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Intelligent Fire Alarms Help Schools And Public Areas

Delayed activation can be really useful ...


We've all seen films and TV shows where a kid is about to trigger the fire alarm to get out of a test. Whenever there's a manual call point on the wall, there are a hundred reasons to activate it ...

If you've got an intelligent fire alarm then you can program a delay before the alarm sounds!

If you've got an intelligent fire alarm then you can program a delay before the alarm sounds!

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The effect of a fire alarm activation in public places and schools can be very disruptive; however, intelligent fire panels can assist. A delay can be programmed before the sounding of the evacuation, allowing staff to investigate the cause.

"The main alarm panel shows the device causing the activation providing direction to the staff!"

The type of activation can also be used to determine the evacuation process by the location and type of device. If a smoke detector in an electrical cupboard triggers, the certainty of a real fire is greater than the activation of a manual call point near an exit to a playground. Saying that, all alerts should be taken with equal priority and checked out immediately.

On larger sites, paging can be added to the fire alarm system showing the precise cause of the activation allowing mobile staff to investigate causes quickly. The pagers and the site transmitters (radios) are specifically designed and approved for use with fire alarms and the paging system meets the British Standards for integration. Using generic mobile devices is not compliant with BS as their reliability is unpredictable.

Fire alarm systems can be monitored remotely over the Internet allowing the cause of the activation to be relayed efficiently, even more so when combined with a CCTV system that monitors the premises at the same time.

"The primary purpose of a fire alarm
is to protect life!"

Any delay to the instant alarm configuration must be carefully considered before installation so alerting and checking procedures can be agreed with staff. But they can really be useful in public places and schools when there is a high chance of a false alarm.

Until next time ...



If you'd like to find out more about upgrading to an intelligent fire alarm, then do call us on 0845 287 3622 and let's arrange a survey to see how we can help you.


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While working with Volvo in the late 70’s I realised the way forward in international component distribution was computing. I created a company distributing components for several international manufacturers using the 'new' computers of the day. I quickly realised we needed our own programs so started writing distribution software. I grew the company by developing the software until I eventually sold my shares 20 years later, but retaining the rights to the software. I continued developing the software and supplied it to several similar companies where the software is still used today.

During 1999, I was asked by a friend to develop a facility to video the live sea conditions on the south coast accessible on the internet. Working with a Linux software developer I created our first remote video application. The internet boom of 2000 allowed me to develop a commercial application forming the basis of our systems today.


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