ADT joins alarm verification group
Security alarm company ADT has joined The Partnership for Priority Verified Alarm Response (PPVAR), marking a significant shift in the direction of the electronic security industry, the association says. PPVAR is a public-private partnership comprised of electronic security stakeholders from law enforcement, the home and property insurance industries, and the security alarm industry.
“ADT strongly believes in the process and the values of PPVAR and its members,” said Don Young, chief information officer at ADT. “The emergence of high-quality video and intrusion detection technology, and the resulting rise in efficiency of central monitoring practices, has been undeniable in the effectiveness of alarm verification for protecting the public and law enforcement alike. We believe it is important to contribute in a meaningful way and align ourselves with PPVAR as we continue to evolve the security industry.”
Since its establishment in 2012 to promote the value of verified alarms and prioritized police response, PPVAR has been an educator on the enhanced efficiency, cost effectiveness, and the corresponding impact on public safety of alarm verification. ADT, which merged with Protection 1 in May 2016 has closely followed the growing appreciation for the benefits of alarm verification from the public, law enforcement, insurers and security providers, and is implementing video monitoring technology and best practices to its standard alarm services.
“We’re pleased to have ADT on board with our organization as it signals another solid step in the right direction – a direction that is consistent with the naturally evolving arc of our industry toward the adoption of verification technologies,” stated Larry Folsom, president of PPVAR.
“We’ve persisted in building momentum over the past four years, and now, with the largest security company in North America helping to focus attention on alarm verification, we can press on with greater confidence and influence towards our goal of reducing overall false alarm rates, while increasing the safety of both first responders and the citizens of our communities.”