New wireless fire and intrusion products remove the wires, and the restraints, in specifications for integrators. We’ve got the low down on new products in both categories.
Commercial Wireless Systems International, LLC (WirelessFireAlarm.com) is coordinating a Dealer Network to install their new commercial wireless fire alarm system. CWSI’s system uses frequency-hopping spread-spectrum technology, a bi-directional RF communication network that supports up to 1,024 points on a single control panel. Wireless repeaters extend coverage and report all device information to the CP3000 Control Panel. The system currently offers two wireless smoke detectors: the audible 300 and the 301 tandem smoke detector. Their wireless transmitters allow for connection to any other UL listed device such as flow and tamper switches and manual pull stations. Output signals to operate fire safety control functions can be transmitted (and repeated) to a Relay Box providing 10 to 40 outputs. The Repeaters use supervised outputs to activate notification appliances. NACs built into the AR3 repeaters simplify this process. While you still have to wire notification appliances, a nearly all-wireless commercial fire alarm installation is doable.
Napco Security Technologies Inc. (www.napcosecurity.com), introduced its new commercial fire alarm panel, the Gemini C-Series, with up to 254 points/addresses. It has a built-in DACT, Fire Bus and four NACs. From this commercial platform you can expand to 254 inputs and up to 96 outputs. This can be accomplished by adding conventional zoned fire input modules; one eight-zone fire module may be added to the FACP and the rest are supported by the standard Fire Bus circuit and may be distributed throughout the building. By adding a radio receiver, you can go all wireless with your 254 fire addresses. Wireless smoke and heat detectors are available and for devices such as manual pull boxes, sprinkler waterflow switches and supervisory devices, a fire-listed wireless transmitter can be used. Three additional receivers may be added to the Fire Bus to extend the radio coverage to all parts of the building. This conventional fire panel may also combine addressable devices using an optional fire SLC module. Of course, as with all commercial fire alarm systems, the NACs must be wired to the panel. Or, this panel has the option to add up to 24 NACs using five optional, seven Amp, intelligent power boosters supported by the Fire Bus circuit.
In addition to all these options, using this Napco panel you can duplicate all the conventional/wireless/addressable fire features (except the four NAC circuits) with a security alarm device build-out on the same panel. The panel will accept another SLC module dedicated to addressable security devices. Adding a Burg Bus gets you the same conventional and wireless capabilities used for the fire devices, which allows you to add security to your fire alarm project. You can then use a burg expansion module to add conventional and wireless security devices.
Digital Monitoring Products (www.dmp.com) introduced a totally wireless light commercial/residential security/access control system which is also listed for residential fire protection. Its main feature is that it can be totally wireless. The XTL series panels utilize DMP’s 900MHz frequency-hopping spread-spectrum, two-way radio communication. (Is it just me, or does the term “radio” sound old-fashioned now?) The XTL has 28 wireless zones and over 25 wireless devices available. The wireless residential smoke detectors have built-in sounders to satisfy all residential code requirements.