Prince George’s County, MD Goes Live with Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP)

March 22, 2018

Technology Automates Emergency Response for More Speed and Accuracy.

PITTSBURGH, March 22, 2018 – Prince George’s County, MD is the latest municipality to implement Automated Secure Alarm Protocol (ASAP), a technology designed to automate communication between alarm monitoring central stations and public safety dispatch/911 centers.

Electronic data transmission results in the following benefits for residents and first responders:

  • Less phone calls to emergency response centers. Alarm center data is passed to public safety dispatch/911 operators electronically within seconds and then provided to first responders upon dispatch to the location.
  • Quicker processing times. Data doesn’t have to be input manually or communicated verbally, resulting in reduced hold times, less chance of human error and faster responses.
  • Greater accuracy of information transmitted.
  • More prompt action during natural disasters. It’s common for public safety dispatch/911 centers to be overwhelmed with calls during these types of emergencies. 

With ASAP delivering alarm notification information directly from central stations to public safety answering points (PSAPs) and public safety dispatch centers via computer rather than by phone, the municipality expects alarm response times to drop significantly. These benefits will extend across Prince George’s County police, fire and emergency medical services.

Nearly 3,400 Vector Security customers in the county will benefit from improved emergency response times. Vector Security customers went live on March 21, followed by customers from other security companies. Prince George’s County covers 499 square miles and is the second largest PSAP to implement ASAP.

“We are constantly working to provide a safer environment for the public,” said Anita Ostrowski, Vice President of Central Station Services, Vector Security. “We’ve come a long way since being the first alarm company to introduce ASAP to Richmond, VA in 2012, and we are glad to see the technology make its way into more communities across the nation.”

ASAP was formed following a partnership between The Monitoring Association (formerly the Central Station Alarm Association) and the Association of Public Safety, with Vector Security President and CEO Pam Petrow co-chairing the committee.

Nationwide, others that have implemented ASAP include Bucks County and Monroeville, PA; Richmond, VA; Houston, TX; Washington D.C.; James City County, York County and Henrico County, VA; Tempe and Chandler, AZ; Boca Raton, FL; Cary, High Point and Kernersville, NC; Guilford County, Wilson County, and Durham County, NC; Johnston County, NC; Union County, NC; Denton County and Grand Prairie, TX; Morgan County, AL; Delaware County, OH; Newport News, VA; Sarasota County and Manatee County, FL; Monroe County, NY; Hamilton County, TN; Williamson County, TX; Dane County, WI; Highland Park, TX; Collier County FL; Delaware County OH; Denton County and Grand Prairie TX; Loudon County VA; Missouri City TX; Morgan County AL and Phoenix AZ.

For more information on the benefits and features of ASAP, visit www.vectorsecurity.com/asap.

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About Vector Security

For nearly 50 years, Vector Security, Inc. (www.vectorsecurity.com) has been a premier provider of intelligent security solutions tailored to the needs of the customer. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the company offers a full suite of electronic security services for residential, business and national account customers across North America and the Caribbean through a network of branches, authorized dealers and their ADS Security division. The Vector Security Networks division offers customized physical security and managed network services to multi-site commercial customers. Vector Security is a sister company of the Philadelphia Contributionship, a mutual insurance company founded in 1752, and currently provides cost-effective, technology-based security and automation solutions to nearly 386,000 homes and businesses across 58 branch locations.