How fire alarm monitoring can help secure your financial future
Fire alarm monitoring is an integral component of security, yet many neglect it. But this technology offers several cost-cutting benefits and protects property against damage.
As telecom providers retire their copper phone lines, more buildings are opting for network/cellular fire alarm monitoring – but what does this mean for your fire alarm system? The DSC NEO kit uses the latest technology to ensure your fire alarm system remains monitored and secure without the use of traditional copper phone lines.
Sounding the alarm
Fire departments should be called before any blaze reaches dangerous proportions, protecting assets and limiting damages. Monitoring also allows occupants to safely evacuate a building before major structural damage is sustained or any lives are threatened by fire.
When dealing with fire emergencies, it’s essential that your system communicates quickly with its monitoring station to alert authorities of an impending crisis. When an alarm panel detects an issue, a signal is sent directly to a central station staffed by highly qualified technicians who will immediately reach out and alert relevant authorities and send help as quickly as possible.
If you currently use traditional POTS (plain old telephone service) or 2G-based systems, we can assist in upgrading to an MFVN (Multi-Facility Voice/Data Network) solution which will save money while eliminating beeps!
Fire alarms provide essential protection from physical harm, saving lives and limiting financial losses. A well-functioning alarm will quickly summon firefighters to the scene of any fire reducing property loss while mitigating smoke and water damage.
As sensors and fire suppression systems monitor your establishment for signs of potential fire, integrated into a central fire monitoring panel they allow efficient and cost-effective fire detection.
Making the switch from POTS lines to network/cellular transmitters can save money and ensure reliable fire alarm performance in an emergency. Network/cellular communicators check in instantly with monitoring centers, making it quicker for fire departments to arrive quickly at your facility.
Fire alarms that are monitored will immediately send a signal from their panel/communicator (DACT, Cellular or IP) to a central station where a live operator at the fire monitoring center will contact your emergency contacts and local authorities as soon as possible.
This feature can be especially beneficial in buildings that aren’t always occupied, as it will ensure that if someone in the building needs help raising an alarm themselves they’ll still reach out and contact the fire department – saving lives as a result! This can significantly decrease damage caused to a building and could help avoid serious injury if an incident does arise.
Though fire deaths have decreased over time, they remain an avoidable tragedy that can be mitigated through monitoring fire alarm systems. Knowing your property and loved ones are safe even when you’re away can bring tremendous peace of mind.
Reduced risk of damage
Your system monitoring should alert the fire department immediately in an emergency situation if any potential damages to your business arise, helping keep damage minimal while possibly lowering insurance premiums.
As part of an expanding smart building industry, several fire alarm systems can be connected to building management systems for monitoring and control purposes as well as mass notification systems or overall building health analytics.
The National Fire Alarm Protection Association Code mandates that your fire alarm system include both primary and backup methods of communicating with its monitoring station. Instead of opting for two POTS lines, upgrade to a network/cellular communicator instead; these have dual cell connections which will continue working in case of internet outages.
Reduced risk of injury
Fire alarm monitoring provides your building with an extra level of protection, avoiding false alarms that might otherwise be set off by burnt popcorn, grease spills or pets. Plus, its loud piercing sound may wake sleepers quickly so they can escape an emergency before it worsens.
This system also ensures that fire departments arrive as soon as possible to the scene of any fire, which can significantly lessen damage caused by it. Even if all occupants can evacuate safely, an unexpected blaze may still start while they’re leaving and cause major disruption.
AFPG utilizes mesh radio or 4G/LTE wireless communication as a secondary method of communicating between your fire alarm panel and central station in case the primary means fails. This eliminates redundant Plain Old Telephone Service (POTS) lines and reduces risk of an outage in communication. In addition, with the Solo 823 kit, you get the most comprehensive range of solutions for automatic fire alarm systems.