The most trusted name in compliance reporting
FORGOT PASSWORD

BuildingReports Blog

Articles posted by David Spence

Blog Home

INFOGRAPHIC: The Real Cost of False Alarms & How to Prevent Them

A recent study by the NFPA uncovered some eye-opening statistics. In 2012, fire departments in the United States reported responding to over 2,238,000 false alarms. The majority, 46.6%, were unintentional calls, while 31.9% were attributed to system malfunctions. This represents a serious strain on emergency responders who not only risk their own safety trying to respond quickly, but it could also divert them from real emergencies.

Read more

BuildingReports Surpasses 3M Inspection Milestone: The Power of Big Data

BuildingReports, thanks to its massive network of independent inspection companies and facility users, has compiled the world's largest database of fire and life safety inspection reporting. But, with great success comes great responsibility. Often overlooked are the opportunities that arise with the advantages of big data. For those not familiar with the information technology term, big data refers to extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations.

Read more

SprinklerScan for iOS: Update Your App for New Devices

BuildingReports members using ScanSeries for Apple iOS devices can now update to version 2.8.7 via the Apple App Store. The latest release includes minor improvements, as well as a correction to fix a recent "Download Mistmatch" error reported from users in the field.

Members licensing SprinklerScan on iOS will also have access to new Pump Test Discharge Devices, including:

  • Flowbuster
  • BigBoy Hose Monster
  • Hose Monster Model II
  • Little Hose Monster
  • Open Atmosphere - Pilotless Nozzle
  • In-Line Hose Monster

BuildingReports advises members to keep their ScanSeries applications up to date with the current release to ensure field technicians have access to the latest features and enhancements.

Read more

Paper vs. Digital: What the NFPA says about Electronic Inspection Reporting

In today's advanced technological landscape, smart phones (perhaps more accurately described as mobile computers) and the "Internet of Things" (devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity) are the norm. We can manage the temperature in a building remotely, we can start our cars with our cell phones and, in fact, those cars may be driving themselves before too long.

Given the fire and life safety industry has been relatively slow to adopt technology versus some other industries, it may not be surprising to learn there are a number of misconceptions about technology when it comes to code compliance and reporting. In fact,
all primary Fire Codes now allow for electronic inspection reporting:

Read more

BuildingReports releases ScanSeries version 1.1.30 for Android

BuildingReports is pleased to announce the latest release of ScanSeries for Android. The latest update features a number of improvements and enhancements for the leading fire and life safety inspection application, including:

Read more

Inspector's Boot Camp Basic Fire Alarm Training 2016 Schedule Announced

Inspector's Boot Camp, a leading training resource for the Fire and Life Safety industry, has announced 2016 dates for its week-long Basic Fire Alarm Inspection Training in Aiken, SC:

  • March 13-18, 2016
  • May 22-17, 2016
  • November 6-11, 2016
Read more

BuildingReports releases ScanSeries version 1.1.17 for Android

The latest release of ScanSeries for Android includes several improvements and fixes and is available immediately. Version 1.1.17 update includes the following changes:

  • Added redesigned Date Picker feature for better user experience.
  • Added better compatibility for various screen sizes to decrease user interface issues on unsupported devices.
  • Improved barcode scanning experience on the supported Janam XM5 device.
  • Added smart combo for manufacturer and service fields to help decrease data entry time.
  • The 'Loading Devices' bug users reported has been fixed.
  • Other minor fixes to improve user experience and performance.

To request more information or report any new issues with the latest release, please contact memberservices@buildingreports.com.

Read more

New ScanSeries Feature for iOS and Android: Device Discrepancy Report Images

Available now, ScanSeries iOS version 2.3.41 and ScanSeries for Android version 1.0.99 can be downloaded in their respective app stores. Read the full article for important information about each new release.

Read more

New Account Manager Role Improves Field Service, Increases Security

BuildingReports is pleased to introduce an addition to the Administrator, Manager, Manager/Inspector, Inspector and Custom User role types: Account Manager. The addition of this new feature is in response to requests from our valued Service Members, and is another example of why your feedback is so valuable.

The Account Manager role is a new user designation internal to BuildingReports Service Company members, and provides a third option to improve usability for organizations that provide account management services to large multi-facility customers within a given jurisdiction or region.

Read more

VSR Magazine examines how technology is "Fixing Field Service"

A June 15th article by Julie Ritzer Ross in VSR Magazine took an interesting look at several technologies (including BuildingReports and our hardware partners at Janam) that helping companies overcome obstacles and deliver better field service. the author writes, "Long mired in paper, pens, and clipboards, field service organizations are fast gravitating towards technology for use at job sites and in the back office."

Read more