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How to Maximize Existing Fire Alarm Systems by Adding Intelligible Voice Communications

Get answers to questions on how to guide conversations about retrofitting existing fire alarm panels with mass notification capabilities.


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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
fire fatalities. 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

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




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