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Fire device performance rates part of benchmark report

Information such as what device types provide the most revenue for the least amount of labor will be part of BuildingReports' benchmark report
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06/25/2014

SUWANEE, Ga.— Fire and life safety device performance rates for commercial facility inspections will be part of a benchmark report scheduled to be released later this summer or early fall by BuildingReports, an inspection reporting services company.

Small new fire panel has big capabilities

Designed to be affordable for the small commercial market, Tyco SimplexGrinnell’s new panel has features and functions of high-end systems
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06/18/2014

LAS VEGAS—If Goldilocks were a small business, the smart, new Simplex 4007ES fire alarm panel would be just right for her.

Wireless touted at NFPA show

Remote testing devices and FAAST that goes further were also among new offerings
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06/16/2014

LAS VEGAS— New developments when it comes to wireless fire solutions and aspirating smoke detectors were among offerings being touted at the annual NFPA Conference & Expo, held here June 9-12.

Advanced Signal acquires life-safety division of electrical contractor

The fold-in will benefit the Massachusetts parts-and-smarts company and its parent company, American Alarm and Communications
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06/11/2014

RANDOLPH, Mass.—Advanced Signal, based here, has acquired the fire and life safety accounts of a longtime Rockland, Mass.-based electrical contractor, P.E. Caruso.

2GIG's co-founder has new gig and hot new first product

Lance Dean’s new venture, Encore Controls, has already sold 200,000 of its new smoke alarm detector
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06/04/2014

GRAPEVINE, Texas—Sales of a new device that can affordably turn existing home smoke detectors into monitored smart smoke detectors have surpassed 200,000 units in just a few months and more orders are pouring in, according to the manufacturer, Encore Controls, a startup co-founded by Lance Dean.

CO restaurant death leads to new laws, but can industry do more?

A fire company president calls for digital displays of CO levels on system-connected detectors, but a manufacturer says other safeguards are already in place
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05/21/2014

CENTEREACH, N.Y.—The death of a Long Island, N.Y. restaurant manager from carbon monoxide poisoning has prompted several Long Island communities to pass new CO requirements.

Good service key to High Rise Fire and Security’s success

The company is gearing up for growth in NYC’s affordable residential housing market under new mayor
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05/20/2014

BROOKLYN, N.Y.—High Rise Fire and Security does a lot of high-profile jobs—such as putting in the fire alarm system for the Liberty View Plaza, a former U.S. Navy 1 million-square-foot warehouse that’s now one of the largest commercial real estate projects in this city. Good service is a key reason for the company’s success, according to its vice president, Robert Aiello.

Education one of the highlights at the NFPA show

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05/16/2014

LAS VEGAS—Education will be a robust feature of the 2014 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo. The number of education sessions grew to 150 last year and will remain at that level this year when the annual event is held June 9-12 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center here.

Fike solution: Security and fire detection in one camera

SigniFire Server gets ONVIF certified; double-duty cameras called upsell possibility for integrators
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05/14/2014

SPARKS, Md.— Fike’s SigniFire Server recently received ONVIF certification, making that cost-effective NVR-based early warning detection solution more broadly available, according to Rick Jeffress, sales manager, Americas, for Fike Video Image Detection.

Emergency messaging explained

New guidelines to help installers and end users in all 'rapid onset events'
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05/13/2014

QUINCY, Mass.—Emergency communication systems (ECS) were developed because a fire alarm alone is not always sufficient to tell building occupants what to do in case of an emergency. But what exactly should an ECS message say? There have been no guidelines for that—until now.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

More and more connected products in homes and businesses increasingly provide central stations with new revenue and service opportunities to monitor those devices. But some say that to do that, centrals need to change and become more like data centers. Do you agree? Tell us what you think the central station of the future will look like.

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