What is UL listing for Security Companies - Is It Important

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The certification of alarm services is to provide a connection of confidence between businesses, property owners, families, service providers, and other stakeholders; including code authorities like police fire and medical, insurance companies, and government agencies. UL’s technical experts assess alarm companies for their ability to install, maintain, test, inspect, and monitor alarm systems, as well as, provide runner service and communicate with the proper emergency authorities.

For over 100 years, UL has collaborated with the alarm industry, code authorities, and user groups to develop today’s model for Alarm Service Certification. UL’s Alarm Certificate Services program aims to deliver the highest level of confidence in alarm systems. The UL Certificate is an alarm company’s declaration that an alarm system has been installed, and will be maintained, tested, and monitored, in accordance with the most up-to-date applicable codes and standards. UL lists qualified alarm service companies and providers in compliance with UL 827, UL 681, UL 2050, and NFPA 72.

Make sure you choose a UL listed monitoring company as well as equipment that has gone through UL testing.

Why is your Security Monitoring Company Important?

There are so many options when it comes to security monitoring but people buying a security system often do not realize how the monitoring even works.  Let’s face it, they have their work schedule, their community activities, children soccer, gymnastics or 4H meetings and many of life’s concerns to worry about.  Why care about how monitoring works?  Let’s do a brief, brief explanation so we all know. 

When a thief breaks in, you have a medical emergency or a fire breaks out in your home or business, that is not the best time to find out if your monitoring company is going to help.  Your security panel only calls (through some means) the monitoring station.  If you have a really cheap service that is not UL listed, it may be a LONG time before the emergency services are dispatched, if ever.  The only way the proper authorities are going to know if you need help is if they get notified.  Feel free to look at this video to get some clarity on monitoring ( )   but know that if you are not prepared to help yourself and you have a non-UL listed company or one that only uses IVR (interactive voice recording or a computer) responses, your monitoring company may fail you and they do all have contracts that are in their best interest, not yours.

Here are the main things to look for when choosing a monitoring company:

  •          Make sure they are UL listed and have geographic diversity (different locations) in case of a power outage or natural disaster
  •          Make sure they have live operators and not just and IVR system that handles calls
  •          Ask about their plan for disaster recovery
  •          Look up national listings on response times and complaints
  •          Be sure that they are financially stable and have been in business for the duration
  •          Make ABSOLUTELY SURE that they don’t just monitor one type of equipment from one manufacturer (if they do, all their eggs are in one basket)

In brief, there are a lot of security manufacturer’s and companies out there offering equipment, if you have the coolest equipment in the world on your wall but help doesn’t show up, you are only paying for a cool display on your wall.

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Wow, looking at Amazon Key we have learned a lot about Amazon.  They are masterful at rebranding and marketing.  The thing a lot of consumers don't know is that this service, althought slightly different, has been available for most, Kwikset, Schlage and Ultrasync customers for up to 7 years or more, depending on who the manufacturer is.  What is interesting now is that we are seeing a 3rd party, Amazon, throwing their hat into the ring as if this has never been available.  One of our former employees watched his child get off the bus and let her in the front door; all from his phone.  This was 7 years ago.   He was stuck in a traffic jam, with me, and had no way of getting home to let her in and she was only about 9 at the time.  We see adding Amazon into the mix as unnecessary but we know the service will work because and companies like us have been doing it for years.  UPS, the USPS and FedEx will already text you updates to let you know when your packages should arrive and if you have a smart home system like a Qolsys or Ultrasync Hub using and familiar app like, you already have the ability to get notifications, open the door for home services and watch the entire process from your smart phone, tablet or PC.  Let's not get fooled into thinking this is something really new.  Let's thank Amazon for making the possibilities of the system a reality.


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         But there is also a darker side to this image that was lurking behind these disasters. There were those who stayed behind to loot, steal, and even worse to rob and assault homeowners. We may not want to think of these situations in such a light, but there are those out there who take these opportunities to do the unthinkable in order to pursue personal gain. Truth be told, these individuals are always blending into society, waiting for the perfect chance to strike.

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