Canadian Electrical Industry News Week

November 9, 2021

PB 51 Siemens CloudSolutionFireSafety 400By Alyssa Kerslake

Siemens' Cloud Apps portfolio includes a collection of Apps that use the Cloud to connect to Siemens fire alarm systems, taking the digitalization of fire safety to the next level. The Cloud Apps include the Portal, the Tunnel, and the Test App. They are designed to increase service efficiency for service providers and facility managers/building owners. Siemens' Cloud solutions aids service providers in digitizing their services and improves the business continuity of their customers, resulting in cost savings and reducing travel and times through remotely viewing and monitoring their fire systems. It works by connecting existing customer sites with Siemens’ cloud gateway.

With the tools, service providers are empowered to plan and perform service and maintenance works in a targeted manner, improve customer satisfaction, optimize resource utilization,

discover new digital business opportunities, respond faster and more intelligently to service requests, reduce travel time, and arrive on-site with the proper equipment and offering. The end customers, on the other hand, benefitted from transparency of what’s happening on-site, 24/7 instant notifications and details about the site’s status through the Portal access, email, and text notification and enhanced uptime and business continuity via faster issue resolution and more efficient maintenance activities.

To learn more about the technology involved in Siemens' Cloud Apps, we spoke with Jeffry Tondang, Product Manager at Siemens Canada.

"Siemens’ Cloud Apps enables service providers to have an easy overview and access to their customers’ fire safety sites. With the Portal, for example, the service providers have all their connected fire protection system sites in one view. There is no immediate need to drive to the location when a site reports issue(s). Service providers can see the status of the site and get more details by clicking on the site of interest through an encrypted connection, ensuring the safety of customers’ data.”

“The Tunnel allows secure and safe connection to the Cloud-connected fire control panel. It allows service providers to fix some of the customer issues without having to be on-site. Technicians can remotely access the configuration file of the fire control panel for configuration changes and trouble shootings. This means some maintenance activities can be performed in a time- and cost-efficient manner.”

"With the Test App, the service providers’ cloud-enabled smartphones can be utilized to increase their periodic maintenance and testing efficiency. Service technicians will receive the control unit feedback on tested field devices (ID’s and signal types), in real time. They can also quickly check the events currently present on site via live status view (i.e.: verify whether the system is up and running or quick diagnosis in case of troubles). Ultimately, the Cloud Apps improve efficiency and productivity while reducing maintenance costs and time. That’s why we are so excited to introduce the cloud solution into the Canadian market.”

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To discuss adding encrypted cloud connectivity to your facilities, click HERE to find a Siemens Partner in your area.

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EIN ABB logo 400ABB is an international company with a large global presence, but did you know that a significant percentage of the products sold in Canada are also designed and manufactured locally?

ABB’s Installation Products division, formerly known as Thomas & Betts, operates seven manufacturing facilities in Canada, six of them in Quebec and one in Alberta.

Many of their most well-known brands, including IBERVILLE®️️, Marrette®️️, Microlectric®️️, and Star Teck®️️, are products that started in Canada and are still manufactured locally to meet Canadian standards.

 

 


 

Canadian Electrical Contractor Discussion Group: Can You Count the Deficiencies?

EIN CECD 400Have you ever been called to fix the work of a 'handyman'?

"Was supposedly done by a"certified ' electrician....told the homeowner that he got a $266 permit....no record at TSBC. Can you count the deficiencies?"

"There is a second panel change in the triplex also.......even more deficiencies. Think the guy was a glorified handyman. Ones not obvious: 240 BB heat hooked up 120....drier on 2p20....range on 2p50....water heater fed with 2c14 Bx on 2p15."

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 Siemens Built In Isolation Products 400By Alyssa Kerslake

Life safety today is top of mind for nearly everyone. There is a certain level of trust that fire alarm systems continue to work within a fire incident. With system survivability being a key concern to regulators, building managers, and the public, Siemens has developed systems that are designed to meet and exceed regulations that protect people, property, and assets. 

One of the most significant concerns, particularly in a large multi-story building, is implementing a secure and fully functional fire alarm system. Today, it is not uncommon to have power and data for hundreds of fire alarm devices connected over a single pair of wires. The concern is, if a fault occurs somewhere between the devices, the zone and location of the device may no longer be known, or the operation of that circuit reduced or possibly impaired. These scenarios could allow an undetected catastrophic event to develop within the space due to inoperable life safety devices. 

 

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David Gordon

By Terry Becker, P.Eng., CESCP, IEEE Senior Member

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I have been involved in supporting industry with respect to shock and arc flash hazards in the workplace and in understanding what needs to be done to ensure worker safety, that effective defendable due diligence is established, and evidence of compliance is available related to occupational health & safety regulations both Provincial, Territorially or Federally.  I am in Ontario this week completing a detailed Electrical Safety Audit at multiple enterprise facilities.


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Incoplas Hybrid

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