ECE Professionals Now Do Fire Alarms (FDAS)

ECE Professionals Now Do Fire Alarms (FDAS)

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According to DILG DPWH DICT DTI Joint Memorandum Circular No. 2018-01, the scope of works for Fire Detection and Alarm Systems (FDAS)  (e.g. installation, testing, maintenance, upgrade) is to be done by ECE Professionals.

If you think about it, one way to mitigate the management and monitoring complexity of city-wide building fire/hazard monitoring is to take full advantage of network technology long used by IT/Internet based companies (e.g. Amazon,Google, Accenture). With each zone a unique physical address similar to a MAC addresses, and each building having a unique global address like that of IPv6 address, monitoring fire hazards in a city or nationwide scale will become more manageable for various fire departments especially with coordination during emergencies.

Ref: Simplex-Fire FDAS Network

Although not yet common practice, it is possible to used current network tech to manage FDAS. For example, Cloud based technologies like AWS and Azure and many others are applicable to FDAS as well in terms of real-time monitoring, telemetry, and alarm notification. In terms of upgrading analog based FDAS already installed in buildings, using Ethernet TCP/IP enabled PLC’s to read data from analog systems is an option.

 

Ref: Protec 6300 FACP

For now, there isn’t any concrete standards on how this will be implemented. It mainly depends on the building owner to decide what kind of FDAS they want installed. Analog based FDAS are still available in the market.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below or email us at ask@mynetworkdojo.com.

 


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