Silent Knight IFPnetSalesGuide
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IFP-NET Fire System Manager
Sales Guide
for use with the IFP series of products
IFP-Net Sales Guide
Product Overview
The IFP-Net is Fire System Manager software used to monitor up to 16
IFP-1000 and IFP-1000VIP control panels (nodes) with accessories.
Running on a standard PC workstation and Microsoft® Windows®
2000, the IFP-Net presents the user with an easy-to-use and attractive
graphic user interface. It is fully customizable to adapt to a wide variety
of monitoring situations and supports multiple operators monitoring all
or a portion of local sites.
In order to communicate with the Fire System Manager computer, each
panel must use a NION. NIONs communicate via an IFPN-PCLTA20
card that is installed in the Fire System Manager computer. The IFPNPCLTA20 card communicates on twisted pair topology only; however, if
the installation requires fiber optic cable, an IFPN-4WRMB (4-way
router motherboard) or an IFPN-ROUTMB (router motherboard) can be
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Selling Strategies
Target Customers
Target Customers
• Medium to large size customers
• Customers involved in:
- New construction
- Retrofitting existing construction - that is, replacing older or outmoded fire alarm systems in existing buildings
• Customers in vertical markets such as the healthcare, education,
manufacturing, financial and other similar facilities where there is a
widely dispersed campus with fire alarm system products.
Typical Customer Profiles
• Businesses with large campus operations.
• Customers who need a way to cost effectively monitor all of their
IFP Series fire alarm systems.
• Customers who need to route maintenance events to appropriate
Qualifying Questions
1. Do you have multiple, dispersed business and/or manufacturing
locations with fire alarm systems that need "centralized" monitoring?
The IFP-Net system can seamlessly monitor fire system information
from a central location.
2. Would the ability to monitor your fire panels from a centralized location appeal to you?
Our new NIONs (Network In Out Nodes) give you the ability to monitor IFP control panels from the IFP-Net workstation.
5. Do you want your security personnel to have immediate access to
trouble, supervisory or alarm events?
The real-time response of the IFP-Net software allows operators
immediate notification of events in your facilities and, maintenance
event items can be routed to appropriate service personnel.
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Selling Points
• Integrates multiple building fire systems with a common graphics
user interface
- Single point of annunciation to one location in a graphical format
• Distributed architecture enhances expandability, reliability and
The IFP-Net System architecture designed to provide a high degree
of flexibility for monitoring fire systems.
• Critical information or data never lost
The History Manager database, Members database and
Screen/Floor Plan database are stored on the computer or can be
backed up to a CD.
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Features & Benefits
System Administrator-definable profiles allow
for extremely flexible definition of Operator
Permits system administrator to define capabilities of individual level of access to system
Plug-in architecture
Allows expansion when a new interface
becomes available, thereby avoiding obsolescence
Event printing from workstation or on the network
Allows you to print real-time activity as it
happens in any networked location
Autonavigation (selectable for each device)
Automatically locates and zooms to the
device related to an alarm or event, based on
the priority of the event
Automatically takes you to the user-defined
screen visually (i.e. floor plan, campus
keymap and specific device)
Provides quick reference to the exact location
of the event
Utilizes existing building drawings exported to
.wmf or .bmp formats
No need to redesign floor plans
Dynamically generated sizeable key map
linked to main screen
Provides a higher overview of a smaller area
and becomes a point of reference to the bigger floor plan
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Ordering Information
Silent Knight has developed four basic installation kits that contain the
NPB, transceiver, EPP chipset, 5824 Gateway interface, and a cabinet
that houses the PC boards in one package to simplify ordering. The
four packages represent the four different communication types that
are available using four different transceivers. Each IFP-1000 that you
want to add to the Fire System Manager will need an installation package.
This install kit uses the FTXC as the communication transceiver. It
includes all of the parts needed to set up an IFP-1000 to communicate
via twisted pair wiring.
This install kit uses the S7FTXC as the communication transceiver. It
includes all of the parts needed to set up an IFP-1000 to communicate
via twisted pair wiring, specifically in areas that need longer wire runs,
or in electrically noisy environments.
This install kit uses the FOXC as the communication transceiver. It
includes all of the parts needed to set up an IFP-1000 to communicate
via a pair of fiber cables. Fiber systems can run longer distances than
twisted pair and are immune to electrical noise.
This install kit uses the DFXC as the communication transceiver. It
includes all of the parts needed to set up an IFP-1000 to communicate
via a single fiber cable. Fiber systems can run longer distances than
twisted pair and are immune to electrical noise.
Wire and Fiber-Optic Distances
The IFP-Net Fire System Manager conforms to industry standards for
communication system wiring. Distances using twisted pair configuration are 8000 feet, point to point; 6000 feet on a bus configuration; or
multiple t-taps within a 1500-foot radius. Fiber optic cable can be run
at distances up to 10,000 feet and possibly farther. Conduct testing at
distances above 10,000 feet to ensure the communication path is functional.
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Figure 1: Sample Twisted Pair Configuration
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Figure 2: Sample Fiber Optic Configuration
Two fiber connections required
between IFPN-NIONFXs.
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Figure 3: Sample Fiber Optic Configuration
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Technical Features
Auto navigation locates the device associated with an event
and zooms in. The highest priority event in the system is displayed first.
New and Acknowledged Event boxes display all off-normal
events in conjunction with graphic screens.
Device pull-downs and proximity displays for device-specific
information and functions
Operator log with response tracking.
History Manager records operator, event, and response (with
time and date stamp) to disk.
Floor plans can be zoomed in and out to any level. Devices can
be placed at any zoom level.
Powerful search filters for custom reporting of all events.
Standard mouse control that uses "point and click" operations.
Event printing connected to workstation or system (requires
optional IFP-PRN5 Event Printer)
System Administrator-definable security profiles allow for
extremely flexible definitions for operator accounts.
Database that contains screens for all sites.
Graphics printing for floor plans, reports, and device listings
(requires approved graphics printer).
Backup capability of screen, member, and history databases.
Dynamically generated sizable key map.
Administrator-definable macros for device communication.
Definable function keys, functional buttons, and navigational
Import vector (.wmf) drawing files or bitmaps (.bmp).
Full linked multimedia (text, audio, video, and bitmaps) to any
device, definable by the administrator.
Labeling of hazardous material (HAZMAT) areas and handicap
special needs using information labels with full linked multimedia.
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Parts Glossary
The Fire Systems Manager software that is installed
on Windows® 2000 Professional-equipped PCs. The
IFP-Net consists of the Software CD, Manual CD,
Hardware Key, Interface card (p/n IFPN-PCLTA20),
and the installation instruction document.
This is the card that is installed in the computer and
is shipped with a twisted pair transceiver (p/n IFPNFTXC). If a fiber-optic connection is required, additional parts are needed.
This a small PC board that determines what type of
communication (topology) path being used, i.e.,
twisted-pair or fiber-optic cable. Transceivers are
installed on the Input/Output board (NION). Silent
Knight packages these boards in kits with all of the
appropriate parts to connect to an IFP-1000 for a
smoother installation.
This transceiver supports the basic twisted-pair
communication. The IFPN-FTXC can use T-tapped
or home-run style wiring configuration (see Figure 1).
This is an enhanced version of the basic transceiver
that provides signal processing to enable it to run
over longer distances and/or in harsh environments.
The IFPN-S7FTXC can use T-tapped or home-run
style wiring configuration (see Figure 1).
This is the basic fiber-optic transceiver, using two
fibers, one for transmit and one for receive. It must
be installed in a home run style configuration (see
Figure 2). Fiber provides the best distance capabilities and noise immunity.
This is the enhanced fiber-optic transmitter. It transmits and receives on a single fiber. Fiber provides
the best distance capabilities and noise immunity.
(See Figure 3.)
This is the blank interface board for use on the system. It does not include the appropriate transceiver
or EPP chipset. See IFPN-EPP for more information
on EPP chipsets.
These are a pair of chips that are installed on the
IFPN-NPB to establish two things; the communication medium (twisted-pair, or fiber-optic) that is
used to the PC, and the communication with the
5824-gateway interface module.
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