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Beacon Medaes Infinity Master Alarm

  • Monday, July 01, 2019 3:37 PM
    Message # 7724401

    I have a two part question.


    1.  Can the Beacon Medaes Total Alert Infinity Master Alarm Panel be considered a "Computer System" as defined in 5.1.9.2.2 (2018):


    5.1.9.2.2 A centralized computer system shall be permitted to be substituted for one of the master alarms required in 5.1.9.2.1 if the computer system complies with 5.1.9.3.


    2.  If yes, then is it code compliant to utilize a hard wired Infinity Master Alarm Panel as a "Alarm Initiating Device" to send through an hospitals Ethernet and "Mirror" the hardwired panel at another location via the ethernet?


    5.1.9.3 Master Alarms by Computer Systems. Computer systems used as substitute master alarms as required by 5.1.9.2.1(2) shall have the mechanical and electrical characteristics described in 5.1.9.3.1 and the programming characteristics described in 5.1.9.3.2.


    Background info:

    The facility has 2 properly functioning master alarm panels.  1 in engineering, 1 in PBX.  PBX is closing and moving offsite.  Options are relocate the PBX panel to the ER (24 hour location) or perhaps something more creative.....If you consider the Infinity a "Computer Notification" system, rather than a standard "Master Alarm Panel", the options seem to open up a bit.


    5.1.9.1 General - (12) Communication devices that do not use electrical wiring for signal transmission will be supervised such that failure of communication shall initiate an alarm.


    As I understand the Mirroring feature this setup would be code compliant.....Am I missing something?  Please let me know what y'all think.


    -Nick

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 12:06 PM
    Reply # 7729147 on 7724401
    Al Moon (Administrator)

    Could we just consider the alarm as a ( J Box ) ?

  • Tuesday, July 02, 2019 7:53 PM
    Reply # 7730816 on 7724401

    Unfortunately, No an alarm panel can not be considered a computer. 

    I applaud the "thinking out of the box", but BeaconMedaes does not consider is TotalAlert Infinity alarm panel a computer.

    Looking back at the discussions of the NFPA 99 technical committee, regarding this change, the allowance of the use of a computer as a replacement was geared toward building automation systems hoping that one of the BAS manufacturers would jump on board and develop an interface to meet the requirements.

    Sadly, non of them have considered this to date.

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