Addressable Fire Protection at a Conventional Price

Silent Knight by Honeywell, Northford, Conn., developed a 25-point fire alarm, offering all the high-tech benefits of addressable technology at the cost of a conventional system. The new IntelliKnight 5600 fire alarm control panel and compatible HFS devices were introduced at the 2010 ISC West Show.

A cost-effective, addressable fire protection solution is now available for applications where two- to five-zone conventional fire alarm systems have historically been installed. The addressable features of the IntelliKnight 5600 include pinpoint identification of alarm/trouble locations and false alarm prevention via detector drift compensation and automatic maintenance alerts. Installation time-savers — such as easy code-wheel addressed detectors, a “JumpStart” programming feature and a built-in programming browser to eliminate custom software requirements — simplify the process of commissioning an addressable system. The IntelliKnight 5600 supports any combination of addressable HFS detectors and modules that are conventionally priced and runs on only a single loop of standard wire (not shielded or twisted pair), offering additional cost-savings.

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FACP Is Easy to Upgrade

The Elite RS is a versatile single-loop fire alarm control panel compatible with existing VES fire alarm panel technology. The new RS panel has a smaller vertical footprint than full-sized panels and is designed primarily for single-panel installations in commercial spaces.

It is available with one or two detection loops capable of hosting up to 252 devices. Elite RS uses leading-edge microprocessor-based electronics to provide a flexible control system with high reliability and integrity, according to VES. A one-loop panel can easily be upgraded to a two-loop panel and/or networked panel in the field.

Suitable for all small- to medium-sized fire detection systems, Elite RS control panels can be expanded and networked to become part of much larger systems if the need arises. The maximum number of networked panels is 64, for a total capacity of more than 32,000 points.

As with all VES control panels, programming is the same, from a single 1-loop install to a multi-panel network application. Programming can be performed from the front panel, PC software or via the Internet using the company’s eSP Discovery® online programming tool.

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New Line of Small Building Fire Alarm Solutions

Edwards, Bradenton, Fla., a UTC Fire & Security Company, launched the new FireworX® brand of small building life safety systems, which feature a full range of intelligent and conventional solutions geared expressly for installers and building owners.

FireworX intelligent systems are value priced to bring big system features to everyday applications with innovations like PinPoint™ ground fault detection, LineSaver™ Ethernet® connectivity, and a full range of easy-to-configure option cards and modules. FireworX conventional panels offer simple cost-effective solutions for new and retrofit projects with smart fire alarm technology such as built-in CleanMe® remote detector diagnostics, automatic drift compensation, and independent horn control over just two wires.

All FireworX systems are part of a comprehensive family of devices and accessories engineered from the ground up to function in concert with one another.

Free technical support, unlimited application assistance, and NFAB-certified training rounds out the new brand, which is sold through select distribution locations.

Carbon Monoxide Detector for Commercial & Residential Occupancies

UTC Fire & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., announced the availability of the new GE SafeAir 250-CO, the next generation of carbon monoxide (CO) detection technology. SafeAir 250 uses reliable electro-chemical sensing technology, with a sensor that is unaffected by fluctuations in ambient temperature, and self-diagnostics that keep the device operating optimally. The detector has a built-in trouble/power supervision relay, a long-life six-year sensor, and — if used in a monitored configuration — transmits sensor end-of-life to the control panel and central station. Homeowners will appreciate the clean, sleek design and user-friendly one-touch TEST/HUSH button.

The SafeAir 250 is fully listed to UL 2075, the standard for carbon monoxide detection in residential or commercial occupancies. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends CO detectors be located outside of sleeping areas and on every level of the home, and the International Residential Building Code mandates CO detection in all new and remodeled homes. More than half of the U.S. population lives in states requiring the installation of CO detectors in commercial occupancies.

“The number of states requiring CO detectors has doubled in just the past five years,” said Brad Barnes, product manager for SafeAir 250. “If your jurisdiction doesn’t require it, it’s only a matter of time. And protecting against CO poisoning is a responsibility no life safety contractor should ignore.”

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Ideal Alternative When Combination Systems Are Restricted

Fire-Lite Alarms by Honeywell introduced the MS-25 addressable 25-point fire alarm control panel, providing an intelligent, cost-effective solution for small-scale commercial applications. Together with the new HFS line of compatible detectors and modules from System Sensor, the MS-25 system offers intelligent fire protection features at a conventional system price.

The size and economics of the MS-25 system fits applications where small integrated fire/security control panels are not approved for use by local AHJs (Authorities Having Jurisdiction) and a separate fire system is required. Its addressable features, such as pinpoint identification, maintenance alerts and auto-programming, also make the MS-25 an effective stand-alone solution for dealers and end users considering conventional panels. The MS-25 requires only a single loop of standard wire, making it a cost-effective choice for new construction as well as retrofit applications where existing wire can often be re-used.

As a non-proprietary product, sold through leading security equipment distributors, the MS-25 and compatible HFS devices are readily available to dealers nationwide. Code-wheel addressed detectors with drift compensation and a built-in panel programming browser makes the commissioning of this 25-point system fast and easy.

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Intelligent Features Designed into Life Safety System

Edwards, Bradenton, Fla., a UTC Fire & Security Company, launched its new Vigilant® brand small building life safety systems, which feature a full range of intelligent features designed for installers and building owners. With one- and two-loop panels supporting up to 500 intelligent devices, these solutions offer simple set-up, reliable operation, and advanced features.

Exclusive ground fault detection identifies field wiring problems right down to the module. Vigilant’s innovative communications protocol is so robust that all connections are made over standard wiring — no shielded cable required. This means that in most situations, existing wiring can be used to upgrade a legacy control panel to V-Series technology without rewiring the entire building. Add Ethernet® connectivity for local or remote diagnostics and programming, giving you a system that is just as easy to maintain as it is to install.

All Vigilant systems are part of a comprehensive family of devices and accessories engineered from the ground up to function in concert with one another. Every component is guaranteed by Edwards’ three-year pledge of uncompromising excellence.

Free technical support, unlimited application assistance, and NFAB-certified training rounds out the benefits of V-Series systems, which are sold nationwide by the firm’s authorized dealer network.

Multi-Path IP/Cellular Fire Alarm Communicator

Honeywell Power Products, Northford, Conn., introduced the IPGSM-COM fire alarm communicator, providing complete system reporting through Honeywell’s AlarmNet network via IP or multiple GSM/cellular pathways. While simple to install and operate, the IPGSM-COM offers a more reliable, cost-effective data reporting alternative to legacy circuit-switched phone lines.

A unique triple-path technology utilizes IP for primary communications and GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) for back-up. If GPRS is unavailable, the system automatically switches over to SMS (text message) communications. A 256-bit advanced encryption standard is used to secure data traveling through any pathway.

The IPGSM-COM is UL listed to offer full Contact ID data reporting and upload/download capabilities for the majority of Honeywell’s commercial fire alarm systems, including Fire-Lite Alarms, Gamewell-FCI, Notifier and Silent Knight. Zone inputs and optional dialer capture features enable compatibility with alternative brands of fire alarm control panels for dry contact reporting.

Fire alarm signals are transmitted to central stations through Honeywell’s AlarmNet network, a service provider of fire and security signal transport services. AlarmNet has built a network of redundant hardware servers and communication paths. Two locations of backup databases are equipped with battery and generator backup, along with technical support 24/7 for uninterrupted service.

By utilizing a facility’s existing IP network for communications and eliminating two phone lines per fire alarm control panel, the IPGSM-COM offers a potential cost-savings of $60 per phone line, per month. This IP and cellular technology is also ideal for facilities where phone lines are not available.

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New Photoelectric, Adding Remote Test Capability to Duct Smoke Detectors

With the launch of a new intelligent Remote Test Capable® photoelectric detector (2251BR), System Sensor, St. Charles, Ill., adds simplified remote testing capability to the updated DNR and watertight NEMA DNRW InnovairFlex™ intelligent duct smoke detector housing. This new detector is especially designed for use in applications requiring a remote test.

“By adding the remote-test-capable photoelectric detector as an option, it’s simple to test an intelligent duct smoke detector,” said Andy Kuester of System Sensor. “All other features and functions are the same as current intelligent photoelectric detectors.”

The new 2251BR detector can be identified by the “Remote Test Capable” text printed on the detector cover.

The Remote Test Capable detector enables updated DNR(W) duct smoke detectors to be tested remotely when used in conjunction with RTS151 or RTS151KEY remote test stations. This eliminates the need for the DCOIL or external 24V power to duct smoke installations, thereby reducing the additional first cost and installation labor associated with the DCOIL and pulling external power.

The InnovairFlex duct smoke detector can accommodate multiple installation footprints to overcome mounting constraints. According to System Sensor, it offers superb false alarm immunity, a broad temperature range of –4 deg. F to 158 deg. F, easily visible status indicators, and a readily accessible test feature. For increased ease of installation, technicians can install the new plug-in sampling tubes for InnovairFlex from the front or back without using tools.

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Wireless Sensors Are UL Listed for Commercial Fire

Digital Monitoring Products (DMP) offers five additional devices as part of its broad line of wireless security technology. These new commercial fire sensors include the 1165/1165H/1165HS Commercial Smoke Detectors, the 1181 Post Indicator Valve, and the 1182 OS&Y Switch. All of the devices carry the UL Commercial Fire listing.

“Dealers are eager for new sensors incorporating wireless technology as well as those with a UL commercial listing,” said DMP’s Jeff Britton. “These new DMP sensors create additional opportunities to take advantage of the convenience and power of two-way wireless communications in commercial security installations.”

The smoke detector is available in three models: 1165 Smoke Detector, 1165H Smoke/Heat Detector, and 1165HS Smoke/Heat Detector with Sounder. All models include a wireless transmitter, as well as a tamper switch that sends a trouble signal if the detector is removed from its mounting base.

The model 1181 Post Indicator Valve is a weatherproof and tamper-resistant wireless switch for monitoring the open position of post indicator, butterfly, and other types of fire sprinkler control valves.

The 1182 OS&Y Switch is used to monitor the open position of an OS&Y-type gate valve. The switch mounts conveniently to most valves ranging in size from ½ in. to 12 in. Both of these switches operate the external contacts of the wireless transmitter when the valve position is altered.

All of the devices are compatible with XR100 and XR500 Command ProcessorTM Panels using an 1100X Level F Commercial Wireless Receiver. Version 203 panel software is required for full sensor functionality and to meet the UL listing.

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