Florida on Our Mind

As hurricane Dorian makes it’s way toward the east coast of Florida, please know that you and your loved ones are close in thought at this time.

Here are some Quicklinks to resources that may be of assistance to you in preparing for the storm:

Protecting your pets:

Please be safe.

TMA Member Volunteer Opportunities Posted

Whether you are a new member who’s just getting to know TMA or a long-standing member who’s been engaged along the way – you’ll find the newest webpage on TMA’s website to be of interest! A new webpage, linked through the “Members” tab in the top navigation, provides a listing of volunteer opportunities for members.

Visit often to review the various TMA initiatives that are in need of subject matter expertise, industry knowledge, or a little creativity. Opportunities vary in terms of requirements and time commitment. So, no matter what your level of experience, knowledge, skill set, or availability – there is an opportunity for you to give back and contribute to the advancement of your industry…all-the-while investing in your own career and your company’s business success.

Take a first look at current volunteer opportunities.

View the TMA 2019 Annual Meeting Attendees

TMA’s 2019 Annual Meeting is now just weeks away. Set for Oct. 12-16 in Napa, CA, this year’s event will not disappoint. The Meritage Resort & Spa provides a majestic backdrop for some powerful networking. Take a closer look at the current companies who have registered to attend. Download the meeting app and make plans to connect with peers from across the security industry. Not registered yet? Register now and make your reservations.

Alabama Approves TMA Online Operator Level 1 for CEU

TMA is pleased to announce it has received approval from the Alabama Alarm Association to offer 1.2 credits for its Online Operator Level 1 course.

Applicants must submit copies of training certificates issued by TMA, along with their AESBL renewal applications in order to received continuing education credit for licensure.

Learn more about TMA’s Online Operator Level 1 course.



Powhatan County VA is the 56th PSAP

Powhatan County VA is the 56th Emergency Communications Center (ECC) in the United States and the 10th ECC in the state of Virginia to implement the ASAP program. Powhatan County went live on Tuesday, August 13th with Vector Security and Rapid Response Monitoring. Approximately 8 – 10 additional alarm companies will be going into production with Powhatan County by the end of September.

The Powhatan County implementation was also the first implementation for a Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) vendor platform new to the ASAP program. Motorola Solutions introduced their Spillman Flex ASAP interface solution. Powhatan County was chosen as the first implementation site for the Flex platform.

“Implementation of the ASAP-to-PSAP program will help eliminate the potential for clerical errors, reduce telephone call volumes to the 9-1-1 Center from alarm companies, and most importantly, reduces 9-1-1 call-processing times by as much as 2-3 minutes. We all know that every second counts in an emergency and by reducing 911 processing times we help save lives, protect property, provide faster response times to in-progress events, and potentially help apprehend more criminals,” said Thomas Nolan, PSC-911 Director for Powhatan County

Vector and Rapid Response were the first alarm monitoring companies to go live with Powhatan County. “The County is very appreciative of Vector and Rapid Response support and work in helping us bring this new technology to our citizens. We also know that without the direct direction/support from Mr. William Hobgood, (the inventor/architect of ASAP to PSAP program) this service wouldn’t be in use today,” said Director Nolan.

Bradenton, FL is now live with ASAP

The City of Bradenton FL is the 55th PSAP in the United States and the 7th PSAP in the state of Florida to implement the ASAP program. The City of Bradenton went live on Wednesday, August 7th with Vector Security and Rapid Response Monitoring, followed by Tyco (Johnson Controls), Affiliated Monitoring, Brinks Home Security, Protection One, Vivint, Guardian, AT&T Digital Life, National Monitoring Center, Alert 360 and Security Central.

CSAA History: Stan Lott

Robert A. Bonifas, President and CEO, Alarm Detection Systems, Inc. recently found photos of himself and Stan Lott from 1989. ” I ran across an album of many photos from a CSAA “Study Mission” trip to Australia that was done after a Hawaiian CSAA convention. The pictures are of a CSAA Stan Lott and others.,” he said.

“When John Murphy was president of CSAA he had me stand up and tell the membership who Stan Lott was because neither he nor most of the membership knew who Stan was and what he had done for the association to cause him to be memorialized for CSAA’s most prestigious award.

“These pictures probably were the last pictures taken of Stan before his death at the age of 46 in early 1989. The enclosed picture with more than Stan and I also have a few more people who are also deceased, Peter Newman who for many years was CSAA volunteer Treasurer and if my memory is correct was 83 in this picture and the big guy Larry Gass  who owned an alarm company called Tulsa Security, Inc. in Tulsa Oklahoma. The woman in the picture was a tour guide.