We are pleased to welcome you to the new Keltron blog. With more than 55 years of experience in the fire and life safety industry, we’ve learned a lot and thought that our partners, customers and industry colleagues might benefit from what we know.
Because the Keltron team has such a wide range of expertise, we’d like to share it in this new blog. You will find tidbits of information about code compliance, risk management, new technologies and new ideas for using new technologies. Let us know what you think →
By Denise Pappas, Executive Director
There’s a story that tells of a young man visiting his older neighbor. Over the years, they become good friends. When his neighbor passed away, he left a box for his young friend with a note that said, “thank you for giving me the best gift over the years”. Curious as to what was in the box, he opened it to find a watch with the note, “Your time”.
While thinking about the best gifts to give our family and friends, this story rings true – especially at this time of year – time is always the best gift.
In the world of fire and life safety where moments are like hours, time is also the best possible gift. For the more than 50 years since its inception, Keltron has been focused on this concept. We pioneered digital alarm management and our solutions are designed to provide their owners with the fastest, most accurate and most reliable fire and life safety alarm management information. An essential attribute of our life safety event management systems is their ability to aggregate disparate fire alarm systems to provide our customers with a single view into all alarm activity at their campus or facility.
When time is crucial, it is important to notify the right people to respond to the situation. Knowing that the first few moments of any fire or life safety crisis are critical and immediate response can have a dramatic impact on the overall outcome, we developed Keltron LS-50 Mobile Alarm Notifications.
Using the Keltron LS-50 mobile application, owners of a Keltron Alarm Management System can notify key personnel on their cell phone, tablet or computer within two seconds of an alarm. The application also provides the flexibility to completely customize who gets what information. For example, everyone can get an emergency notification of a fire alarm, but only selected personnel will also receive trouble or supervisory alarms. Managers and other stakeholders can also monitor the system and can see who responds to an emergency and what actions they are taking.
To learn more about how you can get and give more time call us at 781-916-2050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Lisa Korklan, VP of Marketing
Crowded homes filled with delicious aromas from the oven, lit with the glow of candles and warmth from the fireplace. Stores fully stocked from floor to ceiling. Thanksgiving signals the beginning of the holiday season. Although the potential for a fire is far from our thoughts, we really have many reasons to appreciate people who work in the fire and life safety professions. Perhaps we should all be most thankful for the folks who monitor and dispatch alarms to first responders, saving lives and property.
Have you considered their essential contributions which are often overlooked? With never-ending technology advances, their responsibilities continue to grow. They monitor a whole range of digital information including access control, video cameras, HVAC, emergency communications, fire and life safety alarms and other building management systems. Sometimes they sit at their consoles or they may also be mobile, but one thing is certain: the safety and security of their facility depends on their ability to recognize and filter out the most important alarms.
Technology exponentially improves the speed and amount of information that can be delivered to the dispatchers. but it also exponentially increases their workload. Fortunately, the flexibility of a well-designed alarm management software system can prevent operator overload in a wide variety of ways.
Helping a busy dispatcher recognize critical fire alarms amid the troubles and supervisories is possible with the right software system. Sending non-fire alarm events to the most appropriate responders helps to ensure that fire alarms are easily recognized by the dispatchers when they happen.
For inspections, construction, known storms and other situations that cause constant trouble signals, a well-designed software system can enable dispatchers to temporarily suppress those signals to prevent them from overwhelming a high priority fire or life safety event.
When dispatchers do receive a fire alarm, they shouldn’t need to click on many screens, decipher arcane codes, or waste essential time trying to figure out what, when and where the signal is coming from. It should all be on a single, easy to read screen with maps, icons and dispatch information, right at their fingertips because with a fire, every moment counts. Other capabilities such as emergency communications, a full library of graphics and audibles, group acknowledge and real time notes all help these dedicated dispatchers, who often work on holidays so that we can all safely enjoy ours.
If your facility’s fire alarm dispatch system is difficult to operate and overloads their already demanding work, thank them by installing a Keltron LS 7000 Alarm Management System. They’ll be more accurate, faster and less stressed and your facility will improve its ability to respond quickly to fire and life safety events. Call or email us to learn more →