Popular manufacturer DMP has issued a White Paper, which Bart Didden was nice enough to send me, entitled "NFPA Approves Cellular for Single Path Transmission".

    Here's DPM's notification: 

    "The ordinary telephone line, commonly referred to as POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service), was once the most reliable means of signaling in most, if not all fire alarm systems monitored by a supervising station. Having two POTS lines attached to an NFPA 72-compliant fire alarm control panel assured fire inspectors as well as fire alarm installation personnel that everything that could be done to assure signal integrity was accomplished. NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) is a global, non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire (http://www.nfpa.org).   

    The problem is that today the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network), which serves POTS, is no longer the reliable, dependable means of fire alarm signal transmission that it once was. For example, where a mere two years ago (2013) 61 percent of alarm signal transmissions traveled over POTS, today it’s 41 percent; 40 percent over cellular; 17 percent over VoIP, per the Internet; and 2 percent over long-range radio (Statistics by Security Sales & Integration Magazine)...

    For all the reasons above, the fire industry, including NFPA, have chosen to move in a new direction, a direction that includes the use of a single path signaling strategy that involves several network technologies that feature reliable, dependable, high-capacity signal throughput. This includes Internet connectivity as well as today’s cellular system, both which meet the definition of a MFVN (Managed Facilities-Based Voice Network) under NFPA 72, Section 3.3.152 and A3.3.152, 2010 Edition. 

    For questions or more information, please contact one of our Inside Sales Representatives at insidesales@dmp.com or call us at 1-800-641-4282."

    I also understand that single panels are now approved for fire and security systems.  For those of you selling fire and security who want a single contract it's now available as the Commercial Fire All in One with Security Rider.  It's on our web site at www.alarmcontracts.com.  Order today and take advantage of our current sale which runs until January 5, 2016.
2016 Updates Are Ready - See Sale Announcement Below
    The Standard Form Agreements have been updated for 2016.  Probably the single most important change is in the "right to subcontract" provision.  We've added manufacturers and vendors to the "subcontractor" category who benefit by the protective provisions in the agreement.  This change was prompted by Honeywell's dealer agreement which requires that provision in the dealer's subscriber agreement.  We still have a separate Rider for alarm.com, which that vendor does require.  Other manufacturers, especially those who have gotten in on the RMR model by having its equipment communicate through its servers, are requiring protection from subscriber claims.  Other changes have been made and you can check with our Contract Administrator Eileen Wagda at 516 747 6700 ext 312 to see if your form needs updating.  We starting adding the updates several months ago so you may be up to date.  Keep in mind that our updates are free for 6 months and half price for 12 months.  Updates will be prepared and sent out after the new orders are processed so please be patient.  
Advance Notice Of Contract Sale - Order At www.alarmcontracts.com

    Contract sale starts now and runs through January 5, 2016 5PM.  The discount will be accepted on all orders received between now and January 5, 2016 5 PM*.  This will definitely be the best deal of 2016.  Here's the deal:
    Buy 1 All in One** and get $100 off.  **excludes new fire with rider form
    Buy 2 All in One forms and get $100 off first and $200 off second and $50 off Disclaimer Notice and $100 off alarm.com rider.   Save up to $450.
    Buy 3 or more All in One forms and get same as above and $300 off the third form and $400 off the fourth form.  Save up to $1150.00
    The new Fire All in One with Security Rider $1250.00.  Save $400.00  Add the Commercial Fire All in One and the Commercial All in One and get $200 off each.  Save $600.00
    Qualifier Agreement  $1200.00   Save $300.00
    Nationwide DIY with monitoring  $3500.00  Save $1000.00
* Your order must be placed on line at www.alarmcontracts.com and received in our office no later January 5, 2016 5 PM EST.  Order must contain valid credit card payment.  Fill out the order form, add up your charges (we will check the arithmetic) and put in "promo" after your total.  Orders arriving after sale ends will be returned or with your approval charged regular published rates.  Orders will be processed in order received.  Rush orders, delivered by email within 48 hours, add 15%.

Introducing the Commercial Fire All in One with Security Rider
The new form:    We have been asked to offer a combined Commercial Fire and Security Agreement.  The form starts with the Fire All in One and adds a Rider for security covered by the Security All in One.  

Who should use this form:  If you do primarily fire, use a single panel and add security equipment, then this form will be the easiest one to use.  If you do fire and security I still prefer the Fire All in One and the Commercial All in One as separate forms.