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Important Update: ScanSeries Version 2.1 for iOS Now Available

ScanSeries 2.1 for iOS is now available for download from the Apple App Store. In addition to updates and modifications based on your feedback, this release also includes several enhancements to improve the user experience and add important functionality to the leading mobile fire and life safety inspection application.

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Infographic: 10 Ways to Easily Fail Your Building's Fire Inspection

As a Facility Manager or Building Owner, you have to make sure your up to code keeping all of your tenants safe. But being up to code means more than just fixing a few electrical issues. There are hundreds (if not thousands) of ways to fail your building's fire inspection. That's why we've pulled together 10 of the most common shortcomings in the infographic below.

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What Companies Look for in a Service Provider

According to a recent study conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers (The ever-changing global service provider industry: Key findings for 2010), businesses ranked the following strategic differentiators as their top ten considerations when selecting a service company:

  1. Skills & training of workforce
  2. Depth of industry knowledge
  3. Quality of customer service
  4. Depth of process knowledge
  5. Low cost of service delivery
  6. Recommendations by other companies
  7. Customization of service delivery
  8. Market reputation
  9. Track record of management team
  10. Time to complete project
So how can you leverage this to generate more business for your fire and life safety service organization?
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NFPA 72 - Meeting the Requirements for Fire Alarm Monitoring

Did you know BuildingReports provides for the ability to include monitoring information on web-based inspection reports?

According to the changes in the 2010 updates, NFPA 72 now explicitly approves the use of alternative digital voice technologies, like Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), and communication service providers, like cable companies, for fire monitoring purposes. All providers, including legacy analog phone companies, must meet the same monitoring performance requirements. BuildingReports has included the more detailed information in it's online reporting solution to satisfy these stricter requirements since the announcement went into effect.

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Codes and Standards: Keeping in Step Will Keep You Moving Forward

With hundreds of different devices and systems on the market, it is imperative for fire and life safety professionals to be knowledgeable about the codes and standards that apply locally in order to ensure code-compliant inspections and testing.

Such knowledge, in turn, needs to be as ongoing and evolving as the dynamic code development process itself. Revisions to codes and standards typically take place every three to five years. With these periodic revisions, significant changes that affect inspection, testing and maintenance are often applied as a result of the vitally important, interactive relationship among manufacturers, researchers, engineers and other experts in the fire and life safety industry.

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Inspector's Boot Camp (Fire & Safety Inspection Training) 2015 Schedule Announced

Inspector's Boot Camp, a leading training resource for the Fire and Life Safety industry, has announced 2015 dates for it's week-long Basic Fire Alarm Inspection Training in Aiken, SC:

  • May 18-22, 2015
  • September 14-18, 2015
  • November 9-13, 2015

Dedicated to enhancing the value of inspectors through education, certification, and quality hands-on building inspection training using the latest inspection tools and technologies, graduates of IBC represent some of the leading service providers of building inspections.

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ScanSeries v1.7 now available

BuildingReports today announced the release of ScanSeries™ version 1.7 for iOS.

The latest version of the popular fire and life safety inspection application includes several enhancements:

  • iOS 8 Compatibility: For Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices, the update provides compatibility for iOS 8. Once the update is downloaded, users can install the latest version of the Apple operating system at their discretion.
  • Service Summary View: The same useful "Service Summary" section found on inspection reports is now available to inspectors using SafetyScan ; the new view provides a quick overview of the device types and services performed of devices that have been inspected so far.
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Technical Advantage: Latest inspection tools provide reliable front-line defense against emergencies

According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), in 2001 there were more than 85,000 nonresidential fires resulting in direct property loss estimated at over $2.4 billion. To mitigate the sizable risk, organizations such as the Automatic Fire Alarm Association (AFAA) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) have long advocated a balanced approach. That is to say, rather than relying simply on fire detection (i.e. smoke alarms) or suppression (i.e. sprinklers and fire extinguishers), that builders and facility managers leverage both in coordination with each other.

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BuildingReports Unveils Healthcare Fast Facts at ASHE 2014

As a sponsor of the 51st American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) Annual Conference and Technical Exhibition August 3-6 in Chicago, Illinois, BuildingReports provider event goers with an early glimpse at healthcare facility compliance performance. The data and analysis are based on data from the inaugural Fire & Life Safety Inspection Benchmark Report.

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