Fire Alarm Upgrades: Reasons for Renovation

Business and technology trends driving fire alarm upgrades

According to Aldrich, new technologies designed to save building owners money in the renovation process is a current trend many manufacturers are trying to grasp. Modular systems providing a customized fit per application while requiring less materials and therefore decreasing costs, seem to be the most favorable among facility owners. Sophisticated modules allowing existing detection and notification devices to integrate with new, more advanced fire alarm control panels are providing huge renovation savings. Some types of pre-existing wire can also be utilized to decrease material and labor costs and speed installation time.

“It’s important to have an experienced designer put the system together to make sure it’s done right. It’s also their job to know when and how to apply these money-saving innovations,” added Aldrich.

Opportunities to take advantage of buildings’ existing networks and eliminate dedicated phone line charges by switching over to IP (Internet Protocol) for fire alarm reporting to central stations is a huge cost-saver that many dealers are offering existing customers. However, recent introductions of GSM fire alarm communicators, such as Honeywell’s IPGSM-DP, offer not only another method of reporting signals (via cellular), but dual-primary communications pathways for added system redundancy.

As codes change and technologies are enhanced, acquiring the best fire protection, specific to the needs of each application, is always the ultimate goal. However, renovations need not always entail a costly system overhaul.



Robert Gomersall is a product manager for Gamewell-FCI, based in Northford, Conn.