Rather than take the chance of having dangerous gas buildups go undetected, many companies are now looking to use sophisticated alarm system control panels in an effort to minimize the risks to their employees and facilities. However, due to the rapid pace at which technology is advancing regarding alarm control systems, it can often be confusing trying to learn the inner workings of various system features. Therefore, rather than make an uninformed decision, here are the most important aspects of alarm control panels, and why they are beneficial to all types of facilities.
For an alarm control panel, one of the most important aspects involves the use of specialized high-tech sensors. Since these panels are designed with sophisticated electronics, they work in conjunction with sensors stationed around a facility to monitor various gas levels, emergency systems, security systems, and much more. In having so many capabilities, the alarm panels can be customized to monitor virtually any type of floor plan and building layout. Thus, they can work well in areas that have many confined spaces, wide-open areas such as manufacturing facilities, and even pipelines that may be located in rugged outdoor environments.
Central Data Network
Since various sensors as well as the wired alarm control panels can be programmed for specific purposes, vast amounts of data can be collected from throughout a facility in a short period of time. As a result, the alarm panels then serve as central readout stations, enabling engineers and technicians to quickly analyze and interpret information, letting decisions be made much faster regarding equipment malfunctions or when emergency situations arise.
Real-Time Data Transmission
With wireless networks now being very common within production plants and other industrial settings, it is now possible to use alarm panels to send real-time data to engineers and others who need to have constant access to many different types of information. Important due to the need to monitor access to dangerous areas within a facility, the alarm panel systems can also be linked to mobile devices through a building’s wireless network, enabling on-site and off-site personnel to have immediate access to vital information.
In many facilities where equipment may be automated, it sometimes becomes necessary to initiate a shutdown due to malfunctions or emergency situations. However, in many cases no individuals may be available to perform this function. Because of this, a fire alarm control panel can be programmed to perform an automatic shutdown if certain conditions warrant. To do so, engineers can program specific parameters within the alarm panel, enabling it to shut down equipment in an area, activate fire alarms and sprinkler systems, and send out automatic notifications to mobile devices.
As new aspects of technology have been used in these control panels, they not only perform numerous functions, but also work well in various types of work environments. To learn more about how these control panels can make your facility safer, visit www.gdscorp.com or call 409-927-2980 to schedule a consultation with an Applications Engineer.