Fire Alarm Networking Solution

Capable of Managing Expansive Facilities and Businesses

At a Glance

Researchers at Colorado State University have engineered a Fire Alarm Networking Infrastructure Solution for large sites using a large networking switch that transmits data from multiple buildings to one location.  The Networking Solution makes troubleshooting, maintenance, and replacement of the fire alarm system more efficient, reliable, and cost effective.  This engineered fire alarm networking concept can save money for large sites and make it fail proof with less points of failure.

This innovative Fire Alarm Networking Solution has been installed at Colorado State University across campus.

Background

Organizations that own, control, or manage multiple facilities or buildings such as businesses, universities, and government entities are often faced with the challenge of managing and communicating problems such as fires. Remote and dispersed sites often include one or more independently operating fire alarm control panels. Communication between these various fire alarm panels are most often configured in a ring topology or bus topology using a token passing protocol. This presents issues when electronic communication components fail as it becomes difficult to pinpoint where the fault occurred – many times the faults are cascaded throughout all the communication components.

This patented technology decreases response time for emergencies due to fire and connects multiple buildings into one connected system.

Benefits

  • New “tree” topology
  • Uses fewer electronic components
  • Simplifies troubleshooting to a single building
  • Time of troubleshooting and network down time is significantly reduced
  • Provide redundancy/multiple pathways for each network
  • Uses less fiber (1 pair per building instead of 2 in ring/tree topology)
  • Efficient and low maintenance system

Applications

  • Fire Alarm System to manage multiple facilities or building such as businesses, property management groups, universities, colleges, or government entities
  • Opportunity to retrofit existing buildings as well as new construction
Last Updated: June 2021
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Opportunity

Available for Licensing

Inventors

Aaron Pettigrew
Brian Sedlak
Scott Seeley

Reference Number
15-088
Licensing Manager

Steve Foster
Steve.Foster@colostate.edu
970-491-7100