DGA Security Blog

Business Security Insights & Guides

August, 31 2020

What Are Emergency Control Function Interfaces in Fire Alarm Systems?

FIRE

Emergency Control Function Interfaces allow fire alarm systems to communicate with other critical building systems during a fire emergency to ensure the safe evacuation of occupants. Think of Emergenc[...] Read More

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August, 27 2020

What Are Remote Announciators in Fire Alarm Systems?

FIRE

Remote annunciators are smaller panels that provide a fire system status and a limited set of functional switches (e.g., acknowledge a signal or silence an alarm). They are installed in easily accessi[...] Read More

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August, 26 2020

Notification Devices: Strobes, Horn Strobes, Speakers & Speaker Strobes

FIRE

This article provides an overview of different types of fire alarm notification devices, which alert the building occupants to evacuate the premises or relocate using both audible and visual alarms wh[...] Read More

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August, 14 2020

Top 5 Checklist for Evaluating Fire System Monitoring Centers (a.k.a. Central Stations)

FIRE

All commercial fire alarm systems are required to be monitored 24/7 by an outside monitoring center that is equipped to respond to and handle fire alarm events. But what should you look for when selec[...] Read More

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June, 24 2020

Supervisory Switches: Valve Tamper Switch, Water Level Switch, Air Pressure Switch, Low Temperature Switch

FIRE

Supervisory switches are a group of initiating devices that are installed at different parts of the automatic fire sprinkler system and are monitored by the Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP). Their job [...] Read More

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June, 23 2020

Initiating Devices: Manual Pull Stations and Waterflow Switches

FIRE

This article provides an overview of manual pull stations and waterflow switches, which are both fire alarm initiating devices. We'll explain what they are, how they work and where they are used. In c[...] Read More

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June, 23 2020

Initiating Devices: Heat Detectors, CO Detectors, Multi-Sensor Detectors

FIRE

This article provides an overview of heat detectors, carbon monoxide (CO) detectors and multi-sensor detectors, which are all fire alarm initiating devices. We'll explain what they are, how they work [...] Read More

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June, 23 2020

Initiating Devices: Smoke Detectors, Duct Smoke Detectors, Beam Detectors

FIRE

This article provides an overview of smoke detectors, duct smoke detectors and beam detectors, which are all fire alarm initiating devices. We'll explain what they are, how they work and where they ar[...] Read More

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June, 22 2020

What is a Fire Alarm Control Panel (FACP)?

FIRE

The exact design of a commercial fire alarm system is determined by the commercial space’s occupancy classification and the local codes mandated by the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for that spe[...] Read More

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April, 07 2020

7 Tips to Protect Your Business Premises During an Extended Shutdown

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The current COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruptions to all aspects of our lives. The stay-at-home orders are currently in effect across most of the U.S. Nonessential businesses are curr[...] Read More

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November, 19 2019

Fire Relays: Integrating Your Access Control and Fire Alarm Systems

ACCESS CONTROL FIRE

When you're in the process of designing a physical access control system for your company, you're probably not thinking about your building's fire alarm system. But you should. Overlooking the fire al[...] Read More

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June, 28 2019

Migrating from POTS to VoIP? Don’t Get Burned by Your Fire Alarm System.

FIRE

Switching to VoIP telephone lines could mean serious trouble for your fire alarm system. Here are the steps to avoid them. Read More

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