NFPA Day 1: A photo-essay & veritable who’s who in fire

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06/12/2010

Busy, busy in the desert today and last night. I’m at the 2010 NFPA Expo here at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The show opened yesterday at 3:30, goes all day today and tomorrow.

I’ll have stats on attendance and booths later today, and a blog on today’s event later tonight, but photos here’s a quick wrap up of Day 1.

The first person I ran into was Rob Tocharchewsky of UL. He as with David Wu, a UL marketing manager from UL in China and they’d just come from some meetings about international collaboration.

UL's Rob Tock and David Wu

UL's Rob Tock and David Wu

 

I interviewed Pete Tately, program manager mass notification fire safety for Siemens when I arrived, which happen to coincide with when the show opened at 3:30.

Siemen's Pete Tately

Siemen's Pete Tately

 

Pete gave me an update on Siemens’ mass notification push, (around its Sygnal product–a data-centric not fire_centric product, though it does integrate with the fire panel) which involves a massive education effort in the form of meetings in 14 regions around the country. At the NFPA show last year, Pete told me that the market still really doesn’t understand mass notification. They understand it better now, but there’s still a learning curve, he told me. The other battle, he said, is cost. A whole new MN system is hard to justify, so Siemens has changed its approach somewhat, selling base systems that can be added on to.

In between interviews, I said a quick hello to a few people including:

Potter's Bernie Lears

Potter's Bernie Lears

 

Fike's Dave, Mac & Andy, the former axonX team, now Fike's SigniFire team

Fike's Dave, Mac & Andy, the former axonX team, now Fike's SigniFire team

and

HPP & Fire-Lite's Gene Pecora

HPP & Fire-Lite's Gene Pecora

I went to the CooperNotification press conference where Ted Milburn announced CN’s new mass notification system called SAFEPATH. It’s really a notification system that you integrate with your fire system. The key is that it brings new notifying capabilties and an old fire system into compliance with the latest codes NFPA 2010 and into compliance with UL 2572. “We take care of the notification and the fire system takes care of the sensing.”

CooperNotification's Ted Milburn

CooperNotification's Ted Milburn

 

(One detail for the record: –UL 2572 is a “desk standard” and has been for a while. That means it hasn’t gone through the final approval process, BUT products are still tested to it. Confusing? Yes, but an important distinction. When I wrote, last year at this time, about a new GE Security (remember them?) MN system that the GE people told me was UL 2572-compliant, my email box was full of people saying, “Huh?”)

The last official interview I had was with Antonio Cintra, president of the Detection & Alarm business for UTC Fire & Security.

UTCFS's Antonio Cintra, that's me behind my Mac

UTCFS's Antonio Cintra, that's me behind my Mac

 

I’ll be writing a story, but had an interesting talk about the revival of the Edwards brand (the show floor booth was all Edwards) “we revived the obvious,” he said, and about and UTCFS’s “proven ability to avoid channel conflict.”

The show closed at 7:30, and I stopped by two very nice events, a Fike reception at Border Grill and an Edwards reception at Aureole.