How Does A Fire Alarm Monitoring System Work

Gertrude Aziz

Fire detection systems are very effective means to protect people, installations, equipment, goods, and materials from the dangers derived from a fire if they are correctly installed, maintained, and used.

The technology related to these systems has evolved throughout their existence. Today, thanks to the progress of technology and experience in their use, they have become an indispensable component when detecting a fire, especially in its initial phase, which is the most critical moment, where the fire can be more easily extinguished; on the other hand, late detection of the fire, which would delay the emergency actions planned, can cause significant losses and exponentially increase the difficulty of extinguishing it.

But a sound system does not end only with fire detectors and sprinklers; the complete ones include a fire alarm monitoring system, which involves the operation of a Control Center attended 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by a group of operators, who are receiving on their computer terminals all the news that may occur, openings and closings of the security systems of premises, companies or offices, with current events, panic signals, and fire, paramedical and police emergencies.

Due to the diversity of brands in the market regarding fire detection systems and the need to centralize electronic security systems, dedicated software has been developed for local and remote monitoring of a building’s fire detection network through Ethernet networks, allowing access from any geographical point. It is a Client-Server application designed to integrate fire detection and security systems.

Currently, the software works with multiple fire detectors brands, placing it in a priority position for customers who own buildings with different fire detection systems.

These fire alarm monitoring systems graphically display the incident’s location to the physical security personnel and generate different types of reports such as historical, failures, and status, allowing to know the overall quality of the system and follow up with the maintainer of the detection system.

Due to its intuitive and straightforward design, the operator can visually and instantly locate faults or alarms coming from smoke or temperature detectors, control, relay, and monitoring modules, distributed throughout the building or plant, linked to an intelligent or conventional fire alarm control panel.

The system receives and decodes the messages sent by the control panel, stores them in a database, and automatically displays the location where the event occurred.

The link between the monitoring system and the fire detection system is made through an RS232-TCP/IP gateway, connected to an Ethernet data network, providing flexibility and scalability to centralize and monitor all the detection system events.

The best applications run on Microsoft® Windows ®7, Windows ®8 or Windows ®10, in all its versions, and provide an easy to use graphical user interface, allowing to control local and remote fire networks.

This kind of software is implemented in numerous banks, shopping malls throughout the country, museums, schools, laboratories, warehouses, train stations, oil pipelines, public transportation systems, and the largest and most influential companies.

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