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

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 for more information about UL2050, SCIF pricing and High Security systems information.

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

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

Fire Alarm Utah Salt Lake City

Alarms come in various brands with different features.

Alarms come in various brands with different features.

Understanding Fire Alarm Systems may not be on your priority list so let us take care of those details:

1. Fire Alarm Panel – Zoned, Addressable or Analog with Power Supply panels to power other devices
2. Annunciators (This keypad will show all troubles, alarms and supervisory notifications)
3. Smoke Detectors, CO detectors, flame detectors, heat detectors and multisensors.
4. Duct Smoke Detectors (Shuts down air handlers so smoke will not spread) Remote Test switches for Duct Detectors
5. Horn/Strobes, Strobes, Horns, Speakers, Speaker/Strobes for mass notification. Also new Low Frequency Horns to meet current code.
6. Damper connections to shut or open dampers so prevent the spreading of smoke
7. Magnetic Door Holders (The fire panel will drop these door holders also to prevent the spread of fire and smoke)
8. Elevator Recall will send the elevator to a specific floor when there is smoke on other floors.
9. Tie to the Access Control systems to release the doors when there is a fire alarm.
10. Tie to the flow switches on the Fire Sprinkler system to set off the alarm and dispatch the fire department when water is flowing. PIV Post Indicator valves can also be tied to the fire alarm. Wet and Dry systems can be tied in using monitor modules. Pressure switches can also be monitored.
11. Tie to the Tamper switches on the Fire Sprinkler System to alert the owner that the water has been turned off.
12. Test functions to allow you to practice fire drills
13. The Fire Alarm Systems in Utah are required to be tested and green tagged by a certified individual once a year. This is a different tag than the sprinkler tag.
14. Batteries should be changed every 3 to 5 years.
15. Monitoring normally costs around $30 dollars a month for a fire alarm system.
16. If you want to get rid of your analog phone lines for monitoring the fire alarm can be monitored using a high supervision cellular unit for $22 dollars extra per month. This system sends signals every 6 minutes.
17. When you want to use a radio instead of the high supervision cellular the additional cost is only $15 extra on your monitoring for radio monitoring.
18. This is not a complete list of what is tied to the fire alarm although it will give you more information so you have a good idea that a fire alarm system can help keep you safe.
19. Smoke detectors activate much sooner than the sprinkler systems so because the sprinklers normally activate when the temperatures reach around 165 degrees on the ceiling. The ideal is to have both systems because once a sprinkler system is activated the water is going to ruin most everything inside because it is meant to protect the structure.

For more information or a quote call Larry Love (801) 428 1384