SSI logo

Fire Side Chat

Top Story

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…


Latest in Fire Side Chat

The Clean Water Act includes requirements to reduce pollutants that may enter the nation’s water system. With this in mind, security systems integrators need to understand the importance of testing waterflow switches for fire systems. Shane Clary · March 30, 2015

Security systems integrators need to know the difference between central station service and simply having signals received at a listed supervising station. Shane Clary · January 21, 2015

Installing security contractors who want to stay on top of their game, and on top of the latest legislation, codes and other pertinent issues, should consider joining one of these trade organizations. Shane Clary · December 24, 2014

A visit to the biennial Essen Security expo in Germany offered updates on how technology such as wireless detection and aspiration smoke detection are impacting Europe, and what might be heading toward U.S. product development. Shane Clary · November 24, 2014

Don’t overlook requirements regarding runner/technician service to the protected premises and stipulations about who can conduct inspection and testing of systems. Shane Clary · November 13, 2014

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 instruction. Shane Clary · August 27, 2014

Audibility requirements of fire alarm and emergency communications systems have become more prominent in recent years. Learn where and when you may need to heed such standards based on how NFPA 72 has addressed the intelligibility issue. Shane Clary · July 30, 2014

It used to be technological change came to the fire alarm industry at a tortoise’s crawl, which made sense given life-safety issues. However, faster and more reliable technology is pushing the business to adopt more of a hare’s pace. See what the next five years has in store. By Shane Clary · January 09, 2014

Some unwanted alarms are a necessary evil in the overwhelmingly greater good of saving lives and property. However, the movement to impose verification practices continues to be one of the industry’s most volatile areas. See where you stand with the latest developments. By Shane Clary · December 01, 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




EDITOR'S CHOICE