The Protection Bureau upgrades to Millennium, receives 12th-million signal

Thursday, April 28, 2005

EXTON, Pa. - As part of the company's effort to attain UL-listing, The Protection Bureau upgraded its central station software to Micro Key Software's Millennium platform and at the same time received its 12th-million alarm signal.

The Protection Bureau previously operated Micro Key's CS-1 platform for approximately 10 years. Founded in 1975, the systems integrator monitors 5,000 accounts and does not provide third party monitoring.

"Our plan by upgrading to Millennium is that we will be able to provide enhanced services to our clients," said company President Matthew Ladd. These new applications will include video monitoring and electronic notifications via e-mail.

The company received the 12th-million alarm signal moments before switching over to the new platform on March 1. Shirley Racz, central station supervisor, received the signal.

The Protection Bureau said it averaged approximately 2,000 signals a day for the past 17 years.

Based here, the company is a $12-million per year business that installs access control, burglar systems, fire systems and surveillance systems, for example. Its reach is throughout Canada and the United States thanks to its membership in SecurityNet.