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
Of all the troubles that fire alarm technicians are likely to encounter, ground-faults are one of the most difficult to locate and fix. When a ground-fault does occur in a fire alarm system, any number of things can take place.
August 31, 2010
The iconic baseball venue received a complete fire protection upgrade to accommodate system growth and new code considerations. Led by a local integrator, the sophisticated project features centralized control of all systems throughout the stadium's facilities and an emergency voice/alarm communications network.
March 30, 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
Derby, Kan.-based BRG Precision introduces the Wireless Emergency Mass Notification (EMN) System, which interfaces with AT&T's Natural Voices Software and with fire alarm systems as recommended by NFPA 72.
SSI Staff · December 10, 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