8 UL listed Central Stations for security fire monitoring in Utah

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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.

When you find any questionable references or errors that need to be corrected contact Larry@peakalarm.com and he will make the corrections.

THERE ARE 8 UL LISTED CENTRAL STATION MONITORING FACILITIES IN UTAH BUT ONLY 5 WILL MONITOR FOR THE PUBLIC

1. Avantguard (S3955) UUFX (BP10390) * CRZM Holds 2 UL certifications
2. Peak Alarm (S1548) UUFX ( BP20783) CRZM (BP8607-1)CVSG (BP2433) CPVX (BP20762) CRZH Peak holds 5 UL Certifications
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044) UUFX Does not do monitoring for anyone but the church (Holds one)
4. This company requested that I take their information off my blog – UUFX This company holds one UL certification
5. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385) CRZH This company holds one UL certication but does not monitor for the public
6. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295) CRZH (BP8367)CVSG (BP2072) CPVX This company holds 3 UL certications
7. The Boeing Company (BP6569) CRZH This company holds one UL certication but does not monitor for the public
8. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471) CRZH (BP8617) CVSG (BP34) CPVX This company holds 3 UL certifications

CENTRAL STATIONS IN UTAH THAT WILL MONITOR FOR BUSINESSES AND RESIDENTIAL

1. Avantguard – 2 UL Certications (TWO) https://www.agmonitoring.com/

2. Peak Alarm – 5 UL Certications – Only company to hold all 5 (FIVE) of the below UL Certifications
http://www.peakalarm.com/

3. This company requested that I take their information off my blog but you can go to UL.com to find all UL listed companies in Utah – 1 UL Certification (ONE)

4. Stanley 3 UL Certifications (THREE)
http://stanleycss.com/about-us/locations

5. TYCO 3 UL Certifications (THREE) http://www.tyco.com/
Johnson Controls and Tyco have merged – TYCO and ADT used to be together but they separated and Protection one bought ADT

UUFX – UL Certification to Monitor Fire Alarm
CRZH – UL Certification to Monitor high Security Industrial
CPVX – UL certification for Burglar Alarm
CVSG – UL Certification for Mercantile, safe, vault & ATM
CRVM – UL Certification to handle signals coming from CRZH category

Go to the official UL web site to check current information http://www.ul.com

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) UUFX https://www.agmonitoring.com/
2. Peak Alarm (S1548) UUFX Peak Alarm web site www.peakalarm.com ask for Larry Love
3. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints COPB (S25044) UUFX Does not do monitoring for anyone but the church
4. This company requested that I take their information off my blog so I have done so but you can find all UL listed Central Stations on UL.com

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) CRZH
2. L3 Communication Systems WEST (BP9385) CRZH L3 Communications West web site
3. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP6295) CRZH Stanley Convergent Security Solutions Web site
4. The Boeing Company (BP6569) CRZH The boeing Company web site
5. TYCO Integrated Security (BP6471) CRZH 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) CPVX
2. Stanley Convergent (BP2072) CPVX
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP34) CPVX

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)CVSG
2. Stanley Convergent Security Solutions (BP8367)CVSG
3. TYCO Integrated Security (BP8617) CVSG

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) * CRZM
2. Peak Alarm ( BP20783) CRZM

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 https://www.mountainalarm.com/ 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 www.bbb.org
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

Challenges with SCIF installations

Peak Alarm Salt Lake Office

Peak Alarm Salt Lake Office

Always get specifications, equipment to be installed and work approved by the AO which is the Authorizing Official. (In writing) Always check the actual regs and code for each installation including the job specifications. Code can change and has changed so most of the time refer to current code as long as it has been adopted by the organization that you are working for.

Military SCIFs are very different than normal security installation projects so be very careful when bidding, pricing, installation, service and monitoring. The Military has specific regulations for techs so they can service and install the security systems. Currently the Utah Army National Guard has three manufactures which are Bosch,ELK and Honeywell. Currently even though Bosch and Honeywell are approved the Utah Army National Guard would prefer that ELK equipment be used instead of the other two.

Above ceilings PIRs were dropped as a requirement in CONUS back in 1998 when DCID 6/9 replaced DCID 1/21. Without regular stimulation PIRs go to sleep. Sometimes power needs to be cycled to wake the motions up when they have not seen activity in some time. Another reason is THREAT. The threat in the US wasn’t high enough to warrant the extra sensors. The threat model is detecting a human before he or she can get away with the goods. That human would have to drop down into operational spaces to retrieve anything worth stealing. There are exceptions so working in conjunction with UL2050 and the AO along with the other regulations according to the exact type of facility.

Currently there no requirements for the IDS wiring to be in conduit as long as it remains inside the protected area. The old DIAM 50-3 required conduit as did an older version of DoD 5200. Most organizations have retired the DIAM 50-3 and the new 5200 only requires conduit should the lines leave the confines of the protected area. The reasons for backing off the use of conduit for the most part is due to cost. Specific organizations may still need to use conduit if it is required by their Certified TEMPEST Technical Authority. (CTTA)

ULs requirements and guidance on tampers of junction boxes require tamper switches or anti-tamper screws in boxes where there are splices. If the box is a pull through box there is no need for any tampers or tamper screws.

There are only 3 local public monitoring stations in Utah that have the CRZH UL listing: Peak Alarm, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions and TYCO.
There are only 2 local public monitoring UL listed Stations in Utah that have the CRZM to receive signals: Peak Alarm and Avantguard.

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Security pricing step by step

First obtain your instructions in English

First obtain your instructions in English

Step 1 – Determine your needs and have an basic drawing and specifications of what you would like to all bidders can bid the same exact thing.

Step 2 – Only call licensed, insured Security companies that have a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. Check the Better Business Bureau Official Site

Step 3 – Check the Utah Occupational licencing web site to make sure they are a licensed company. DOPL Web site in utah

Step 4 – If you don’t have a site plan or enough knowledge to know what you need then call a reputable company that can help with that. Often companies will help with this for free although if you are going to put the project out to bid it is much better to pay a company to help with the design and the specifications. Let them know that you do not want to specify products that only one or two companies in the state can do. (Proprietary)

Step 5 – Understand there are big differences between a small commercial security system and a large commercial system. Often alarm companies will sell the small commercial systems to a medium or large business and then they don’t have expansion or all the features that may be needed. Cutting corners to save money is something that happens quite often. If you need special certifications for insurance make sure you do your homework so you will get the proper equipment installed. If you need special certifications like UL2050 and you have the wrong equipment installed it can be very costly to have equipment taken out and new equipment installed again.

Step 6 – Make sure the Alarm company you hire has the proper certifications for monitoring and installation. In Utah there are only 4 UL listed central stations that have the UUFX listing, only 5 that have the CRZH listing, only 3 that have the CPVX listing and only 3 that have the CVSG listing and only 2 that have the CRZM listing and only one local UL listed Central Station that has all 5 of these listings. (Peak Alarm) You can get on the UL web site to verify these listings. Official UL Web site

Example:

Cost of item(s)__________+ Cost of wire _________+cost of installation________+cost of conduit___________ = Actual cost

___Verify Licensing
___Verify UL listing certifications
___Verify Factory Training
___Verify code requirements for specific projects (NFPA 72, IFC, DOD, JFAN, ICD, ICS 705-1,ISPOM, UL2050 etc…..)
___Verify insurance – workers compensation – auto insurance – general liability insurance

Small installation = Simple pricing and wireless equipment – easy to price and monitor

Medium to large commercial installations – need specifications – equipment list – lift rental – site visit evaluation etc….

Call Larry Love at Peak Alarm at (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com Peak Alarm web site

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

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.

CVSG CRZH CPVX CRZM UL2050 Peak Alarm

UL2050 ask for Larry Love

Peak Alarm CVSG CRZH CPVX CRZM UL 2050 UL2050 High Security installation and monitoring company Utah Idaho BP8607 BP20762 BP2433 BP20783

Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love

Peak Alarm has been in business for over 46 years and is certified for installation and monitoring from UL for UL2050 high security alarm systems which is used by private entities and the Government. Peak Alarm has a current rating of A+ with the BBB.org

Call Larry Love at 801 428 1384 or email him at Larry@peakalarm.com Larry is trained in UL 2050 design and Peak Alarm is one of the few companies that can meet this requirement in Utah and Idaho. Peak Alarm also has a full Guard and Patrol Division as well as an AV division so we can be your full service company.

UL 2050 has special requirements on how security systems are installed and how they are monitored. Call Larry and he can come out to your site in Utah in the Wasatch front area to do a no cost onsite evaluation. It is best when you have a drawing of the building and a specification of the room or area that needs the certification. The portion of the work that will be certified via UL2050 will be the security system and the monitoring so other aspects such as the cameras and the access control can also be added to the installation as well.

Typically we will install a special panel that meets the requirements with a tamper behind the panel and inside the panel, often we install vibration sensors to detect if the wall is being drilled. (depends on location of the panel) The entire system will be in conduit and the screws will be ground off, the junction boxes will have tamper switches installed so if someone trying to access any of the wire connections the system will alert the central station of the issue. System coverage will be designed to meet the specific need of your room or area. Sometimes we install motions in the room and above the drop tile ceiling depending on the configuration and the construction.