Vol. 16, No. 13 - July 9, 2010
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As covered in the 2010 spring issue of the CSAA Dispatch, CSAA started developing an alarm communication protocol that would allow the computerized transmission of dispatch information from Listed Central Stations to the police and fire departments five years ago, under the direction of then-CSAA President John A. Murphy. This has been an enormous undertaking, but the fruits of these early efforts are now coming into focus.
The International Justice and Public Safety Network (NLETS) and the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) have reached an agreement to gain access to a secure data pipe into most of the police dispatch agencies across the country. Pam Petrow and the entire Vector Security company hand-carried this project to this point. With much more work still to be done, it is now time for the rest of the association to contribute time, talent and possibly money to complete this project.
CSAA president Ed Bonifas invites you and/or others in your company to participate in three committees that will make the direct electronic communication of central stations to the PSAP a reality.
Our partners in this project, APCO and NLETS, may be represented on all committees.
The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) is pleased to announce that the CSAA Board voted unanimously to extend a CSAA Honorary Membership to Marc Mineau.
Mineau spent his entire career in the electronic security field. For over thirty years, he built bridges among the related industry associations. His career covered all facets of the industry including monitoring, installation, sales, manufacturing, and design. In the span of his career, he was the CSAA member representative for DSC, Sur-Gard, Tyco, and Brivo.
Marc served as the SIA president in 1999 and made it his core mission to create easily deliverable education for the industry. Under Marc’s leadership and strong educational commitment, SIA advanced seed capital to CSAA for the CSAA Central Station Operator Level 1 Online course. This was at a time when CSAA had the subject matter experts, but not the discretionary funds to fund the course. Marc navigated this project through a myriad of roadblocks and saw it through to completion.
Marc also participated on a Board level at CSAA for many years and served on several CSAA committees. Marc was instrumental in working with Mel Mahler to redefine the CSAA Association membership category and to create parity for Associate and Regular member status.
On Monday, July 12, CSAA will send an e-mail with this month's CSAA Monthly Security Trends Survey. The goal of this monthly online survey is to deliver real-time feedback to members on business trends in the industry. The monthly survey results will be analyzed in the aggregate and all individual data and feedback will be kept completely confidential.
The results from the “inaugural” CSAA Security Trends survey showed some interesting results for April and May and should become a valuable benchmarking and forecasting tool for your business going forward.
Please click on the below link for the full May survey results which include a detailed analysis of demand, profitability, and attrition year-to-date.
If you were not able to participate in the survey, but would like to participate going forward, or have any questions, please contact Celia Besore at 703-242-4670, Ext. 16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to CSAA Board Member, Ivan Spector, president of Alarme Sentinelle / Sentinel Alarm, on receiving the Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC)'s 2010 William N. Moody Award in recognition of his many contributions to the alarm industry, specifically alarm management issues.
SIAC Executive Director Stan Martin presented Spector with the award at the icebreaker luncheon at the Electronic Security Expo in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
You are invited to participate in the newly formed CSAA Contract Monitoring Council. The Council is being created to address the specific needs of your companies as a third-party contracting company.
Don Maden of C.O.P.S Monitoring, and Ron Wies of Monitoring America Alarm Co-Op are co-chairing this council. For more information on the mission of the council, how to join, and issues of interest to you, please contact Becky Lane, Director of Membership at 703-242-4670, x18, or email@example.com.
The CSAA Proprietary Council recently announced Jim George, Central Station Manager at Giant Food, has volunteered to head the Council. The announcement was made during the Council's meeting at ESX.
Many thanks to George Rosenbaum, Supervisor, State Farm Insurance, who served on the Council as Vice Chair in 2005, and then as Chairman since 2006.
One of the highlights of the CSAA 60th Anniversary's celebration has been the 60th Anniversary Membership pin. Developed by Chet Donati, the 60th Anniversary Membership pin was a hot commodity at ESX! Not only did Chet design and produce the pins, but he also recruited additional CSAA members to fund the pins, at no cost to CSAA.
Many thanks to Chet and to the pin expense donors: Chet Donati (DMC Security); Bob and Ed Bonifas (Alarm Detection Systems); Stan Oppenheim (DGA Security); Mike Kelly (Mike J. Kelly Insurance); Pam Petrow (Vector Security); Rob Tockarshewsky (UL); Ralph Sevinor (Wayne Alarm Systems); Bud Wulforst; Ben Dickens (Blooston, Mordkofsky, et al.); and Mel Mahler (ADS Security).
Is there someone you want to congratulate? Someone you would like to thank? Someone who has served as a mentor or someone whose contributions to the industry you admire? Some person or group you would like to send a greeting? Is there some specific event or accomplishment you want to commemorate?*
As part of CSAA’s 60th anniversary celebration, we are delighted to offer you space in the 2010 CSAA Directory to include a personal message.
*Note: These messages cannot have commercial nature. CSAA offers advertising space for that purpose.
Would you like some help designing the message? CSAA can do it for you! All you need to do is send us what you want to say and your logo or other image (optional) and we will take care of it for you!
To reserve your space, download the form at http://www.csaaintl.org/2010TributePageForm.pdf.
Please send your completed form by Monday, July 12, 2010 to be able to participate in this program. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Celia Besore at 703-242-4670 x16 or firstname.lastname@example.org.