During a fire event, dependable communication is critical. One significant fire protection industry change is the rapid decrease in the use of telephone lines for central station monitoring, as the traditional POTS (Plain Old Telephone Service) is phased out. Today, cellular and IP communicators are the most commonly used communications technologies. This change to fire safety systems technology is discussed in the recent A&S magazine article, “The new technologies making fire safety systems smarter,” which includes insight from Telgian Engineering & Consulting’s Project Manager Ray Dotts.
A NICET Level IV Certified fire protection industry expert with nearly over four decades of experience in fire alarm planning, installation and design experience, Dotts has conducted large-scale fire alarm programs and project endeavors for all levels of commercial, educational, hospitality and multi-residential buildings and facilities. Over the course of his career, he has performed system installation, service, design, plan review and commissioning of fire alarm systems. In addition, his background includes extensive knowledge of burglar alarms, fire safety systems technology, fire alarms, CCTV, access control, and home security systems.
As a speaker and presenter, he shares this experience with a wide range of associations and organizations such as Washtenaw County Home Builders Association, Michigan Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, City of Ann Arbor Building Department, IBEW local 58 & 252, and Schoolcraft Community College.
To read the “The new technologies making fire safety systems smarter” in its entirety, please visit A&S magazine.
About Telgian Engineering & Consulting (TEC)
A full-service global engineering and risk mitigation consultancy specializing in complex, multi-discipline public and private sector projects. TEC provides professional services related to the protection of people, property, information and organizational mission against preventable losses. These include strategic / enterprise risk management, fire protection engineering, security, environmental health and safety, emergency management and operations continuity consulting, and construction administration services.
Since 1985, TEC professionals have worked hand-in-hand with clients such as architects, engineers, owners, developers, risk and facility management firms, construction teams and government agencies. The TEC team is dedicated to delivering value for clients through effective protection solutions that meet today’s evolving risk challenges.