About TMA

TMA Mission

Our mission is to promote and advance premiere professional monitoring to our consumers and first responders through education, advocacy, and the creation of standards. 

Our vision:  A safer world through professional monitoring.


The Monitoring Association (TMA) is the trade association representing the professional monitoring industry. Our membership community is comprised of companies spanning all industry sectors, including monitoring centers, systems integrators, service providers, installers, consultants, and product manufacturers. TMA is dedicated to the advancement of the professional monitoring industry through education, advocacy, standards, and public safety relationships.

TMA was incorporated on November 30, 1950 in Illinois as the Central Station Electrical Protection Association. In 1989, the Association formally changed its name to the Central Station Alarm Association. In 2017, the Association was renamed “The Monitoring Association.”

Since its founding in 1950, TMA has worked to foster and improve relations between its members and various related groups–law enforcement and fire officials, the insurance industry, equipment suppliers and government/regulatory agencies.

Some of TMA’s major goals are:

  • false alarm reduction,
  • the development of industry standards to assure optimum central station performance levels,
  • and the enactment of telecommunications laws and regulations that promote fair competition.

In addition, TMA recognizes other goals essential to the well-being of its members, including, but not limited to:

  • Working with law enforcement, fire and insurance industry officials;
  • Working with and serving on National Fire Protection Association committees;
  • Involving TMA with the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), which lobbies Congress and the FCC on behalf of members’ interests;
  • Investigating, involving itself with, and reporting on potential future technologies; and
  • Conducting annual meetings, seminars, legislative conferences and other gatherings of benefit to the industry.