Remote Monitoring

FireSmart control panelProtecting people and assets is paramount to any business, and consideration of managing the safety aspects of your estate, such as controlling fire detection, suppression, access and the evacuation of occupants, is essential. 

Giving thought to the residents of the building and business employees occupying it, including their personal safety and where they reside, building managers must consider what should happen in an evacuation. How would these people be alerted, and would they be able to evacuate safely?

The ongoing management of fire alarms is crucial for business. If they occur, false alarms are costly and detrimental due to a loss in business activity and the disruption to occupants due to the mandatory evacuation of the building.

Once you begin to understand the value of an intelligent alarm system, then selecting the right product ensures your building is efficiently working with minimum disruption to the company’s objectives. Remote monitoring alarm management puts keyholders, and building managers in control of the premises as the sophisticated yet easy to use solution enables remote system monitoring around the clock.

Event notification

Having the functionality to mass notify all occupants of a building should an incident occur is essential for keeping occupants safe. A remote monitoring system enhances your ability to do this by enabling SMS and emails to be sent, making sure that all occupants are notified, especially for those who are hard of hearing, work in noisy environments or use noise-cancelling headphones.

The ease of adding or removing people from the remote monitoring portal means that temporary visitors or employees within the building can also receive alerts. This is particularly important for businesses working in hotels, education, healthcare and commercial buildings.

Instant Communication

Highly configurable using an embedded web server and simple configuration wizard, a remote monitoring system can pass system events via e-mail, SMS, Modbus and BACnet formats using a standard IP connection.

Event notifications are triggered and processed immediately and, for email or text messages, can be routed to any number of recipients based on the event types including fire, pre-alarm, fault, disable, in test, technical alarm and security.

Since all events are sent immediately, users can reduce the number of false alarms by investigating the cause of the alarm before it is escalated, preventing any unnecessary (and potentially disruptive) evacuation.

Remote monitoring is particularly suited to managers of multiple sites, making their portfolio of properties easier and less time consuming to manage by delivering any fire alarm activity through a single platform.

System integration

Using remote monitoring provides support for Modbus TCP/IP and BACnet IP enabling simple interfacing to the building’s management and building management systems. System integration is critical in many buildings to enable urgent safety actions to be taken quickly and automatically in the event of an alarm such as the shutdown of equipment, closing of extract dampers etc.

Modbus TCP/IP and BACnet IP within Vizulinx have been made easily configurable with automatic allocation of Modbus addresses and BACnet object IDs providing transmission of panel status, zone status and device status.

The ability to monitor equipment via 16 switched inputs with customised messages allows support for conventional fire and extinguishing systems in addition to the serial RS232 interface for the Syncro networked systems.

FDS FireSmart Remote Monitoring Features

  • Monitors alarm activity on workstation or device
  • Receive alerts by email, SMS or pager
  • Easy user subscription function – Opt-in/Opt-out via text
  • Defined message notification for managers, engineers or building occupiers
  • Compatible with Modbus protocols
  • Configuration through the embedded web server
  • Quick setup, user-friendly operation
  • Internal memory event log
  • Isolated RS232 port

Example Uses of Input Applications

  • Advanced notification of fire or lockdown drills on the premises
  • Multiple sprinklers flow valve
  • Multiple suppression systems
  • Leak detection
  • Floor detection
  • Access control and security system outputs
  • External parameter detection
  • Nurse call and assisted living systems
  • Critical mains supply
  • Alerts from critical backup systems including freezer
  • Kitchen suppression systems