Who we are.


A tax-exempt foundation supported by the Electronic Security Association (ESA), the Alarm Industry Research & Educational Foundation (AIREF) is the research arm of the electronic security industry.


As chairman of AIREF, it is my privilege to oversee our efforts for the benefit of the security industry. These efforts date back to our first study in 1991, which determined the effectiveness of home security systems. The study was conducted in Greenwich, Conn., and was successful in showing the value of a monitored security system.


Another key study was conducted in Salt Lake City, Utah, and asked voting residents their opinion of verified response. It clearly showed that voters would support candidates who supported a police officer responding to a security system’s signal.


In 2005, a study, conducted by Rutgers University in Newark, N.J., quantitatively proved that security systems did not “displace” property crime but actually reduced it.


Our 2015 study was conducted by the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Property crime perpetrators were interviewed in jail to determine why they burglarized specific properties. The results are well worth your time in reviewing.


As the foundation’s name implies, although we have been focused on research, we are also an educational foundation. With this in mind, we have supported the revamping of the ESA National Training School initiative. We have provided more than $150,000 to bring the courses online, and allowed NTS to strengthen its distance learning. This will allow NTS to touch even more individuals and promote education within our industry.


I mention all of the work that AIREF has done because the funds to provide these vital services come from our annual Golf Classic, held every year in conjunction with ISC West. In all, almost $1M have been raised and all of these proceeds have gone directly into the initiatives which promote the electronic security industry.


This is AIREF’s mission: Everything we do should make our industry’s products and services more viable, reliable and relevant. We will continue on this mission as we support the security industry and all of those involved in it.

Board of Directors

Kirk MacDowell
Ed Solt
Keith Baird
Voting Member
Charles Darsch
Voting Member
Dom D'Ascoli
Voting Member
Glen Mowrey
Voting Member
Mitch Reitman
Voting Member
Shuvankar Roy
Voting Member
Richard Soloway
Voting Member
Bryan Lawrence
Stan Martin
Chris Mosley
ESA President
Merlin Guilbeau
ESA Executive Officer