QUINCY, Mass.—Cloud ceilings—drop ceilings that don’t extend all the way to perimeter walls—are increasingly popular in commercial and industrial buildings. But for fire protection, is a sprinkler system necessary on both the cloud ceiling and the structural ceiling above it?
COLUMBIA, S.C.—Ten years ago, TriTek Fire, Security & Communications, based here, was “basically two men and a truck,” according to Eddie Stevens, one of its co-founders. Today, it has 50 employees, annual revenues in the multimillions and three offices—with plans for a fourth office by the end of this year.
ORLAND PARK, Ill.—Illinois this summer appeared poised to become the third state in the nation to adopt residential sprinkler requirements statewide, with the Illinois State Fire Marshal recommending the state’s first update of its fire code in 11 years.
NORTHFORD, Conn.—Silent Knight by Honeywell recently announced that its nationwide series of fire alarm training courses has been expanded to cover IntelliKnight’s mass notification and carbon monoxide detection capabilities.
OKLAHOMA CITY—When your business is located in Tornado Alley, it pays to have a contingency plan, a fire and life safety company here has concluded after two F5 tornadoes roared through the vicinity in May.
Many gadgets aimed at the home automation market were showcased at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show—some look useful while others sound farfetched. What's your input on the latest home automation widgets?
Tess talks to Carter Rierson, founder and president of Best Defense Security & Fire Protection, on the need for emergency communications systems in schools in light of school shootings and other emergencies. He advocates a multitiered approach and calls on fire and security manufacturers to work together to come up with ECS solutions that combine the best security and fire technologies.