Vector Innovates to Reduce False Alarms, Keep Customers Happy

Vector Security, a 2019 SSI Installer of the Year runner-up, has played an integral part in false alarm reduction efforts through the implementation of ASAP-to-PSAP. This was among the strongest showings ever for SSI’s Installer and Integrated Installation of the Year Awards. Read about the winners in the July issue of SSI and browse the SAMMY page to read about more runners-up. As the rate of technology innovation grows exponentially, it is integral to harness the latest solutions. False alarms are a major issue for the security industry. However, the emergence of ASAP (Automated Secure Alarm Protocol) to PSAP (Public Safety Answering Point) technology has proven to be an effective weapon in helping the reduction of false alarms. Vector Security President and CEO Pam Petrow, an SSI Industry Hall of Famer, collaborated with The Monitoring Association (TMA) and the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) to help develop the technology. ASAP-to-PSAP speeds up alarm notification delivery, reduces the number of phone calls and processing time, and eliminates human error. Vector has brought several agencies online with ASAP in 2018 and continues to work with mun...

Alarm as Ebola outbreak reaches 2,000 cases, picks up speed

The number of confirmed cases reached the milestone three times as quickly as it took to reach 1,000, experts said Tuesday. The outbreak declared in August, the second-deadliest in history, has killed more than 1,300 people in a volatile region where rebel attacks and community resistance have hurt containment efforts. The 2,000 figure is a “sad and frustrating milestone. The insecurity is holding us back,” World Health Organization spokesman Tarik Jasarevic told reporters in Geneva. Each attack keeps health workers from the crucial work of vaccinating people and tracking thousands of contacts of victims. Aid groups including the International Rescue Committee and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said a “reset” is needed in the response to one of the world’s most dangerous diseases. Misunderstandings have been high in a region that had never experienced an Ebola outbreak until now, and years of rebel attacks have left many residents wary of outsiders, especially ones accompanied by Congolese security forces or United Nation peacekeepers. “This outbreak will only end when communities are engaged and leading t...