(Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the history of SIAC.)
The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) agreed to fund and develop software that agencies could use for ordinance management, maintaining a permit database, billing and tracking system to help agencies that could not afford to buy or create the needed program. Over $150,00.00 was invested and hundreds of hours of development oversight time was donated by industry leader Robert Bonifas. Amazingly this software is still working today in many agencies around the country.
At the end of the project a report was to be issued that would document and detail the findings of the study. The report is titled The Model States Report which remains available electronically at http://www.siacinc.org.
Model States confirmed the role of user error as the primary cause of false dispatches. Model States also delivered the first ordinances that could achieve reductions up to 80%. This occurred in Gainesville and Alachua County Florida and to this day these ordinances have continued to deliver impressive dispatch rates.
Model States opened many doors between the industry and law enforcement. It also began a process that continues today of working cooperatively with public officials and industry leaders. Model States was clearly the foundation for SIAC and addressing the problem of excessive false responses by law enforcement.