Wired fire alarm systems are the industry standard. They are reliable but are labor-intensive to install and retrofits can be difficult, if not impossible. They can also detract from historic architecture. Wireless fire alarm systems have been around since the 1980s. Early systems had a mixed reputation but wireless technological advancements has made the systems extremely reliable and affordable. Wireless fire alarm systems offer excellent solutions and soon will be challenging wired systems as the industry standard. Read on to learn a bit more about these types of fire alarm systems.
What Exactly is a Wireless Fire Alarm System?
Wired fire alarm systems use complex cabling to transmit signals between devices and the main control panel. Wireless fire alarm systems use signals on a radio frequency, like Wi-Fi, not likely to have interference from other wireless devices. Wireless systems must meet the same requirements are wired systems. The only difference is how the signals are transmitted from the initiating devices to the fire alarm control panel and out to the notification appliances. Central station monitoring can also be done wirelessly through cellular transmission or radio networks replaces the need for two phone lines.
First-generation wireless fire alarm systems had reliability issues and relatively high costs. As technology advanced the cost for wireless systems dropped, and reliability has increased to where they are an excellent alternative to wired systems. Wireless monitoring is now the standard as phone companies are no longer required to maintain traditional copper telephone lines. Wireless fire alarm systems are:
- Easier to install in retrofit applications
- Are a great application for historic properties
- As reliable as wired systems
- Easier to maintain
- Aesthetically pleasing
- More cost-effective for the long-term
- Are a great application for temporary facilities
- Can be relocated easily, if necessary
How to Pick a Company to Install a Wireless Fire Alarm System
Reputable fire protection companies, like Fireline, are on the cutting edge of wireless fire alarm technologies. Ask your provider to present their qualifications and knowledge of wireless technology. Fireline has designed, furnished, installed, and tested numerous wireless systems. Monitoring is just as important as the system installation itself. Whether you need monitoring for your existing system or are looking to install a new system, pick your company very wisely. Fireline can help, so give us a call today!
Fire Protection Services from Fireline
Whether you need smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, or an automatic sprinkler system installed at your commercial property, Fireline has you covered. We have been protecting people and property from fire damage since 1947—and our experience shows in our excellent work! We are known for our superb customer service, our expertise, and our reliability. For more information on how we can help your residential or commercial property, visit us online or give us a call at (800) 553-3405. We are located in Baltimore, MD, with a second office in Leesburg, VA. For more fire safety tips, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.