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The Ohio State University Department of Public Safety

US&PS Alarm Services

  • Provide 24 hour monitoring of fire, security, and critical environmental alarms for Columbus and extended campuses.
  • Provide consultation and make recommendations for new alarm installations.
  • Coordinate University Police response to campus alarms.
  • If you desire additional information, email at security-services at osu.edu.

Alarm Specifications

All security, critical environmental, and fire detection suppression alarms and annunciations, must be provided with a relay output connected to the university's central propriety alarm monitoring system.

Each individual field device must be capable of individually identifying itself when in an alarm or trouble condition. All alarm and fire suppression systems must be capable of self monitoring for all appropriate status changes such as, but not limited to, system trouble, water flow, improper water or air pressure, power loss, tamper, etc.

Any status change must be reported via the relay output of the central alarm monitoring system. All alarm reporting systems are required to have a minimum 4 hour back up unless specific differently by building code, fire code, or higher authority.

The University has also selected a card access system to serve the Columbus Campus. Any new card access systems will require the use of card readers, unless written authorization from the Associate Vice President, Office of Physical Facilities, and the Assistant Vice President, Office of Business and Administration, who is responsible for public safety, to use an alternate.

Similarly, no card access system for exterior University building doors may be purchased or installed without specific approval from the Associate Vice President, Office of Physical Facilities, and the Assistant Vice President, Office of Business and Administration, who is responsible for public safety.

For additional information or follow-up questions, contact Director, University Security Services, at 292-7677.