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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.

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.

 

What’s new for SWIFT Tools 1.5?

Fire-Lite Alarms’ SWIFT™ wireless fire detection system detects fires, just like their wired counterparts, while providing instalWhats-newlation flexibility in a wireless format. Our wireless system can use any combination of Fire-Lite monitor modules, smoke and/or heat detectors. For even more speed and flexibility, Fire-Lite has updated our SWIFT™ Tools Version 1.5 to incorporate numerous improvements to make your experience with SWIFT™ even better!

What we Improved

  • Devices are added to mesh network four times faster than before
  • Faster display of wireless device state changes
  • Devices now persist in graphical view until removed from the communicator
  • Live events have been reordered so that latest events are shown at the top of the list.
  • Improved W-USB dongle connectivity for SWIFT™ Tools
  • Profile assignment screen now only allows the selection of devices that are in factory default mode (devices that do not have a profile assigned)
  • Improvements for network statistics data

What we Added

  • Real time mesh display added when a user selects a gateway
  • The ability to change to a new or different database without re-launching SWIFT™ Tools
  • The ability to cancel an unwanted operation
  • Device sorting in graphical mesh search dropdown
  • Added an indication of beacon strength for W-USB adapter in communicator
  • Added the W-USB adapter compatibility check, and added build number to the revision number displayed

 

Unlike other wireless systems, the Fire-Lite SWIFT™ wireless system is based on a true mesh network that provides multiple paths of communication for each device. This increases system survivability, reliability while the overall system design ensures a secure and robust solution. Our SWIFT™ wireless system along with our enhancements to the tool ensures that any new fire alarm installation or retrofit job can be performed fast and cost effectively.

Looking for more information on SWIFT™ Wireless?   We have you covered with our online videos, product pages, webinars, and an infographic with examples of real applications!

Need more?  Let us know 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.

Less Wire and Fewer Battery Changes

SWIFT™ Wireless is now UL listed for a two year battery life! This is twice as long as the previous one year battery life listing. This is an exciting improvement for SWIFT™ Wireless as less batteries equals less service time and costs for you; therefore, making wireless a more competitive solution. In addition, replacing batteries during the annual service allows you to plan for the service versus unscheduled visits. If the service is missed, the Fire-Lite fire alarm control panel will provide an indication before the batteries need to be replaced.

When the time comes to replace the batteries, rest assured it’s easy to do. The CR123A or DL123A batteries are widely available and the process is quick:

  1.   Have 4 CR123A (or DL123A) batteries available.
  2.   The system allows 200 seconds to replace the batteries before the device is noted as missing and will activate the Rescue Mode within the wireless system.
  3.   Remove the detector from the base. Remove the faceplate from the module.
  4.   Open the battery compartment.
  5.   Remove the used batteries and replace with new batteries. The battery compartment is designed such that the batteries can only align in the appropriate direction.
  6.   Replace the battery compartment cover.
  7.   Return the device to its original location (if detector). Replace the faceplate (if module).

 

SWIFT™ Wireless has been used in a number of installations to protect people and property. To learn more about how SWIFT™ works, check out our product videos.

 

 

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.

Temporary Fire Detection – An Untapped Opportunity

Among the dangers that exist in areas under construction, fires are one of the prevalent ones.  As I wrote about in my 2014 blog “Renovation Under Fire”, fire protection is important even in areas that are under construction.  Fires can originate from an electrical problem to a spark caused by construction equipment.  In addition to unoccupied areas of a building that are under construction, temporary locations are areas that also warrant protection.

Temporary facilities can have many uses, including school classrooms, construction sites, military installations, and temporary venues hosting public events. The market for these facilities seems to be a moderately growing opportunity these days. To properly protect these temporary facilities, the wiring infrastructure would have to be installed on a temporary basis in addition to the fire alarm system. This takes a considerable amount of time and expense as a permanent installation which may not be desirable considering the temporary use.

The prospect of protecting temporary facilities offers opportunities for dealers to offer a solution like SWIFT™ Wireless.  SWIFT™ Wireless can provide fire protection in areas not previously protected.  Since the detectors and modules are wireless, this saves on most of the wiring infrastructure required for this type of fire alarm system in these applications. In addition, the expense of a fire watch could be avoided in an area under construction when fire detection is used.  When the facility is no longer occupied, then the equipment can be easily removed.

SWIFT™ Wireless gives end users the flexibility of running their operations in these temporary applications while increasing safety for the people and property.  Dealers enjoy the increased business of protecting these new areas while decreasing installation time. In addition to temporary facilities, there are many for SWIFT™ Wireless.  Check out www.firelitewireless.com to learn more about SWIFT™ Wireless and how it can solve your installation challenges.  For valuable information on conducting a SWIFT™ site survey and other installation tips, view the SWIFT Wireless Tools & Techniques Webinar on-demand.

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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.

Why is Fire Alarm Strobe Synchronization so Important?

According to the Epilepsy Foundation’s website, 1 in 26 people in the United States will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime. The purpose of synchronization is to ensure that the fire alarm system visible signals do not cause a photosensitive epileptic to initiate a seizure.

NFPA 72 – 1996 edition and later editions stipulate that strobe synchronization shall comply with Americans with Disabilities Act. Consequently, the NFPA code requires that the strobes are to be synchronized when more than one is visible from any field of view. The manner in which fire alarm systems accomplish this is through strobe synchronization.

What is strobe synchronization? It is a protocol that is used on a notification appliance circuit (NAC) to allow the strobes to flash in “sync”. Today, most Fire Alarm Control Panels and NAC Power Supplies have Built-in Strobe Synchronization protocols.

Visit our website to learn more about the Built-in Strobe Synchronization protocols feature in the Conventional fire alarm panels and Addressable fire alarm panels. Also, view one of our pre-recorded webinars on NAC Strobe Sync.

 

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.

Understanding Commissioning and System Acceptance Testing

In the fire and life safety industry, thorough testing can sometimes be the difference between life and death. However, staying up-to-date with testing requirements in this ever-evolving market can be challenging. A good place to start is understanding the differences between commissioning and system acceptance testing, which we recently explored in our September webinar, “Understanding Commissioning and System Acceptance Testing,” available now on-demand.

First, let’s define system acceptance testing. This is basically single-system testing performed on an installation to confirm compliance with the manufacturer’s installation specifications, applicable codes and standards, and the owner’s requirements. Under acceptance testing, each system is individually tested.

Integrated fire protection/life safety system testing takes it a step further. These tests help confirm the operation, interaction and coordination of multiple individual systems. Integrated testing asks whether each individual system performs its intended function when working together. Here, the installer is thinking of the building’s systems holistically.

The Role of Commissioning
Now, let’s look at commissioning, which is distinct from acceptance testing and integrated testing. It is a recommended—not required—practice that is spelled out in NFPA 3. Commissioning takes into account a building’s entire fire and life safety system, rather than looking at individual systems, such as fire alarms, on their own.

Commissioning is achieved in the design phase, and continues through the construction, acceptance and warrantee periods with continual verification of performance, operation and maintenance documentation and the training of personnel. Commissioning is a living process—not a one-time task.

Commissioning ensures that all of the devices and systems that are interconnected truly work as required and meet the owner’s criteria to achieve fire and life safety goals. This systematic process provides documented confirmation that specific and interconnected fire and life safety systems function according to the intended design criteria set forth in the project documents. It also ensures that the systems satisfy the owner’s operational needs, including compliance to applicable laws, regulations, codes and standards affecting fire and life safety systems.

The fire and life safety industry seem to be gradually moving away from system acceptance testing in favor of commissioning. Why? Commissioning is a systematic process that helps to validate the quality, performance and reliability of an installed system—both at the time of installation and as the system advances in age. If issues emerge during commissioning, the engineer or building owner has a chance to address them or update the project requirements. In addition, commissioning reduces liability on the part of the building owner, installer and more. Following these documented tests, each stakeholder knows that the entire system is working as expected.

Learn More
Ready to learn more about the role of the commissioning team, the importance of the commissioning plan, testing frequencies and more? Visit our webinar page to download, “Understanding Commissioning and System Acceptance Testing“.

 

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.

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.