Networked fire alarm systems are recommended for commercial facilities. The benefit of a networked system is that it can communicate data throughout fire alarm panels to give you more information and control over a fire event. In extensive facilities, control panels are positioned on different floors or buildings throughout the facility to relay status and maintain control over designated areas. Even if one control panel is offline, the rest of the network will continue to function and communicate needed data. In addition, a networked system allows you to access to control panel data from one central location. Through a dashboard, you can alter sensitivity or disable devices. If you use a mass notification system, it can be integrated into the networked alarm system to deliver critical messages to people in an emergency.
- Office buildings
- Industrial facilities
- Clean rooms
- Data centers
- School systems
Types of Alarm Systems:
- Ionization-type alarms – These alarms use radioactive material between two electrically charged plates. This causes ionization in the air, which allows current to flow between the plates. In the case of fire, smoke entering the chamber interrupts the flow of ions. This reduces the current and triggers the alarm.
- Photoelectric alarms – These alarms aim a light source into a sensing chamber. Smoke then reflects light onto a sensor and triggers the alarm.
- Heat detectors – Heat detectors vary by type and include fixed temperature and rate-of-compensation. They are best used in dirty environments or in those with high hazard flammable liquids.
- Air aspirating detectors – These detectors use laser sensors in a detection housing. Using a pump connected to tubing throughout the room, air is drawn into the detector head. These are ideal for the environment, such as clean rooms, computer rooms or high dollar risk areas where early detection is critical.
- Linear beam detectors – These are preferred for facilities with large spaces. They use ceiling-mounted detectors on opposites sides of a space. They measure reflectivity to determine if there is smoke obscuration.
- Ultraviolet and infrared detection systems – These systems offer high-speed detection around extensive industrial and flammable liquids facilities.
Hiller also specializes in the integration of your fire alarm system with your security system, access control, camera system, audio/video system, and environmental control system. We provide licensed and certified expertise in the design, engineering, installation and service of intelligent fire alarm systems. Intelligent fire alarm systems are designed to protect your assets and provide life safety for the inhabitants of your facility. Our systems monitor and integrate with manual activation sensors that monitor for smoke detection, rise in heat detection, water flow from your sprinkler system, etc. and then notify the proper individuals when a situation arises.
Design, Installation and Integration
Hiller understands the importance of your fire alarm system integrating with other electronic systems you may have in place. Using your intelligent alarm to communicate with your access control system allows certain doors to be opened or closed depending on needs and requirements of the facility. Integration with your energy management system allows for your HVAC to pull in clean air to a certain area, close off vents to certain areas, and provide specific air flow requirements for AOR (Areas of Refuge) allowing emergency responders the ability to help people in need more effectively. Fire alarm integration with your audio or communications system allows a message to be delivered to individuals in your facility promptly and efficiently, it could also allow for 2-way communication with individuals for status updates.