Voltage drop is critical to the proper operation of devices attached to a fire alarm system. Nowhere is this as true as with notification appliance circuits (NACs) that connect to a fire alarm control panel. Seven steps show how to do the calculations.
July 14, 2011
Understanding the mass notification/emergency communication codes, planning process and available technologies can open a new market of opportunities for dealers. Conducting a thorough risk analysis and making the most of its findings is key ...
May 10, 2011
Annual report points up the need for installing security and fire systems contractors to be diligent in providing the latest life-safety products to residential customers. Discover how regular maintenance services and education are helping reduce
May 08, 2011
Wayne Alarm Systems Technical Operations Manager James Keighley has joined the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Code Committee for NFPA 72.
March 01, 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
New standards for emergency communications detailed in 2010 NFPA 72 are expected to bring new business opportunities for fire installers, physical security integrators and other contractors that have the proficiency to install appliances used in mass notification systems (MNS).
By Rodney Bosch · December 12, 2010
A Q&A session addresses code compliance challenges associated with projected beam smoke detectors, annunciators and keypads.
By Al Colombo · December 06, 2010
Al Colombo addresses comments prompted by the September's column, "Finding Faults in Fire Systems."
By Al Colombo · October 31, 2010
Advances and changes in signal transmission technologies mean alarm monitoring providers must remain ever vigilant to stay current. An examination of FCC broadband and wireless communications initiatives spells out what security dealers and manufacturers need to know.
August 31, 2010