Following up on the great NRTL debate! Another security company jumps on board

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02/05/2010
I blogged last year on the great NRTL debate. There was a kind of a showdown brewing between the old standby nationally recognized testing labs UL & FM and the new kid on the block, ETL. Just got word that another security company has announced that it had passed an Alarm System Certification audit conducted by Intertek ETL. According to the release "the ETL Listing mark signifies Westec has been audited and met or exceeded industry-recognized specifications and rigorous safety standards." Well, congrats to Westec for the listing and to ETL for the additional cred. According to the PR person who sent this info along, Westec is one of the first video surveillance companies to go through ETL. Here's the press release:
Westec Awarded ETL Listing: One of the First Video-Based Alarm Services To Make the Mark DALLAS, TX, February 4, 2010 – Westec Intelligent Surveillance, the nation’s largest remote video monitoring company, announced today that it has passed an Alarm System Certification audit conducted by Intertek, an independent third-party testing lab and certification agency. The ETL Listing mark signifies Westec has been audited and met or exceeded industry-recognized specifications and rigorous safety standards "Westec is a cooperative, efficient, and compliant burglar alarm central station. In the field evaluation, we noted their employee management processes, training programs, and tracking tools exceeded our expectations, “ said Ron Lemke, Lead Auditor for Intertek. "Westec’s staff had done their homework and any changes or needed contracts could be completed on the spot." The ETL certification of Westec Intelligent Surveillance signifies that Westec meets or exceeds industry operational and safety standards according to the following specifications: UL 681 – Installation and Classification of Burglar and Holdup-Alarm Systems UL 827 – Central Station Alarm Services "Receiving the ETL certification is yet another industry indication that our unique video-monitoring system is an excellent security solution which has been thoroughly tested and proven,” said Kelby Hagar, CEO of Westec. “We’re proud the Westec video-monitoring facility, training and video response services were superior to others that had been evaluated.”
I also wrote about Westec last year and their efforts at expansion into the quick-serve restaurant market.