NFPA Journal examines worries over the reliability of computer networks to carry fire alarm communications

Blog Post created by freddurso Employee on Nov 12, 2013


!|src=|alt=Ethernet|style=margin: 0px 0px 5px 5px;|title=Ethernet|class=asset asset-image at-xid-6a00d8351b9f3453ef019b00d34a9c970b!Using Ethernet and other computer networks in conjunction with fire alarm systems has become a popular option in a number of occupancies. But are these networks reliable enough to provide the appropriate alarm signals during emergency situations?


This question has been on the minds of NFPA 72®, +National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code,+ committee members for quite some time. Resolving these concerns once and for all, a task group was formed to develop code language for the 2016 edition of NFPA 72 that addresses these networks. <br />


“We had a number of meetings where people had to get comfortable with the technology,”&#0160; Wayne Moore, vice president with Hughes Associates and task group chair, told+ NFPA Journal. +“Once they were comfortable, we said, ‘How can we allow it in the code?&#39;&quot;


Read the full story in +Journal,+ and watch the video of Moore discussing the work completed by the task group:


!|src=|alt=|style=padding: 0; margin: 0; border: 0; display: block; width: 80px; max-width: 100%;!SUPDET 2013 presenters discuss the evolution, utilization of NFPA 72