Recent news out of Massachusetts provides a good opportunity
to emphasize the importance of appropriate licensing and qualifications for
electronic security professionals.
The Massachusetts Systems Contractors Association (MCSA), a
trade association for systems installers, is taking Verizon and Comcast to
court in attempt to ban the companies from selling, installing or monitoring
security systems in that state.
MCSA contends that the two companies don’t meet appropriate
licensing requirements. MCSA members who do security systems work have a state
electrical license, have passed criminal background checks, and work for
companies that are licensed by the Department of Public Safety.
Comcast maintains that it is exempt from licensure laws,
since its Xfinity Home system involves wireless connections and no electrical
installation. Verizon says its Home Monitoring and Control service is a
do-it-yourself system, and that customers ultimately are responsible for
installing the plug-in equipment.
Arguments originally scheduled in late August in U.S.
District Court in Boston have been delayed until issues are decided in two
related municipal cases. But legal wrangling aside, this much is clear:
Reputable companies in the electronic security industry should be appropriately
licensed and registered in compliance with all applicable laws, ordinances and
Over the years, ESA has worked on numerous fronts – from
lobbying to training – to promote the use of licensed, well-trained technicians
to perform the important work of installing and servicing alarm systems. This builds
customer confidence in our companies, increases our professionalism, and
ultimately contributes to the long-term success of our members.
That’s something everyone in our industry should support.