Monthly Archives: September 2014

Voice Lessons – EVS Training

Today’s fire alarm industry is ever changing and I see more and more companies leaning toward ECS (Emergency Communications Systems). In some buildings, fire emergencies may not be the highest threat. To meet the latest needs and requirements, Silent Knight offers a fire alarm panel that does more than Fire.

When you sign up for our 3-day training, you will get hands-on experience with our voice Silent Knight Training 4evacuation/emergency communication system panel known as the 5820XL-EVS. The 5820XL-EVS is essentially 3 systems built into one panel. As an installer, I always had an issue finding room to install the fire alarm control panel – never mind 3 panels.

In a supervised environment, the class will connect components such as an SLC, annuciator and amplifier for the speaker strobes to the panel, then program it. The programming includes mapping and testing the system for proper operation. We also record different types of messages using the microphone or by downloading an audio file.

Visit our training portal on silentknight.com for a full schedule of cities and dates where attendees can learn about the future of fire alarm and emergency communications systems.

About the Author
Brian Brownellhas worked within the fire alarm industry for 30 years and joined Silent Knight three years ago as technical trainer.

Communication Compliance – NFPA 72 2013 Edition

If your Authority Having Jurisdiction is already enforcing the 2013 Edition of NFPA 72, you are probably already aware of the changes that have been made to this edition concerning communications to a central station.  If not, there is no time like the present to prepare yourself.

Section 26.6.2.1.4 states, with one exception, that a second communication technology must be used when employing a telephone line.  The transmission means are stated as one-way private radio alarm system, two-way RF multiplex system, or transmission means complying with section 26.6.3.1.  The exception being access to the previous mentioned is not available and approval has been given by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to use two phone lines. If two phone lines are used, each telephone line needs to be tested at alternating 6-hour intervals.IPGSM closed_sm

What does this mean for Silent Knight fire alarm control panels?  The IPGSM-4G IP and Cellular Communicator is UL 864 listed and can be used as a communicator without phone lines or as a second transmission means to a phone line that meets section 26.6.3.1. If two phone lines are used, the telephone lines will need to be tested at alternating 6-hour intervals.  Version 14.0 5700, 5808, 5820XL and 5820XL-EVS now has an option to select 4, 6, 12 or 24 hour dialer test intervals to satisfy AHJs enforcing NFPA 72 2013 edition.  Version 1.06 of the 5104 and version 1.07 of the SK-5208 have also added the test interval options.

Be sure to download the latest version of the 5660 SKSS v3.60 up/downloading software free of charge, prior to programming the new options.

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.

Announcing Annunciator Increase to 12

Version 14.0 5808, 5820XL, and 5820XL-EVS addressable fire alarm control panels now allows up to 12 remote annunciators to be placed on the system.   Many assisted living facilities and nursing home regulations and standards require sufficient annunciators such that travel distance in any hall to an annunciator sk new anndoes not exceed fifty feet.  The South Carolina DHEC Standards for Licensing Nursing Homes are an example of this requirement (Regulation Number 61-17 Section 2301 A4b).  Increasing the number of annunciators to 12 allows the previous mentioned addressable FACPs to be used in larger facilities.

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.

 

The New EVS-100W Amp Has Your Back!

sk ampSilent Knight has just released the EVS-100W amplifier with backup capabilities for use with the 5820XL-EVS Addressable Fire Alarm Control with Integrated Voice System version 14.0. The EVS-100W can be used in one of three configurations.

  • 100 watts no backup
  • 50 watts with 50 watts backup
  • 100 watts with 50 watts backup using model number EVS-50WBU daughter board

The EVS-100W will help you meet A&E specifications that require a backup amplifier in emergency communication applications. To help support this new model number, version 3.6 of the Silent Knight Software Suite is available free-of-charge from our website.

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.

Memory Lane Takes a Detour

Most people who enter the life safety business tend to stay in it. Over the years, I’ve Share your story monkey and boyheard some funny and outrageous stories from the field! How about you? Did a customer try to pay you in meatballs? Did a customer ask you to watch their kids while you were there so they could run errands?

Everyone has that one story they think back on and chuckle… tell us about it by filling in the
blank:
I will never forget when_____________________________________________

The first 10 stories will get a little something from Silent Knight to thank you for sharing.

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.