Interface Systems Awarded TMA Five Diamond Monitoring Center Designation

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ST LOUIS, Mo.—Interface Systems, a managed service provider of business security, actionable insights, and purpose-built networks for multi-location businesses, has announced that its Interactive Security Operations Centers (iSOCs) have received the Monitoring Association (TMA)’s “TMA Five Diamond Monitoring Center” designation for the 20th consecutive year.

“Our interactive Security Operations Centers (iSOCs) leverage advanced monitoring technologies, and our trained security professionals are the best in the industry. I am proud of our team for their relentless commitment to excellence and customer service,” comments Brent Duncan, CEO at Interface Systems.

The Midwest-based company points out this designation is granted to monitoring centers that satisfy all of the requirements of the “five points of excellence:”

  • Commitment to ongoing job-related education and testing by having 100% of its monitoring center operators certified using the TMA online training series on industry best practices.
  • Commitment to random inspections and quality criteria standards by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as FM Approvals, Intertek/ETL, and UL.
  • Commitment to raising the industry standards through TMA membership and participation in its activities.
  • Commitment to reducing false dispatches.
  • Commitment to the highest levels of customer service.

TMA Five Diamond Monitoring Center Award Represents Operational Excellence

According to Interface Systems, TMA’s Five Diamond designation means, in particular, that a monitoring company has demonstrated an exceptionally high degree of responsibility to its local community and its customers by investing time, money, and commitment to quality operator training.

Interface Systems asserts that operators serve as the life-saving link between businesses and police, fire, and emergency services. The TMA Monitoring Center Operator course covers virtually all phases of monitoring center communications with customers, police, fire, and emergency services communications centers. In order to achieve the TMA Five Diamond designation, every Intervention Specialist at the Interface iSOCs has not only passed the course, but they also have to recertify every three years and demonstrate:

  • Proficiency in alarm confirmation process to reduce false alarms.
  • Proficiency in communications with Public Safety Answering Points, such as the Emergency 911 centers.
  • An understanding of the codes and standards of such organizations as Underwriters Laboratories, Factory Mutual, the National Fire Protection Association, and others.
  • Proficiency in the area of emergency preparedness under a wide scenario of possibilities.

The company adds there are approximately 2,700 monitoring centers in the United States that communicate and interact with police, fire, and emergency services agencies. Of this group, fewer than 130 monitoring centers have achieved the Five Diamond designation, setting these companies apart.

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