ADT launches new home automation system nationwide | #TpromoCom #ADT #Security #HomeAutomation | ADT, a provider of monitored security and interactive home and business automation solutions in the U.S. and Canada, is rolling out the ADT Command panel and control platform nationwide.
Building on the ADT Pulse platform, which was introduced in 2010, ADT Command offers a rich feature set customized to address customers’ lifestyle and needs, while increasing operational efficiencies.
“At ADT we are dedicated to security and leveraging technology to meet the needs of the evolving smart home industry while bringing the best in-home protection to our customers,” Jim DeVries, Chief Executive Officer of ADT, said in the announcement.
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On the 12th of this month, Security eNews–your news blog–carried the following news item related to single-use and combination burglar / fire alarm panels, alleged to be non compliant with regard to UL 985 and NFPA 72:
Major Alarm Panel Recall Could Be Looming | There appears to be a major issue of non-compliance with both the NFPA and UL codes by possibly every alarm panel manufacturer in the industry — despite being UL certified (click here).
I’d like to make a personal observation on this matter.
First, was public disclosure with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) really necessary? In a world where the popular news media grandstands on any and every opportunity to demonize the security industry, was this really necessary?
Second, as technicians, many of us have suspected that there might be potential issues with the electronic burglar alarm panels we use… but we didn’t publicly disclose the matter because it would tell every burglar known to man that there could be an inherent issue. Oh, and we commonly run our alarm wires inside the walls, inside the structure, and not outside so burglars cannot easily short them.
Third, couldn’t this be handled in some other manner, other than involving all the above as well as the entire world?
In conclusion, the resolution to this issue is now beyond comprehension or the financial ability of anyone to address via normal channels.
Not only will this effectively cause most burglar alarm panel manufacturers to expend an unimaginable amount of money and effort to fix, if found to be an issue, but it could put some of them out of business. It may also mean that every alarm company out there might have to return to their good customer’s place of business or residence to replace the alarm panels that they previously installed–and most likely at their own expense.
Did I forget to mention the lawsuits that could result because of all this? Of course, some of the older panels out there were installed before UL and NFPA compliance was codified. That will, of course, help limit or contain the problem to some degree.
Alarm dealers, the immediate resolution to this problem is to stop running all your wires surface on the outside of buildings and homes. Well, at least make sure you don’t (sorry for the bit of sarcasm here).
And finally, I sincerely hope I’m making a mountain out of a mole hill here, but time will tell. One thing is for sure, this will be an interesting ride. –Al Colombo
About Al Colombo
Allan B. Colombo is a long-time trade journalist and copywriter in the security and life-safety markets. Over the past 35 years his byline has appeared in nearly every security and locksmith trade magazine on the planet. He’s now a Senior Design Specialist with TpromoCom, a social media, content, and web design company based in Canton, Ohio.
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Residents escape burning condo building despite not having fire alarms | #TpromoCom #Fire #FireAlarm #LifeSafety | WEST BEND, Wis. — All residents escaped a fire at a condo complex despite there not being a fire alarm system. The fire broke out about 1:20 a.m. Friday at the building on North River Drive in West Bend.
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Editor’s Note: As a former fire technician and alarm dealership owner/manager, I fully understand the issue of fire code and the fact that landlords that build only have to maintain their buildings to the code that was in force at the time they were constructed. However, on a personal level, I often wonder if there’s a better way.
I do not advocate changing the rules as they are because a landlord should not be legally challenged to follow changes in local fire code. Every time there would be a minor change, they’d be required to adjust their units accordingly, and although that would not be a bad thing for the tenants, it would cause undo financial hardship on many of those that rent because such changes in construction would ultimately fall at the feet of all those who rent from them, and that is the way it must be.
I believe that communities share in the responsibility to find an equatable way to provide incentives to landlords who take the initiative to bring their facilities up to present day fire code. Perhaps that can be accomplished through tax breaks, or perhaps through rate adjustments on water and rubbish pickup.
Yes, it will mean compromise in that the community at large will realize a loss of revenue, but there simply must be a way to make this happen without driving landlords out of business. For all of us to sit by and criticize a landlord for not having installed fire alarms in a 1980-built condo when he followed all the rules at the time will accomplish nothing.
It’s time that all of us put some skin in the game by sharing in the solution to this ongoing problem. —Al Colombo
Emerging markets offer lucrative growth for fire safety market | #TpromoCom #Fire #LifeSafety #FireCode | The global fire safety equipment market size is expected to reach USD 105.92 billion by 2025 at a CAGR of 8.8% over the forecast period, according to a study conducted by Grand View Research, Inc.
Strict government regulations and mandates concerning workplace safety are expected to be the key factors driving the market. Increasing awareness about the benefits of installing fire safety and security equipment and demand for state-of-the-art fire protection equipment are also expected to fuel the market growth.
Transition towards the installation of technologically advanced fire detection systems, and eco-friendly fire suppression agents is also expected to support the market development over the forecast period.
The advent of smart fire suppression and detection systems, and the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) for the wireless integration of such systems, along with the enforcement of various safety and building codes, and increasing fire safety expenditure by enterprises are several other factors responsible for market growth cited by Grand View.
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#Audit Finds NYC Schools Unprepared for #Emergency Situations | #ESC_LLC #School #Security #Safety | An audit of NYC schools’ safety plans found missing floor plans, unarmed door alarms, and a lack of drills and coordination, among other things.
According to the release, the state’s Department of Education has not been strict in requiring schools file safety plans on time and policies do not routinely align regulations with state requirements.
The assessment looked at safety plans of 25 of the city’s 1,800 schools run by the DOE. It found missing floor plans, unarmed door alarms, radios that were turned off or were not working, and a lack of drills and coordination, among other issues.
Hartford Fire Marshal wants landlords, facing arrest over safety violations, to turn themselves in | #TpromoCom #Fire #Landlord #Arrest | Safety violations at several Hartford apartment buildings have prompted the Fire Marshal’s Office to seek arrest warrants for two landlords, including a property owner recently found in violation of his $750,000-a-year contract with HUD.
Martin Rothman, identified by fire officials as the owner of Barbour Gardens, is being asked to turn himself in to the State’s Attorney’s Office over several alleged deficiencies, including not having a fire alarm system for two of the four buildings in the 1960s-era, 84-unit complex. Fire inspections also found the Section 8 project had broken doors, blocked hallways and exits, and improper storage of flammable liquids, according to Deputy Fire Chief Alvaro Cucuta.
Barbour Gardens is owned by a company called ADAR Hartford Realty LLC, based in Suffern, N.Y., though fire officials say Rothman lives in New York City.
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