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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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Compatibility is something with which anyone who installs code-compliant fire alarm systems must be concerned. Unless one manufacturer’s smoke detector is listed as ... March 31, 2009

Sprinkler systems are an important part of an end user’s overall fire protection program. Not only are these systems often required by the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ), but ... By Al Colombo · February 28, 2009

In years past alarm technicians operated under the assumption that combination burglar/fire alarm panels were not allowed on commercial fire jobs. One reason is that many ... November 30, 2008

The emergence of network-like technology in the fire alarm industry is already underway. Although progress is somewhat slow and the degree of implementation varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, overall the industry is moving in the direction of a network-based solution with information technology (IT) clearly in view. A handful of fire equipment manufacturers have recently given us ... June 30, 2008

Using Ethernet technology to transmit alarm signals is the future of the security industry. Coming to maturation at a time when the sun has set on advanced mobile phone service (AMPS) equipment, Internet protocol (IP) alarm communication is the technology dealers must now consider to ... April 30, 2008

The fire protection industry is an ever-changing environment. If it were not, fire codes would remain the same year after year, cycle after cycle, and our job would be less complicated. Oftentimes, changes occur in the fire protection industry because of advances in fire detection technology, while ... April 30, 2008

In the early morning hours of Dec. 27, 2003, an accidental fire pillaged through a boys summer camp in Naples, Maine. The camp was temporarily closed through the winter season. The fire alarm system had failed, propagating the blaze to burn for nearly an hour before the inferno was detected by the building supervisor and only then were the local fire authorities notified. April 30, 2008

Last month, we discussed some of the ins and outs associated with the installation of automatic smoke detectors. This month, my goal is to cover testing — including the sometimes misunderstood sensitivity, or ... March 31, 2008

Last month we talked about the many ways fire and burglar alarm technicians use relays. We covered some of the code compliance issues associated with their use as well as how to ... January 31, 2008

Maine has adopted the latest edition of several National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire and life safety codes. The latest adoptions will set fire and life safety requirements for new and existing buildings in the state. October 03, 2007




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