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This past December, the FCC began a legal process that if successful will lead to the demise of plain old telephone service (POTS). This has paradigm-shifting and potentially catastrophic implications for our industry.
March 31, 2010
By Al Colombo · February 28, 2010
The need for accurate, timely info has always been a problem, but recently civilian and government authorities decided it was time to do something about it.
By Al Colombo · January 31, 2010
Mass notification, a relatively new development in life safety, can be defined as "a technology that provides real-time information to groups of individuals within large buildings, campus settings, geographic regions, or entire nations."
By Al Colombo · December 31, 2009
The number of injuries and deaths due to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning routinely increases every year as cold weather moves across the nation. The CO threat is an ever-present danger to humankind and animals. This is especially true during the winter months when it becomes necessary to use combustible heating, such as fireplaces and gas- and oil-fired furnaces.
By Al Colombo · November 30, 2009
In September's "Fire Side Chat" we talked about false alarms and how they can overwhelm public agencies, such as firefighters and police personnel, impact municipal budgets, and how end users are often fined to offset the negative monetary effects.
October 31, 2009
A man's home is his castle, or so the adage goes. Naturally along with this famous saying comes the feeling of safety and security, misplaced as it often is for a surprising number of homeowners are killed in home fires every year.
September 30, 2009
False fire alarms affect everyone - from the firefighters whose job it is to respond to them to those who live and work where they occur.
August 31, 2009
Society's infatuation with wireless technology didn't start with the advent of the cell phone. This love affair actually began with an invention called the radio in or about 1922. The introduction of the television simply clinched it.
July 31, 2009
In the past many signal transmission technologies have been devised in order to send alarm signals to a monitoring station with the intent of summoning a local fire brigade. Each one reflected the newest and greatest transmission technologies of its time.
June 30, 2009
Sprinkler systems are an important part of an end user’s overall fire protection program. Not only are these systems often required by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), but ...
By Al Colombo · February 28, 2009
The need for quality, code-compliant fire alarms has never been greater. The proper operation ...
October 31, 2008
Fire departments in the United States reported 896,500 false fire alarms in 1980. Since that time ...
September 30, 2008
The fire protection industry is an ever-changing environment. If it were not, fire codes would remain the same year after year, cycle after cycle, and our job would be less complicated.
By Al Colombo · April 30, 2008
Last month we talked about the many ways fire and burglar alarm technicians use relays. We covered some of the code compliance issues associated with their use as well as how to ...
January 31, 2008