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CSAA is now The Monitoring Association

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

VIENNA, Va.—On March 16, CSAA announced that it is officially The Monitoring Association.

To recap: the name change was discussed among members in the second quarter of 2016. It was voted on, and passed, during CSAA’s general membership meeting in early June, 2016, in Fort Worth, Texas.

SSN spoke with executive director Jay Hauhn and the organization’s vice president of marketing and communications about CSAA’s plans for 2017, including the process of changing the name.

In a letter to the CSAA membership, president Pamela J. Petrow noted that “our new name reflects our renewed commitment to our mission: to advance the professional monitoring industry through education, advocacy and public safety relationships. It also emphasizes our long range goals to grow the association beyond our traditional services to embrace the opportunities of our changing industry.” She added that the new name’s meaning “will be reflected in all future initiatives of [the] association.”

Association programs including Five Diamond, Excellence Awards, Online Training, and the Annual Meeting and Fall Operations Management Seminar are also undergoing rebranding and will be re-launched under the new name, the organization noted in its recent announcement.

“The term ‘Central Station’ no longer has wide recognition outside of our industry,” Lasko said in the announcement. “Our new name will facilitate our efforts to educate the public about the critical role TMA members play in public safety,” she said.

“Monitoring life safety events in the traditional central station model remains our core business,” Hauhn said in the recent release. “That will not change. However, our demographics surveys show that members increasingly monitor more than traditional fire and burglar alarms – they monitor medical devices, access control, and other non-emergency but meaningful events. Our new name allows room for the association to encompass all the areas our members are beginning to monitor and any into which they may move in the future.”

TMA’s website can be found at www.tma.us. Member ID numbers and login information for the website will not change. TMA staff will use the email suffix “@tma.us.” All emails to the previous “@csaaintl.org” address will be forwarded.

TechSec 2017 Panel: Monitoring the next tech

Key figures in the monitoring industry present on technological trends
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03/15/2017

DELRAY BEACH, Fla.—The hot topics in the industry—drones and robotics, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, big data and data mining—all impact monitoring centers, as well as integrators and end users.

CSAA prepares for 2017, changing name to The Monitoring Association

New name will be joined by new look, logo
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01/16/2017

VIENNA, Va.—Over the course of 2017, as the Central Station Alarm Association transitions to The Monitoring Association, it will get a new look, new logo.

CSAA awards State Farm’s Joe Miskulin

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12/22/2016

VIENNA, Va.–CSAA awarded Joe Miskulin, manager at State Farm Central Monitoring Services, the CSAA President’s Award for his service to the monitoring industry.

Teresa Gonzalez receives Stanley C. Lott award

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11/07/2016

VIENNA, Va.—Teresa Gonzalez, president of United Central Control, was awarded the Central Station Alarm Association’s Stanley C. Lott Memorial Award for Exemplary Service, at the 2016 Annual Meeting in Marco Island, Fla. on Oct. 26.

CSAA focuses on cybersecurity

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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

At CSAA's upcoming annual meeting—to be held on Marco Island, Fla., Oct. 22 through 26—there will be a panel devoted to cybersecurity, which the association announced more about this week.

I spoke with Jay Hauhn, CSAA’s executive director, recently about the meeting as well as other focuses for the association.

Hauhn said that the annual meeting's cybersecurity panel was going to approach the subject in a new way, looking to focus on what companies should do about cybersecurity.

“We are not going to repeat what has been done ad-nauseum and have someone stand at the front of the room and scare everyone about cyber threats,” Hauhn told SSN. “We are going to focus on something actionable.  We are having experts talk about how to put a cyber protection program together.”

The panel, entitled “Cyber Security is a Business Risk (Not Just an IT Risk),” will include Justin Bailey, AvantGuard’s COO, Todd Neilson, president for Secuvant Security, Sascha Kylau, VP of central station solutions and service at Onetel, and Steve Butkovich, CPI Security Systems’ chief technology officer.

CSAA is going to be looking at cloud based central station automation platforms in a similar way at the meeting, Hauhn said. The panel will not only approach the features of the cloud, but what businesses’ cost savings could be and how they can get started with a cloud based platform. 

Currently, the association has an early bird rate for the meeting, which ends this Friday, Sept. 9.

CSAA is also keeping an eye on other emerging technological issues. Hauhn mentioned that the industry is changing, and standards are needed for newer technologies; CSAA recently put out the call for SMEs to assist with new technology standards.

“Monitoring life safety events in the traditional central station model remains our core business. That will not change. However, new innovative applications and services are being offered by our members. Best practices need to be created, that outline the actions monitoring centers take in this expanding environment,” said Hauhn.

“For example, when a service that monitors an asset in motion requires a dispatch of police or EMS, we have to be able to accommodate the asset traversing municipalities,” he said.   

CSAA looks for experts to form new tech standards

New standards apply to monitoring centers, PSAPs, manufacturers
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08/03/2016

VIENNA, Va.—CSAA is looking for subject matter experts on a variety of up and coming technologies to join its new Emerging Technologies Committee—a division of its Standards Committee—to help form new standards.

CSAA votes to change name to The Monitoring Association

Jay Hauhn: New name better reflects what monitoring companies do
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06/14/2016

FORT WORTH, Texas—The Central Station Alarm Association name is on its way out.

CSAA announces Public Sector Award winner

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06/13/2016

VIENNA, Va.—CSAA awarded its 2016 Public Sector Award to Chief Harlin McEwen during ESX on June 9.

ADT warns of rise in deceptive sales practices

CSAA, ESA and BBB join ADT for press conference in Utah
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05/31/2016

SALT LAKE CITY—With the summer door-knocking season upon us, the Better Business Bureau held a news conference here May 25 to address the fact that a handful of Utah home security companies are responsible for the majority of questionable sales practices occurring within the security industry.

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