An effective network of fire alarm systems is critical to the safety of any facility. Companies run the risk of major fire damage, employee injury, and significant reconstruction costs without them. Effective fire alarm systems allow facilities to provide an early warning to speed up evacuation time and reduce property damage. Fire alarm technology has evolved over time and now allows for increased safety. Thanks to a properly installed network of fire alarm systems, companies can benefit from greater protection from accidental fires or emergency situations.
The Difference in Networked Fire Alarms
A networked alarm system communicates data throughout the fire alarm panels, allowing for control over the fire safety of an entire facility. These systems can be designed to fit the specific needs of a facility, no matter what the size. The control panel is a fundamental portion of the system. Large fire alarm systems feature control panels on different floors of a building. Each panel maintains the status and control of each area it is designated to. A network fire alarm system allows you to access panel information from a central location. A single-system view saves you from visiting multiple physical sites. Networking improves survival rates — should a single panel lose communication, the remaining panels can still function and communicate with each other.
Benefits of a Central Monitoring System
Enhanced Command and Control Capabilities
Access to your entire system from a centralized dashboard makes it easier to command and control your fire alarm system. Administrators can check the status of intelligent devices within their system remotely using computer software. For instance, they can adjust the sensitivity of smoke detectors and disable devices from their dashboard.
Convenient Event Documentation and Report Reviews
Using the centralized dashboard, authorized users can pull up historical reports, view previous system adjustments, and review troubleshooting and advisory logs. Administrators can use this information to learn about what caused an alarm to go off and why.
Cost Effective Technology
Shifting to a networked fire alarm system results in lower annual monitoring costs. Standalone systems require two transmission channels and a central monitoring agreement. Networking technology, on the other hand, needs only one transmission channel and monitoring agreement for your entire building.
Mass Notification Integration
If you include emergency communications to your networked system, you can integrate it with your current mass notification system and deliver critical messages to people during an emergency. Administrators can do this with an inside- or outside-building voice announcement, on-screen pop-up displays, text messages, emails, and more.
LVS has many years of experience in designing and installing networked fire alarm systems. We are an authorized distributor of Johnson Control’s AUTOCALL line. We look forward to assiting you and your facility’s fire alarm system. Get in touch with us here!