Having the ability to communicate between networked panels allows for more flexible installations in larger facilities with multiple buildings containing several occupancies in different spaces. While the college system may not be as simple as learning the alphabet, it needn't be as difficult as Chinese algebra either. When starting a project of this scope, evaluate one fire alarm feature or safety function at a time for each building. After you and the stakeholders decide what is needed, as well as where, when and by whom, the equipment can be selected that best fits the project.
By educating yourself on all the options available, and presenting to the decision makers your Good, Better and Best packages, you will provide them a host of opportunities to choose from whereby they will be able to better protect their students and visitors. Commercial customers rely on you to tell them about the new, technologically advanced electronic life-safety equipment available for their buildings. Conveying these systems' ease of use to the end-user, especially those making purchasing decisions for public buildings, could culminate in a spectacular sale and a showpiece system that will be on public display for years to come. Do your homework and maybe you'll wind up with an A+ sale, a long-term customer and ongoing referrals.
This example illustrates the typical installation described in the story which may be suitable for a college campus setting versus an elementary school protected premises configuration. Table courtesy of Greg Kessinger
Greg Kessinger SET, CFPS is SD&I's longtime resident fire expert and regular contributor to the magazine. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.