Determining fire alarm priorities when elevator emergency phones are involved illustrates the need to sometimes fill in the blanks when situations fall outside the realm of existing codes. Having a third phone line or simply leaving it up to an AHJ are two potential solutions.
By Al Colombo · August 10, 2011
Backed with the mandates set forth by codes and bolstered with new technologies, the fire/life-safety market offers robust sales opportunities. Success is predicated on deriving necessary state and local credentials, and knowing the local building authority’s requirements and procedures ...
By Al Colombo · May 15, 2011
An installing security contractor advises Sony Pictures Studios to implement a wireless solution to replace the hugely inefficient hardwired heat detection in its famed sound stages. Success and first-class customer service fosters a lasting relationship ...
By Rodney Bosch · May 03, 2011
Video surveillance, mass notification, access control and emergency communications interoperability continue to pose challenges for many campus safety protection professionals
April 12, 2011
Proper fire detection is essential not only for life safety but also to avoid false alarms or system malfunctions that could cost the business a bundle. In particular, this holds true for financial institutions ...
By Al Colombo · March 20, 2011
Though not as quick to migrate to IT network signal transmission as other systems installed by security contractors, fire/life safety is nevertheless following suit. Find out the latest technology and code developments in this emerging area.
By Al Colombo · February 13, 2011
Maintaining power is one of the foundations of any fire/life-safety system. Find out the codes, standards and calculations you need to know to make sure batteries deliver when needed.
By Al Colombo · January 11, 2011
After five consecutive years of decline, the average number of fire alarm systems being installed by dealers/integrators returned to its 2007 total.
December 19, 2010
A Q&A session addresses code compliance challenges associated with projected beam smoke detectors, annunciators and keypads.
By Al Colombo · December 06, 2010
SSI’s technology experts once again handpick some of the most noteworthy devices introduced this past year. The 2010 Top 30 Technology Innovations is a balanced list of ingenious hardware design, cutting-edge software development and labor-saving installation aids.
By Bob Dolph, Steve Payne and Scott Goldfine · December 01, 2010