The Monitoring Association (TMA) announced the addition of three new PSAPs (Public Safety Answering Points) to its ASAP-to-PSAP service, bringing the total number of participating jurisdictions up to 52. Bradley County, Tenn.; Virginia Beach, Va.; and, Burleson, Texas are the three latest municipalities to go live.
Launched in 2011 as a public-private partnership, TMA’s ASAP-to-PSAP service is designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of calls for service from alarm companies to PSAPs.
Bradley County was the 50th PSAP in the United States and the fourth PSAP in Tennessee to implement the ASAP program. On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, this program went live with ADS Security Nashville initially, followed by Vector Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, Protection One, Brinks, National Monitoring Center, Vivint, Tyco (Johnson Controls), ADT, Alert 360, Security Central, Guardian Protection Services, and Affiliated Monitoring.
“The Bradley County 911 Center is very excited to implement the ASAP program at our facility,” said Randy Sharp, network administrator. “We have only been live with the product for five days and out of 95 alarm calls, 15 percent came in through ASAP, freeing up approximately 45 minutes of our dispatchers/call takers time. Time is of the greatest importance in a 911 center and ASAP is giving us back lifesaving minutes.”
Virginia Beach is the 51st PSAP in the United States and the ninth PSAP in the Commonwealth of Virginia to implement the ASAP program. Virginia Beach went live on beginning Monday, May 20 through May 22, 2019 initially with Vector Security, followed by Rapid Response Monitoring, Guardian Protection Services, Tyco (Johnson Controls), AT&T Digital Life, National Monitoring Center, Affiliated Monitoring, Brinks Home Security, Vivint, Security Central, Richmond Alarm, Protection One, and ADT.
“Every second counts during an emergency,” said Stephen Williams, director, City of Virginia Beach Emergency Communications and Citizen Services. “With ASAP, we are pleased to be able to reduce call processing times to provide quicker and more accurate emergency response to our citizens in Virginia Beach.”
Burleson is the 52nd PSAP in the United States and the seventh PSAP in the state of Texas to implement the ASAP program. The City of Burleson went live on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 and Wednesday, May 29, 2019 initially with Brinks Home Security, followed by Vector Security, Rapid Response Monitoring, National Monitoring Center, Security Central, Vivint, Protection One, AT&T Digital Life, Guardian Protection Services, Affiliated Monitoring, and Tyco (Johnson Controls).