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What is a UL Listed Central Station?

Jul 11, 2019 8:05:00 AM

When a central station is UL listed, it has demonstrated to the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) that it meets or exceeds their safety and reliability standards created by UL. This certification from the UL communicates to the consumer that the central station is a trusted and reliable source for central station monitoring.

How Do You Get UL Certified?

There are many standards that need to be met to become UL certified, but for central stations, UL 827 and UL 1981 are two that stand out. UL 827 deals with how a central station implements alarm systems while UL 1981 is the standard for automation systems at the central station. These requirements cover everything from the design, implementation, and support of automation systems to the evaluation of redundant sites, and remote signal managing centers.


The evaluation path to become UL certified requires many steps and takes time to be completed. The best way to become UL certified is to always keep the highest standards of safety and reliability in the forefront.

Have UL Requirements in Mind Early On

If you are developing new products, you can request a preliminary evaluation from UL. They can assist with the product design and answer any questions, which can save you testing costs down the road.

Get a Copy of UL Standard for Safety

If you know the requirements before hand, you will have a better chance to succeed during the evaluation process. You can contact a local UL customer representative to obtain information on getting a guide for certification.

Use UL Requirements for Self Testing

One of the best ways to ensure that you are meeting certification standards is assessing your own facility before you reach out the UL for certification. This can save your company time and money.

Be Thorough With Your Documentation

Once you receive a complete list of everything you need for the certification, you’ll want to be as thorough as possible with the information. You can expect to provide detailed information on each of your systems, components, building location, etc.

Do You Have to be UL Certified?

It is not legally required for a central station to be UL certified, but there are definite advantages to being UL listed. When a central station is UL listed, you know that is has gone through the rigorous safety and reliability compliance standards, and will provide top-notch monitoring services for the consumer. Would you really want to rely on a central station that wasn’t UL certified?

AvantGuard maintains UL certification to provide the most reliable monitoring service. The AdvantGuard team takes protecting its customers seriously. From its operators to full redundant facilities, AG continues to take the necessary steps to comply with UL standards across the board.

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