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Emergency communications systems not mainstream—yet

Regulations and social media may quicken ECS buy-in

YARMOUTH, Maine—Providers and integrators of emergency communication systems (ECS) face a number of challenges when trying to establish or grow markets: It’s not cheap to expand a fire alarm system into an ECS. Private companies are not required by law to have multi-faceted ECS or mass notification systems (MNS). And it’s difficult to get excited about a security system designed for worst-case scenarios that nobody really wants to think about.

Silent Knight releases wire-to-fiber converter


NORTHFORD, Conn.—Silent Knight by Honeywell has released the new SK-F485 Wire to Fiber Converter, which allows new and existing Silent Knight systems to increase the length of wire run between fire alarm control panels and power supplies, boosting surge protection, the company announced recently.