Established in 1993, UL 2050 certification refers to an industrywide standard for the monitoring, signal processing, investigation, servicing, and operation of alarm systems that have been issued a national industrial security system (or CRZH) certificate by the Underwriters Laboratory.
The security industry and its providers must adhere to this standard in order to service U.S. government facilities and defense contractors processing classified information and/or military intelligence.
A UL 2050 designation is critical for providers offering services for Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facilities (SCIFs), containers, and closed rooms.
For Facility Security Officers (FSOs), enlisting the services of an uncertified provider can be costly. During SCIF pre-inspections and initial government approval, if something is found to not meet the strict requirements, the installation may have to be dismantled and reinstalled from scratch using a certified company.
UL 2050 security providers must be able to provide your SCIF/area with three primary protections, as outlined in Intelligence Community Standard ICD705, NISPOM, and JAFAN.
- Intrusion detection – UL 2050 security providers must be able to provide unparalleled defense for all access points of a SCIF/area, including walls, doors, vents, and windows; equipping the room with industry standard motion detectors – both ceiling-mounted motion and directional – as well as level 2 door contacts.
- Signal processing – Should any SCIF alarms be triggered, the signal is processed by the SCIF’s Central Processing Unit, and a 128-bit encrypted signal is generated.
- Signal monitoring – Encrypted signals are sent to central monitoring facilities authorized by the Underwriters Laboratory and the Department of Defense (DoD). These Central Stations hold a Cage Code covering cleared operators to process your signals as required.
UL 2050 certified security providers must also perform the requisite semi-annual inspections for secure facilities, and most can directly issue all UL certificates quickly within 24 hours and without the need for a third party’s involvement.
Precise guard response times are also critical for FSOs, who are charged with keeping agencies compliant and secure. When hiring a UL 2050 security provider, it is critical to find a firm that can guarantee adherence to 15, 20, and 30-minute mandatory response times, as outlined in the NISPOM, ICD705, and JAFAN, which explain the Physical Security Standards for Sensitive Compartmented Information Facilities and closed areas.
Secom, LLC, has more than 50 years of cumulative experience as a UL 2050 security provider. Our Top Secret and Secret personnel can execute all aspects of design, installation, and service of SCIFs, secured containers, alarmed rooms, and closed areas. Our ability to provide UL 2050 /DoD monitoring services and guard response on existing systems gives us a tremendous advantage.
Additionally, our crews regularly provide UL 2050 and DoD services to existing SCIFs, typically with no upfront costs, and with annual fees that are among the lowest in the industry.
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