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					  Growing Your Business Through
Intelligent Addressable Fire Systems

         Security Industry Association
        Fire Protection Industry Group
                 April 1, 2004

• Generations of fire alarm systems
• Intelligent addressable advantages
• System components
• Pursuing applications
    Intelligent Addressable Systems

• An intelligent addressable fire alarm system...
   …provides a level of protection that far exceeds what was
    ever possible with any conventional system
   ...offers the flexibility to comply with a wide range of
      code requirements
   …satisfies a growing number of application needs

• This course is intended to familiarize you with
  the benefits of an intelligent addressable fire
  alarm system
             We Will Address

• When is it absolutely necessary to install
  an intelligent addressable system

• When is it highly desirable to install an
  intelligent addressable system
Generations of Fire Alarm Systems
  Generations of Fire Alarm Systems

• Conventional system
  • Not always the low cost solution

• Addressable system
  • A good intermediate step

• Intelligent addressable system
  • An ideal solution
          Conventional Systems

• One-way communication
  • Uses voltage change for the
    communication signal
  • “Short” = Alarm
  • “Open” = Trouble
• Zone only identification
  • General (non-specific) location
            Addressable Systems

• Two-way communication
• Device address is identified and
  communicated to panel
• Panel polls the device
   • Device in alarm or non-alarm condition
   • Can signal alarm, trouble, or maintenance
• Pinpoints hazard via display at control panel
• Programmable input-to-output activation
             Analog Systems

• According to the National Fire Alarm Code
  Handbook, an analog system uses
  devices which transmit signals indicating
  varying degrees of condition, as opposed
  to just alarm and trouble

• This is only a portion of a true intelligent
  addressable system
    Intelligent Addressable Systems
• Two-way communication
• Device address and “vital signs” are identified
  and communicated to panel
   • Device status (alarm/trouble)
   • Smoke levels (normal/pre-alarm/alarm)
   • Compensation for dust accumulation (specific
     sensitivity levels)
   • Integrity of the device’s electronics
• Programmable input-to-output activation
• Control panel compiles the information and
  decides specific action
Intelligent Addressable Fire Alarm
        System Components
Intelligent Addressable Controls
   Intelligent Addressable Controls

• Utilize “Signaling Line Circuit” (SLC) Loop
  wiring, connecting all addressable input
  and output devices to the addressable
  control along the same pair of wires

• Conversely conventional systems use IDC
  and NAC wiring, which requires individual
  cable runs for each function
Typical SLC Arrangement
   Intelligent Addressable Controls

• Each protection point (e.g., detector, pull
  station, etc.) has a unique number
  assigned to it called the address for
  reporting alarms and troubles
  • Allows the control to distinguish one
    addressable device from another
  • Displays the address when an event occurs on
    that device
   Intelligent Addressable Controls

• These controls interrogate each
  intelligent device via the SLC or multiplex

• Each device answers the control and then
  a decision is made on what, if anything,
  needs to be done
   Intelligent Addressable Controls

• These controls can also monitor
  conventional initiating devices using
  addressable monitor modules
• For example, conventional notification
  appliances are activated by addressable
  control modules
• Serial annunciation and printer options
  are generally available for these units
   Intelligent Addressable Controls

• System is programmed to activate certain
  output devices based on alarm activity
  from certain input devices

• The process of linking outputs to inputs in
  programming is Software Zoning
        Control Panel User Interface

• End-user friendly
• LCD display and alpha-numeric keypad
  • LED indicators
    •   Fire alarm       •   Maintenance
    •   System trouble   •   Disabled point or zone
    •   AC power on      •   Battery
    •   Supervisory      •   Ground
    •   Alarm silenced
         Remote User Interface

• Liquid crystal display annunciator
• Duplicates the alpha-numeric information
  displayed at the panel in multiple remote
         System Communication

• EIA-232 for connection to PC for programming
  or connection to a serial printer
• Dedicated EIA-485 port for connection to LED-
  type annunciators and digital communicators
• Dedicated EIA-485 port (4 data wires & 2 wires
  for 24 VDC) for connection to alphanumeric
         Communication Devices

• Point I.D. digital
  • Report status information
    from every intelligent device
    in a system (e.g., detectors,
    modules, annunciators, etc.)
        Communication Devices

• Annunciator relay modules
  • Provide fully supervised
    control of ancillary systems
    (e.g., elevator recall, HVAC
    shutdown, etc.)
Intelligent Addressable
  Software Features
         Intelligent Addressable
         Software Programming

• Software allows you to assign activation
  of specific output devices in response to
  the initiation of specific input devices
      Operating System Software

• Non-volatile memory (retained after loss
  of all operating power)
• Three levels of user interaction
  • Read Status
     • No password required
  • Programming – Maintenance Mode
     • User programmable password
  • Programming – Master Mode
     • Alarm company programmable password
       Operating System Capabilities

•   Silence inhibit timer (60 sec. duration)
•   Alarm verification per intelligent detector
•   Waterflow selection per monitor module
•   Pre-signal delay for manual pull stations
•   Onboard NAC synchronization
    • Saves time and money over wiring individual
      sync modules
    • Allows the entire system to notify in sync
    • Allows you to meet or exceed code
         Operating System
  Maintenance and Troubleshooting

• Automatic device type code verification
• Continual automatic detector testing
• Detector sensitivity printout
• Drift compensation
Intelligent Addressable
    System Devices
            Intelligent Detectors

•   Photoelectric
•   Photoelectric with heat
•   Ionization
•   Duct
•   Duct with relay
•   Heat
•   Heat rate-of-rise
            Intelligent Detectors

• Automatically adjust sensitivity
  levels without the need for
  operator intervention or
• Easy-to-use rotary switches for
  setting addresses (01-159)
  • Example: to set address 119…
     • …set the tens switch to “11”
     • …set the ones switch to “9”
            Intelligent Detectors

• Multi-criteria designs
• Sensitivity increases
  with heat
• Combination photo
  and thermal
• Peak/off-peak setting
• Pre-alarm levels
• Alarm verification
          Addressable Modules

• The interface between
  conventional devices and the
  intelligent SLC circuit
  • Retrofit applications
  • Connecting to other systems
      Addressable Input Modules

• Monitor module
  • For monitoring a circuit of normally-
    open contact conventional alarm
    initiating devices
• Monitor module
  • For monitoring 2-wire smoke
• Dual monitor module
  • For monitoring normally-open contact
    alarm initiating devices
      Addressable Input Modules

• Mini-monitor module
  • For monitoring a single conventional, contact-
    type device in the same mounting box
      Addressable Input Modules

• Addressable pull station
  • Single or dual action
     Addressable Output Modules

• Notification appliances don’t
  have built-in transmit/receive
• Addressing is accomplished by
  wiring the NAC circuit to an
  output module
     Addressable Output Modules

• NAC control module
  • NFPA Style Y (Class B)/Style Z
    (Class A) notification appliance
  • Programmable for the following:
    • Auto-silence (timed sounder cutoff)
    • Silence inhibit
    • Silenceable vs. non-silenceable -
       Addressable Output Modules

• Relay control module
  •   Elevator recall
  •   Damper control
  •   Door holding
  •   Auxiliary control functions
Voice Evacuation
       Voice Evacuation Systems

• For emergency notification
  • Use speakers located
    throughout a facility
  • Communicate specific
    instructions to building
Why Use a Voice Evacuation System?

• Emergencies can be confusing and disorienting
  for building occupants
• It is further complicated when in unfamiliar
  surroundings (e.g., hotels, auditoriums, etc.)
• Horns, sounders and strobes do not clearly
  indicate specific evacuation instructions
• Research shows that the integration of a voice
  capability into a fire alarm system provides the
  best method for effective evacuation
Why Use a Voice Evacuation System?

• Life safety is the primary purpose of any voice
  evacuation system, normally working in
  conjunction with the fire detection system

• Voice evacuation systems are generally used to
  guide building occupants to safer location rather
  than causing a general evacuation, though they
  can be used for both
       When is a Voice Evacuation
          System Required?

• National Codes direct the installation
  of a voice evacuation system in
  places of assembly greater than 300
  people, in multiple-screen theaters
  and high rise buildings

• Local authorities often extend this
  requirement to facilities with 50 or
  more occupants
        How are Voice Evacuation
          Systems Employed?

• Voice evacuation systems can be integral to an
  intelligent addressable fire alarm system or as a
  free standing unit
• The voice evacuation system may be connected
  to a fire alarm command center from which pre-
  recorded or “live” messages can be issued to
  individual zones or the entire building
• Some systems have warden stations or jacks on
  each floor from which a fire warden or fire
  officer can issue evacuation instructions
Intelligent Addressable
  System Advantages
           Intelligent Addressable
             System Advantages

•   Lower wiring costs
•   Shortened installation schedule
•   Greater device supervision
•   Superior troubleshooting capability
•   Rapid and direct identification of fire
     Shortened Installation Schedule

•   Less cabling
•   Less conduit
•   Less hardware
•   Less labor
•   Greater flexibility via software
    • Elevator recall
    • HVAC shutdown
    • Access control override
        Greater Device Supervision

• Device presence
  • Is it there or not?
• Device condition
  •   Functional or not
  •   Clean vs Dirty
  •   Alarm
  •   Trouble
• Device type
  • Smoke detector, pull station, etc.
         Superior Troubleshooting

•   Detailed trouble messages
•   Pinpointed device location
•   Individual walk testing
•   Maintenance warnings
    • Alert
    • Urgent
    • Failed automatic test
    Rapid and Direct Identification
            of Fire Threat

• Advanced notice of pending condition
• Detailed alarm messages
• Specific threat location
         Conventional ???

 Fire Panel                 Supervised Relay
                            Supervised Relay
                            Supervised Relay
                            Supervised Relay
Intelligent Addressable !!!
Intelligent Addressable
 System Applications
         Intelligent Addressable
          System Applications

• Anywhere you need…
  ...greater flexibility
  ...speedy installation and service
  …more effective solution to accommodate
     jurisdictional needs
  ...easier, more accurate trouble-shooting
         Intelligent Addressable
          System Applications

• Intelligent systems have become more
  desirable, even in smaller systems
• Removes the guess work for the
  contractor, the customer and the AHJ
  • I have a trouble signal, what is wrong?
  • A pull station was broken, what can I do?
  • There is an alarm at this location, where is it
    coming from?
        Intelligent Addressable
         System Applications

• At more then ten zones the cost between
  addressable and conventional is equal
  when all aspects are considered
  • Total material costs
  • Labor costs
  • Servicing/maintenance costs
 Example Applications and Uses for
  Intelligent Addressable Systems
H Small to medium commercial
  office buildings

H Restaurant-catering /
   entertainment (with or
   without voice evacuation)
 Example Applications and Uses for
  Intelligent Addressable Systems

H Manufacturing

H Strip malls
  Example Applications and Uses for
   Intelligent Addressable Systems

H Assisted living

H Multiplex cinemas with
  voice evacuation

H Places of public assembly
  with voice evacuation
           Assistance in Reaching
             These Applications

• Your customer list needs to include:
  •   Architects
  •   Engineers
  •   Commercial developers
  •   Electrical contractors
• Check with affiliated associations for the
  above groups

• An intelligent addressable fire alarm
  …provides a level of protection that far exceeds
   what was ever possible with any conventional
  ...offers the flexibility to comply with a wide
     range of code requirements
  …satisfies a growing number of application

• An intelligent addressable fire alarm
  system’s benefits include...
  •   …lower wiring costs
  •   …shortened installation schedule
  •   …greater device supervision
  •   …superior troubleshooting capability
  •   …rapid and direct identification of fire threat

• Intelligent addressable systems...
  • …are not just for large applications anymore
  • …allow you to expand your portfolio of
    customer solutions
  • …offer a means to differentiate your system
    from your competition
  • …represent a way to grow your business and
    improve your bottom line
Thank You for Your Participation.

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