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Answers to Your Fiber Optic Questions

Fiber-optic cable is used in many industries, like Telecommunications, Video, and Fire Alarm. In Fire, for example, connections are made between the fire alarm control panels via fiber to avoid the troubles associated with running copper underground between buildings.

As the use of fiber becomes more prevalent in the Fire Alarm industry, there are many questions about different fiber specifications, power budgeting, termination, and product listings. In July 2015, we answered many of those fiber questions during our webinar, Myth Busting Fiber – Part II. You may view the entire webinar by clicking here.

To learn more about fiber and solutions that utilize fiber, please 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.

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.

Busting the Myths That Undermine Fiber-Optic Cable Usage

Fiber-optic cabling is used in many low-voltage applications today thanks to its many operational benefits. Yet misconceptions are still rampant about fiber installation and testing, according to Brian Prusinski, director of sales at West Penn Wire, one of the leading manufacturing companies of low-voltage cabling and interconnecting in the electronics industry.

“There are still myths out there that fiber is too expensive, delicate, difficult to pull, it’s susceptible to breakage like other glass objects, and it’s near impossible to terminate in the field. Let’s bust these myths,” Prusinski said during a March 31 Fire-Lite Alarms webinar titled “Myth Busting Fiber-Optic Cabling and Termination.”

Almost 70 percent of the webinar’s participants reported that their businesses barely work with fiber, and many before the presentation thought fiber should be left to fiber specialists. Following the webinar and Prusinki’s record-straightening discussion of common fiber misconceptions, many left with an enhanced understanding of fiber-optic cabling.

“With unlimited bandwidth, maximum security, a low profile and ease of termination, fiber optics is among the most viable interconnecting solutions available,” said Prusinski. “Fiber-optic interconnecting technology will continue to grow, and end-user awareness will drive the need to provide it. Manufacturing companies such as Fire-Lite and West Penn are committed to fiber optics, and will continue to develop fiber products, service and support.”

Let’s check out the benefits of fiber-optic cabled systems. They are:

  • Extremely durable: Their tensile strength is greater than steel.
  • Low-profile: Each strand of fiber is smaller than a human hair.
  • Nonconductive: These systems are immune to lightning, ground faults and power surges.
  • “Unlimited” in bandwidth: The longest transmission line to date is 9,000 miles, and a single optical fiber can carry 3 million voice calls.
  • Secure: Unlike copper, fiber systems are “hack proof.” Fiber offers the highest level of security.

What’s more, Prusinski addressed the myth that fiber termination should be left for specialists. In the past, users needed to strip, measure, cut and polish the end of the cable. However, now there are specialized tools and kits that eliminate a lot of this hands-on work.

This is only a sample of what Prusinski explored during the Fire-Lite Alarms webinar. Click here to check out the webinar in full.

Want more information on fiber? Join us for our next webinar (Tuesday, July 28 @ 11am) – Register Here!

 

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.

 

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.

Why Use Twitter for Business?

Even with only 140 characters you can create a great program to announce, engage and inform your followers.  It’s not a “set it and forget it” program – you will need to dedicate time to maintain and adjust as needed – but with so many people and companies beginning to utilize different aspects of social media, yTweetou don’t want to be left behind!

 

Here are my reasons for using Twitter for business:

Inform
Information is all over the place.  When you visit our website, you’ll find product pages, technical bulletins, newsletters, webinars, training & seminars, etc… you get the idea. But sometimes you just want to see the short story and leave the real reviewing for later, when you have time to sit and read.  A tweet can be as simple as your next training dates and a registration link or if you are attending a conference or trade event and want to promote it among your followers.  Retweet others that are involved in the industry or announce new products.

Advertise
A twitter account is free.  I don’t know about you and your business, but we end up cutting back on advertising when other higher priority expenses come up. We may have to forgo a couple ads in top industry magazines, but look at it this way – with nearly 60% of American adults now possessing smartphones, we have to consider alternative methods of capturing their attention.     Twitter also offers advertising through their site.  You can promote certain tweets to target audiences and possibly build awareness of your brand/product/service in new minds – particularly to those who are local to your business.

Entertain
I try to entertain our followers and keep interest high in what we tweet about throughout the day.  We’ll throw in a contest about weird stories from the field or a fun #TBT (throw back Thursday) picture of an old brochure or system.  The life safety industry is very serious, but if you get one chuckle out of a random picture or snarky comment, I’d hope you would carry that through your day.

Observe
There are over 285 million active users on Twitter. That’s a lot of people that have opinions on topics you might be interested in – good or bad!  Wouldn’t you like to know what people are saying about your company or your competitors?  By observing your audience, you can see what topics are hot, what they are interested in, and what people don’t like.

As an example, let’s say I see a few folks talking about fiber and the uses of it in the Fire/Life safety business.  As a manufacturer that has a product that utilizes fiber (Lite-Connect), I would focus my tweets on FAQs about fiber, ways to learn more about it, how my product uses fiber, and everything else revolving around the topic.  BTW, we have a webinar on Lite-Connect if you are interested.

Understand
People are going to talk about their experience with you or your company.  If you see negative comments, don’t ignore them.  By sitting back, you won’t get to the root cause, and this is the perfect opportunity to publicly turn a bad situation around and look like a superhero – with just a few 140 character tweets.  Maybe they lumped you in with a competitor they had a bad experience with and the comment really has nothing to do with your company. Maybe there was a problem with a part they used or received. By reaching out, asking for details, and offering to work with them on a solution, you show that you do care about the customer and what they think of your product and company.  I’ve personally reached out to a few folks that had problems. We worked out the details, produced an easy fix and everyone was satisfied.

Businesses should already look to continuously improving: customer service, technical knowledge, product training, marketing, sales and support, …  Your customer does you a favor by calling, make sure you answer and support their needs to the best of your ability.  J

So, to see what I’ve been talking about for the past 5 minutes, visit Fire-Lite on twitter: @FireLiteAlarms.

I love this 2 minute video from Twitter on “What Can Your Business Do…In Just 140 Characters?”. It spotlights success stories from companies – large and small – that share their stories of services, sales, fund raising, innovations, and ice cream!

BRB – I need to tweet @BenandJerrys with some new flavor suggestions!

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. You can follow her on Twitter @EARichards973

The Year in Review: 2014 Exceeds Early Expectations

Much of the growth Fire-Lite Alarms experienced this year closely paralleled overall industry trends in major segments.

So before we kick off another fantastic year in the fire alarm market, let’s consider some of the biggest milestones of 2014:

Growth in most segments
2014 might have started off slow due to a severe winter across the U.S., but the construction market really took off in April. Given the late start, we’ve been enjoying an extended construction season, and that has helped lead the industry to a strong close to 2014. We saw above-market growth in most segments, and I expect the year to wind up exceeding our original forecasts.

Several new growth drivers
Fire-Lite is seeing an upsurge in two main areas – emergency communication and modern central station communications. These trends are helping to grow the industry as a whole, and likely will continue through next year as well:
Emergency communication has become a huge boon for the fire alarm industry. These systems offer notification for any emergency, such as severe weather, harmful gas, terrorism and active shooters, and are growing in popularity for both new construction and existing buildings where a fire alarm system already exists.
• Modern central station communications through IP and cellular are replacing the use of traditional POTS lines at an increasing rate. These alternative communication methods are helping grow this industry segment, which in-turn helps increase fire and life safety sales.

New Technology
In 2014, we introduced several revolutionary new products that are certainly milestones for our industry:
Fire-Lite Alarms Smart Wireless Integrated Fire Technology (SWIFT) – a line of wireless fire detectors and modules. This Class A, commercial wireless system uses a robust mesh network to integrate with existing fire systems so installers can use any combination of traditional and wireless fire alarm technology that works for a given facility. The result is an unprecedented level of flexibility in devices that are also highly scalable, reliable and easy to install.
Lite-Connect – a multi-building fiber solution that provides an easy and more flexible way to connect fire alarms. The product enables fire alarm installers to join as many as 16 remote control panels together over fiber-optic cable—ideal for multiple building locations, such as schools, apartment buildings, nursing homes and retail complexes.
• Honeywell Power HP1205UL and HP1210UL Power Supplies – deliver more DC power to CCTV cameras and their peripheral devices, while also speeding up installation and service calls and maximizing the survivability of system operations when a facility’s AC power is lost.

All of these exciting advancements allowed Fire-Lite Alarms to enjoy substantial growth this year, along with much of the rest of the industry.

Thank you for your part in our success. Together, we look forward to a fantastic 2015 and beyond.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.