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Fire-Lite Alarms Training Update: SWIFT Wireless

With 2015 rapidly drawing to a close, I’ll take this opportunity to provide an update on our Fire-Lite Academies.

To date, many technicians have attended our 2-Day Fire-Lite Systems classes across the country. With the current number of registrations we’ve received for the remaining 2015 classes, we stand poised to see the total number of attendees increase by quite a bit!

Moving on to 2016, we have added 3 hours of training on our new SWIFT® Wireless System to the 2nd day of the Systems class. This session provides an overview of the system and its components and available software tool which can be instrumental in performing a Site Survey and configuring a SWIFT® Wireless system. The training culminates with a hands-on Site Survey and System Configuration lab.

Check out our NEW 2016 training schedule and look for a Fire-Lite Academy near you.

Have a wonderful and healthy holiday season. Hope to see you next year!

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.

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.

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.

 

The Right Tools to Win the Job – Emergency Communications

Emergency Communications is about delivering critical messages when and where they matter most – for fire, extreme weather, ECC-50-100_webaccidents, toxic leaks, aggressive or dangerous intruders or any threat to occupants in a building. Codes have changed and more jurisdictions are now requiring Emergency communications for life safety protection. Fire-Lite Alarm’s ECC-50/100 was designed specifically to meet these codes by offering the most scalable, flexible, multi-zoned, highly configurable fire evacuation and mass notification system on the market.

Fire-Lite provides all of the tools and support needed to easily install and program the ECC-50/100. To demonstrate how flexible and ECC App Iconconfigurable the ECC-50/100 system is we offer an ECC Sales App for Apple iPads. This tool is free to download and allows users to learn more about the product and demonstrate its functionality by pressing buttons on a virtual display. It also allows users to build and configure a system by adding amplifiers and modules while calculating total watts and speaker outputs.

Recently Fire-Lite made some additional updates to the ECC App which includes the following enhancements:

1.) Updated to iOS8 to showcase a clearer design/layout
2.) New MNS Events/Videos (Weather, RTZM and Live Voice Paging) added to the existing Fire Event.
3.) Interactive User Panel Aspect Ratio Updates to allow portrait mode to transition to landscape mode. (No more rotating the iPad in the middle of a sales presentation)
4.) New Building Layouts for the Remote Display Console demo (Office buildings, Schools, Sports center).
5.) New Product Overview Screens with the inclusion of low frequency
6.) Back Up Amps Added to Amplifiers and Speaker Zone Configurator
Another great feature of the ECC-50/100 is the ability to connect and activate it from any location using a cellular phone or landline. The ECC-RTZM can be installed in the ECC-50/100 and allows designated remote users to initiate a prerecorded message or make live announcements as needed. This product was awarded MVP (Most Valuable Product) from Security Sales & Integration magazine.

For more information on the ECC-50/100, the sales app or the ECC-RTZM, go to www.firelite.com.

What additions or updates would you like to see on the ECC App?  Tell us in the comments below!

 

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.

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.

Fire-Lite Alarms Kicks-Off New Year with New Training!

New Online Tutorials, Videos and Blogs to Supplement Hands-On Courses

Registration is now open for a new round of trainings planned up to June 2015 in a variety of locations throughout the U.S. The new schedule consists of a basic two-day course for individuals seeking more hands-on fire alarm technical training and an advanced one-day session offering experienced technicians more applications and programming expertise. The Certificate Renewal Program was also brought back by popular demand, allowing technician’s opportunity to renew their Fire-Lite training certification without attending another course. Both instructor-led courses and the Certificate Renewal Program qualify students to receive continuing education credits (CEUs).

Beyond its hands-on courses, Fire-Lite Alarms continues to grow its library of online tutorials; Lite-Tips training videos; and blog on industry trends and technology.

More information on Fire-Lite Alarms’ training offerings is available on www.firelite.com.

 

About the Author
Beth Welch is the Manager of Public Relations for Honeywell Fire Systems. For a decade, she has strived to raise awareness of new technologies, industry trends and information, for the benefit of engineers, integrators and end users.

 

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.

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.

Signing Up For Training Is Easy

With the new website comes a new way to register for an upcoming Training. Well, it’s still the same way – online form, etc… – but you may not be familiar with the new layout.

Let’s walk through signing up for training together!
Along the top of the home page, we’ve kept a shortcut to the Training information. From there you’ll be taken to a breakdown of options in that section: Course Overview, Online Courses, Training Videos, Schedule & Registration, Contact the Training Department.

Training Page 1

For arguments sake, let’s say we don’t know which course we want to attend.
Select Schedule and Registration for the latest updated courses available. From there you can scan through the open courses and select the location nearest you. Or maybe pick somewhere nice and warm and turn it into a mini-vacation after class is over?!
I’ll pick the Las Vegas, NV location for the course.

Training Page 2

From that you’ll get the flyer explaining each course offered at that location – Systems or Software Applications. Each one needs its own registration filled out. The Fire-Lite Systems course is free of charge and covers a lot of the basics with Addressable panels. The Software Applications course costs $200 and really gives you a full hands-on practice with real panels and wiring processes.

Since I’m technically-challenged with these type things and would probably blow up a panel or 2 if given the chance I’ll stick to the basic Systems course.  Select which one you are interested in by clicking “Register Online”. Select your location in the drop down (Vegas here I come!) and continue to the form.
You’ll get a confirmation page and in a few minutes you’ll receive a confirmation email from the Training Department.

Training Page 3

And that’s it! No really! It’s not painful and if you have any questions at any time before, during or after the registration you can contact training directly.

 

 

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.