In a previous blog post, "Evolution of Fire Alarm, Software Driven Systems
" I took you for a brief stroll through the history of software based fire alarm and the evolution of the documentation and revision control that occurred. Today, documentation is more and more important because we are integrating systems, and knowing the current version of hardware, firmware and software of our fire alarm system is only a small piece of the puzzle.
In my position as Tech/Customer Support here at TC Life Safety, I get this question a lot. And since we are dealing with Life Safety, I don't want to just give you my opinion without backing it up with the science of the issue.
How crazy has the weather been? I am writing this and Anchorage Alaska is warmer than my home in Massachusetts... Call it the effects of global Warming or Environmental Change, it is all a part of the Greenhouse Effect blamed on aerosols.
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On July 8, 2013 FireLite Alarms announced a software incompatibility between certain versions of panel software and their download software. It used to be that folks would turn away from a product that had incompatibilities, but now it is the hallmark of a corporation that has embraced the ideal that there is only so much you can keep compatible as you maintain controlled development of your products.