Fiber Optics: Interconnecting Fire Alarm Systems in Large Facilities

There are certain larger facilities – such as airports, warehouses, and campuses – that present unique challenges in terms of fire detection and fire control. For buildings such as these, interconnecting all of the local fire alarm control panels to the Central Fire Command Station is key. But because of the size of such facilities, the use of traditional copper wiring is just not a realistic option.

The Solution: Fiber Optics!

Fiber optics are used to transmit signals – using light instead of radio waves – to link local nodes, such as fire alarm systems. This is possible because light has a frequency of 100 Thz, which is much higher than other methods and allows more data channels to be transmitted simultaneously.

How Fiber Optics Work

  1. Electrical signals are converted into pulses using semiconductor lasers.
  2. These pulses are sent through minute glass fibers, which make up the network.
  3. Then, at the end of the network, the incoming signals are converted back to electrical signals using photo detectors.
  4. The information is the translated and proper action is taken.

Fire Alarm Systems from ARK Systems, Inc.

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ARK offers you truly seamless, truly integrated solutions!

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When you consider how crucial security can be, and when you think of all the options that you’re faced with today, one thing becomes clear. You need a contractor with experience. For assessment, design, installation, testing and service, ARK is the expert across the board.

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The Use of Fiber Optics in a Networked Fire Alarm System

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