Challenges and practical applications for closed rooms and SCIFs

UL2050 certifications can be challenging

UL2050 certifications can be challenging

Challenges and practical applications for closed rooms and SCIFs is an article from TYCO that I am sharing below in it’s entirety including the TYCO contact information.

In Utah there are only 5 UL listed Central Stations that hold the CRZH UL listing that the article refers to. Peak Alarm, L3 Communications, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, The Boeing Company and Tyco Integrated Security.

L3 Communications Web site
Tyco Official Web site
Stanley Convergent Security Solutions web site
http://www.boeing.com/

There are only two companies in Utah that hold the CRZM listing specifically to handle signals covered by the CRZH and those are Peak Alarm and Avantguard.

Avantguard Monitoring Web site

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com for more information about UL2050, SCIF pricing and High Security systems information. http://www.peakalarm.com

www.UL.com

The accreditation of a government facility can be a challenging task. It is imperative that Federal agencies and Government contractors consider the requirements developed by the Interagency Security Committee for federally owned or leased facilities. Delays in getting a facility accredited can cost valuable resources, time and money. Even further challenges arise when facility assessments are required in order to keep up your certification and accreditation.

Consider the following three challenges and pitfalls facing Government contractors, and learn practical applications for avoiding them.

1. Contracting with an Alarm Service Provider that is not certified to meet the UL 2050 standard.

This is typically one of the most common and costly mistakes for a Facility Security Officer, or FSO, who is tasked with a tremendous amount of responsibilities in order to get a space accredited in a specified period of time. The proper certification for protecting facilities that process classified material is the National Industrial Security Systems, or CRZH listing. A security company that has CRZH certification is authorized to consult, construct, inspect, monitor and certify a Closed Room or Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) within a specified radius of about a 4-hour response time, or 200 miles.

Key application points:

When contacting an Alarm Service Provider or Security Services Company for a quote, be sure that the company has UL 2050 certification, which is different from a UL certification or a provider of UL alarm systems.

If a problem with the system is uncovered during the inspection, which is performed by a certified company, the issue could require the equipment to be removed and reinstalled by a certified company.

This process can delay the project and the accreditation, and could mean costly expenses for the FSO.

A listing of National Industrial Security Systems CRZH-listed companies can be found on www.ULalarmfinder.com.

2. Failing to obtain approval from the Cognizant Security Office and Cognizant Security Agency, or CSO/CSA, on an Intrusion Detection or Access Control system design prior to installation.

This process is a requirement in DCID 6/9 Annex B 3.1.6 and the NSIPOM section 5-901. By obtaining approval prior to installation, you can potentially avoid additional costs and time delays associated with changing the design and/or parts of the system after installation.

Key application points:

Obtain approval from the CSO/CSA for an Intrusion Detection or Access Control system prior to installation.
Since the Defense Security Service (DSS) requires a copy of the alarm company’s CRZH compliance certificate, obtain this early on in the project.
3. Utilizing the Intrusion Detection or Access Control systems for areas other than the accredited space.

Secure spaces are required not to be left with communication that is not 128 bit encrypted. Because of limitations with the hardware that most security companies use, it prevents the connection of hardware outside of the secure space.

Key application points:

Choose a company that is UL 2050 certified and familiar with the government standard so that the project is properly installed. If a technical evaluation is performed and improper wiring was installed, facility operations could be shut down until the problem is corrected, causing project delays and costs.
If there is cause for concern that an existing system is in violation, contact your provider for an examination. If the systems are connected and the communication is not encrypted, the problem should be resolved as quickly as possible in order to stay in compliance. A proactive Facility Service Officer will stay on top of possible system violations quickly.
For more information on how Tyco Integrated Security can help your agency with integrated security solutions for Closed Rooms and SCIFs, call 1.888.721.6612.

Tyco article on SCIF challenges

Utah UL Central Stations

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

It might be less expensive but most of the time the cheap systems work out costing much more than getting it done right by a UL listed company.

There are different UL listings in different categories so when you decide on a Central Station and installation and service company make sure they have the certifications in the different areas that you will need for your specific projects such as High Security, Fire Alarm, UL installation and such. Just because the Central Station has one UL certification does not mean they are qualified in the other areas that you may need.

The official UL web site

UL listings for local Central Stations in UTAH

There are only 4 local UUFX listed companies in Utah for monitoring fire alarm as of 5/27/16

1. Avantguard (S3955) Avantguard web site
2. Peak Alarm (S1548) Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044)
4. This company requested that I take their information off my blog but you can go to UL.com to find all UL listed Central stations in utah

The LDS Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints only monitors their own facilities.

There are only 5 local CRZH listed central stations in Utah for monitoring high security industrial facilities such as SCIFs as of 5/27/16 ( NISPOM, DOD 5520.22-M, DOD 5100.76-M, JFAN 6/9 and ICD/ICS 705-1) This certificate is for Installation, Testing, Service and Maintenance as well as Monitoring.

1. Peak Alarm (BP20762)
2. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385) L3 Communications West web site
3. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295)Stanley Convergent Security Solutions Web site
4. The Boeing Company (BP6569) The boeing Company web site
5. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471) The TYCO company web site

L3 Communications monitors the secure facilities associated with their facilities.
There is only 3 local CPVX listed central station in Utah for UL Central Station Burglar Alarm Systems monitoring.

1. Peak Alarm (BP2433)
2. Stanley Convergent (BP2072)
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP34)

There is only 3 local CVSG listed central stations in Utah for Mercantile Burglar Alarm Systems. Safe, Vault, ATM or Night Depository.

1. Peak Alarm (BP8607-1)
2. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP8367)
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP8617)

There are only two CRZM local listed central stations in Utah . This certificate is for Central Stations that have personnel trained and on duty to specifically handle signals covered under the CRZH listing that is above so the system is installed properly and then monitored by a certified company. It is best when the company has both certificates.

1. Avantguard (BP10390) *
2. Peak Alarm ( BP20783)

UL updates their records on an ongoing basis so be sure to verify on their web site. This information was as of 5/27/16. On the UL site go to online certifications directory at the bottom to find the companies in an area or state that hold certifications. All of this information is public record on the UL.com site. When you find any errors on this blog please inform Larry@peakalarm.com and he will correct those errors after verification of the correct information.

*Mountain Alarm/FPS Mountain Alarm web site sold Avantguard a while back although they still use Avantguard as their Central Station and apparently there is still a relationship between the companies as far as ownership goes. Mountain Alarm is the security side of the business and FPS is Fire Protection Services which does fire alarm etc…

There are about 200 Central Stations in the US that are both UL and 5 Diamond Certified and Peak ALarm is one of those. The CSAA 5 Diamond certification indicates that all of our Central Station dispatchers/employees are highly trained to react calmly and appropriately to high stress situations.

It is best to look up the complaints on the Better Business Bureau The official Better Business Bureau web site

From the information that we have about the UL listed Central Stations in this document the LDS Church does not monitor accounts as a business nor does L3 Communications West or Boeing so those Central Stations hold the proper listings in order to meet the criteria and provide services within their realm so you can’t call them up and have them monitor your security or fire alarm accounts. UL listed Central Stations out of State can be used although some Fire Marshals request that a local Central Station be used in certain cases. Often insurance companies and other requirements are in play so they want a local central station to do the monitoring and provide the installation and service when needed.

Peak Alarm is the only company that currently holds all 5 of the above UL Certifications in Utah

Peak Alarm also has a full Guard and Patrol division as well as armed or unarmed guards. Peak Alarm has been in business since 1969.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 or email him at Larry@peakalarm.com for more information on this blog or for pricing for monitoring, Security, Fire Alarm, UL2050 installations, access control or camera systems.

CSAA 5 diamond information

UL2050 High Security IDS Intrusion Systems in Utah

Peak can do any size project from start to finish

Peak can do any size project from start to finish

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@PeakAlarm.com Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love for pricing for your high security installation such as secure facilities and SCIFs. Larry Love is certified through UL for designing for compliance to UL2050.

Peak Alarm holds the UL2050 listing for installation and monitoring

Peak has been in business since 1969 and has 4 offices to serve you.

Peak has a UL listed Central Station

Peak Alarm also has a full Guard and Patrol Division with unarmed and armed guards.

UL2050 installations are a bit different than normal security system installations:

1. We install an approved alarm system that will communicate using encrypted signals. Normally Bosch or DMP
2. Peak ALarm will install the entire system in CONDUIT with BOXES and Tampers in junction boxes were required. We grind the screws off the conduit after we install it.
3. Our installers will put tampers behind the alarm can and inside the alarm enclosure to sent an alarm if opened or pulled off the wall.
4. Motions in many of the facilities are required below and above the drop tile ceiling to meet UL2050
5. In most of our installations we install a vibration sensor inside the panel which will trip if there is drilling or tampering with the can.
6. Motions need to be in every area except restrooms. You can’t take 3 steps without setting the alarm off.
7. A UL2050 installation also needs to be monitored by a UL2050 Central Station and Serviced by a company that is certified.
8. With the monitoring schedules and openings and closings need to be programmed in as part of the how the system is configured.
9. Special BMS Balanced Magnetic Switches that hold the High Security listing need to be used and these contacts cost over 10 times as much as a normal security contact.

There are very few companies in Utah that can provide these services. you can look on the Official UL Website website for certified companies.

Peak Alarm ranked number 58 in the country by SDM magazine

Quality food is not cheap nor are the systems we install.

Quality food is not cheap nor are the systems we install.

News release about Peak Alarm in Salt Lake City

Peak Alarm is on Fire and now ranked number 58th in the country by SDM Magazine in 2016. Last year Peak ranked #61 so we have moved up three spots in a year.

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Contact Larry Love Larry@peakalarm.com at (801) 428 1384 for more information about Peak or pricing for your projects in Idaho and Utah.

Peak Alarm is one of the few alarm companies that also owns their own Central Station
Peak Alarm AV Division was ranked number 18 in the country last year.
Peak Alarm is the only local company of it’s type with a UL listed Central Station that is also 5 diamond certified.
Peak Alarm also has a Guard and Patrol Division and we have over 270 employees and four offices.

Peak Alarm has the ability to large commercial projects and is UL2050 listed for high security SCIFs and Secure facilities. Larry Love is trained in designing UL2050 projects and holds UL training certificates and factory training as well as NICET and State Certifications and has been in the business for over 20 years. ###

UL Monitoring Station certifications

Peak Alarm Salt Lake Office

Peak Alarm Salt Lake Office

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 with Peak Alarm or email Larry@peakalarm.com for pricing and information about alarm systems in Utah and Idaho

PEAK ALARM CENTRAL STATION
CPVX Burglar Central Station UL listed
CRZH National Industrial Security Systems UL listed
CRZM Monitoring Stations National Industrial Security Systems UL listed
CVSG Mercantile Burglar Systems UL listed
UUFX Fire Alarm & Services Protective Signaling Services Central Station UL listed

UL2050 UL 2050 Monitoring, Design and Installation Certified – UL Official Web Site

Peak Alarm 1534 South Gladiola Street, SLC, UT 84104 (801) 428 1384 Larry Love (Tambien habla espanol) (Larry also speaks Spanish)

Peak Alarm also has a 5 diamond certified Central Station and every dispatcher is also 5 Diamond Certified. This means everyone has been trained to respond to stressful situations appropriately and efficiently. There are only 200 UL listed Central Stations in the National that are also 5 Diamond Certified.

UL 2050 is high security such as SCIF facilities that are secure information facilities that have special high security systems including motion placement where you cannot take more than 3 steps anywhere in the facility and not be caught by motion detection, most of our installations also have vibration sensors in the main panel, tampers in the enclosures and behind the enclosures, tamper in each junction box where there are connections, BMS magnetic contacts that are balanced so they are much more difficult to defeat, all the devices and appliances are in conduit and we grind off the screws to make it more burdensome for someone to defeat the system. The wire is not ran addressable but each zone homeruns to the panel. The services we provide to SCIFs and other secure facilities include early to open or late to close (Schedules) openings and closings and a UL Certificate with inspections and a service agreement.