Security Industry Association Releases ANSI-Approved CP-01 False Alarm Reduction Standard


The SIA CP-01-2019 standard improves on the 2014 version and adjusts for current technologies; new standard aims to reduce unnecessary police dispatches.

SILVER SPRING, Md. – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has released the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-approved ANSI/SIA CP-01-2019, a security systems standard for false alarm reduction features. The standard leverages technology, industry experience and common knowledge to pinpoint the causes of and decrease the frequency of false alarm dispatches, detailing recommended design features applicable to both residential and commercial properties protected by electronic security systems.

The 2019 standard is a revision of ANSI/SIA CP-01 2014 and builds on the 2014 version in meaningful ways, including new guidance for handling informative signals and definitions for remote devices to reduce the frequency of false alarm dispatches and updated language throughout that minimizes the dependence on the term “control panel,” ensuring increased applicability to innovative security system approaches.  

“When CP-01 was first released, we saw a significant reduction in false alarms, but as technology advances, so must the standards and processes that help reduce false alarms,” said Joe Gittens, director of standards at SIA. “There is still a great deal of work to do industry-wide, but this release is a step forward, and we are excited to continue furthering the mission of eliminating false dispatches.”

The effort to update this keystone standard was led by SIA’s Intrusion Subcommittee with valuable input from The Monitoring Association and the Electronic Security Association.

Addressing both user- and equipment-caused false alarms, CP-01-2019 is intended for use or reference by all security industry professionals. Areas covered by ANSI/SIA CP-01-2014 include event recognition, information handling sequences and provisions for system layout testing, installer programming options and recommended test procedures to help determine compliance to the standard.

The specifications for the revised standard are available for purchase in the SIA Store.

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