Showing posts with label alarm. Show all posts
Showing posts with label alarm. Show all posts

Monday, April 10, 2017

How Long Do Rechargeable Batteries Last?

In your fire/burglar alarm system lurks several rechargeable batteries. These batteries are given a life expectancy of five years by their manufacturers. However, truth be known, they routinely reach half capacity within the first three years of use. What this means is that your rechargeable battery system will only support the operation of your system for half of what fire code requires when there's a power outage.

Environmental conditions can influence the life expectancy of these precision devices. A good example of this is the storage of two or more batteries inside a closed box in a hot utility room. Ventilation can mean a lot when it comes to battery life.

So what’s the answer?

In this case, after the second year of use, you really need to have your fire alarm service company check them every year just to make sure they're up to capacity.

ESC uses modern computerized battery testers to verify battery condition. We check our client's batteries every time we conduct an inspection.

If someone else installed your system, you can still have the professionals at ESC service your fire alarm. We also offer 24/7 Central Station and Supervising Station monitoring through our UL-Listed monitoring station. Our central station is second to none--let us prove it to you.

For more information, give us a call at 614-754-1393, use our convenient contact form, or click on the "Set an Appointment" button on this page. We're only a phone call away, so give us a call today!


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

The Human Interface: Adding Your Smartphone to the Mix

On the 11th of April we talked about the various kinds of human interfaces in use within the security market. We covered basic keypads, keyfobs, and card readers. We also talked about security and smart home technology and the enhancements associated with larger flat touch displays which invariably include soft keypad keys for security alarm arming, disarming, and other purposes.

Today, I’d like to chat with you about another famously popular human interface called the “smartphone.” More and more manufacturers of security systems are adding smartphone apps to their offerings in order to provide you, our client, with an even more enjoyable and efficient way of controlling your security system. This is an especially helpful method of control for commercial users because it allows you to stay in contact with your facility no matter what time it is, no matter where you may be.

Through your smartphone, you will nearly instantaneously receive a full compliment of information pushed to your smartphone when there’s an alarm situation. Using your in-house camera system, you will immediately have access to cameras in the vicinity of the door or motion that triggered the alarm. If there is no one there, you can cancel the dispatch, reset the alarm, and go back to what you were doing—in addition to saving money because the police were either cancelled or the central did not call in the first place.

If you have added lighting control to the list of items to which your alarm system integrates with, you also can use your smartphone to turn lights on and off, in addition to dimming and brightening them. Heating and cooling systems also can be controlled via your smartphone as well.

If you are interested in connecting your smartphone to your security system, give ESC a call. If this features is not offered by you’re present alarm system, we’ll give you a discount on replacing it with a new one that will. If you would like to add lighting and cooling/heating control to your security controller as well, ESC would be more than happy to assist you in making that happen.

Give us a call today at 614-754-1393, or send me an email at electronicsystemsconsultants@gmail.com. You can also leave me a message using the contact us form below.

Thank you, John


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