On June 25, 2015, two motions will be considered at the NFPA meeting in Chicago which will impact the security industry as well as its customers. The Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA) issued the following information to explain the proposed NFPA revisions and how they could limit or eliminate private competition by listed central stations’ ability to provide remote station service.
From catastrophic natural disasters to the threats college students face, there has been a heightened demand for Mass Notification Systems (MNS) that provide clear, concise and intelligible voice messages that communicate how people should respond in an emergency. The magnitude and diversity of today’s threats have influenced the federal government and other organizations to develop intelligibility requirements in order for an MNS to be effective.
The circuits and pathways chapter is mainly menu-driven: other chapters specify the requirements that apply. A new section addresses prioritization and segregation of life safety versus non-life-safety signals with shared pathways.
To date carbon monoxide (CO) detection has been a requirement primarily for residential installations. But that’s changing fast. Some states have passed laws requiring CO detection in commercial buildings with sleeping areas such as hotels and dormitories, as well as residences. The latest versions of the International Building Code (IBC), International Fire Code (IFC) and several National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) codes and standards have similar requirements.
The basis of a UL listing for a central station means it and the services it provides have been evaluated for compliance with the applicable UL standards. Now what does that mean to you, the security dealer?
Having a UL listed central station is a mark of distinction pursued by alarm monitoring companies and trusted by consumers. But earning the distinction can be a lengthy and intricate process that requires demonstrating a range of competencies followed by ongoing inspections to maintain the certification.
As the cover asserts, security systems integration work is in demand from all corners of the market, giving 2020 Top Systems Integrators boundless opportunities in traditional systems as well as on fast-growing hosted/managed security solutions.
Also in July, insight on how to install Security Locks & Door Hardware, "Top Tech Tips for Security Locks & Door Hardware Installs", and much more.