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CSAA: Industry should get smart about smart meters

An association spokesman says industry should educate customers about potential problems
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03/21/2011

VIENNA, Va.—Utility companies are installing smart meters on homes and businesses around the nation to help the utilities and their customers better manage power usage. But the devices also appear to have some drawbacks—one of them being possible interference with property owners’ security alarm system.

CSAA, IAFC battle false alarms, falsehoods

The groups fight misinformation as they work together in an effort to reduce false alarms
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03/03/2011

VIENNA, Va.— To combat the problem of frequent false alarms in commercial facilities, the Central Station Alarm Association has been working with the International Association of Fire Chiefs for the past year to come up with some proposed NFPA 72 code changes. Now the groups say they’re fighting a misinformation campaign about the changes, battling such claims that they’re “in bed” together and that the proposals are dangerous.

Micro Key offers association membership to clients

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02/24/2011

KISSIMMEE, Fla.—Central station automation platform provider Micro Key on Feb. 8 announced a new promotion during which it will pay a year’s membership for new clients to join the Central Station Alarm Association.

Post NYBFAA open discussion forum, Article 6-E put to bed?

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02/17/2011

ALBANY, N.Y.—It looks as though Article 6-E has reached the end of its journey—for now.
In a Feb. 15 email interview with Security Systems News, NYBFAA executive director Dale Eller said the New York state association’s board of directors had a lot to think about after the Feb. 10 meeting at which two dozen security industry executives aired their opinions on the nascent central station licensing legislation. Eller said the board came to a decision late in the day Feb. 15.

Keeping central station employees in the know through extensive training

Many different options abound
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02/10/2011

The controversy surrounding Article 6-E—proposed legislation in New York that looks to vet and license central station employees according to statewide standards—has many in the industry talking about central station employee training. There are plenty of virtual and classroom training options provided by industry associations like CSAA and SIA. And, many monitoring companies take full control and create their own training programs for employees.

Proposed New York legislation causes major stir

Proponents and opponents urged to attend open hearing to make their voices heard
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01/20/2011

ALBANY, N.Y.—Proposed legislation being developed by an alarm association committee here has created such a stir that the New York Burglar & Fire Alarm Association has decided to conduct an open forum discussion at its Feb. 10 board of directors meeting.

G4S trains central station employees, others for ‘remote guarding’

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11/18/2010

BOSTON—Jerry Cordasco, G4S monitoring and data center VP of operations, says the company’s new high-level training course, which results in G4S Remote Guarding Certification, elevates its operators to the level of highly-trained remote guards and differentiates the advanced video monitoring company from others in the space.

Vector Security president John Murphy dies

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10/15/2010

MT LAUREL, N.J.—Vector Security president and CSAA past president John Murphy died Oct. 13 after a protracted fight with cancer.
“Despite his courageous six year battle, John peacefully succumbed to his illness,” Murphy’s wife Mary Murphy said in an announcement from the CSAA. “John passed at home with our children and myself at his bedside, and we now rest comfortably in knowing that John is finally pain free.”

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