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Deadline for U.S. Federal Ban on Chinese Security Cameras Approaches

As August 13th draws closer, U.S. federal agencies are still attempting to comply with Congress’s ban passed last year which takes effect on that date. Recently, two prominent security camera manufacturers have been identified as having vulnerabilities that can allow unauthorized parties to gain administrative access over the devices. Other manufacturers and devices are also named in the US Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team advisory and subsequent legislation that effectively banned their use by Federal agencies on that date:

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INFOGRAPHIC: HVAC Industry Trends

Click on the infographic below to see how perceptions align and differ between service companies and facility management professionals, including the growing use of technology in service delivery and customer satisfaction.

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What's New in the Latest ScanSeries for Android and iOS Updates?

The latest update of BuildingReports ScanSeries for both Android and iOS includes a host of updates to devices and fields associated with existing devices. While this post does not include every update in the latest release, we've selected some of the highlights to share with you in this post.

BuildingReports recommends keeping your ScanSeries app up to date with the latest release. Android users should update to version 1.1.358, while iOS users should update to version 2.25.8 in order to remain current.

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BRForms® for Android Update v1.0.35 Released

Unlike the critical update for ScanSeries for Android discussed in this blog, the new update has no specific user targeted changes or improvements. But, just as with ScanSeries 1.1.344, this update is required for Symbol TC55 and Janam XM5 compatibility with the upcoming server changes.

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ScanSeries® for Android App Update v1.1.344

A major app update containing a large number of changes, including: new features, fixes, and improvements to security is now available for download. All ScanSeries users on Android are strongly encouraged to install or update to this version (1.1.344) as soon as possible.

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Five Considerations for Adopting Electronic Compliance Inspection Reporting

The following is a reprint from the October 2018 issue of Industrial Fire World Magazine. The article has been reproduced in its entirety for your convenience, but you can also read the original by clicking here.

According to a 2002 report by the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 228 fires or explosions were reported in or at petroleum refineries or natural gas plants per year from 1994 to 1998. A more recent April 2016 report uncovered the following statistics:

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Important Update: Changes to Supported iOS Devices

As of today, ScanSeries is no longer supported on iPhone, iPod and iPad running iOS versions older than 8.0. This specifically applies to the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4, which are unable to update to iOS version 8.0 or newer. While the 4th generation devices were released in 2010, the iPhone 4S - which was released in 2012 - can be updated up to iOS version 9.3.5 and will continue to be supported. There is no change for the iPhone 5C which has never been supported, and the Infinite Peripherals' Linea Pro sleds are not impacted unless used with an iPhone 4 or iPod Touch 4.

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Portal Update: New Inspection Status Drop-Down Shortcut

Upon logging into the portal users will notice a change to the list view on the Get Reports page. The Inspection Status column now features a drop down option that allows users to choose the inspections status without having to expand the report detail row by clicking the + symbol to the far left of the row. The option no longer resides within the detail section for the row, and users can save extra steps when updating the inspeciton status.

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ComplianceCenter: New "Help" Button & User Guides

We are pleased to announce the availability of new feature for AHJ, BuildingReports Service Member users, and Complimentary ComplianceCenter users of the ComplianceCenter report submittal system. Depending on your user type, you will see different options when clicking the new Help button while logged into the portal.


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Sensitivity Data Entry Made Simple

Entering data for smoke detector sensitivity so that the range will populate automatically in your report can sometimes be a challenge, especially if the detector head supplies only the range of the detector while the rating, minus and plus values (which compute to give you the range) are not provided. Since the Smoke Detector device record in our applications allows you to enter the Rating and Minus/Plus values so that a range will populate automatically, how do you address this type of scenario so that the range will populate successfully?

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