In the event of a fire alarm, your emergency response officers are the first to rush to the fire alarm panel. Once there, the location of the fire is identified. That process can be done faster. By linking your fire alarm panel to MultiBel, you can handle emergency response fire alarms faster. An IP alarm transmitter is often used to link the fire panel to the MultiBel Cloud platform. But what should you take into account when connecting the fire alarm panel?
How do you know which hardware is suitable?
Which IP alarm transmitter should I have for emergency response fire alarms? And it is then linked on the basis of the SIA protocol or on the basis of ESPA 4.4.4. protocol? First, the type of fire alarm panel will be looked at. Then whether it is suitable for the ESPA 4.4.4. protocol. The difference between ESPA and SIA is that with the SIA protocol, a connection is made for each reporter in the building on a contact basis. With the ESPA protocol, only 1 connection is made and the correct location is immediately sent by the ESPA protocol.
How do I ensure the redundancy of the IP alarm transmitter?
Redundancy is an important concept within MultiBel. Our customers are not dependent on one channel. Back-up is also available at fire alarms. For example, the IP alarm transmitter is equipped with an emergency power supply. The IP alarm transmitter is connected to your organization’s Ethernet. In the event of a fire, the own infrastructure is often the first to be out of service. That is why the IP alarm transmitter is also equipped with a multi-SIM card. As a result, the reporter is also connected to various providers in the Netherlands. And the detector can still initiate a fire alarm.
Does monitoring take place?
If your IP alarm transmitter is not working, no emergency response fire alarms will be sent. Monitoring is therefore essential. MultiBel sets up a few malfunction alarms as standard. The moment the IP alarm transmitter detects a malfunction, an alarm will be started automatically. This way you immediately know what is going on and you can solve the problem.
Are you going to link your fire alarm panel? Always check whether there is a NEN EN 54-21 certification. This way you know that the performance level of the IP alarm transmitter meets the European standard. This includes looking at transmission time, transmission monitoring and system availability.