Automated Secure Alarm Protocol Program Continues to Expand
Florida Opens Switch for ASAP Transactions
Florida became the newest state to open the state Message Switch to Nlets to facilitate the exchange of ASAP data between alarm central stations and 9-1-1 PSAPs. The City of Boca Raton became the first 9-1-1 PSAP in the state of Florida to implement the ASAP program on December 16, 2015. Seven alarm central stations are currently delivering alarm notifications to Boca Raton’s SunGard ONESolution CAD system. ADT is scheduled to begin delivering alarm notifications via the ASAP Service to Boca Raton on March 1, 2016.
Guilford Metro NC Implements ASAP
The Guilford Metro (Greensboro) 9-1-1 PSAP is the newest PSAP and second in North Carolina to launch the ASAP program. Guilford Metro went live with the ASAP program on January 26, 2016 with Vector Security. Guilford Metro also uses a SunGard ONESolution CAD system. Additional alarm central stations will begin delivering alarms to Guilford Metro during the coming weeks. The ASAP interface implementation at Metro Guilford has generated some excellent media coverage. Click on the links below to see more.
• Guilford County, NC is Latest PSAP to Go Live with ASAP – CSAA Blog
• Guilford Metro 911: Homeowners Could See Faster Response Times – WFMY News
• New Technology Helps First Responders Get to Emergencies Faster – Time Warner Cable News
More PSAPs Stepping Up to Implement ASAP
Several PSAPs have recently made a commitment to implement the ASAP program. The Grand Prairie TX police department, the Kernersville NC police department, Prince George’s County, Md., Durham, N.C., and Loudoun County, Va., are just a few of the PSAPs expected to be operational with the ASAP program by the second quarter of 2016.
Alarm Central Stations New to the Program
The third largest alarm central station, Stanley Convergent Security Solutions, part of the Stanley, Black and Decker family joined the program during the fall of 2015. Number one alarm giant ADT also joined the program and is making a huge positive impact on the PSAPs that participate in the ASAP program. Number four-ranked Vivint recently went live in December 2015 with PSAPs in Virginia and Washington DC. The thirteenth largest alarm central station, Central Security is live with PSAPs in the mid-west.
Other central stations that will be delivering alarms soon to PSAPs that use ASAP include Wayne Alarm, ESC, Richmond Alarm, Kings III, Centralarm, and others.
The ASAP Alarm Interface is based on the APCO/CSAA 2.101.2-2014 American National Standard for alarm monitoring companies to directly transmit alarm event data into the appropriate CAD system. This direct, computer-to-computer interface dramatically reduces alarm response times and human error by removing the requirement for a voice call between the alarm monitoring company and the 9-1-1 center. In addition, it frees up valuable telecommunicator time to answer 9-1-1 calls and assist other callers. The standard is available for download at APCO/CSAA 2.101.2-2014 American National Standard. For more information, write to ASAP@apcointl.org or visit APCO’s Website – ASAP Pages.