“Telephone companies continue to rapidly replace copper telephone lines with fiber optic lines as part of the phase out of POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service). Also, 3G cellular service is being phased out to focus on the adoption of more modern methods of communication,” says Parrish. “This is driving a major transformation in how fire alarm systems communicate with the monitoring centers. There are advancements in older technology such as Mesh radio networks and there are newer avenues of communication methods like the Internet and cellular that will continue to grow rapidly.”
This course will discuss how this transition impacts fire alarm systems and will highlight the communications system requirements in Chapter 26 of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code. Participants will also learn about best practices for transitioning a fire alarm system using POTS lines to a more modern method of communicating including pros and cons of Internet and cellular communications.
About Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP
Tom Parrish has more than 30 years of experience in fire protection and emergency response and is the retired Fire Marshal for Putnam Township Michigan, as well as Vice President of Telgian. He serves on several NFPA technical committees including NFPA 72 Signaling Systems for the Protection of Life and Property and Emergency Communications Systems. He is President of AFAA and is a senior instructor for NFPA.
His professional credentials include Level IV NICET Certified Fire Alarm Technician, Level III NICET Inspections and Testing, Certified Fire Protection Specialist and Master Electrician. He is board certified as a Physical Security Professional by ASIS and holds a bachelor’s in Industrial Technology from Kean University.
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