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Demystifying Emergency Communications System Message Delivery

Proper design of an emergency communications system requiring voice intelligibility depends on factors such as room acoustics, speaker layout and even the manner in which the person is announcing a live…


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Tyco announced today it has acquired Westfire Inc., a provider of fire protection services with operations in the United States, Chile and Peru. Westfire, which specializes in hazard analysis as well as system design, installation, testing, inspection and maintenance, will become part of Tyco SimplexGrinnell. November 13, 2013

Most people take power for granted without realizing how many daily activities rely on it — until failure occurs. Nowhere is this truer than for fire/life-safety systems. A recent experience serves as a launch point to keeping systems up regardless of power challenges. By Shane Clary · October 31, 2013

The National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA), a national public service agency, has awarded SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco business, a contract allowing the firm to offer simplified procurement of its products and services to 50,000 government and educational entities. October 24, 2013

The Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) Nation Training School’s Certified Fire Alarm Designer (CFAD) designation has received approval from the Iowa State Fire Marshal. The endorsement acknowledges CFAD as an acceptable form of training for applicants seeking fire alarm system contractor licensing in the state of Iowa. October 16, 2013

Talk-A-Phone of Niles, Ill., releases a hardened, NEMA 4X rated, call box with a handset for noisy and harsh environments. SSI Staff · October 13, 2013

Hughes Associates, a fire protection engineering consultant, has acquired Kodiak Fire & Safety Consulting for an undisclosed amount. October 01, 2013

Just as in real estate it’s all about location, the same can be said for heat detectors. Knowing the rules, best practices and insider tips to properly space these devices helps ensure they deliver system alerts as intended. By Shane Clary · September 30, 2013

Aimed to help dealers and installers increase their revenue streams through carbon monoxide (CO) detector replacements, System Sensor of St. Charles, Ill., releases the CO-PLATE. SSI Staff · September 15, 2013

The IP1500 and IP2500 by Code Blue are emergency speakerphones, designed for hallways, stairwells, classrooms, subway cars, parking garages, elevators and door entries. SSI Staff · September 11, 2013

Though early fire detection is usually associated with smoke detectors, there are applications where a heat detector further enhances the preservation of property and life safety. Learn about the different types of heat detectors, and pick up some system design and installation pointers. By Shane Clary · September 03, 2013


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