Digital Monitoring Products (DMP), Springfield, Mo., claims to be the first alarm manufacturer to earn approval for network communication as a secondary communications channel for fire system central station monitoring in New York City.

The company’s XR500 series and XR2500F fire panels were awarded the approvals by passing the city’s materials, equipment and acceptance (MEA) performance standards for detection, reporting and network communications. The panels’ network technology has also been approved by UL for primary communications.

Established in 1969, the MEA division of the NYC Department of Buildings was created to ensure that permanent building materials and appliances meet the minimum standards required in the building code. As fire suppression and fire alarm equipment, the XR2500F was also subject to review by the Fire Department.

New York’s MEA approval covers DMP panels, receivers, keypads, power supplies, addressable smoke detectors and other devices. The complete listing is available at under Compliance.