Part one of our series of articles on fire panel migration.
We all operate our businesses in an age where up-to-date information is available no matter where you are or what time it is. Why then is your legacy conventional fire panel stuck communicating to your critical personnel using the technological equivalent of cans and strings? New intelligent fire panels have the ability to give you the information you need, where and when you want it.
Necessity of Event Logs
Today’s intelligent fire panels are able to log over 2,000 events, which is critical when conducting relentless root cause analysis of an episode at your facility. Legacy conventional fire panels simply cannot log all critical inputs like alarms, troubles, or supervisory signals, which makes it difficult to re-create the sequence of events. The first question after an incident, real or accidental, is “how did this happen?” Delivering accurate, post-event information to your decision makers is possible with intelligent panels. Intelligent fire panels also log which events may have been acknowledged or silenced at the panel to give an even clearer picture of the entire scope of an incident. Preventing future occurrences is a priority for every business; event logs are paramount in providing the most applicable information to complete that task.
Intelligent Communications Modules
Older legacy conventional fire panels require someone to be present at the physical location in order to see the status of the system. In a world of virtually unlimited connectivity, an intelligent panel keeps pace by giving authorized users the ability to view the panel status from anywhere an internet connection is available. An intelligent communications module [ICM] provides an active emulated display of the control unit. Now, businesses can view the fire panel remotely and monitor the status and potential events in real-time. ICM features include a priority emailing system which can be customized to automatically send a message regarding different levels of status changes recorded at the fire panel. Most importantly, critical personnel who need to be informed are instantly notified.
Your fire protection system is an essential component of business continuity and you should have the ability to know its status, both past and present. Migrating from legacy conventional fire panels to intelligent fire panels enables businesses to make sound decisions based on timely and accurate information.
Contributor: Adam Tracy is a Senior Sales Engineer and holds a BS in Civil Engineering, an MS in Fire Protection Engineering, and an MBA. Adam maintains expertise in all aspects of fire suppression including system design, hazard analysis, fire testing and code development.
Watch for our future topics on data availability, drift compensation, diagnostics and testing.