UL 2610

UL Standard for Safety Commercial Premises Security Alarm Units and Systems

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Organization: UL
Publication Date: 29 November 2018
Status: active
Page Count: 211
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General

These requirements cover construction, performance, operation, and maintenance of:

a) Central station burglar alarm systems intended and specifically designated for burglaryprotection use at mercantile and banking premises, mercantile safes and vaults, and bank safes and vaults;

b) Police station connected burglar alarm units and systems for use in mercantile premises, mercantile safes and vaults, and bank safes and vaults;

c) Local burglar alarm units and systems for use in mercantile premises, mercantile safes and vaults, and bank safes and vaults;

d) Proprietary burglar alarm units and systems;

e) Holdup alarm systems of the remote-station type intended for installation in banks, stores, cashiers' cages, pay offices, and the like.

f) Digital alarm communicator system units, interconnected to or integral, for use with central station burglar alarm systems, proprietary burglar alarm systems, police station-connected burglar alarm systems, and holdup alarm systems.

g) Power supplies used to provide electrical power and standby power for burglar-alarm equipment in accordance with the following:

1) The requirements of this standard;

2) The Standard for Access Control System Units, UL 294;

3) The Standard for Intrusion-Detection Units, UL 639;

4) The Standard for Household Burglar-Alarm System Units, UL 1023;

5) The Standard for Burglary-Resistant Electric Locking Mechanisms, UL 1034; and

6) The Standard for Antitheft Alarms and Devices, UL 1037.

Central Station Burglar Alarm

A central station burglar alarm system consists of electrical protection circuits and devices that are transmitted automatically to, recorded in, maintained from, and supervised from a central (monitoring) station that employs trained operators and alarm investigators who are in attendance at all times and take appropriate action in response to a received signal.

These requirements serve as the basis of classification of central station burglar alarm system transmission methods, however, the requirements covering the complete systems are contained in the Standard for Central-Station Alarm Services, UL 827.

Police Station Connected Burglar Alarm

A police station connected alarm system consists of protective circuits and devices, connected through control apparatus to an optional sounding device mounted on an outside or inside wall of the building in which the protected property is situated, and a constantly-manned police department or law enforcement center. The connection to a police department may be a) Direct, or b) Through a central (monitoring) station complying with the Standard for Central-Station Alarm Services, UL 827.

Intrusion into or disturbance of the units or wiring causes the sounding device to be actuated (if applicable) and a signal to be transmitted to the police department. The sounding device and signal to the police department continue to operate until it is stopped by using the proper control key, by exhaustion of the power supply, or by action of an automatic timing element that is preset for a definite operating period.

The operation of a police station connected alarm system is partially under the control and domination of the owner or others interested in the property. However, it is required that police station connected systems be maintained under the care and regular inspection service of the installing company. The installing company is expected to respond promptly to troubles or calls for service on report of the owner or police department. It is the responsibility of the owner to switch the system on and off duty and to report malfunctioning of the system to the service company.

Local Burglar Alarm

A local alarm system consists of protective circuits and devices, connected through control apparatus to an enclosed tamper-protected sounding device mounted on an outside wall of the building in which the protected property is situated. Intrusion into or disturbance of the units or wiring causes the sounding device to be actuated. The sounding device continues to operate until it is stopped by using the proper control key, by exhaustion of the power supply, or by action of an automatic timing element that is preset for a definite operating period. Local mercantile burglar-alarm systems are intended for the protection of mercantile premises or mercantile safes and vaults. Local bank burglar alarm systems are intended for the protection of bank safes and vaults.

The operation of a local alarm system is partially under the control and domination of the owners or others interested in the property. However, it is required that systems be maintained under the care and regular inspection service of the installing company. The installing company is expected to respond to troubles or calls for service promptly on report of the owner. It is the responsibility of the owner to switch the system on and off duty and to report malfunctioning of the system to the service company.

Proprietary Burglar Alarm

A proprietary burglar alarm system as referred to by these requirements is a system in which alarm initiating circuits and devices are installed at a property and are connected directly or indirectly to constantly monitored receiving equipment at a proprietary (monitoring) station. The proprietary (monitoring) station is located at the protected property and intended for operation by personnel responsible to the owner of the protected property.

The protected property may consist of a single property or of noncontiguous properties under a single ownership. The system is arranged so that a predetermined change in the alarm initiating circuits or devices automatically causes transmission of an alarm signal over a supervised signaling channel to the proprietary (monitoring) station.

Proprietary burglar alarm units and systems are also specially designated as to their intended use on mercantile premises, mercantile safes and vaults, and bank safes and vaults.

Holdup Alarm

Holdup alarm systems of the remote-station type intended for installation in banks, stores, cashiers' cages, pay offices, and the like, are to provide a means of transmitting a silent call for help in the event of interior robbery.

A holdup alarm signal shall be transmitted directly to a constantly-manned police station equipped for broadcasting radio calls to cruising squad cars or to a central (monitoring) station with facilities for relaying calls to a law enforcement agency with such broadcasting facilities. The central (monitoring) station shall comply with the Standard for Central-Station Alarm Services, UL 827.

Digital Alarm Communicator Units

The operation of a digital alarm communicator system is under the control of the owner or others interested in the property, and/or the operators at the monitoring station. A need for off-premises transmission will activate the digital alarm communicator transmitter that contacts a digital alarm communicator receiver located at a monitoring station through the telephone company's switched network (dial system) and transmits a message identifying the change in condition at the protected premises.

A digital alarm communicator system may be classified as police station-connected if:

a) It is used in combination with a protected premises control unit, an optional alarm sounding device, and an alarm housing that complies with this standard; and

b) The signals are transmitted to a digital burglar-alarm communicator receiver located at a central station that complies with Standard for Central-Station Alarm Services, UL 827.

Burglar Alarm Power Supplies

These requirements cover power supplies for use as components in burglar-alarm system units. The input ratings of power supplies covered by these requirements are not more than 300 volts and the output ratings are low-voltage, power-limited. See 6.19(c). Power supplies integral with a burglar alarm system unit, or separate power supplies intended for use with a specific unit, are covered in the applicable sections of this standard. These requirements may also be covered by the standards specified in 1.1.1(g), as applicable.

Police station connected burglar alarm units, local burglar alarm units, proprietary burglar alarm units, central station burglar alarm units, and digital alarm communicator system units, contain requirements for attack resistance against a power supply providing energy to a local audible alarm sounding device or to a device that will transmit a signal from the protected area to a remote location, such as a central (monitoring) station or police station. A power supply complying with the requirements of this standard that is to be used for any of these purposes shall be capable of being mounted inside an enclosure that will provide the required attack resistance, or shall be provided with an enclosure that will provide the required attack resistance. See Section 67 to determine the attack resistance requirements that will apply.

These requirements do not cover power supplies for use at a central (monitoring) station. Such power supplies are covered by the Standard for Central-Station Alarm Services, UL 827. These requirements do not cover power supplies for use in hazardous locations, as defined in the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70. These requirements do not cover power supplies covered by the Standard for Power Units Other Than Class 2, UL 1012, or battery chargers covered by the Standard for Battery Chargers for Charging Engine-Starter Batteries, UL 1236.

Common Requirements

Protective devices installed on individual properties are further classified as to extent of protection at each location. Requirements covering installation and classification (of extent) of alarm protective equipment at individual locations are published in the Standard for Installation and Classification of Burglar and Holdup Alarm Systems, UL 681, which is intended to be referenced by burglar-alarm installers.

If equipment covered by these requirements is intended for use in a combination burglar-alarm and fire-protective signaling system, the portion of the equipment serving a fire-alarm function is covered by the Standard for Control Units and Accessories for Fire Alarm Systems, UL 864.

These systems usually operate within the limits of Class 2 remote control and signal circuits as defined by Article 725 of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70.

A system that provides line security may be classified as either Standard Line Security or Encrypted Line Security. See Standard Line Security Equipment, 40.14, and Encrypted Line Security Equipment, 40.15.

Equipment used in a burglar alarm system shall comply with the requirements for that product and shall not be modified before, during, or after installation into the system, except for software/firmware upgrades as noted in Section 38.

Products intended for use in air-handling spaces in Accordance with Section 300.22, (C) of the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70, are additionally investigated to the Standard for Fire Test for Heat and Visible Smoke Release for Discrete Products and Their Accessories Installed in Air-Handling Spaces, UL 2043.

For equipment utilizing power over communications cables, refer to Section 36, Power Over Communications Cable Equipment. Compliance with the Standard for Ethernet, IEEE 802.3 (at or af) specifications shall not be verified as part of these requirements. Refer to Appendix B.

Document History

UL 2610
November 29, 2018
UL Standard for Safety Commercial Premises Security Alarm Units and Systems
General These requirements cover construction, performance, operation, and maintenance of: a) Central station burglar alarm systems intended and specifically designated for burglaryprotection use...

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