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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.

Another Successful NFPA!

We had a great week in Chicago at the NFPA Conference and Expo!

The booth stayed busy and we enjoyed the opportunity to chat with life safety professionals, like you, and introduce our newest products and solutions. The conference portion held over 120 sessions ranging from code updates, product introductions, technical trainings, and more.  Attendees really seemed engaged in the conversations and interested in what’s new in the industry.

If you missed the expo this year or want a little more information on what we were showing, here are a few products we highlighted in the display:

SWIFT™ Wireless    Less Wire. More Opportunities.FL-Wireless-collage-plain
Fire-Lite Alarms’ SWIFT™ wireless fire detection system detects fire, just like their wired counterparts, while providing installation flexibility in a wireless format. Our wireless system can use any combination of Fire-Lite monitor modules, smoke and/or heat detectors. In addition, both wired and wireless devices can be present on the same fire alarm control panel providing an integrated wired/wireless solution for increased installation potential.

Lite-Connect™   Connecting Fire Alarms the Easy Way
Lite-Connect™ is a solution that allows building owners reduce the number of phone lines by consolidating the central station ANN-LC - 175communications to a single MS-9050UD fire alarm control panel. Using fiber-optic technology, the panels are connected together and the MS-9050UD sends point or zone information to the Central Station for the entire system. In addition, building to building connections with fiber-optic cable avoids potential ground fault issues and damage caused by lightning strikes.

Remote Telephone Zone Module for the Emergency Command Center
Emergency Communications is about getting the right message to ECC-50-100_webthe right people at the right time. The RTZM (Remote Telephone Zone Module) gives an authorized end user access to the ECC during an emergency using any telephone. By adding the RTZM module to any ECC system, users have the ability to initiate pre-recorded messages or even make a live page.

Don’t forget about our library of free tools that were created to support the products and your business.

If you’ve never attended an NFPA Conference or Expo, it’s a wealth of information for both product and industry! If your business is involved with fire, don’t miss next year’s conference at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, June 13 – 16.

What was your favorite moment of NFPA 2015? Tweet us at @FireLiteAlarms or leave a comment below!

 

 

About the Author
Elizabeth Richards is the Manager of Communications for the SED Channel – 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.

Lite-Connect Obtains FM & FDNY Approvals

Fire-Lite’s new Lite-Connect solution now has Factory Mutual (FM) and FDNY approvals! These approvals will allow you to use Lite-Connect in more places and applications.

Lite-Connect is a solution that allows building owners reduce the number of phone lines by consolidating the central station communications to a single MS-9050UD fire alarm control panel. Using fiber-optic technology, the panels are connected together and the MS-9050UD sends point or zone information to the Central Station for the entire system. In addition, building to building connections with fiber-optic cable avoids potential ground fault issues and damage caused by lightning strikes.

With Lite-Connect you can:
• Reduce Callbacks
• Consolidate Phone Lines
• Improve First Responder Response
• Streamline Central Station Reporting

Learn more about Lite-Connect by watching a 2 minute video and by visiting 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.

A New Horizon for Fire Alarm Dealers – and End Users

One of the things I’ve always admired about the fire alarm industry is the fact that it is constantly evolving. We continually have opportunities to better protect life and property, and every year exciting new methods emerge to do just that.

Take, for example, one of Fire-Lite’s newest innovations, the Lite-Connect multi-mode fiber solution. This product enables fire alarm installers to join as many as 16 remote panels together over fiber-optic cable. Previously, multiple buildings were linked with copper through several connections, which limited reliability and caused issues with upkeep. Now the fire alarm control panels can report to a central monitoring station as one system, making schools, apartment buildings, nursing homes and retail complexes ideal for Lite-Connect.

So what does this type of unified system mean for dealers, installers and end users? Let’s take a look at some of the benefits:

Lower communications costs.
The centralized reporting method saves end users money by eliminating significant telecommunications costs that are traditionally associated with communicating signals from each individual panel.

Improved emergency response.
When a Lite-Connect system sends an alert to the central station, the information reported contains actual point or zone information for all event types. This gives first responders and service providers a better understanding of the issue and where it is located – before they even arrive on the scene.

A competitive edge.
This type of system also provides dealers with a competitive advantage. For any job involving two or more panels, Lite-Connect offers dealers the chance to provide a lower-cost, non-proprietary system with the highest level of protection and dependability available. Previously, this type of solution was only available for single-unit facilities using proprietary systems.

Protection against electrical damage.
With multiple panels connected through fiber-optic cable, each end user’s system is now less susceptible to damage from transient power surges. Unlike traditional panels using copper connectors, Lite-Connect uses multi-mode fiber-optic cable, which protects all control panels from common ground faults and electrical surges caused by lightning. As a result, the end user can rest easy knowing that their system is better protected, and their fire alarm dealer receives fewer call-backs for those types of power issues (which, in turn, saves the end user money).

Simple, more robust installations.
For multi-unit facilities, Lite-Connect provides a simple, more efficient install. Any combination of up to 16 MS-9050UD and MS-9200UDLS remote fire alarm control panels can be connected via fiber and report out all signals through an MS-9050UD as the “main” panel. As a result, the system can be customized specifically for the end user’s needs.

Lite-Connect is just the latest step in the evolution of fire detection. With each new innovation, we find ourselves a little closer to eliminating fire-related deaths in commercial buildings. I for one look forward to seeing how technology will continue to improve with each coming year.

 About the Author
Dave Pakech is the Vice President of Sales for the SED Channel – Fire-Lite Alarms, Honeywell Power and Silent Knight. He joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2008 and brings over 20 years of Security Industry experience to the brands.

 

 

 

 

 

Fire Up Your Fiber Training: Fiber Optic Cable Installation

As fire alarm systems grow in size and complexity, it is becoming more common to connect fire panels together from multiple buildings to provide a fully integrated fire alarm system. Copper has been used in the past to achieve this but more often results in damaged hardware from lighting strikes due to the wire being run underground.

Fiber optic cable has been identified as much more reliable building to building connection as it is immune to lighting strikes. Manufactures such as Fire-Lite Alarms now offer a fiber optic, building-to-building solution called Lite-Connect that allows multiple fire panels to be connected together. Solutions like these help eliminate the risks of ground faults and hardware damage due to lightning strikes, while at the same time reducing central station monitoring costs by connecting numerous fire panels together.

When fire installers first make the decision to use fiber for an installation, more often than not, the first questions that come up are “Where I can get trained to install fiber cable?” Typically an installer can acquire training on the installation and termination of fiber through their fiber optic cable manufacture or wholesale distributor. Some companies that currently offer this type of training are AFL and Lightbrigade.

Before starting a job that involves working with fiber optic cable, an installer should identify which companies offer the training they need and schedule it well before the job starts to avoid any potential setbacks.

 

*Disclaimer*
Fire-Lite Alarms is not selling, supporting or endorsing AFL or Lightbrigade. Fire-Lite Alarms makes no representations whatsoever with regard to the quality or function of these companies product or their services.

 

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.

Basic Fiber Specifications (Under 130 words)

Fiber optic cable is used in many industries, like Telecommunications, Video, Fire Alarm, etc. As it becomes more prevalent in Fire Alarm, here are some basic concepts that you need to know.

When determining what type of fiber is needed for an application, you need to know:

  • Fiber type (single mode or multi-mode)
  • Fiber size (e.g., 62.5/125)
  • Fiber connector type (LC, ST)
  • Number of strands for each segment (simplex or duplex)

These specifications will be provided by the manufacturer of the product that you are installing and can be compared with what is available from fiber manufacturers.

Visit our website for information on Fire-Lite Alarms’ Lite-Connect fiber solution as well as viewing the on-demand recording of our webinar introducing Lite-Connect.

 

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.

Hot Trends: Fiber for Fire

I’ve noticed more and more requests of customers looking for a fiber solution to interconnect multiple facilities on a single campus.
To expand, I will give you an example of an apartment complex that we recently worked with. Like many multiple-facility campuses, there is an interest in having a single fire alarm panel with the field components (Smoke Detectors, Horn Strobes, Strobes, Pull Stations etc.) for all buildings tied into one “master panel”. The reason for this is to keep it as one single monitored account.

In the apartment complex example, the customer has (15) buildings throughout the campus. The customer wants to avoid monitoring and phone line costs for each of the (15) individual sites. The solution is to go with a larger fire alarm panel, which will handle all the devices for each of the (15) buildings. This is completed by wiring underground to each of the (15) buildings to be controlled by the single fire alarm panel, thus, keeping the property as one single monitored account.

This has been going on for years. The only problem is that the majority of fire alarm panels require copper as the main source of connectivity from the panel to the field components in each of the individual facilities. Copper is very prone to lightning strikes, which causes “ground faults”. Ground faults can cease operation to any devices connected to the copper wire in which the ground fault occurred, meaning at any given time an entire building can be without fire protection until the ground fault is repaired. This forces the customer to schedule costly service calls for repairing the ground faults, which are often not easy to repair. Locating a ground fault between buildings can be tricky and when you do find it, you have to dig the wire up and repair that section or re-run the wire from the panel to the individual building in which the ground fault occurred. This is extremely common and costly for customers.

A solution is to use fiber as the mode of connectivity between the main panel and the individual buildings. Fiber, which is made of glass, cannot be affected by lightning meaning a ground fault cannot occur when fiber is used. Of course, running fiber is more costly on the front end, but it does avoid service calls and system troubles due to ground faults.

There are only a few manufacturers on the market that make panels that will work with Fiber, but because of the growing command, my guess is that more and more manufacturers will introduce a panel conducive to fiber.

In terms of the number of customer requests for fiber I’ve seen recently, this can certainly be considered a hot trend within our industry.

 

For information about Fire-Lite’s fiber solution, Lite-Connect, visit www.firelite.com

 

About the Author
Justin MacDaniel is a Commercial Sales Consultant for ASG Security with 5 years of experience selling Honeywell Fire and Life Safety Systems.