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Fire Alarm Interface

Fire Alarm and panel interface
Fire alarm interface
Fire Alarm and panel interface
Fire alarm interface

Fire Alarm Interface

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The Alertus emergency notification system is designed with integration in mind. The new NFPA 72 compliant fire alarm control panel interface connects your entire mass notification system and provides a comprehensive method for monitoring your fire panel system to both activate and distribute emergency alerts.

This innovative interface takes fire alarm event information from the fire panel, applies smart logic/transformation technologies, and broadcasts messages over multiple communication paths. The system instantly responds upon activation of the fire alarm panel, recognizes the identity of the device initiating the fire alarm, and translates commonly used fire panel abbreviations into an intelligible spoken message. Messages can include data about the nature and location of fire alarms.

Key Features

  • Notification Coverage: Fire alarm integration allows fire panel events to activate the Alertus system, which extends to the Alert Beacon and text-to-speech functionality to provide spoken voice output. The system also ties in with existing strobes and sounders

  • Broader Application: The Alertus system is compliant with NFPA 72 and can process many different types of fire panel codes to send a variety of predefined emergency alerts

  • Integration: The fire panel interface is compatible with existing fire alarm panels and PA systems and requires little to no alteration to existing systems

  • Monitoring: The Alertus fire panel interface allows the Alertus system to monitor and command the fire panel to suppress notification modalities such as strobes and sirens in the event of an emergency alert that does not require facility evacuation

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The system had to have the capability to read a truncated message from the fire alarm panel, convert it to an intelligible plain text language, and distribute it through all the multi-modality means of communication that we currently used—one of which was digital, in-house paging.
— Bret Martin, Director of Fire, Life Safety, and Utilities, Carolinas HealthCare System

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How Does It Work?

When the fire alarm control panel is activated, it sends out one or more specific codes that define the event at hand.
These fire alarm panel codes are transmitted to a fire event processing engine, either through a direct connection or serial ethernet transport.
The fire event processing engine then translates the fire panel codes into an intelligible message that is then sent to the Alertus Server as a custom event trigger.
Once the Alertus server is triggered, an emergency alert message is sent to all Alertus system endpoints. These can include Alert Beacons, existing strobes and sounders, PA systems, cable TV and digital signage override, Alertus Desktop Notification, etc.
The Alertus server acts as the central control and logic processes for predefined messaging. The Alertus solution is designed to utilize an IP address based architecture, and Alert Beacons communicate via Ethernet/PoE. This allows organizations to utilize existing infrastructure. The Alertus system is supervised between the central system and all endpoints, and system administrators are notified of any interruption in availability pertaining to any unit of the system, including irregular activity.

Requirements

  • Audio input on fire alarm control panel (may require programming on fire panel)
  • RS232 (printer) port from fire alarm control panel

Compatibility

The Alertus fire panel interface is compatible with the following models:

  • BOSCH
  • Edwards EST
  • Edwards IRC
  • Evax
  • FCI 7100
  • FCI 7200
  • FCI Broadband
  • FCI E3
  • FCI FCID
  • FireLite
  • Gamewell – FCI E3
  • Gamewell - Network
  • Gamewell - Single Panel
  • GE CADXX
  • GE EST
  • Grinnell
  • Keltron
  • Notifier - AFP Series
  • Notifier 1010/2020 Network
  • Notifier Onyx (3030)
  • Siemens MXL
  • Siemens XLS
  • Silent Knight 9500/9800 Receiver
  • Silent Knight 5824 Serial
  • Silent Knight Gateway 1
  • Silent Knight Gateway 2
  • Simplex 4100
  • Simplex 4100U