Our Company

IDS Research & Development, Inc., is an alarm and security consultation, expert witness, and training authority providing nationwide services on all issues related to alarm and security matters.The company is headed by its founder and president, Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, DABFET, CHS-III, SET, CCI.

In an effort to fill the growing needs of plaintiffs, defendants, attorneys, private investigators, alarm companies,security directors, underwriters, claims professionals, risk and loss control managers, consumers, law enforcement agencies, public and private enterprises and government organizations, IDS Research & Development, Inc., has developed specialized services that provide information and resources in connection with all cases, claims and other important concerns related to security and alarm systems

As Certified Experts in Security and Alarm Systems, we provide a multitude of comprehensive services including, expert witness, consultation, training, forensic investigations, on-site inspection, and laboratory analysis in connection with any alarm or security related matter.

Our Forensic investigations encompass a myriad of tasks which can include, but are not limited to, focus of the manufacturer’s specifications of the equipment utilized, the installation techniques and methodology employed, complete review and interpretation of Central Station database information, internal event log data, Alarm Science, Nationally Recognized Industry Standards and Practices, UL , NFPA, IFC, BOCA and UFC Standards, foreseeability, security analysis, Security Science, overall threat assessment, review of policies and procedures, customs and habits, and potential indicators of fraud and or fraudulent conduct.

Jeffrey D. Zwirn, President of IDS Research and Development, Incorporated is a Master Alarm Technician, Florida, New Jersey, and New York State Burglar and Fire Alarm Certified Contractor, Florida State Registered Electrical Contractor, Certified Burglar and Fire Alarm Specialty Electrician, Certified Protection Professional CPP-Board Certified in Security Management, American Society for Industrial Security, Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) National Fire Protection Association International (NFPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) Diplomate, American Board of Forensic Engineering and Technology (DABFET), Certified by the American College of Forensic Examiners, Certified in Homeland Security, Level III Certified NICET Level IV Senior Engineering Technician (SET) in Fire Protection Engineering Technology/Fire Alarm Systems (NICET) and The Certified Criminal Investigator (CCI), American College of Forensic Examiners International SM (ACFEI).

Mr. Zwirn has over forty years of expertise and experience in security system, access control, and fire alarm and life safety system design, development, installation, sales, service, maintenance, testing, operational management and UL Listed central station monitoring of almost all types and brands of burglar and fire alarm systems and equipment. In addition, Mr. Zwirn provides physical security evaluations, recommendations and design countermeasures.

Mr. Zwirn is an appointed NFPA 72 Technical Committee Panel Member in the Special Expert Category National Fire Protection Association (July Of 2002 through November 2009), UL Technical Committee Panel Member serving on eighteen committees, Expert Consultant to FM Global, and Featured Alarm Science Columnist for Security Products & Technology News and Security Science contributing technical writer for Security Sales and Integration Magazine. Mr. Zwirn also has Sixty Seven (67) Accepted Submissions To NFPA 730, Report Of The Committee On Premises Security.

Mr. Zwirn is an experienced consultant and expert testimonial witness in alarm science and systems, premises liability, as well as alarm and security related matters for insurance companies, law firms, government and law enforcement agencies, public and private institutions, and nationally recognized alarm and central station companies.

As an instructor to the technical community of the alarm and security industry, Mr. Zwirn has authored security and alarm system test questions which have been accepted by The American Society for Industrial Security for their coveted and internationally recognized Certified Protection Professional Certification Examination.

In addition, Mr. Zwirn has developed training curriculum and a written alarm and security test examination for the New York City Police Department and the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and has been designated as an Expert Instructor by the New York City Police Department Crime Prevention Section in its Basic Methods of Security Course.



Jeffrey D. Zwirn’s long list of credentials includes:

Over 40 years of education, skill, knowledge, training, and experience in

  • Involved in the sales, survey, design, recommendations, application, programming, installation, testing, inspection, service, maintenance and UL Listed Central Station Monitoring of over 3000 Security and Fire Alarm Systems.
  • Federal and State Court Qualified Expert

  • Certified Protection Professional (CPP) Board Certified in Security Management