Shaping standards for video

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, April 1, 2004

VIENNA, Va. - A new Central Station Alarm Association subcommittee will meet at the ISC West Expo in Las Vegas to develop a set of standards for video monitoring.

Lou Fiore of L.T. Fiore, Jim McMullen of COPS Monitoring and Richard Hahn of Richard Hahn & Associates spearheaded the effort to create this new committee, which is a follow-up to last year’s meeting of the Electronic Verification Committee.

The committee will try to arrive at a consensus and develop new standards for video monitoring, including the quality of the video, dispatch response methods and procedures, central station configuration, video lighting issues, coverage and pre- and post-alarm information.

The final outcome will be the development of a standard to be given to the CSAA Standards Committee. The next step would then be submission to the ANSI process. It is the committee’s goal to have UL incorporate this standard into UL 827.

“Because of its ability to provide immediate verifiable alarm condition status, which in itself goes a long way to solving our industry’s false alarm crisis, video monitoring is quickly gaining wide acceptance in all facets of the security industry. This is the perfect time to proactively develop these needed standards,” said McMullen, who will chair the committee.