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Copper telephone wiring is costly to maintain and doesn't support all the newest features and technical requirements needed by today's telephone companies. Fiber optics and radio signals are replacing copper conductors at a monumental pace. The conventional digital alarm communications transmitter (DACT) are living on borrowed time. Network monitoring (IP) with its wired router is gaining ground on the DACT since the wiring used doesn't necessarily have to be telephone wiring.
FIRE ALARM EXPERT By Greg Kessinger, SET, CFPS The Future of Life Safety Systems TECHNOLOGY TODAY IS seeing great video games and GPS screens. Expensive graph- advancements and it is safe to say that any ic annunciators with their LEDs embedded into modern technology that can be used to quickly drawings of the site’s floor plans are history. It and accurately disseminate life safety informa- will be a short leap to transfer this technology tion and be useful for both fire to the fire alarm field. Additionally, Bluetooth fighters and occupant notifi- and similar technologies will be more widely cation will be used to greater used to ‘annunciate’ a fire as soon as the fire- advantage in the future. This fighters arrive outside the building. month’s column takes a look at the technologies which Fire alarm control panels will have the most dramatic A combination panel is usually a fire panel advancements and practical that is also listed for UL commercial burglary applications. and may also include an access control system Mass Notification (MN) or voice alarm system. Soon, these panels will originated in homeland have a CO monitoring input and the appropri- security and military tech- ate temporal output to provide notification nologies. After first being and reporting of dangerous levels of carbon listed under the National monoxide as well as signal the failure of the CO Fire Alarm Code®, very basic sensor. Panels will become more feature rich as rules of equipment installa- manufacturing costs decline and all address- tion of MN systems and ser- able panels will be made as intelligent analog- vices were recently written addressable panels. General Packet Radio Service into the 2007 edition of NFPA 72, which will also govern the Monitoring (GPRS) and Short Message i
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