LIVE From the NFPA Conference and Expo

The rain-soaked streets of downtown Boston and Logan airport couldn't keep attendees away from the educational packed seminars that are the mainstay of the NFPA World Safety Conference and Exposition, that is being held this week, June 3-7. Even before the tradeshow floor opens there are pre-conference seminars on topics ranging from campus fire safety to NFPA 70E electrical safety in the workplace to sprinkler hydraulics.

If your business deals with building and life safety, codes and standards, fire detection and suppression, disaster preparedness/business continuity, fire and emergency response, fire protection engineering, industrial fire safety and security, public education or research, then this show is a must for you!

Breaking news from the show floor was the announcement from AES-IntelliNet that they have contracted with Per Mar Security Services. The decision was inspired in part by the looming AMPS Sunset Clause and VOIP market trends. Per Mar Security Services of Davenport, Iowa, provides a complete spectrum of UL-listed, full service, quality security solutions for over 41,000 commercial, institutional and residential accounts. The contract represents the latest of major alarm dealers to utilize the AES-Intellinet wireless mesh radio alarm communications system for reporting alarms to central stations quickly, reliably, and at significantly lower total costs than legacy telephone line and cellular-based alarm communications.

According to Tom Kenty, general manager for AES-IntelliNet, "I am extremely pleased by the Per Mar decision, I have full confidence in the IntelliNet technology, its reliability and truly believe it's the best security communications system on the market today."

Likewise, Michael Duffy, President of Per Mar stated that his company was looking toward the future when they chose AES-IntelliNet's wireless mesh communications network to convert their old AMPS sites. "With voice-over technology becoming the industry standard, it just makes good long term sense to utilize radios that provide a higher level of security and won't become obsolete. This 2-way wireless mesh communication network is what I see as the future for our company and the future for the industry."

Sitting down with Mike Troiano, the recently appointed president & CEO of Advanced Fire Systems Inc., you could get a sense of just how excited Mike is at the possibilities that lie ahead of him. Troiano is a 30-year veteran of the security and fire industry, having started back in 1977 at FENWAL working on the first photoelectric smoke detector. According to Troiano, "there is definitely room for an independent fire systems manufacturer in this industry. The conversations and solid sales leads that were generated from yesterday's attendees were overwhelming. My goals are to deliver top quality products on time, provide unparalleled customer, sales and technical support, operate with the utmost of integrity and most importantly to attract and retain customers due to superior performance and customer care. Ultimately I'm going to listen to my customers and prospects and deliver what they want. We offer a great array of products that are fully supported."

In 2008 look for the NFPA show to be back at the Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, NV, scheduled for June 2-6.

Touring the Show Floor
A quick glance at some of the new product announcements from the show floor: (in alphabetical order)

3M - Standing behind its fire suppression fluid, offering a 20-year warranty; look for the 3M Novec 1230 fire protection fluid that now comes with the 3M Blue Sky warranty.

Cooper Wheelock - Launching a mass notification systems solution, plus new launches in industrial signaling, as well as fire and security notification appliances and systems

Fire-Lite - Showcasing IPDACT IP communicator for transmitting alarms via existing network and phone lines; new conventional panel with addressable features (the MS-5UD and MS-10UD); also a newly redone website for their dealers..

Gamewell FCI - Showcasing its 7100 series analog addressable fire alarm control panel; plus their FocalPoint Graphic Workstation and the E3 Series Expandable Emergency Evacuation System

Honeywell Power Products - Demonstrating its fire alarm power supplies for continuous duty applications; plus monitored power supplies and a load of new reference material on their website

Notifier - The NFS2-640 is UL 864 9th edition listed; the NFS2-3030 is now UL 865 9th edition listed; and the company is launching its NFS-320 fire alarm control panel.

Silent Knight - Has updated the IFP-50 intelligent analog/addressable fire control panel in compliance to UL 9th edition standards; the Farenhyt IFP-100 also now conforms to UL 9th edition standards; and is announcing that the integrated voice evacuation system and addressable fire control panel (IFP-100VIP and IFP-1000VIP) are updated to meet UL 9th edition standards.

System Sensor - Showcasing their ExitPoint directional sounder with voice messaging; plus their SpectrAlert Advance mini horn sounders and the CO1224 carbon monoxide detector

Cementex - The electrician's 30-piece tool kit is available for a show special of almost 50 percent list price, and that price will be good through Sept. 30, 2007.