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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.

Replace Confusion and Chaos with Customized Emergency Messages

When an emergency event occurs, confusion and chaos normally becomes the rule and not the exception. It feeds upon itself when building occupants do not know what the situation is and what action to take. Another possibility is they may ignore the fire alarm horns and strobes altogether!

Testing EVSEmploying an Emergency Communications System solves these challenges while leading to the proper response (including fast and orderly egress). Manufacturers of Emergency Communication Systems have pre-recorded messages that you can select from to satisfy the needs of the application.

The Silent Knight 5820XL-EVS Addressable Fire Alarm with integrated Emergency Voice System allows you to use standard pre-recorded messages or create your own customized messages. One example of where customized messages are useful is a weather event at an elementary school.  A message playing the familiar voice of the principal, stating the event and what action to take, may be more effective than a standard, pre-recorded message from the manufacturer.

The customized messages can be created through the microphone of the main control or recorded on a computer and downloaded to the panel.  If a standard pre-recorded message is preferred, Silent Knight has 15 pre-recorded messages to choose from.  Click here to learn more about the 5820XL-EVS.

Want a quick demonstration of the Silent Knight fire alarm and emergency voice system? Just contact your local Sales Manager.

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.

An End to End-Of-Line Devices

Providing audible notification with sounder bases in multi-dwelling applications has been standard practice for some time, allowing installers a one-junction-box-mount for both the smoke detector and notification appliance.  The pain point in the majority of these jobs has been daisy chain wire runs.  Older style sounder bases require an end-of-line device for power supervision that eliminates the ability to T-tap and prevents multiple runs from a single set of power terminals.

The NEW B200S Intelligent Sounder Base power is supervised through the signaling line circuit (SLC).  An end-of-line power supervision device is no longer required. The SLC supervision gives you three major advantages over end-of-line power supervision.

  1. The base takes on the same address as the detector connected to it, giving you point identification if power is lost at the base;
  2. Future building expansion is a snap due to the ability of T-tapping wire;
  3. Eliminates daisy chain wiring, allowing multiple runs from the power terminals at the main control panel.EOL Resistors

Compatible with version13.2 and newer IntelliKnight addressable fire alarm control panels, the B200S will make your next sounder base job easier to install and service.

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.