The Honeywell L5000-SIA is a LYNX Touch wireless alarm control panel that meets the CP-01 standards detailed in the ANSI/SIA CP-01 standards document published by the Security Industry Association (SIA). The document published by SIA was verified and approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) which verifies all American National Standards. SIA developed the CP-01 standards for alarm control panels to combat the growing problem of false alarms. When an alarm control panel goes into alarm mode and there isn’t a real emergency, it is considered a false alarm. The vast majority of false alarms are caused by improper use of the security system. CP-01 compliant alarm control panels have programming features that are aimed at reducing operator error which cuts down on the number of false alarms.
If your security system is a local system that is not hooked up with a central station, a false alarm is just a loud nuisance. The worst case scenario is that a false alarm goes off in the middle of the night, while you are sleeping, and it wakes you up. However, if you have a monitored security system, false alarms are a major issue. When a security system is monitored by a central station, the operator responding to the alarm is not able to distinguish a real alarm from a false alarm. Therefore, the operator’s only option is to call the authorities on every alarm. When this happens, the police or fire department must send out emergency response. Responding to a false alarm prevents that police officer or fire truck from being able to respond to a real emergency. Even if there is no other real emergency to respond to, the false alarms waste time and resources. Unfortunately, not enough alarm companies focus on preventing false alarms and therefore the vast majority of alarms reported to the police or fire departments are false alarms. In some municipalities, laws have been passed so that police departments will not even respond to an alarm called in by a central station. If every city and state were to pass these types of laws, the entire alarm industry would be in trouble. Central station monitoring would lose all value. Since the central stations wouldn’t be able to rely on the police to respond to alarms, they would have to close down their businesses or they would have to send out their own emergency responders which would dramatically increase the price of alarm monitoring. Alarm users would be left with a security system that just makes a loud noise when an alarm occurs.
As SIA’s mission is to protect and advance the alarm industry, it developed the CP-01 standards to manage the false alarm problem before it ruined all alarm companies. The Honeywell L5000-SIA wireless alarm control panel is essentially the same thing as a normal L5000 LYNX Touch wireless alarm control panel. However, to comply with the CP-01 standards, the L5000-SIA has some preset programming settings that are designed to reduce the number of false alarms that may occur. The ‘Report Alarms’ and ‘Report Troubles’ features are enabled by default. The ‘Exit Error’, ‘Recent Closing’ and ‘Alarm Cancel’ features are also enabled by default. When programming the ‘Call Wait Cancel’ feature on a L5000-SIA, you must program a call waiting cancel prefix if you are using call waiting. The ‘Swinger Shutdown’ feature only allows you to choose (1) report or (2) reports for the option of alarm reporting per zone. The default option is set to 2 reports. The ‘Abort Window’ feature allows you to choose only (15), (30) or (45) seconds with (30) seconds as the default option. The ‘Entry Delay 1’ and ‘Entry Delay 2’ features allow you to choose from (30), (45), (60), (90), (120), (180) and (240) seconds and when added together with the dialer delay, the total delay should not exceed (60) seconds. The ‘Exit Delay’ feature can only be set to (45), (60), (90) or (120) seconds. The ‘Restart Exit Time’ feature is set to ‘Yes’ by default. The ‘Exit Warning’ feature is enabled and cannot be changed. The ‘Auto Stay Arming’ feature is set to ‘Yes’ by default. Finally, the ‘Cross Zone Delay’ feature can be set to ‘None’ or (30), (60), (90), (120), (180), or (240) seconds. The default option with the L5000-SIA alarm control panel is (180) seconds. All of these programming settings are unique to the Honeywell L5000-SIA and are not found in the regular Honeywell L5000 LYNX Touch wireless alarm control panel.