Vector Security assisted with implementation of ASAP-to-PSAP in DeKalb County, Ga. by helping to conduct extensive testing prior to the system going live.
PITTSBURGH — DeKalb County, Ga is the latest jurisdiction to has implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP) to automate communication between alarm monitoring central stations and Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs)/911 centers.
Electronic data transmission results in the following benefits for alarm users and first responders:
- Less phone calls to emergency response centers. Alarm center data is passed to public safety dispatch/911 operators electronically within seconds and then provided to first responders upon dispatch.
- Quicker processing times. Data doesn’t have to be input manually or communicated verbally, resulting in reduced hold times, less chance of human error, and faster responses.
- Greater accuracy of information transmitted. Electronic transmission of data reduces chances for errors.
Because ASAP delivers alarm notification information directly from the alarm monitoring centers to PSAPs via computer rather than by phone, all pertinent data goes directly to first responders in a process that takes only about five seconds. Many agencies using ASAP can expect alarm response times to potentially drop to as little as 90 seconds or less.Related:A Guide to Verified Alarm Trends and How to Utilize Them
Vector Security assisted with implementation in DeKalb County by helping to conduct extensive testing prior to the system going live.
“We continue to see more and more PSAPs recognizing the value of this technology and implementing it in order to better protect citizens of their communities,” says Anita Ostrowski, vice president, central station services for Vector Security. “As one of the pioneers of ASAP, our company is proud to play a role in helping more communities benefit from this program.”
ASAP was developed in partnership between The Monitoring Association (TMA) and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO), with Vector Security President and CEO Pam Petrow co-chairing the committee. Vector Security was the first alarm company to debut ASAP in Richmond, Va. in 2012.
Nationwide, more than 80 agencies have implemented, or are in the process of implementing ASAP. Click here for a current list.