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Read: The ABCs of Security Alarm Signaling

The ABCs of Security Alarm Signaling

Let’s examine the most prevalent types of alarm signaling systems, the pros and cons of each method, and discuss how they’re being applied.

Read: Making the Most of Megapixel Marvels

Making the Most of Megapixel Marvels

Find out how to select, apply and connect IP cameras, as well as store the data and build an infrastructure to support it all.

Read: Fire Side Chat: Video Can Prove Valuable in Fire Applications

Fire Side Chat: Video Can Prove Valuable in Fire Applications

The benefits of video technology are being extended from surveillance and intrusion detection to assisting in fire detection and verification. Find out what considerations, practices and codes figure prominently for successful deployment.

Read: Fire Side Chat: Cracking the Code for Elevator Safety

Fire Side Chat: Cracking the Code for Elevator Safety

Determining fire alarm priorities when elevator emergency phones are involved illustrates the need to sometimes fill in the blanks when situations fall outside the realm of existing codes. Having a third phone line or simply leaving it up to an AHJ are two potential solutions.

Read: 7 Ways to Conduct Voltage Drop Calculations

7 Ways to Conduct Voltage Drop Calculations

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.

Read: Fire Market Report: Emphasizing Fire Detection in the Home

Fire Market Report: Emphasizing Fire Detection in the Home

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 reducefire fatalities.

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