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. VIVINT (S24880) 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. VIVINT – 1 UL Certification (ONE) https://www.vivint.com/

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. VIVINT (S24880) UUFX Vivint web site

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.

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Peak Alarm is the only local alarm company in Utah that has their own Guard and Patrol division, Alarms and a UL listed Central Station for monitoring

As of this week Peak Alarm has only had one complaint made against it with the Better Business Bureau in the last 3 years

Monitoring pricing is like phone plans, it depends on how much you pay up front and the monthly will depend on the options you decide on.

Plans as low as $26 per month with monitoring over a phone line

Plans as low as $35 per month with a cellular unit so you don’t need phone lines

Plans as low as $40 per month with a cellular unit and the ability to arm and disarm remotely

Plans that are around $46 per month will allow Peak to subsidize a bit more of the equipment up front

Plans as low as $149 installed and $44 per month with Panel, Cell communicator, 1 motion and 3 door contacts

Same equipment as the above plan but $99 dollars installed and $46 per month (includes repair agreement with extended warranty)

Peak Alarm DOES NOT DO CREDIT CHECKS

Many companies start out with their interactive plans at $49 per month and that does not include the extended warranty plan in most cases.

There are many factors that come into play so let Larry come to your home or business and go over what your needs are. If the facility or home is larger than 3500 square feet you may need repeaters. If you have an existing system we can install a new BRAIN and monitor your existing hard wired points. Call Larry 801 428 1384

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Complaints reviews Peak Alarm

Give us a chance to make it right

Give us a chance to make it right

In the last 3 years the Better Business Bureau has only received ONE complaint about Peak Alarm. If you have a complaint or issue please contact Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com and give Peak Alarm a chance to make it right. Another individual that you can call is Dayne Linford 801 4867231 x381

Yesterday we had a training here at Peak Alarm about how to treat our customers and each other with what we like to call White Glove Service. We have only had one complaint filed but we are sure we have customers that are unhappy that did not report to the Better Business Bureau so we would like to reach out to them to help solve challenges.

Contract or agreement concerns – Dayne x381 or Larry x384
Product Concerns – You may call your salesperson directly or Larry at 801 428 1384 – See list of extensions for sales team
Billing issues – Wendy 801 486 7231 x407, Maria (Spanish/Espanol) x404, Mary Lynn x405

Sales Team extension list:

(801) 486 7231

Tony Pino x385 – Tony has been with Peak for over 25 years and Tony works out at the gym regularly and is an excellent resource for information
Paul Mehl x386 – Paul used to sing Opera for the Utah Opera Company and has been with Peak for over 11 years and knows his industry very well.
Jessie Lopez x382 – Jessie is a camera system expert and also knows allot about Security as well. (Jessie is always very well dressed.)
Joe Ferraro x435 – Joe is very professional and is very knowledgeable
Francesco Perri x439 – Francesco speaks Italian and is a runner and hiker and one of Peak’s top Salesmen
Ryan Shurtleff x438 – Besides being very funny Ryan is easy to talk to and knows his stuff. Ryan likes recreational vehicles.
Mike Evans x383 – Mike is a part time auctioneer and has a small farm in Grantsville
Dayne Linford x381 – Besides being an expert at work Dayne is a writer and film producer
Larry Love x384 – Larry is an expert in Fire Alarm and security systems and has been involved in Music his whole life – NICET II Fire Alarm
Kenny Fox System designer NICET III Fire Alarm X440 – Kenny is a Army Ranger Veteran and Fire Alarm expert as well.
Reed Haymore x380 is our Sales Manager and also a systems expert who has years of experience in the Alarm industry.
Clint Beecroft is our General Manager and he is also a level 2 NICET in Fire Alarm and many other certifications so he is a hands on guy

Recently Valerie Peterson decided to leave Peak Alarm so if she was your sales person feel free to contact Reed and he can help assign another person to help you or you can ask for any of the Sales Team members listed above.

Each Sales Person has many more attributes that were not able to be listed and there is over 300 years of experience when you combine the overall total experience in the security and this is just the Sales Team. Our installation team, accounting team, guard and patrol team, AV Team and service team also brings experience and knowledge to the table.

FIRE ALARM, SECURITY, ACCESS CONTROL, CAMERA SYSTEMS, INTERCOM, NURSE CALL, PERS (Medical alert systems) and more.

Peak Alarm is the only Utah Alarm company that has Guard/Patrol, an alarm division and a UL listed central station.

Peak Alarm is locally owned and has been in business since 1969

Peak Alarm is one of the few companies that offers same day or next day service.

Access Control Utah Electronic locks

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.

Peak Alarm installs and services electronic access control locks and systems. Call Larry Love 801 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com http://www.peakalarm.com

You can use Maglocks (no moving parts) or you can use strikes( moving parts which wear out in 3-5 years on certain brands) If you use strikes that allow free egress then often you don’t have to have a request to exit motion or buttons to get out like you would with a maglock. Often the fire marshal will require that the fire alarm release the doors even with strikes so you can not only get out but so fire and emergency workers can get in.

DSX, DMP, Honeywell, Bosch and other products are used and with electronic locks you don’t need to re-key your building after someone leaves. Request to exit motions and a tie into the fire alarm system make it so people can get out in an emergency. Maglocks require door release with a button, motion and often a connection to the fire alarm panel.

Access Control systems will allow you to set user groups and limit access to certain days and certain hours so managers can get into the building any time but normal daily workers badges will only work 9-5PM as an example.

Peak Alarm is the only Alarm company in Utah that has their own central station for monitoring and their own Guard and Patrol Division. Other companies use third party companies for guards and often for monitoring. There are a couple that have their own central stations. Mountain Alarm also known as Fire Protection Services use Avantguard which is owned by family members of Mountain Alarm. Vivint also has a UL listed Central Station that they use to Monitor their accounts. Peak Alarm is the only UL listed Central station that holds 5 UL Certificates including the UL2050 installation and Monitoring Certifications as of 2016.

Rated best all around Alarm Company in Utah

Picture taken by Larry Love

Picture taken by Larry Love

Factors for rating the best all around alarm company in Utah. If you find another company that meets all of these criteria please let me know and I will add them to this article. :

1. Years in service 47+ and family owned.

2.A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau http://www.bbb.org and this company only has 2 complaints on file within the last 2 years.

3. Ability to do any size project for Fire Alarm, Home Security, Business Alarms, Access Control, Intercoms and Cameras. This company has the capacity and 270 employees and can do any size project.

4. UL listed Central Station that is 5 Diamond certified with backup systems in place and backup central stations out of state. This company has more UL Certifications than any UL Central Station in Utah. Facts don’t lie. http://www.ul.com
5. This company owns their own Guard and Patrol division so they can respond to alarms and they have guard accounts and a large patrol division. All other alarm companies in the state of Utah hire this service out to a third party company.

6. This company also has an AV Division that is rated #19th in the National for what they do. This Audio Visual division can do home theater systems, security systems and very large theaters. They welcome you for tours at their Salt Lake City location.

7. This company has 4 offices to serve you in Salt Lake City, Saint George, Idaho Falls and Boise Idaho. They also have guard and patrol services in Park City and the adjacent areas.

8. This company does not charge a trip charge for accounts within 45 minutes of their offices. Many companies charge over $100 dollars per hour for trip charges so this alone would add over $200 more to a service call if you were 45 minutes away.

9. When reviewing the top ten lists or top five alarm company lists understand that you are viewing paid advertisements. Many of the companies that appear in these lists have over 100 complaints filed with the BBB and one top competitors has over 3000 filed in the last 2 years and they are currently being sued in several states.

10. This top rated company has a CAD department with the ability to do the drawings needed to submit to the city to get your permits and to get the job done professionally. Do your research before you hire an alarm company and I would be leery of the TOP rated companies on the PAID lists.

11. This company is licensed and insured and holds National Training certificates and has multiple NICET trained people. This company can provide you with the General Liability insurance required as well as Workers Compensation Insurance certificates and a very long list of projects that they have completed.

Who is this company that meets all the above criteria?

PEAK ALARM http://www.peakalarm.com
Peak SECURITY Peak Security Guards and Patrol
Peak AV Audio Visual http:www.peakav.net
Peak Central Station – UL listed Central Station – UL2050 for High Security -Fire Alarm – Home & Business – Bank Safe Vault etc….

PEAK COMPANIES

Contact : Larry Love (801) 428 1384 larry@peakalarm.com Cell phone (801) 898 6003

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Many companies that are on the top ten or top five lists mainly concentrate on wireless systems because they are quick and easy. Peak Alarm does more commercial alarm systems than residential although it is just over 50% commercial and we can do the job right the first time.

The Company I would rate as number two: I did find another company that met many of the criteria but not all. The company I found does not have a Guard and Patrol division and they sold their central station although it did stay in the family so as I said they meet many of the criteria but not all. Mountain Alarm in Ogden is a great company and large enough to do most any project, they are insured,licensed and factory trained. They do both commercial and residential. Mountain Alarm has been in business since 1952, they also only have 2 complaints on file with the BBB in the last 2 years and they also have an A+ rating. When I was the Chairman of the Alarm Systems Board for Division of Occupational Licensing for the State of Utah Scott Sessions with Mountain Alarm was on the Board with me. Scott is a very professional businessman and a very positive and honest guy. So their you have it two recommendations for all around top rated Alarm Companies here in Utah. Peak Alarm and Mountain Alarm. http://www.mountainalarm.com z

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Debate both sides logically and emotionally

They have to be planted, grown, picked, packed, shipped and sold.

They have to be planted, grown, picked, packed, shipped and sold.

Often we make decisions based on several factors including logic, facts, our own opinions, the opinions of others, personal experience, how we feel and our emotions. We tend to make these types of decisions for voting, church, jobs and life. As much as we would like to think that we make logical decisions often we end up using our gut feelings to make important decisions. Sometimes this is good and sometimes it is not so good.

Trying to convince someone that they are on the wrong path as far as religion goes is difficult because they may have been in a church or group of people with years or maybe their parents were part of a church before they were even born so it is more of a culture thing than religion. You can’t argue faith based commitments.

A friend of mine told me that they ended up voting for a certain person just because they did not feel good about the other person and it had nothing to do with facts or their voting track record or the issues. The same applies to religion and our personal purchases. It may be better if we did things like SPOCK from Star Trek but it does not work out that way.

I work at a large Alarm company (Peak Alarm) and we are the only company that has a full Guard/Patrol and a Local UL listed Central Station in Utah and there are several other positive aspects about this company as far as them being insured, licensed, factory trained and the list goes on but if your neighbor heard of a negative experience regarding Peak Alarm then logic gets thrown out the window. I know of two such negative experiences that I read on the Internet about Peak Alarm and one of them was posted on several web sites so we investigated and found that this person did not complain to the Better Business Bureau because I assume they did not want both sides investigated. This person had not paid their bill and Peak tried to collect and when accounting did not get a payment plan set up they sent it to collections and the person then got upset.

Another instance of a negative comment was about fire code. The customer wanted Peak Alarm to do the work without contacting the fire marshal and as per Utah and National code for commercial work we are required to notify the local fire marshal and get approval for the work. This customer felt that Peak Alarm through them under the bus and yet we are required to notify the AHJ Fire Marshal. So just these two negative experiences can pass by word of mouth to many other people which can cause people to ignore the real figures and facts about Peak Alarm and go with someone else because they did not study out the information and find out the real truth. One of our competitors has over 3000 complaints in the last year compared with 3 complaints that have been filed against Peak Alarm Better Business Bureau web site www.bbb.org

Our management team has read all the negative feedback and used it to put an action plan in place to make Peak Alarm better. Changes were made in our accounting department and we changed who we used to do collections because apparently they were not the nicest people in the world when calling to make the collections. We have given training to all of our employees and we do so on an ongoing basis. Peak overall is a great company with four offices, a Guard/Patrol division, central Station for monitoring, alarm division, AV division and not only are all of our employees licensed but they also go through the FBI background check and if they cannot pass it they lose their job at Peak Alarm.

Our average monthly monitoring rate with interactive services to arm and disarm remotely (We call it Elite control) starts right around $46 dollars a month and most of our competitors start around $49 and go up from there. We can compete well with guard services because you can contract directly with us rather than paying your alarm company who would hire a guard company so we can be competitive in pricing.

Call Larry Love (801) 428 1384 Larry@peakalarm.com Peak Alarm web site ask for Larry Love Larry is certified with the State Fire Marshal’s office as a Master Fire Alarm Tech Level 3 and also Larry is NICET II Certified in Fire Alarm, he is an AXIS Certified Camera Professional and Certified in Access Control Systems and is Certified to design UL2050 High Security Systems such as Government SCIFs.

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.
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