McLEAN, Va. – The Monitoring Association (TMA) has announced that Anita Ostrowski, vice president of Central Station Services, Vector Security, and David Holl, director of public safety, Lower Allen Township (PA), will serve as co-chairs of the ANSI-proposed TMA Monitoring Center Notification of Active Threat Standard (TMA-ATN-01) Committee.
“Collectively, Anita and David bring a broad and diverse scope of knowledge and experience to their leadership roles for this critical standard.” states Glenn Schroeder, TMA Standards Committee chairman. “TMA’s goal in standards development is to provide its members and the industry at large with timely and consensus-based standards that address various operational and technology-driven processes executed by today’s monitoring centers. As our communities are seeing increasing incidents of violence and new, rapidly evolving detection technologies are being introduced, TMA-ATN-01 is vital for monitoring centers and the public safety community.”
Monitoring centers are increasingly monitoring shot detection, weapons detection, manual lockdown notification and other innovative threat-detecting technologies, notes TMA. “Human interaction initiated as part of the alert may indicate an active shooter situation. These detection technologies and subsequent alerts are typically from facilities with high human presence. When a monitoring center receives electronic notification that one of these systems has been activated, a standardized workflow within monitoring centers is needed to ensure timely and accurate notification to identified entities, such as first responders, employees, students, etc.”
The TMA-ATN-01 standard will develop an efficient means for the monitoring center to provide responding authorities with information that assists with an efficient and safe response, states the association. The standard may also facilitate means to initiate other actions, such as “shelter in place,” “wait for further instructions” and notifications via multiple methods.
The TMA-ATN-01 Committee co-chairs will host an informational kick-off meeting via Zoom on April 12 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.
In addition, TMA is seeking committee participants from monitoring centers, systems manufacturers, emergency notification manufacturers and service providers, public safety, school districts and other types of large public/private management. A committee application can be found here; TMA membership is not required.
Learn more about the TMA-ATN-01 standard on TMA’s website.
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