This year the ASM® Consortium is celebrating 20 years of its thought leadership in the industry. The ASM Consortium grew out of a grassroots effort begun in 1989 by Honeywell’s Alarm Management Task Force to address Alarm Floods. Honeywell spearheaded the development of a proposal to the US NIST, Advanced Technology Program to form a Joint Research & Development Consortium. The proposal sought to address the challenging problem of abnormal situation management. In preparing for this proposal effort, Honeywell and its collaborators created the Abnormal Situation Management (ASM) Joint Research and Development Consortium (referred to as ASMC) under the U.S .Cooperative Research and Development Act. In November 1994, the ASM research joint venture received $16.6 million in funding for a three year study program, including $8.1 million from ATP and industry cost-sharing of $8.5 million.