MILWAUKEE – (February 25, 2020) – Johnson Controls addressable fire
alarm notification appliances are the first in the fire protection industry to
receive the UL Verified Mark for their innovative self-test function. The UL Verified Mark validates that TrueAlert ES self-test
technology accurately tests and confirms the operational status of compatible
notification appliances. The revolutionary feature provides a
non-disruptive appliance testing solution for commercial buildings and eliminates
costly after-hours device testing.
“Johnson Controls was the first
company to offer self-testing fire alarm devices, and we’re now the first to
receive the UL Verification Mark for the technology,” said Bruce W. Marien,
product manager, Notification, Johnson Controls. “UL has tested and confirmed
the performance of our self-testing appliances so customers can be confident
that the product will add convenience to their operations and dramatically
reduce disruption to building occupants.”
Available on compatible Simplex and
Autocall TrueAlert ES addressable notification systems, the self-testing
feature allows technicians to program the fire panel to manually or
automatically test a group of devices or the entire system. Each device will
produce an audible sound and/or visible output. The results are then stored in
the panel for convenient reporting and reviewing.
Users can program the panel to
schedule automatic tests at times when buildings are unoccupied to help avoid
disturbance or inconvenience to occupants. When manual testing is required or
desired, users can switch the system into manual test mode and check devices
using a hand-held magnet.
The self-test capability helps
enhance building safety and fire detection system reliability by allowing for
frequent automatic testing of fire detection systems. It gives building staff
peace of mind knowing the appliances will work when necessary. A recent
independent study showed the Johnson Controls self-test capability detected
non-operational units in 100% of tests. In addition, false negatives
(identifying a non-operational device even though it had performed properly)
were less than 1%. The test also confirmed the appliances function as specified
in the automated test section of NFPA 72.
If a performance issue does occur,
the system will pinpoint the exact device with the problem and address it.
Users can view and print test results directly from the panel or through a
Simplex or Autocall TrueSite Workstation.
“UL’s marketing claim verification
program helps meet the need for more transparency from the brands people
choose,” said Kevin Faltin, vice president of UL’s Building and Life Safety
Technologies division. “This objective, third-party verification allows Johnson
Controls to stand out from those with self-declared or unsubstantiated claims.”
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