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Four Cabling Challenges for the Life Safety Industry
2013-07-01

Four Cabling Challenges for the Life Safety Industry

Current practices generate a series of challenges regarding the reliability and integrity of the existing backbone life safety system cabling solutions. In this post, I’ll elaborate on what I believe to be the four main challenges within the cable industry.

Future Cabling Solutions For Intelligent Buildings
2013-06-24

Future Cabling Solutions For Intelligent Buildings

We know that fire detection and its corresponding safety systems are crucial parts of an intelligent building. New technologies and the concepts being developed in intelligent buildings, such as advanced multi-function sensors, computer vision systems and wireless sensors, real-time control via the Internet, and integrated building service will continue to rely on a stable, reliable structured life safety network cable solution.

Chicago NFPA Conference & Expo 2013: My Experience
2013-06-17

Chicago NFPA Conference & Expo 2013: My Experience

If you’ve been following me or Mircom online, you probably already know that last week we participated in the NFPA Conference & Expo in Chicago from June 10-12. This is widely regarded as the year’s largest, most important, and comprehensive event for the fire protection, life safety, and electrical industries.

Intelligent Buildings, High Survivability & Data Reliability Requirements
2013-06-10

Intelligent Buildings, High Survivability & Data Reliability Requirements

Intelligent buildings apply technologies to improve the building environment and functionality for occupants while controlling costs and improving life safety. Today’s technologies make it possible to improve end user life safety, security, comfort and accessibility, while reducing individual costs to operators.

Wiring for Fire Alarm Systems
2013-06-03

Wiring for Fire Alarm Systems

This post provides an interesting window into encoded signals as applied to fire alarm systems. In addition discusses fire alarm wiring as applied to encoded signals. Each fire alarm/emergency communication system manufacturer’s software engineer has the liberty to implement any type of network protocol that is deemed applicable for the current system.

Testing Fire Alarm System Intelligibility
2013-05-27

Testing Fire Alarm System Intelligibility

A vital part of ensuring fire alarm emergency voice paging intelligibility is the testing process.

Principles of Intelligibility for Fire Alarm System
2013-05-20

Principles of Intelligibility for Fire Alarm System

Voice messages are generally considered as being superior to conventional evacuation tones as a means of notifying building occupants of an emergency. A voice message announcement tone gives enough information to cause a reaction. Let’s look at two possible scenarios:

Ontario Mandates Automatic Sprinklers in Retirement Homes & Private Long-Term Care Facilities
2013-05-14

Ontario Mandates Automatic Sprinklers in Retirement Homes & Private Long-Term Care Facilities

Last week on Thursday May 9, 2013 the Province of Ontario implemented mandatory automatic sprinklers in retirement homes and private long-term care facilities. The day after the new legislation was announced we posted my comments on our brand new YouTube Channel The Mircom Group. What are your thoughts on the changes to legislation?

Understanding Mass Notification Systems (MNS)
2013-05-06

Understanding Mass Notification Systems (MNS)

I have been thinking lately about the need for Mass Notification Systems and what this means in today’s society. Coincidentally, the Mircom Group of Companies was honoured with a 2013 Edison Gold Medal Award for Open Graphic Navigator™ in the Advanced Technologies- Smart Systems category.

Year 2063 Casting Fire Alarm Neural Nets
2013-04-29

Year 2063 Casting Fire Alarm Neural Nets

I like to think of myself as a futurist - always looking forward to see what the next best thing will be in the life safety industry.

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