UL institutes three new standards for security and signaling products

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, May 19, 2005

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--Underwriters Laboratories introduced this month three new security and signaling marks that will be effective in May 2007.
The marks indicate related security and signaling products have met performance standards established by UL, an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization. To date, UL has issued 880 standards, spanning a wide range of products that include toasters to cameras.
The new standards--signaling, security and a combination of the two--affects manufacturers that wish to receive UL designation for equipment such as access control, burglar alarms, fire alarms and life-safety alarms.
"This has been in the works for a period of time," said Chris Hasbrook, general manager of the fire, security and signaling at the organization. And should not affect existing product inventory, considering the two-year roll-in.
The need for the new standards arises from products with duel uses, explained Hasbrook. For example, a camera that has received UL-listing for consumer uses does not necessarily pass performance testing for high-end security deployments.
Performance testing will include determining if the hardware works as intended, continues to operate under varying temperature and atmospheric conditions and if the products are affected by normal conditions such as dust, being dropped or corrosion.