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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.

Spotlight on SWIFT Wireless: Retrieving Site Survey Data using the SWIFT Tools Software

In my previous blog, we learned that the SWIFT Wireless Site Survey results can be determined visually by the LED color and blink pattern. What if more detailed results are required? SWIFT Tools can provide these results!

After completion of the Link Test and or RF Scan the devices used for the test must be brought within 20’ of the PC with the USB adaptor running SWIFT Tools and removed from the bases.

From the main screen choose Site Survey:Site Survey Image 1 From the Communicator window select the devices that you want to retrieve data from, and click “Retrieve Data”:Site Survey Image 2

When the “Progress Status” shows Data Retrieved, click the “Next” button:Site Survey Image 3

The basic informative is displayed for the 3 categories, with a “Detailed View”for each and the option to “Export to Excel”:Site Survey Image 4

Detail View – Link Quality
Shows one excellent link  between detectors 101 and 102.Site Survey Image 5

Detail View – Channel Availability
Shows no problems, during test period (1 hr.) Site Survey Image 6

Detail View – Background Noise
Shows no problems, during test period (1 hr.) Site Survey Image 7

If you would like more information on SWIFT Wireless products, please visit www.firelitewireless.com.

Have questions?  Give Tech Support a call: 800-627-3473

 

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.

PDF of Blog: Spotlight on SWIFT Wireless – Retrieving Site Survey Data using the SWIFT Tools Software

Online Courses Update!

We’re pleased to announce that there have been a few changes made to our lineup of available online training courses. Don’t worry! They’re still free, self-paced, and interactive that will enhance your Fire-Lite Training experience.

New Courses Added:

ECC-50/100 Emergency Command Center:  This course mirrors the information presented in our instructor-led class and provides an in-depth overview of the components of the Emergency Command Center system along with basic programming and message recording information.

Conventional Fire Alarm Control Panels This course provides information on Fire-Lite’s MS-2, MS-4, MS-5UD and MS-10UD Conventional Fire Alarm Control Panels and their associated annunciators and peripheral devices.

No More Waiting on Your CEU Certificate:

All of the courses, new and old, include a personalized, downloadable certificate of completion at the end of each course. The week long wait for a certificate is history!

So, what do you think? Comments, questions, or suggestions for future online courses can be added in the comments section below or send me an email! I look forward to hearing from you!

 

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

 

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.​​

Spotlight on SWIFT™ Wireless Tools: SWIFT™ Tools 1.5 USB Update

Fire-Lite has recently updated SWIFT Tools to version 1.5.

If you currently have the SWIFT™ USB, we recommend visiting www.firelite.com to update your tool version.

 

When upgrading to version 1.5 you may get the following message:SWIFT Tool Image 1

Go to Extras\Firmware Update\USB Adapter:SWIFT Tool Image 2

Browse to the location of the firmware file (USBAdaptorV1.1B4.bin ) click Open and then Update.SWIFT Tool Image 3

When complete you will receive the following message.SWIFT Tool Image 4

 

For more information on the SWIFT™ Wireless product line, visit: www.firelitewireless.com or our video library.

 

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.

Spotlight on SWIFT™ Wireless: Site Survey

One of the many free and useful tools offered by Fire-Lite is the Site Survey Tool for SWIFT™ Wireless.  In a previous blog, we gave you an overview of the tool and what each pieces does for the system.

Let’s dig in a little more:

A Site Survey can be performed with as few as 2 detectors and we encourage a Site Survey to be performed “Pre-Installation” or possibly before quoting a job. The two part procedure (Link Test and RF Scan) will identify possible signal strength and interference issues due to construction and environmental issues.

With the first detector in Link Test mode, your second detector can be moved to different locations to check for potential signal strength problems between rooms or floors. The results can be visually determined by the number and color of the LED flashes. If using the SWIFT™ Tools software with the W-USB adapter, the results can be visually displayed as well as saved and printed.

Conducting a RF Scan will test for existing background noise and interference which could affect signal strength and communications.

For more information on the SWIFT™ Wireless product line, visit: www.firelitewireless.com or our video library.

 

 

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.

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.

How Easy Was That! Training on the ECC

Through the year, I’ve trained dozens of technicians on the ECC-50/100 Emergency Command Center. We get a lot of the same comments during each session on the products and programming. This is just one of them:

When attendees learn that the entire system is programmed by making selections from a series of drop-doEasy Buttonwn lists, and then get the chance to go “hands-on” and configure a system for both fire voice evacuation and mass notification applications, it’s become a normal occurrence for someone in the class to say: “Wow! How easy was that?” at the conclusion of the lab assignments.

If you want to see how easy it is and earn CEU credits at the same time, visit the Training Section of Fire-Lite’s website or contact myself or the Training Admin for details on an upcoming ECC session near you.

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.

ECC Programming in Under 200 Words

What is needed to program the new ECC-50/100? 

There is no separate programming utility needed for the new audio panel. The ECC-50/100 uses a web browser base programming method with an Ethernet cable.  We strongly recommend using Mozilla Firefox * for your browser, but if necessary, Microsoft Internet Explorer can be used.

The connection is made through an Ethernet patch cable that will plug in from your computer to the ECC-50/100 LAN connection.  The ECC-50/100 has a default TCP/IP address of 169.254.3.3.  You must place your computer IP address in the same network scheme (IE 169.254.3.5), but not the same exact address.  This is done under you Network LAN connection settings.

When the network settings are changed you simply open your web browser and enter the default address of the ECC-50/100 in the title bar.  This will bring up the Audio System Programming Option screen.

 For more information, visit Fire-Lite’s YouTube Video Channel:ECC 50-100 Connection to Laptop Image

 

Why don’t I hear the message playing when I trigger the ECC-50/100?

The ECC panel is a Mass Notification / Fire Evacuation panel and it’s operation depends on how you program it.  The ECC-50/100 out of the box does not have the messages turned ON.  You will need to program the message ON under the Message Button Options. For further instruction on programming the please refer to the manual at following link: http://www.firelite.com/CatalogDocuments/LS10001-000FL-E.pdf

This 3 minute video is a great tutorial on programming and recording ECC messages:

ECC 50-100 Custom Message Recording Image

 

*The reason why we recommend Mozilla Firefox is that we have seen issues with various versions of Internet Explorer where it does not truly save the programming information you are changing to the ECC. Visit https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/ to get the latest version of Firefox

 

About the Author
Jason Knowlton is a NICET Level II Technical Support Team Leader for Honeywell Fire Systems. He has over 12 years of experience in technical support of fire alarm systems and is the technical lead for all IP based Honeywell fire products and solutions.

What You Need to Know About Auto-Programming New Devices

Greetings from “Big Sky” country!
During this week’s Fire-Lite Academy in Montana, an attendee asked a question that comes up quite frequently in class.

The question was “when adding detectors and modules to an existing addressable system, and an “Auto-program” is performed, will it affect any of the devices that were already programmed in the system?”

The answer is NO! The Auto-program function is designed to identify and save only those devices that are not currently in memory. All previously programmed devices are left intact.

Be aware that if a previously installed device is not present during the Auto-program (for instance, a detector head that was removed for cleaning), Auto-program will report the missing device and ask the programmer if it should be removed from memory.

About the Author
Tom Rosa oversees all Fire-Lite Alarms training programs as a Training Supervisor for Honeywell Fire Systems. With more than a decade of experience as a Fire-Lite trainer and the support of a strong team of experienced, NICET-certified trainers, Tom guides the content and methods by which the company educates Fire-Lite users throughout the United States and Caribbean.