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ADS, village settle lawsuit

Private companies can now offer fire alarm monitoring services in Algonquin, Ill. after village agrees to end its monopoly of the service
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05/07/2014

DES PLAINES, Ill.—The village of Algonquin recently agreed to settle a lawsuit in which Alarm Detection Systems accused the village of establishing an “illegal monopoly” on fire alarm monitoring.

Low frequency fire appliances more audible, meet new code

Hotels and other commercial sleeping places must now have such devices to help alert heavy sleepers and the hearing impaired of a fire
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04/29/2014

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.

Warehouses key vertical for growth in Tyco fire segment

New director of fire sprinkler business also sees other growth opportunities
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04/23/2014

LANSDALE, Pa.—Tyco Fire Protection Products’ new sales leader of the company’s sprinkler business in the Americas told Security Systems News that he sees positive growth opportunities in the sprinkler market in 2014 as the construction market comes back.

Brothers to do $250,000 upgrade at NBA practice facility

The sprinkler renovation project is an example of one of the many types of verticals Brothers specializes in
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04/16/2014

ELK RIVER, Minn.—Brothers Fire Protection, based here, received a fire sprinkler renovation and upgrade contract worth more than $250,000 for a new practice facility for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, which are NBA and WNBA teams respectively.

Convergint finds communications piece of puzzle in ALERiTY

Eaton Cooper Notification product called a ‘robust solution’ for complete life safety
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04/16/2014

LAS VEGAS—Dan Moceri, CEO of Convergint Technologies, said Eaton Cooper Notification’s new IP network-based ALERiTY line is the mass notification solution his company has been looking for.

Edwards downsizes manufacturing plant to keep competitive

Its Maine facility is closing and its production transferred to North Carolina, Mexico and China
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03/26/2014

PITTSFIELD, Maine—Four years after resurrecting the Edwards name for its fire and safety products, UTC is shutting down its 300-employee Edwards plant here and moving production to three other locations in order to “ensure continued competitiveness.”

MBFAA wants better enforcement of fire alarm inspections

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03/25/2014

PORTLAND, Maine—When this city instituted a new inspection sticker program for fire alarms in commercial businesses and multi-unit residences a few years ago, the industry supported it as a way to ensure public safety and create a level playing field for local fire alarm companies.

But now the Maine Burglar & Fire Alarm Association says the city is not properly enforcing the inspection requirements, creating a disadvantage for companies that do follow the regulation, which Portland was the first city in Maine to require when it was put place since 2011.

New NFPA president to be introduced at 2014 NFPA Conference & Expo

Massachusetts homeland security official to speak about a multidiscipline approach at 2013 Boston Marathon bombings
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03/17/2014

LAS VEGAS—The focus of the 2014 National Fire Protection Association Conference & Expo will be health care and sustainability.

CO poisonings in two states may lead to expanded detector requirements

Ensuring safety with CO detectors need not be costly, fire alarm companies say
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03/12/2014

YARMOUTH, Maine—Calls to expand mandates for carbon monoxide detectors in commercial buildings in New York and Maine have resulted from recent cases in those states of poisonings by the deadly gas—one of them fatal.

Potter: Sprinkler systems last longer with nitrogen

Research shows using nitrogen generator instead of an air compressor for dry and pre-action systems means less corrosion
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03/11/2014

ST. LOUIS—A new Potter Electric Signal Co. study shows that replacing air with nitrogen as the supervisory gas in dry and pre-action sprinkler systems dramatically reduces rust and makes the systems last more than five times longer.

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SSN News Poll October 2014

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