Whether it is a security system, fire alarm or sprinkler system, or perhaps a gas detection system, it is imperative the system be equipped with an alarm control panel that will possess a variety of features. In doing so, not only will it be accurate and reliable in detecting potentially dangerous situations, but it will also be much easier for personnel to operate in the event of an emergency. However, since there are many different types of control panels for alarm systems, it is important to know as much as possible about their various features.
Wide Detection Range
Once an alarm panel is installed inside a facility, it is best for it to have a detection range that is as wide as possible. This usually involves placing the panel in a centralized location, since this will let it scan a very large area. According to experts, the optimal location for maximum monitoring will be one in which the alarm control panels can scan an area of at least 100 yards.
Multiple Warning Systems
Along with having a wide detection range, alarm system control panels should also be equipped with multiple warning systems. Since a fire, gas leak, or security breach may only give those in an area minutes to safely evacuate, these warning systems will often mean the difference between life and death. For best results, safety engineers recommend using control panels containing flashing lights, strobes, and sirens, since this will allow the system to work well in multiple work environments. Whether it is a large area where noise may be a factor or a building where workers may be spread out or working in confined spaces, multiple warning systems are essential.
As technology has made security alarm control panels more accurate and effective in harsh work environments, it has also allowed these systems to be equipped with wireless technology. By doing so, they can be integrated with a facility’s existing wireless network, allowing data to be easily transmitted to monitoring centers and mobile devices such as smartphones. With this technology, engineers and emergency personnel can always have real-time data at their fingertips, allowing for instant analysis and quicker decisions regarding evacuations, equipment shutdowns, and other emergency procedures.
Automatic Calibration and Programming
Since fire alarm control panels will be used in many different work settings, most are able to perform self-calibration and programming based on environmental conditions and parameters preset by engineers and technicians. With these features, the control panels will require little maintenance from technicians, other than occasional routine testing. As a result, the panels will likely last for many years, making them very cost-effective options for companies seeking ways to improve employee and facility safety.
As features continue to be added to or upgraded on various types of control panels, it will be crucial to have as much information as possible about these features before purchasing a system for your facility. If you have questions regarding control panels and alarm systems, contact GDS by calling 409-927-2980.