NetTalon System 3000 Connects Fire Responders with Building Fire Alarm Systems

NetTalon Security Systems of Fredericksburg, Virginia has designed and patented the NetTalon System 3000. This new system networks local fire departments with the buildings they protect. Firefighters can examine details of a fire and begin to form strategies before leaving the firehouse. The system’s speed and ability to visualize the fire greatly increases speed of deployment and efficacy of response.

Several System 3000 Beta sites have been operating in the Virginia region. A recent installation at the Louisiana State University Fire and Emergency Training Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana demonstrated its importance.

The System 3000 reports alarm conditions to all authorized monitoring stations within two seconds of a sensor or smoke detector going into alarm. Sensor and detector conditions depicting the nature of the evolving emergency are reported immediately on a graphic of the building’s floor plan. Icons representing the various sensors (heat sensors, duress buttons, and smoke detectors) are overlaid on the floor plan and change color to indicate alarm conditions. The heat sensor icons display the changing temperature in real-time; the smoke detectors inform the first responders of the amount of restricted visibility and potential breathing difficulty. The duress buttons display the locations of personnel trapped by the fire emergency. The temperature sensors report the source of measured heat, leading the responders to the source of the fire.

A national study recently concluded the average arrival time for a fire company is more than six minutes following alarm validation. System 3000 saves much of this time because firefighters arriving at the scene will already understand where the fire is, where it’s spreading to, where the victims are with a deployment plan already formed. Fire departments and security officials can now envision a day when they respond to emergency situations with “near-perfect” information about the incident.

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