Our mission is to promote and advance professional monitoring to consumers and first responders through education, advocacy, and the creation of standards.
Ourvision: A safer world through professional monitoring.
The Monitoring Association (TMA) is the trade association representing the professional monitoring industry. Our membership community includes 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 (CSEPA). In 1989, the Association formally changed its name to the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA). In 2017, the Association was renamed “The Monitoring Association (TMA).”
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:
To reduce false alarms
To develop industry standards for optimum monitoring center performance levels and
To enact 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.
The Monitoring Association BYLAWS
(As amended to June 13, 2017)
ARTICLE I. NAME
The name of the Association shall be The Monitoring Association (hereafter referred to as “the Association” in these bylaws).
The Monitoring Association (TMA) is a trade association of member companies in the private security alarm industry, which was incorporated in 1950 under the nonprofit corporation law of the state of Illinois. It is organized to promote the common interests of its members, and of the members of the private security alarm industry, when such interests do not conflict with the common good.
The Monitoring Association (TMA) respects the privacy of its members and other visitors to its Web site. We strongly believe that members and web visitors must be assured that information provided online is used responsibly and appropriately
We will always be transparent with you about the information we collect, what we do with it, with whom we share it and who you should contact if you have any concerns.
You can use the TMA website without disclosing your identity. Details of the information that we gather as standard when you access the websites is described below. If you register for any of our services or contact us via forms, there will be detailed information about how your data is processed in connection to your registration.
When your company joins TMA, you become part of the association that promotes and defends the interests of the monitoring industry, through its work in government relations, regulatory advocacy, and standards development.