Addressable and Conventional Fire Alarm Systems include everything from very small and simple zoned systems to large intelligent systems with the ability to program a wide variety of options through specialized integrated software.
Addressable systems have become the most common fire alarms systems by combining installation savings with the ability to locate each individual device in alarm or in trouble. Troubleshooting of the system is also simplified and systems are scalable from small to large systems depending on the required size. The addressability of the system also makes changes to the system easier and less expensive.
Campus-wide Network Fire Alarm Systems are used in large facilities with multiple buildings. All panels on the system communicate back to a central monitoring location. When peer-to-peer networks are used, these allow the various panels though-out the facility to also interact with each other. Networks can be connected by wire, fiber-optic cable, or wireless radio transmission equipment.
High Rise Alarm and Voice-evac Systems are designed for buildings that exceed 55 feet above fire department vehicle access have special requirements. These include amplifiers and speakers for voice messages and emergency announcements and fire fighter’s phone systems. Intelligent voice control systems allow for ease of programming and installation.
Mass Notification Systems are a recent addition to fire alarm requirements in many federal and state government facilities and are commonly installed in universities, schools, and private facilities. These systems extend the concept of emergency voice evacuation beyond fire alarm systems to other hazards such as bomb threats, terror alerts, tornado warnings, etc. Mass notification systems (also known as emergency communication systems in National Fire Code) are often campus-wide systems with outdoor speaker systems as well as distinctive indoor alarms.