York, James City, Henrico and Loudon, VA as the latest emergency response center in the state to go live with ASAP technology.

Nationwide, nearly 50 agencies have implemented, or are in the process of implementing ASAP. For a current list:  https://tma.us/asap/

 

SentryNet’s Peggy Page is New Co-Chair of TMA MarComm Committee

c Peggy PageTMA is pleased to announce that SentryNet marketing manager Peggy Page has been named the new co-chair of the TMA Marketing and Communications Committee.

Page’s career in security spans over 30 years, with the past 24 years spent at SentryNet as Marketing Manager. She creates opportunities for her team as they assist independent alarm installers nationwide in business development and growth. Page has received the President’s award, Win award, and Achievers Award for her service and dedication to the SentryNet and Stanley Black and Decker Team.

IMG_0852“I am honored to accept the co-chair position on the Marketing and Communications Committee for TMA,” Page said. “As a member of TMA, I believe in the work that we do in security central stations. Our operators are the voice of calm in some of the most chaotic times for our customers. How could I not support and be a part of an association that is designed to improve and advance the monitoring industry through education, advocacy, and public safety relationships?”

Page joins Ron Rothman in leading this committee, which creates, coordinates and disseminates targeted information to the industry and general public to advance TMA’s goals and strengthen its brand. The committee had oversight of TMA’s rebranding from CSAA in 2017 and helps coordinate programs such as website development, TMA awards, and membership marketing efforts.