Exclusive Mass Notification Feature Earns Platinum Status for Govt Facilities

Fire-Lite Alarms is proud to share that the ECC-RTZM (Remote Telephone Zone Module for the Emergency Command Center) has been awarded the Platinum designation in the Emergency Communications category of the 2014 Govie Awards!SEC_Govies_2013_cmyk

Launched in 2009, The Govies were created to recognize and honor those products that secure and protect government facilities and staff.  Sponsored by Security Products magazine, the panel of highly-experienced security professionals chosen to judge the competition evaluated the submissions on a number of criteria, including Features, Innovation, User Friendliness, Interoperability, Quality, Design, Market Opportunity, Impact in the Security Industry, Technical Advances, and Scalability.

The Remote Telephone Zone Module (RTZM) is designed to provide authorized users remote access to send out emergency notifications through a facility’s Emergency Command Center (ECC) system via any phone. Secure system access and simple menu options, ensure facility managers and security officials get appropriate emergency information and instructions to building occupants quickly – in real-time.

For more information on the ECC and the RTZM visit: www.firelite-ecc.com

For more information on The Govies visit: http://security-today.com/blogs/govsec/2014/05/security-products-announces-platinum-and-gold-winners-of-the-govies-2014-at-govsec.aspx

 

About the Author:
Elizabeth Richards is the Manager of Communications for Fire-Lite Alarms, Honeywell Power and Silent Knight’s IntelliKnight line. Liz joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003 and is responsible for the communications, collateral, messaging, and events for all three brands.

Simple Revenue-Building Services that You Can Offer

Testing and Inspection Contracts, Video Alarm Verification, Maintenance Contracts are all powerful sources of recurring monthly revenue (RMR) that I’ve delved into here on Fire-Lite Alarms’ Social-Lite blog. But wait, there’s more – how about simply branching out?

Branch Out

To build even greater RMR opportunities, consider helping your customers with all of their fire and life safety needs, including extinguishers, emergency lighting, fire sprinklers and more. Hospitals, child care facilities and nursing homes are especially open to this new trend, as they face changing legislation and regulations around testing, maintenance and inspections. These are areas where you can (relatively) easily and quickly expand your service offering, provide much-needed expertise to critical facilities and strengthen your RMR. You may even be able to partner with a company that offers extinguisher and sprinkler technology that doesn’t want to get into fire alarms and testing.

The bottom line is this: The fire alarm market is a great place to be right now. It’s strong and growing, and evolving legislation means you’ll have plenty of work for years to come. Take this opportunity to grow your RMR, and your business will flourish right before your eyes.

For more information on building alternative sources of RMR, view our recent Webinar The Other Side of Fire RMR. Then, let us know in the comments if there are other topics concerning fire contracts that you would like covered in future Fire-Lite Webinars.

 

About the Author:
John Brady, President of TRG Associates, is a 20+ year veteran of the fire and security alarm industry. Regarded as an expert in his field, John has participated as an expert witness in cases representing fire/security alarm providers, as well as building owners, on issues related to holdback disputes, pricing, valuation, communication failure liabilities and security operating standards.​

Renovation Under Fire

Renovations are a part of life for a commercial building. Whether they’re renovations due to tenant changes or upgrades in an aging building, many facilities undergo renovations that coincide with the changing needs of the facilities. This became more of the norm as the economic environment stunted growth in new construction in recent years. Repurposing buildings or adding on became a viable option when investments were scarce. But where there is construction in an existing building, there is risk of fire.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’ve noticed an increasing number of reports of fires in commercial buildings undergoing renovations. Just a simple internet search will show at least a dozen fires in the U.S. over the last few months. These buildings range from commercial office buildings to apartment buildings. From an electrical problem to a spark caused by construction equipment, these fires have caused millions of dollars in damage. Fortunately, the buildings are less likely to be occupied due to the fact that they are being renovated except for some apartment buildings. Unfortunately, it’s a topic that doesn’t seem to get much attention. What are the causes for these fires?

According to an old study by NFPA, the leading causes of fires in buildings under construction were incendiary or suspicious (39.5%); open flame, embers or torches (20.8%); and heating equipment (9.7%)[1]. One could surmise that vandalism and insurance fraud are probably root causes for suspicious fires. Nevertheless, fires started by any reason are devastating to the building and dangerous to firefighters who risk their lives.

What do you think can be done to prevent these fires during times of renovation? Has much changed in the last decade and what could be done about it? We want to hear from you!Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

[1] Structure Fires in Vacant or Idle Properties, or Properties Under Construction, Demolition or Renovation, NFPA Fire Analysis and Research Division, Quincy, MA, August 2001.

About the Author:
Richard Conner is the Director of Marketing for Fire-Lite Alarms, Silent Knight and Honeywell Power. Richard joined Honeywell in 2002 and has over 15 years of experience in the fire alarm industry in Marketing, Engineering, and Product Support positions. Richard is responsible for developing brand strategy and marketing programs for all brands.

“Maintaining” Strong Fire Biz RMR

So I’ve covered better ways for fire alarm dealers to gain Recurring Monthly Revenue (RMR) through Test and Inspection Contracts and how to use Video to Grow Your Fire Biz. Now let’s get into maintenance contracts that offer better service to your customers and a stronger, more consistent revenue flow into your business.

Create Maintenance Contracts

Offer a mix of pricing that helps you build value and helps your customer. For example, you could charge a set amount per hour for the first 20 hours of maintenance labor. Any materials or additional labor required would incur an additional charge, at a rate that you and your customer have agreed upon. If a customer doesn’t need 20 hours of labor in a given month, the unused hours can carry ahead to a month when they are needed.

For more information on building alternative sources of RMR, view our recent Webinar The Other Side of Fire RMR. Then, let us know in the comments if there are other topics concerning fire contracts that you would like covered in future Fire-Lite Webinars.

 

About the Author:
John Brady, President of TRG Associates, is a 20+ year veteran of the fire and security alarm industry. Regarded as an expert in his field, John has participated as an expert witness in cases representing fire/security alarm providers, as well as building owners, on issues related to holdback disputes, pricing, valuation, communication failure liabilities and security operating standards.​