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Spotlight on Software: Lite-Configurator Now Supports SWIFT™ Wireless

Lite-Configurator is an easy to use FREE program that allows you to configure a bill of materials for Fire-Lite’s addressable and conventional control panels. The Lite-Configurator tool Version 2.6.2 has been updated to include the new SWIFT™ Wireless addressable devices. In addition to SWIFT™ Wireless support, we have improved the support for low frequency by updating the B200SR-LF Low Frequency Sounder Base and the new ISO-6 Six Fault Isolator Module.

With the Lite-Configurator tool, you can:

  • Create a bill of material for addressable and conventional control panels
  • Select and edit parts from the parts catalog
  • Generate a formatted report with a customized header from your bill of materials
  • Export your bill of materials to MS Excel or MS Access
  • Create a full set of battery calculations based on your configuration
  • Print data sheets from the Bill of Materials screen.

To get started with the latest version of Lite-Configurator, click here to download the software.

Visit our website to learn more about Windows®-based software tools designed to assist Fire-Lite customers in the day-to-day business of selling and supporting fire alarm systems.

 

About the Author
George Goral is a NICET Level II Fire Products Application Specialist for Honeywell Fire Safety. He has 8 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm control panels including software support and the new SWIFT Wireless product line.

New Fiber Choice for Lite-Connect

The Fire-Lite Alarms’ Lite-Connect solution 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. The connections between the fire alarm control panels are made via fiber to avoid the troubles associated with running copper underground between buildings. To add to this innovative solution, Lite-Connect now supports 50/125um multi-mode fiber.

Now with the choice of 62.5/125um multi-mode fiber and 50/125um multi-mode fiber (LC connectors), you can meet your installation needs on top of the benefits of consolidating the central station communications to a single MS-9050UD fire alarm control panel. Lite-Connect offers:

  • Reduce Callbacks. Running wire underground to connect panels together in remote buildings is prone to ground faults and lighting strikes. Fiber-optic cable eliminates these potential issues.
  • Less Phone Lines. Save the end user money on additional phone lines, monitoring costs, and monitor modules. Whether you are monitoring individual buildings or consolidating communications with the Signaling Line Circuit (SLC) from a main panel.
  • Faster First Responder Response. If monitoring via SLC and monitor modules, Alarm, Trouble, and Supervisory are typically what is available. Lite-Connect offers zone and point information to help first responders pinpoint the location of the alarm and leads to a faster response.
  • Central Station Reporting. Easy to read Central Station reports that are generated based on the system programming for the specific project geared towards reducing installation time.

We are also pleased to share that Lite-Connect solution has earned a Campus Safety BEST Award in the Fire/Life Safety Category! For more information, feel free to view our short video or visit www.firelite.com.

 

 

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.

Elevator Recall Programming

Programming the Elevator Recall application is pretty simple using any of Fire-Lite`s addressable fire alarm systems. For example, to perform primary recall, the programmer simply I/O maps or assigns the SD355 addressable detectors that have been installed in the first floor lobby, equipment room and hoist way the same software zone as a CRF-300 addressable relay module that has been connected to control circuits on the elevator. These circuits are set up by the elevator contractor to move the car to its designated point of egress.

Secondary recall is accomplished in a similar manner when SD355’s are installed in the lobbies of all the other floors within the building are I/O mapped to the relay module or modules that sends the elevator car to the first floor point of egress.

In addition, the CRF-300 relay module can be I/O mapped to an addressable H355 fixed rate heat detector installed in a sprinkled elevator shaft. This is done to actuate the shunt trip which cuts the AC power off the elevator before the sprinkler in the hoist has a chance to activate. Heat detectors however are never used to initiate elevator recall unless the environment is deemed unsuitable for smoke detectors and the AHJ approves.

In addition, some AHJ`s may require that a smoke detector be installed in the hoist that has a sprinkler system head so that the smoke detector starts elevator recall before the heat detector or sprinkler system activates due to heat present in the shaft.

CRF-300s can perform other functions involved with elevator recall like illuminating and/or flashing the “Firefighter’s Hat” indicator and the audible sounders inside the elevator car. This is intended to alert firefighters that may be inside the elevator car manually controlling it that an alarm condition exists in the equipment room, elevator hoist or any other area that could dangerously jeopardize or affect the operation of the elevator car.

It should be noted that in practically all situations when using CRF-300 relays for elevator recall, the Fire-Lite programmer should remember to program them as “non-silenceable”. This assures that these relays can’t be stopped in the middle of their operation when the panel is silenced.

There are many aspects to elevator recall and how to implement it in the real world. Needless to say, it’s very important to have the right fire alarm system capable of performing all the necessary functions needed for a good Elevator Recall application. Installing a good elevator recall application also involves working closely in coordination with other contractors and trades people involved in the project/installation.

How is elevator recall performed in your jurisdiction?  Let us know in the comment section below.

 

About the Author
Lynn Dudley is a NICET-Certified Technical Trainer for Honeywell Fire Systems. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003.  Lynn conducts Fire-Lite Alarms training academies and programs at various locations around the country.​​

Why Elevator Recall? Because it saves lives.

Elevator Recall is an important Fire Alarm systems application for multi-story buildings. This application is designed to keep building occupants from entering the elevator car(s) when an evacuation is taking place due to a fire within the facility. Elevator recall also involves giving the firefighter or first responder manual control over the operation of the elevator during a fire emergency.

Unless the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and/or fire department states otherwise, elevator recall is initiated by smoke detectors (like the SD355) installed in the lobbies of the building; the machine or equipment room; and the elevator shaft or hoist way. An exception might be if sprinklers are used in the entire building instead of smoke detectors.

Elevator recall begins by establishing two basic designated points of egress or evacuation. One predetermined point of egress is designated “Primary Recall” which is typically the first floor or main entrance to the building. The secondary or alternate point of egress is any other floor within the facility that is usually designated or determined by the AHJ.

The application works such that if any smoke detector in the first floor lobby, elevator equipment room or hoist way responds with an alarm, then “Primary Recall” is initiated. This means the elevator car is sent from the first floor to a designated secondary floor within the building.

On the other hand, if smoke detectors in the lobby of any other floor go into alarm then the elevator car will move from whatever floor it is currently on to the first floor point of egress. This is referred to as secondary or alternate recall.

Under both operations (once the elevator reaches its point of egress) the elevator car door is automatically opened to let any passengers that may be inside exit. Once this happens, the elevator is shutdown or taken out of service to prevent any further public access.

In my next blog I’ll go over some simple programming for elevator recall functions.

 

About the Author
Lynn Dudley is a NICET-Certified Technical Trainer for Honeywell Fire Systems. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003.  Lynn conducts Fire-Lite Alarms training academies and programs at various locations around the country.​​

Fire Alarm System Duct Smoke Detectors Can Save Lives

Building, fire and life safety codes for many local jurisdictions require the installation of duct smoke detectors in heating ventilating and air conditioning systems (HVAC). These local codes typically follow NFPA 90A and the National Fire Alarm Code for specific design, installation, and maintenance guidelines.

The HVAC Shutdown application generally occurs when a duct detector like the D355PL is installed in the return air ducts of an HVAC system for the purpose of sensing any presence of smoke due to a fire.  An addressable fire panel like Fire-Lite’s MS-9200UDLS uses the CRF-300 control relay module to shutdown the respective air handlers or fans and close dampers to prevent the spread of toxic smoke throughout the facility.

Some buildings may require additional functions to be triggered in tandem with the shutdown of the HVAC system. Typical applications might include elevator recall or doors that are released or unlocked magnetically. All of these actions may take place in response to an alarm condition in a facility.

Many well thought-out decisions have to be made on the use of duct detectors based upon the anticipated or likely presence of smoke within a building. Whether the smoke or fire is outside in an area that may happen to be close to a fresh-air inlet –or whether smoke originates within the HVAC system itself.

Although fire alarm system duct detectors can and should never be used as a substitute for area spot smoke detectors, they nevertheless can play a huge role in preventing injury, protecting property and saving lives by reducing the spread and recirculation of deadly smoke.

Duct detectors are installed by fire systems technician or sometimes by the HVAC installer. Who typically installs the duct detectors in your jurisdiction?

 

About the Author
Lynn Dudley is a NICET-Certified Technical Trainer for Honeywell Fire Safety. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003.  Lynn conducts Fire-Lite Alarms training academies and programs at various locations around the country.​​

Smoke Alarm versus Smoke Detector

Recently we received a LinkedIn comment about our wireless wirelesssolution, SWIFT™, meeting IBC requirements for Smoke Alarms. This is a great topic to talk about differences in Smoke Alarms and Smoke Detectors and the latest International Building Code (IBC) requirements.

As defined by the IBC, a smoke alarm is “a single- or multiple-station alarm responsive to smoke and not connected to a system”. This is a requirement in one- and two-family dwellings and occupancies designated as Groups R-2, R-3, R-4, and I-1. Smoke alarms are generally not connected to a Fire Alarm Control Panel and they are powered by AC and/or from an integral battery. Examples of a smoke alarm solution would be a 120V and/or a battery-operated smoke detector that is typically used in residential applications and complies with UL 217.

Alternatively, there are smoke detectors that are connected to a Fire Alarm Control Panel via wired and wireless means. The standard that is most common for Fire Alarm Control Panels is UL 864 (Control Units and Accessories for Fire Alarm Systems). UL 864 covers fire alarm control panels, like the MS-9200UDLS, and various products and accessories. The same standard covers the new Fire-Lite SWIFT Wireless gateway and associated products. In addition to UL 864, the standard that covers smoke detectors is UL 268 (Smoke Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems).

As SWIFT Wireless detectors are classified as a smoke detector and are covered under UL 268, SWIFT can also be used in these applications. In fact, IBC 2015 explicitly allows “Smoke detectors listed in accordance with UL 268 and provided as part of the building fire alarm system shall be an acceptable alternative…”*.

We are excited to see many applications and approved uses for SWIFT Wireless!

*IBC 2015 – Section 907.2.11.7

 

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.

Transform the Fire Panel to Meet Your Power Requirements

Since there is no such thing as a typical Fire Alarm System installation, trying to plan for every possible scenario can be difficult. Sometimes one of the more complex tasks can be trying to assess the amount of power required for a job. Even though there are many free tools offered to make this easier (such as Fire-Lite’s Lite-Configurator software) it still does not eliminate the possibility of more horn strobes or other devices being required at the end of the job. This could be a result of insufficient audibility / visibility or conflicting interpretations of the code.

This scenario can run the risk of delaying a project and pose a risk to the budget if the fire alarm control panel does not have available power to support the additional devices. In this case, the installer may need to add a NAC extender power supply. The equipment coupled with the additional labor poses a challenge to meeting the original budget.

To solve this problem, fire panel manufacturers have already recognized the need for expandable power to help insta??????????llers plan for the unexpected. Fire Alarm solutions, such as Fire-Lite Alarms MS-9200UDLS, provide expandable power options for installations where more devices might be required. If more power is required, upgrading the panel from 3 Amps to 6 Amps is as simple installing the XRM-24B accessory into the panel. If 6 amps of panel power is still not enough, Fire-Lite Alarms offers a variety of NAC Extender power supplies such as the FCPS-24FS6, 6 Amp power supply to meet the needs of every job’s power requirements.

 

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.

 

 

Fire-Lite SWIFT Wireless – Top 10 Questions & Answers

Fire-Lite Alarms recently introduced the new and innovative SWIFT Wireless solution. Wireless technology can help you overcome installation challenges, which makes SWIFT ideal solution for your applications. There is great interest in SWIFT Wireless and we would like to help you learn more by providing the top 10 questions and answers about the products.

1. What is a Class-A Mesh Network? Why is that important with this system?

Class-A is a communications classification where a single fault does not obstruct the system operation. In our case, the mesh network implements redundant paths for all communications, so a single instance when communication is disrupted will not impede the products performance. In wired circuits, this means that a single open circuit or a single short circuit on the communication lines will not prevent the circuit from functioning (typically because there is an alternate/return path). In wireless communications there are no open or short circuit conditions, but there are times when a communication may be blocked (interference or physical blockage). SWIFT implements two communication paths, so even if one is blocked, the message still gets through.

2. What panels are supported? Any plans for the 9050?

The MS-9200UDLS and the MS-9600(UD)LS are supported in LiteSpeed™ mode. There are currently no plans for the MS-9050UD.

3. What do you mean by overlapping? Examples of overlapping?

Overlap occurs when a mesh network is in radio range of another mesh network, creating the opportunity for a transmission in a mesh to interfere with the communication of another mesh. This could be with a system installed on the 1st floor of a multi-story building overlapping with a second network installed on the 2nd floor of a multi-story building. SWIFT Wireless supports a scheme where 4 mesh networks can co-existence in the same RF environment (overlapping) without interfering with each other – This is the limit. If there is a 5th mesh network added to the overlap condition then a system trouble will be indicated for each network that is compromised by the condition.

4. What information can you pull from the wireless detectors?

In panel read status you will have all the capabilities you would get with your wired device (snapshot of chamber values, database settings). With SWIFT Tools, you can retrieve statistics which will have the battery voltages, communication links and signal strength, noise floor measurements, etc. You can also retrieve wireless history from the gateway.

5. What does the SWIFT tool help with?

The tool provides visibility to the radio communication. It has three main functions.
–  Extract and analyze site survey data; providing recommendations.
–  Installation (assigning profiles, removing profiles, starting/stopping mesh formation, etc.)
–  Diagnostics (viewing mesh infrastructure, statistics, history, signal strengths, battery information)

6. Will there be more information on the SWIFT tool available? Online training?

There are a series of short videos on YouTube to demonstrate the capabilities of not only the SWIFT tool, but the SWIFT products in general.

7. How can you get a local AHJ to accept wireless?

Wireless technology is already accepted in many jurisdictions. If you need help with approval in your jurisdiction, please contact a Regional Sales Manager.

8. What is Clip Mode v LiteSpeed™?

Both are communication protocols between the Fire-Lite fire alarm control panels and the addressable devices. LiteSpeed™ is an advanced communication protocol capable of higher speeds enabling additional features. LiteSpeed™ is only supported on the MS-9200UDLS and MS- 9600(UD)LS.

9. What happens at the panel when a device is off or out of service? What shows on the panel? Or ANN-80-W?

The point will be an invalid reply (INVREP) at the FACP. In addition, on the ANN-80-W you may have a latching event to indicate tamper if the device was removed from the base or you may have a latching low battery trouble if the device is completely inoperable.

10. Is there a wireless system guide? Any way to work up a quote without doing a site survey?

A simple site survey is the best way to gauge if the environment is conducive to wireless technology. Without doing a site survey, there is a risk that certain aspects of the building have a negative effect of signal strength.

 

Want to learn more? Visit www.firelite.com to watch a 2 minute video, view a full-length webinar, or read the product literature.

 

 

About the Author
Richard Conner is the Director of Marketing for the SED Channel – 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.