Vivint, a smart home technology provider with more than 850,000 customers, is the latest national alarm company to go live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP).
“We are very pleased to announce that Vivint has completed testing and officially is live with ASAP messaging,” said CSAA President Pamela J. Petrow. “They join the ever-growing list of companies actively participating in this technology and further increasing our accuracy and speed at getting emergency information to the first responders.”
“We are excited to be live with our first PSAP — Richmond, Virginia,” said Amy Becht, Vivint director of central stations. “We plan on steadily adding additional PSAPs in the coming weeks.”
CSAA announced in December that Vector Security and Rapid Response went operational in production with Boca Raton on December 16, 2015, followed by Monitronics on December 17. This is the first ASAP implementation in the state of Florida. “We had great momentum throughout 2015 and look forward to the continuation of added PSAPs and connected alarm companies in 2016,” said Petrow.
ASAP was launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, designed to increase the efficiency and reliability of emergency electronic signals from central station alarm companies to public safety answering points (PSAPs). ASAP utilizes ANSI standard protocols developed cooperatively by the Association of Public Communications Officials (APCO) and the Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA).
With ASAP, critical life safety signals and accurate information is processed more quickly, through the Nlets system of state-to-state PSAP communication, insuring that complete and accurate information is transmitted to the PSAP every time. The ASAP program has the potential to save PSAPs and emergency services millions of dollars, according to a press release by the CSAA.