Archive for March, 2014

Proposed NYC fire law would require ECS in high-rises

NEW YORK—The city may mandate emergency communications systems in buildings higher than six stories after a man died in a high-rise fire this month while trying to escape down a smoke-filled stairway instead of remaining safely in his apartment. Continue reading ‘Proposed NYC fire law would require ECS in high-rises’

Low Frequency Requirements Sound Confusing, But They’re Necessary

The wording of the 520 Hz signal requirement in NFPA 72®: 2010 and 2013 has caused some confusion. In general, low frequency sounders take the place of standard sounders in commercial sleeping spaces. However, there’s far more to know about the newly enacted requirement.A significant change in NFPA 72, The National Fire Alarm Signaling Code, became effective January 1, 2014 – the 520 Hz low frequency audible fire alarm signal is required in all sleeping areas of newly constructed hotel guest rooms and dormitory sleeping rooms. What does this change mean for you? The short answer is: it depends. And confusion regarding the wording in the 2010 and 2013 editions of NFPA 72 is partly to blame for the difficulty in providing a definitive answer. Continue reading ‘Low Frequency Requirements Sound Confusing, But They’re Necessary’

Biometrics go wireless: Introducing BioConnect 2.5 for Access Control Systems from ENTERTECH SYSTEMS

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ENTERTECH SYSTEMS has just launched BioConnect 2.5, the latest version of their application for biometric integration with access control systems, debuting April 2 at ISC West 2014 in Las Vegas. With this highly anticipated new release, BioConnect has added a number of exciting features. It now leverages smartphones as an authentication source. OSDP support is also now available – delivering users secured communication protocols and diversified deployment architectures. Other new features include advanced template management for simple onboarding and new flexible credential options that range from finger-only to three-factor authentication. Continue reading ‘Biometrics go wireless: Introducing BioConnect 2.5 for Access Control Systems from ENTERTECH SYSTEMS’

Milestone Systems announces extended availability of fully-integrated, customizable NVRs

March 26, 2014.   Milestone Systems, the open platform company in IP video management software (VMS), announces extended availability for the Milestone Husky Series of network video recorder (NVR) appliances. These NVR appliances – preinstalled with Milestone’s XProtect® video management software (VMS) – will be available in 2014 Q2 in Europe, Middle East and Africa, and in Q3 for Asia and Pacific regions.
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Fire & Life Safety: Panel Innovations

Advancements in fire alarm control panels have seemed to evolve slowly over time. Historically, in many instances, panel changes have been born out of codes and standards changes; however, things like “the cloud” and intuitive touchscreens that have permeated our everyday lives have been incorporated into new panel designs. Continue reading ‘Fire & Life Safety: Panel Innovations’

Edwards downsizes manufacturing plant to keep competitive

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 competiveness.” Continue reading ‘Edwards downsizes manufacturing plant to keep competitive’

AT&T: 2017 end of the line for 2G

Cell carrier’s ‘sunset’ for GSM will force upgrade to 3G and 4G radios.

AT&T will phase out its 2G networks by 2017, setting a long-anticipated timeline for the “sunset” of the technology and giving the alarm industry a target date to upgrade cellular equipment. Continue reading ‘AT&T: 2017 end of the line for 2G’

Honeywell Puts Connected Businesses and Buildings Within Reach with WIN-PAK 4.0

Honeywell’s newest WIN-PAK integrated security system software allows integrators to more-easily create a connected business environment to meet a broad spectrum of user needs – ranging from entry level to large, multi-location applications. Continue reading ‘Honeywell Puts Connected Businesses and Buildings Within Reach with WIN-PAK 4.0’

The IT Factor of Surveillance: Research Reveals 91% of Video Surveillance Deployments Today Involve IT Departments

Enterprise Strategy Group study showcases IT’s growing influence on video surveillance as the market shifts from analog CCTV to IP video; When IT is engaged, 47% claim to have the most influence on final purchasing decision.

Axis Communications, the world leader in network video, today unveiled the results of the 2013 IT and Video Surveillance Market Study conducted by IT market research firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) to illustrate the growing role and influence that IT departments have on their company’s surveillance initiatives. Continue reading ‘The IT Factor of Surveillance: Research Reveals 91% of Video Surveillance Deployments Today Involve IT Departments’