Central Station facilities must meet certain construction and equipment requirements. These requirements help to keep the station secure and safe, and help maintain a high level of service to customers. These are a few of the requirements that SentryNet has met to acquire our UL/FM status at both of our Central Stations.
Central Station Facilities
• The central station must be located in a fire-resistant building.
• The Operating Room and the Alarm Investigator's Room must be protected at all times against entrance by those not authorized.
• There must be a direct line to a police station or another central station.
• The entrance to the Operating Room must be kept locked at all times. Positive identification must be presented to allow access to the room.
• The Operating Room must be arranged so that people outside cannot see the interior of the room. Transparent windows at ground level must be covered to prohibit viewing from the outside.
Central Station Fire Protection & Emergency Lighting
• All Central Stations must be constructed to minimize the threat of fire.
• Fire extinguishers are required for the Central Station, satellite stations, power rooms, battery rooms, and near the engine-driven generator.
• To protect the equipment in case of damage from water overhead, a watershed must be installed over the equipment. This watershed may be permanent, or may be a moveable cover or shield installed next to the equipment so that it may be pulled over the equipment by one person.
• Emergency lighting is required in the Operating Room, the Alarm Investigator's Room, the power room and near the engine-driven generator. With a loss of power, emergency lighting must activate immediately and must be independent of the regular power source.
Central Station Alarm Receiving Equipment
• There are provisions that require certain types of wiring connections and wire routing.
Spare alarm receiving equipment must be kept on site, and must be available to be installed in less than one hour in case of malfunction or failure.
• Audible signals are required for alarm receivers.
Central Station Power Systems
• The Central Station must remain operational at all times.
• One or more of the following are required:
A) Storage batteries having sufficient total capacity to power the system under normal conditions for 24 hours.
B) A permanently-installed engine-driven generator of sufficient capacity to power the system under maximum normal load and storage batteries with a four hour capacity.
C) Two or more permanently-installed engine-driven generators may be used as stand-by power. If the largest capacity generator is out of service, the other generator must be capable of providing power to the system under maximum normal load. One of these generators must be equipped with an automatic starting mechanism.
D) When computers are used to receive and or process signals, they must be equipped with an uninterruptible power supply with sufficient capacity to power the computer system for at least fifteen minutes.
E) When using engine-driven generators sufficient fuel must be available to power the generator for at least twenty-four hours.
F) Security must be provided to any engine-driven generator.