Lite-Connect Earns Campus Safety “BEST” Award

Fire-Lite is pleased to share that its Lite-Connect solution has earned a Campus Safety BEST Award in the Fire/Life Safety Category!Campus Safety BEST Winner icon 2014

Lite-Connect enables Fire-Lite fire alarm control panels in multiple buildings to consolidate central station communications by allowing a “main” panel to become the communicator for the complete system. Beyond the elimination of costly phone lines and fees associated with multiple monitoring accounts, Lite-Connect’s use of fiber-optic technology better protects systems from ground faults and other electrical surges from lightning. Fiber optic cable allows the fire alarm control panels to communicate more details on points and zones for an informed response.

The Campus Safety BEST Awards winning entries were chosen from an exclusive group of products deemed most noteworthy by a panel of accomplished leaders in the security industry. Criteria included innovation, functionality and benefits to the end user. All BEST entrants can be viewed online at CampusSafetyMagazine.com/best.

Thank you to the panel of industry leaders, along with the editors of Campus Safety, who deemed Lite-Connect worthy of the award!

Want to learn more about Lite-Connect? We got you covered!
Visit firelite.com, watch a short 2 minute video, check out our blog, or download our webinar: Lite-Connect – A New Fiber Solution.

 

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

Creating Voice Messages on the Emergency Command Center (ECC)

The Emergency Command Center is already being used in a variety of ECS applications. As the applications vary, so does the requirements for those applications. Fire-Lite Alarms makes it easy for you to comply with the requirements by allowing customized pre-recorded messages to be used with the ECC. Even though there are a number of standard pre-recorded messages on our website, you may have the need to create your own messages to meet the customer’s needs.

There are two ways to record your custom voice messages: 1) Record on the ECC Microphone or 2) Record on a PC.  Both methods produce good results and can be used based on your situation. Recording from a PC provides the highest quality and gives you the flexibility to edit the recording using commercially available software. It does require a small investment in time and money, but offers the most flexibility.

Recording With the ECC Microphone
Recording through the ECC mic is an acceptable method for recording voice messages. It’s easy to do from the ECC unit and is handy when last minute changes are requested. Two things to consider is when recording using the ECC microphone is the ambient noise and the microphone. Either way, we will help you get started with the method that you choose.

If you decide to record the custom voice messages using the ECC microphone, ensure the environment is as quiet as possible. Next, connect to the ECC using a laptop and enter into the programming interface via browser. In Audio System Programming, choose Message Recording. When you are ready to record, click on the Enable Recording button. Following the same recommendations as with the PC, record the custom message. Final testing and checkout of the system is required to ensure it meets the requirements of the project and stakeholders. Afterwards, the messages can be uploaded from the ECC for backup and use on other ECC units.

Recording on a PC
If you decide to record the custom voice messages from your PC, you should start with a USB headset. An advantage of the headset is that it incorporates a boom microphone which stays at a constant distance from the speaker’s mouth. The price ranges vary depending of quality, but you do not need an expensive headset for a good quality message.

Next, software could be used to record and edit the voice message. Some tips for recording are: speak clearly, speak in a steady voice, and position the microphone away from directly in front of your mouth. This avoids any “pops” in the recording. Software, such as GoldWave Digital Audio Editor[1], can be used to modify the recording and adjust the levels if it sounds too high or low. Select Effect > Volume > Maximize. A box will appear that will provide options to increase the volume to 90% or Full Dynamic Range.

Whether you are just getting started with ECS or new to the product, the ECC provides the functionality that you need to meet the project requirements. Also keep in mind that there are a number of pre-recorded messages that are available on www.firelite.com to get you started.

For More information please visit our Video Page or YouTube Channel for a step by step instructional Video on Recording Messages on the ECC-50/100.

 

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.

 

[1] Fire-Lite Alarms does not sell, support, or endorse GoldWave Digital Audio Editor. The software is available directly from the GoldWave Inc. at: http://Goldwave.com.

IPGSM-4G: The Voice of Productivity

Provisioning the IPGSM-4G commercial Fire Alarm communicator just got easier with AlarmNet’s new Interactive Voice Response System (IVR) that allows for faster programming and commissioning. IVR is an automated call-in, voice-prompt service that allows customers to program and activate the IPGSM-4G without having to speak to an AlarmNet representative. With AlarmNet’s, IVR option, you can quickly and easily program a new device for registration to a new AlarmNet account, activate a device SIM or simply call to check the SIM status of any IPGSM communicator. This new feature will be available starting July 28, 2014, and is readily available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

So how do you begin using it? It’s simple. Call the IVR service at 1-800-222-6525 and select option 1 for Technical Support, then option 1 again for Activation and Registration. Next, provide a clear voice response to the IVR prompts and you will be finished before you know it! To set up programming of the device you will need to provide the device MAC and CRC, the central station account information (City-CSID-SUBSCRIBER) and the desired supervision interval.

The IPGSM-4G is a secure and reliable Commercial Fire Alarm Communicator that offers Contact-ID reporting for any Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP) that has a built-in dialer. This Central Station communicator eliminates the need for costly plain old telephone lines (POTS) and replaces them with state-of-the-art cellular or internet/ IP communications that is secured over the AlarmNet Network.

For more information or specific product information, you can click the following links below to learn more:

Honeywell’s IPGSM-4G
IVR Announcement, AlarmNet:
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About the Author
Ken Gentile is a Product Manager for Fire-Lite Alarms and Honeywell Power. Using his more than 15 years of marketing and engineering experience, Ken’s primary focus lies in the development of new products.

Updated Tools for Lite-Connect

Fire-Lite Alarms recently announced a new way of connecting multiple buildings for consolidated central station communications, called Lite-Connect. Lite-Connect uses fiber-optic technology to connect Fire-Lite fire alarm control panels together and allows a “main” panel to become the communicator for the complete system.

Along with this new exciting product, the Fire-Lite Tools have been updated:

If you would like more information regarding Lite-Connect, feel free to listen to the recording of the Lite-Connect Webinar and check out our website.

 

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.

More Opportunities with Wireless Fire Detection

How many times have you had a project where you need to add detectors to a system, but running wire to the device posed a significant challenge?
Maybe the use of the area had changed or an AHJ determined additional fire protection is needed in the space. Another challenge could be running wire where it will be visible and will detract from the aesthetics of the building. Either way, adding devices in an existing structure may not be easy due to the building construction.

Fire-Lite Alarms is pleased to provide a solution for these applications with a wireless fire detection offering for MS-9200UDLS and MS-9600(UD)LS systems. This wireless innovation, called SWIFT, is ideal for difficult or obtrusive applications where running wire is challenging. Based on a Class-A mesh network, it offers the same reliability that is expected from a commercial fire alarm system. In addition to the reliability, it provides the benefits of saving time and money of running wire in challenging applications. Typical applications for SWIFT wireless are parking garages, historical buildings, warehouses, and locations with concrete walls. Whether for new installations or retrofits, the fire alarm system can be a combination of wired, plus the new wireless devices.

Think about how much easier it would be to add fire protection in these applications!
The wireless devices report to the panel in the same manner as their wired counterparts, making it seamless for building owners and first responders. Setting up the SWIFT wireless system is made easy by way of an intuitive software package that is also available for site surveys. Take a moment to learn more about this new innovative technology by watching this 3 minute video.

Have more questions or a specific application? Contact us and visit www.firelitewireless.com for more information.

 

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.