SSN Staff  - 
Monday, December 1, 2003

Security Systems News surveyed NewsWire subscribers to gauge industry opinion on the importance of standards and how those rules will impact the industry. Here’s what we found.
Which group do you think is the most appropriate for setting these types of standards in the security industry?*
Consortium - 36%
NFPA - 21%
NBFAA - 16%
SIA - 15%
Other - 14%
* Denotes respondents answered with more than one answer in some categories
Do you think the industry needs a uniform set of standards for the installation of security systems?
Standards needed - 88%
Not needed - 12%
Systems integrators who responded to our survey had this to say about which was the most appropriate group to set standards and what effects there would be on the industry:
Group to set standards
Consortium - 38%
NFPA - 29%
SIA - 19%
NBFAA - 5%

Effects on the industry
Raise the bar - 90%
Reduce false alarms - 76%
Barrier to entry - 14%
Time-consuming training - 10%
Stifle business - 10%