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Ensure automatic fire alarm monitoring is NBN-ready

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ADT Security advises facility managers and plant managers to ensure the monitored fire systems in their buildings are NBN-ready.

With the NBN rollout underway, Dallas Pearce, Customer Service Centre Manager at ADT Fire Monitoring explains that it is imperative these systems are made NBN-ready so that they continue to receive 24/7 fire monitoring, helping to protect people and property and reducing the damage and cost of a fire incident.

Automatic fire alarm systems typically work by sending alarm signals through an existing analogue copper telephone line to an alarm response centre. Once the NBN infrastructure is operational, fire alarm systems will be connected to the building using fibre technology and the existing copper telephone line network removed according to an announcement made by the Federal Government and Telstra.

Checklist for NBN-ready automatic fire alarm systems

1. Confirm that the retail services provider (RSP) for the building’s telecommunication services will provide service on the UNI-V voice port.

2. Advise the RSP that you have essential Automatic Fire Alarm Monitoring and provide the back-up phone number. Ask for this number to be converted and added as a voice service as part of the NBN conversion.

3. Request a back-up battery for the communication device to ensure the alarm can still communicate in the event of a power failure.

4. When connected to the NBN, call the fire alarm monitoring provider to confirm correct operation of the phone line.

5. Do not disconnect the existing copper phone line until it is confirmed that the fire monitoring system is connected and operational to the NBN box.

ADT Fire Monitoring ASE (Alarm Signalling Equipment) is built to comply with Australian telecommunication regulations, making it compatible with the analogue port on the NBN Network Termination Device (NTD) and also functional on the NBN.

ADT Fire Monitoring has successfully tested its ASE with the following NBN retail service providers: Telstra UNI-V and UNI-D, Internode and APN.

ADT Fire Monitoring customers can call ADT once they are connected to test that their alarm system is communicating correctly. 

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