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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.

Did You Know? SWIFT Wireless How-To Videos are Available

Getting started with SWIFT Wireless is just a couple of clicks away. We have made it easy to learn about the technical details of SWIFT Wireless with our online, popular How To Training Videos. Wireless technology can help you overcome installation challenges, which makes SWIFT Wireless ideal solution for your applications.

The online training videos offer valuable information for the following topics:

  • Introduction to SWIFT Tools
  • Site Survey
  • Creating a mesh network
  • Removing Profiles
  • And more…

These videos are available 24/7 and provides an excellent technical overview of the SWIFT Wireless solution. Anyone who needs a more comprehensive view on how to install a SWIFT Wireless system is also encouraged to attend a Fire-Lite Academy.

For more information, feel free to view our video library 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.

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

Wired vs. Wireless Fire Detection

For as long as there have been fire alarm systems, a wired connection has traditionally been the go-to solution. While these wired solutions still dominate the installations, wireless systems are making significant headway in the fire alarm market.

Technology is really going to be the driver here. Right now radio and battery technologies have some limitations, but as technology evolves, solutions will improve. You’re going to see capabilities, performance and battery life increase. Eventually there will be little-to-no wiring needed.

Here are a few things to think about when considering wired or wireless systems:

Wired
Readily accessible applications: Wired is beneficial for new installations where the fire alarm system can be installed as the building is going up. The installer will usually have easy access to pull the wire and can simply run it through the new facility.                                  

High-rises, airports, stadiums: Wired is still the best bet for applications that require emergency communication systems and mass notification, including applications that need speakers for voice alarms. If there are weather alerts or dangerous events, wired systems have been the traditional solution. However, wireless has a bright future for these applications.

Wireless
Retrofit applications: Wireless is valuable when the end user has to replace a system or add on to an existing system. Wireless can make it easy to get a new system up and running without the wiring headaches.

Historic buildings: Wireless does not get in the way of beautiful, visually sensitive architecture. Instead of marring an historic building with fire alarm cables, wireless systems can protect locations where appearance is paramount.

Faster jobs/temporary structures: Wireless gives contractors the opportunity to quickly complete installations. Pulling wires can consume a large portion of time on a job. What’s more, the system can quickly be installed and removed from temporary structures. Materials are not wasted, and the end user does not have to deal with segments of wire that are tough to reuse.

Outdoor applications: Wireless is much more reliable when the system needs to go outside from building to building and the location is prone to lightning strikes or other destructive weather events. Wired systems are more readily damaged in these situations.

Have you seen a rise in the use of wireless fire alarm systems in your area? Are you planning to use a wireless system on an upcoming project? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

 

About the Author
Jesse Otis is a Design Engineer in the Honeywell Fire Safety Americas Wireless Group.  Jesse joined Honeywell in 2003 and has been the lead engineer for the Fire Systems Group for the SWIFT products which launched last October. Jesse holds a B.S. degree in electrical engineering and is working to finish his Masters degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Systems Engineering.

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.

The Basics of SWIFT Wireless Installation

The basics of installing a SWIFTTM wireless system can be summed up in several easy steps.

1.  Site Survey:
A Site Survey allows you to determine if a site is suitable for a SWIFTTM installation. Two tests are performed during this process:
a)   Link Quality Test – this test will determine if wireless devices can communicate between areas at acceptable signal strengths.
b)  RF Scan Test – A Radio Frequency scan test is conducted to assess and measure the background noise and interference from other wireless systems if any, in the site.

When the Site Survey tests are completed, the results can be viewed using SWIFTTM Tools.

2.  Mesh Formation:
If it is determined that the site is suitable, SWIFTTM Tools makes it easy to form a mesh network of devices.
a)  Create a Profile and Mesh ID – A profile is used to bind the devices in a mesh network together. The profile will contain a Mesh ID that is used when forming the associations. All devices in a mesh network require a common profile.
b) Distribute Profile – Distribute the profile to every device that will be a part of the mesh. This will enable all the devices that have that profile to form associative links when the mesh is formed.
c)  Mesh Formation – SWIFTTM Tools makes this an easy task. One click of a button will start the mesh formation and initial restructuring.

Anyone wanting a more comprehensive view on how to install a SWIFTTM wireless system is encouraged to attend a Fire-Lite Academy.

 

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.

Get Started with a Site Survey for SWIFT Wireless!

Fire-Lite Alarms’ SWIFT wireless fire detection system detects fire, just like their wired counterparts, while providing installation flexibility in a wireless format. Before you get started, a site survey is recommended to assess and qualify the site prior to installing a SWIFT wireless fire detection system.

The site survey consists of two tests:
Link Quality Test
A link quality test is a quick and repeatable test that provides immediate feedback on device connectivity. The link quality test sends data from one device to another to test for data loss and measure the signal strength.

RF Scan Test
A Radio Frequency scan test is conducted to assess and measure the background noise and interference from other wireless systems if any, in the site. The RF Scan test can be conducted individually or following the link quality test.

After both tests are completed, the results of the site survey can be also obtained using SWIFT Tools. The information provided by SWIFT Tools is used for site qualification, maximum device spacing identification, and configuring the wireless mesh network. This helps to ensure the reliability and performance of the wireless network in the wireless fire alarm system.

How can you get started?
To do a simple wireless fire detection system site survey, you just need SWIFT wireless smoke detectors. If you would like to see the detailed results of the site survey, you also need the W-USB and SWIFT Tools.

Fire-Lite Alarms is here to help you in your endeavor to protect building occupants. Fire-Lite Alarms has 60 years in the business, is the leader in non-proprietary, and has great tools to help you learn about the products. Visit our website to learn more about the SWIFT wireless fire detection system. Also, view one of our pre-recorded webinars on SWIFT Wireless Tools & Techniques.

 

About the Author
Bill Brosig is a Channel Product Manager for Fire-Lite Alarms, Silent Knight and Honeywell Power with more than 25 years in the Life Safety business and a NICET IV certification. Bill focuses on the customer experience surrounding current offerings and new product applications.

Extending Fire Alarm Capabilities through Wireless Technology

Every year brings exciting new innovations to the fire alarm industry, each gradually expanding the possibilities and improving the effectiveness of the technology we work with every day. In 2014, Fire-Lite Alarms introduced an easy and more flexible way to connect fire alarms with Lite-Connect, a multi-building fiber solution. Now, we’re bringing even more flexibility to commercial fire alarm installs with a new line of wireless fire sensing devices: the Smart Wireless Integrated Fire Technology (SWIFT) detectors and modules.

Less is More
For fire alarm installers, less wire means more opportunities. SWIFT detectors and modules are designed to significantly extend the capabilities and range of our fire alarm systems, giving you more flexibility in any environment, including challenging or high-cost installations and building expansions. Cost-savings is another benefit of incorporating wireless devices into a new system: Wireless technology reduces the cost of running wire through concrete walls and ceilings or areas where materials such as asbestos are a concern. Wireless also benefits the numerous installations where mounting detectors is extremely challenging, such as in historic buildings, museums, warehouses, parking garages or any facility with concrete walls.

The SWIFT devices seamlessly integrate with new and existing fire alarm systems from Fire-Lite Alarms. In fact, the wireless devices work just like their wired counterparts, except they leverage a Class A, mesh network to communicate. This means that every device acts as a repeater with redundant path communication, ensuring reliable communication and enabling installers to significantly extend the range of the system over point-to-point alternatives.

With SWIFT devices, once a mesh network is formed, a restructuring automatically occurs to find alternate paths within the network. Each SWIFT network uses unique mesh IDs to prevent miscommunication with other devices, and inherent frequency hopping prevents system interference.

The new SWIFT product line includes photoelectric, photo/thermal, standard heat, and rate-of-rise heat detectors, plus a monitor module, wireless gateway and wireless USB dongle for use with SWIFT Tools. SWIFT Tools is our new Windows PC-based utility for site evaluation, system configuration and diagnostics. A system can use any combination of up to 48 SWIFT devices per wireless gateway and up to four gateways can be installed to expand the system even further.

Learn More
Our most recent webinar, “Expand Your Fire Alarm Opportunities with Wireless,” delves deeper into the possibilities of the SWIFT line of wireless devices. To download a copy of the presentation or watch at your own pace, please click here. To view the entire line-up of SWIFT devices, visit the Fire-Lite website.

 

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.