Monthly Archives: August 2014

Silent Knight – What’s in the name?

In a recent blog, David Pakech talked about the new channel structure at Honeywell Fire. This exciting change comes with a lot of great opportunities and benefits. One of the opportunities that David mentioned is to maintain the Silent Knight identity and focus on helping our customers grow. Brand identity and differentiation in the market is our primary focus.

With a great brand — comes great products. From the 5808 to the 5820XL-EVS and the new Fire/CO detector (SK-FIRE-CO), Silent Knight has become the solution provider for more and more applications. Flexputs™ is also a convenient, differentiating feature availknight and panelsable on the fire alarm control panels. Beyond the commercial success of these products and features – saving lives and protecting facilities everywhere is really a noble cause that everyone in this industry should be proud of. Rest assured that this brand will continue to grow not only in size, but in recognition in the industry.

Silent Knight is holding true to its goal of maintaining a unique brand identity and I believe that it’s also critical to preserve what you love about the brand. Staying connected to the market is one of our techniques to ensure Silent Knight remains Silent Knight. I can say with confidence that the marketing team is certainly up to the task!

Personally, I have had the privilege of working in the fire and life safety industry for 16 years, with different companies and different brands. My broad experience with diverse product lines, global markets, and various roles within the business has given me an appreciation and perspective for what a brand represents and how important that is. Most important is what our loyal customers have come to love and expect from Silent Knight.

We look forward to moving ahead in this new world and serving you with the right products, excellent support, and genuine passion for what we do.

About the Author
Richard Conner is the Director of Marketing for the SED Channel – Fire-Lite Alarms, Silent Knight, and Honeywell Power. Richard joined Honeywell in 2002 and has over 15 years of experience in the fire alarm industry in Marketing, Engineering, and Product Support positions. Richard is responsible for developing brand strategy and marketing programs for all brands.

Alternative Communication – When to Use IP and/or Cellular

Alternative Communication has been around in the fire and life safety industry for a few years. This includes IP, Cellular, and other alternate methods of communicating from the protected premises to a Central Station. The industry has seen a recent increase in interest due to:IPGSM-4G central station diagramCommunications icon

1) Increasing awareness of the sunset of POTS;
2) Codes are better defined and understood;
3) Acceptance of the technology in more and more jurisdictions.

One common question regarding the Silent Knight IPGSM-4G fire alar
m communicator is “Which communications technology should I use?”

To start the discussion, the IPGSM-4G offers 3 options:

1) Dual Path – IP (primary) and GSM (backup);
2) Single Path – IP;
3) Single Path – GSM.

As all are good options, the quick and easy answer is, it depends…

The first consideration is what is allowed by the AHJ in the jurisdiction. Many jurisdictions today allow alternate means of communications; however, they may vary in acceptance of dual path (two technologies) or single path (one technology). Once you know what is accepted, it is a matter of what is preferred by you and what is available at the protected premises.

For IP, it’s important to understand what the owner/tenant has available in the protected premises. The product allows for a static or dynamic IP address for ease of install.

For GSM, you can check the signal strength in the protected premises just like you would on your mobile device. 25’ and 50’ external antennas are available if a strong signal is not available where the IPGSM-4G is installed.

Whichever way you choose to go, know that the IPGSM-4G is field configurable to meet the needs of the application.

About the Author
Richard Conner is the Director of Marketing for the SED Channel – Fire-Lite Alarms, Silent Knight, and Honeywell Power. Richard joined Honeywell in 2002 and has over 15 years of experience in the fire alarm industry in Marketing, Engineering, and Product Support positions. Richard is responsible for developing brand strategy and marketing programs for all brands.


A Blog About A Blog

Blog [blawg, blog]
a website containing a writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc., and often having images and links to other websites.*

Since we’re already tweeting and chatting on LinkedIn, blogging seemed like a good next step in getting useful and important information to our followers. So, after Blogvolunteering many of my colleagues to be part of the #SKBlog Team, we got to work on a plan for the year.

Our blog’s goal is simple: Provide a one-stop resource – updated frequently – focused on industry trends, including code changes, new technologies, common technical challenges and day-to-day fire business issues.  It’s also an open forum for industry pros to request input, share concerns and impart some of your own knowledge…but I can’t just let everything be work, work, work.  We’ll throw in a few fun topics and games to mix it up and give you a laugh.

You might be thinking: “Liz, don’t you have other projects to work on? Do you really have that much time to spend writing essays?” Don’t get me wrong! Silent Knight keeps me busy, but when we sat down to plan out and brainstorm blog topics, I really got to understand not only how codes and regulations impact this industry, but how much our products touch lives, keeping property and people safe.  Might sound cheesy, but I do have pride in our work and I know from speaking with many of you at trade events and expos that you take pride in your business and the industry too.

I invite you to subscribe to Silent Knight’s blog (just type your email in the box at the top right corner of this page) and join in the conversations!  Let us know what you think and what you want more of in future blogs.


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.


Orderly Evacuation with Synchronized Sounder Bases

In most jurisdictions across the United States, temporal 3 is the standard fire evacuation cadence to help avoid confusion. Unfortunately, this purpose is lost when sounder bases are used in applications such as apartments and hotels. When a general evacuation alarm occurs, the sounder bases used inside individual rooms are generally not synchronized with the hallway horn/strobes. Obviously this does not make for a clear and consistent evacuation tone. The new Silent Knight B200S Intelligent Sounder Base eliminates this synchronization base

The IntelliKnight line of addressable fire alarm control panels have a new Flexput programming option called “Sounder Base Power”. This option allows constant power to the B200S Intelligent Sounder Base while sending the System Sensor sync pulse. When a general evacuation alarm occurs, the sounder bases will be synchronized with the hallway horn/strobes to give a clear and orderly evacuation cadence. In addition, the B200S is supervised through the fire alarm control SLC meaning no end of line device is required giving you complete wiring flexibility.

Click here for more information.

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.

Low Frequency Sleeping Space Requirements Impacting 2012 IBC/IFC

When it comes to the hierarchy of code changes, the foundation lies with the International Building Code and Fire Code before any new changes will get implemented and enforced.

The 2012 editions of the International Building Code (IBC) and International Fire Code (IFC) indirectly reference the 2010 edition of NFPA 72, which requires a low freq maplow frequency tone in certain newly constructed Group-R occupancies.

Applications Impacted:

  • Transient Lodging Spaces – Hotels/Motels
  • College and University Dormitories
  • Assisted Living Facilities
  • Apartments and Condominiums

Each application – hotel and motel guest rooms, dorms, and so on – requires a careful study to determine the suitability of systems to meet associated codes.  Depending on your occupancy or system type, you may be required to use the low frequency notification appliances in either all sleeping spaces or just certain sleeping rooms.

Not every local jurisdiction has adopted the 2010 or 2013 version of NFPA 72, but an
increasing number of jurisdictions have. Remember to follow manufacturer instructions, as well as your local building/code regulations, for the use and installation of any audible visible notification devices.

To find out if your state or region will be required to comply with the low frequency requirements or to learn more about System Sensor SpectrAlert Advance Low Frequency (520Hz) devices, visit:

Rebecca Peterson is the Product Marketing Manager for the AV business unit of System Sensor. Rebecca has been with System Sensor for 13 years and her primary focus is designing products that customers need and want.