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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LAS VEGAS—When a fire alarm activates during a fire, the high-frequency sound it emits can be insufficient to alert some hearing impaired individuals or even just sound sleepers. But System Sensor has some new low frequency notification appliances that address that problem because they’re easier for such people to hear, according to David George, the company’s director of marketing communications.
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Tess talks to Carter Rierson, founder and president of Best Defense Security & Fire Protection, on the need for emergency communications systems in schools in light of school shootings and other emergencies. He advocates a multitiered approach and calls on fire and security manufacturers to work together to come up with ECS solutions that combine the best security and fire technologies.