Monthly Archives: April 2014

The 5820XL Has Been Given a Powerful Voice

The 5820XL-EVS adds capability for voice evacuation and emergency communications to the 5820XL addressable fire alarm control.  One control can now be used for both fire and voice applications eliminating the need to use a side car voice panel with the 5820XL addressable FACP.  New programming options for the 5820XL include:

  • Priority settings for fire and emergency communication events.  Fire events can now be overridden by emergency communication events
  • Single button emergency voice message activation from the panel, the LOCs (Local Operator Console), and the 5880 input/output module
  • Activation of output when the microphone is engaged
  • Use of the auxiliary audio input to play background music or message from a communicaitons system
  • Control and lockout timers for the LOCs which allow fr single user microphone access, thus eliminating confusion from mulitple microphone inputs
  • Gain settings for the messages, tone, microphone and auxiliary audio input

You can view these options and more by ensuring you have the latest version of SKSS (Silent Knight Software Suite).  Download the software application for free by clicking here.  Contact technical support at 800-446-6444 for assistance.

About the Author
Mark Indgjer is the Technical Support Supervisor for Silent Knight.  Mark joined Silent Knight in 1988 and is responsible for technical support and application engineering.  Mark is also NICET Level II certified.​

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner – And A Blue Ribbon!

​Not only did Silent Knight bring home the top prize in the fire/life safety category of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) New Product Showcase at ISC West 2014 but the expo/booth traffic was crazy busy!  Thousands of visitors checking out the latest and greatest products found what they were looking for from Silent Knight. I’m sure they weren’t disappointed!

Here’s a little about what we highlighted this year:

Fire/CO Detector
Silent Knight earned a blue ribbon in the SIA New Product Showcase for the SK-FIRE-CO addressable combination fire and carbon monoxide (CO) detector. This device not only protects people from CO leaks and fires all-in-one, but also saves the costs of independent smoke and CO detectors, and all the related parts and wiring. Plus it maintains the aesthetics of any room.

5820XL-EVS – Fire Alarm With A Powerful Voice
Ideal for schools, hospitals, government and military facilities or other places of assembly, the Silent Knight 5820XL-EVS is an excellent choice for buildings considering an emergency communication system (ECS) or fire alarm upgrade, or for those located within a municipality that will soon adopt current NFPA code ECS requirements.

New Website, Even More Great Information
Our newly designed website gives you quick access to fire alarm and emergency communication product information.  Its responsive design lets you take it with you on the go – on a tablet or phone. You have enhanced access to tech-tip videos, tools and a library of product information – available 24/7. Visit to see what’s new!

The booth traffic stayed steady throughout the show and the new products got a lot of attention. It really shows how interested and passionate people in the fire and life safety industry are to keep people and property safe. If you’ve never attended an ISC West Show and your business relates to security and/or fire, don’t miss next year’s show at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas, April 15-17.


About the Author
Elizabeth Richards is the Manager of Communications for the SED Channel – Fire-Lite Alarms, Honeywell Power, and Silent Knight. Liz joined Honeywell Fire Systems in 2003 and is responsible for the communications, collateral, messaging, and events for all three brands.

SK-FIRE-CO Named Best on Fire Life Safety in NPS at ISC West 2014

Silent Knight by Honeywell won at the Security Industry Association’s 2014 New Product Showcase (NPS), winning the Best of  Fire Life Safety Award at the NPS awards ceremony at ISC West on Wednesday April 2, 2014.

The SK-FIRE-CO is an addressable combination carbon monoxide and fire detector.  It uses four sensing elements to provide the best fire detection and false signal rejection available, reducing nuisance alarms and provides a separate carbon monoxide signal.  When used with the B200S intelligent sounder base, the system ties together by providing the appropriate temporal signals, and because it can synchronize with System Sensor A/V devices, it becomes part of the evacuation signal vs. using a separate device.

“Each year, the companies competing in SIA’s New Product Showcase at ISC West present the leading-edge security solutions that are shaping the industry,” said SIA CEO Don Erickson. “These new technologies and solutions are the drivers that are moving the security industry forward, and I congratulate Silent Knight on their win at this year’s NPS.”

Since its inception in 1979, the NPS has been the security industry’s premier awards-based marketing program. This year’s NPS Program had 106 entries from 88 companies.



About the Author
Beth Welch is the Manager of Public Relations for Honeywell Fire Systems. For a decade, she has strived to raise awareness of new technologies, industry trends and information, for the benefit of engineers, integrators and end users.

Go Large or Go Home: Protecting PA Transit Authority

The IntelliKnight™ 5820XL addressable fire alarm system was chosen by the nation’s sixth largest public transportation system, the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), to protect an expansive maintenance facility. The ease of use, longevity and cost-effective qualities of Silent Knight’s non-proprietary systems have led SEPTA to standardize on this technology for use in dozens of its other facilities.
A main hub for servicing SEPTA’s 1,545 buses, 159 rail trolleys and 38 trackless trolleys, the facility required a large-capacity, code-compliant fire alarm with the sophistication to control various ancillary systems – all within tight budgetary parameters.“SEPTA needed an addressable fire alarm system that would be expandable to accept future detection and/or output relay devices,” explains Robert Tangi of SEPTA Philadelphia. “In addition, the system had to be able to communicate fire alarm data to the central monitoring company seamlessly, without the use of a separate communicator device, and be end user friendly.”

To power horns and strobes, particularly in large a facility as this, which covers an entire square city block, the Silent Knight 5895XL intelligent distributed power modules were utilized. As many as eight 5895XLs can be added to a system with each module able to be placed up to 6,000 feet away from the previous, distributing the power where it is needed.
The new system was also required by SEPTA to be non-proprietary, to avoid the high cost and service issues that could arise from being locked into one vendor for fire alarm parts, maintenance and testing. The IntelliKnight system fit the bill.
About the Author
Loren Schreiber has been with Silent Knight for 27 years and currently holds the position of Product Marketing Manager.  Loren’s primary focus is obtaining customer needs and requirements for new product development.

Free Services from Silent Knight Application Engineers

Mark Indgjer and Jack Grones, Silent Knight Application Engineers, can provide you with no-charge services rarely offered by any other manufactures of fire alarm systems. With NICET certification and over 55 years of combined industry experience, these two gentlemen will be sure to help you on your next fire alarm application. Call 800-446-6444 to take advantage of the following:

  • Review building plans for proper Silent Knight equipment (can NOT sign off on drawings)
  • Cross list other manufactures equipment with Silent Knight parts to secure jobs
  • Review specifications line by line log variation
  • Provide assistance with acceptance from contractors and Authority Having Jurisdiction (Code Interpretation)
  • Provide engineering documents such as record of completion form, acceptance test form, sequence of operation form, and battery calculations
  • Pre-engineer voice evacuation, emergency communication and fire fighter phone systems
  • Provide compatibility data on initiating and notification devices
  • Produce AutoCad typical drawings on all Silent Knight products
  • Provide riser diagrams



About the Author
Loren Schreiber has been with Silent Knight for 27 years and currently holds the position of Product Marketing Manager.  Loren’s primary focus is obtaining customer needs and requirements for new product development.