Why FMs need to be SMaRT managing their premises
Using our latest technology such as SMaRT Web, it is now possible for you to receive detailed information about your fire alarm system and the precise location of any alarm activation on your smartphone or tablet. Admittedly, this won’t put the fire out – we aren’t that smart … yet! It will however, alert your key staff immediately, regardless of where they are, saving precious time.
You can also receive automatically-generated notifications of any faults in the fire alarm system, for swift action. Receiving such precise information of a building fault subsequently saves you money. Engineers who know the system well, will be able to decide whether the fault needs an immediate response. Of course, if the fault is critical, they will need to see to it straight away but if it is not urgent they can decide to wait until they are in the vicinity - avoiding unnecessary weekend or evening call-outs. The additional advantage is that having the full information to hand, the engineer can attend site with the appropriate parts to resolve the problem, negating the need for two visits; first to investigate and then to fix.
Other key benefits include a permanent record of all events that have occurred and the ability to drill into that data to produce reports confirming whether routine maintenance has been completed or detailing that the devices haven’t yet been tested. Further reports can be created to show that weekly testing is being carried out. Reports can be customised and saved in different formats to show the status of the system and measure engineer and system performance.
Even if the fire alarm systems are not connected to the internet, hand-held devices carried by engineers can be temporarily connected to the fire alarm control panel, recording activities as they carry out the maintenance. These can then be downloaded when there is an internet connection later that day.
Systems are now available that are compatible with all leading fire alarm control panels to provide a view of the status and performance of all connected fire alarm sensors. As a result, you can now carry around a real-time ‘snapshot’ of the alarm system in your building or even your entire portfolio on your mobile device. Now that is smart thinking! Call us on 0345 4593005 to find out more.