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July 2018

rfid systems for roller door

rfid systems for roller doorDigitalquill’s Fire Door Monitor system is renowned for being one of the most flexible, unobtrusive ways to meet legal Fire Safety requirements. The system uses RFID systems to monitor your doors and it alerts your managers when they are left propped open. This helps your fire wardens to fulfil their legal responsibilities.

Fire Door Monitor: Not just for Fire Doors

Fire door monitor has many other uses too: One of our clients uses our fire door monitoring app to monitor the roller door on a warehouse. If the door is left open then it will cost more to heat the building and it is a security risk. Before installing the Fire Door monitoring software, they had problems with staff leaving the roller door open and people could walk into the building off the street. The new system allows managers in the office to monitor the door and they can call down and ask for it to be closed if it is left open

The fire door checking system can also be set up to automatically monitor whether windows are closed. This saves time when locking up buildings, or you could even use the system to check that cold room doors are kept shut. Fire door monitor really is the most versatile RFID systems on the market today.

RFID Systems for Monitoring Doors

Fire Door Monitor uses RFID transponders placed at each door or window. The software manages inspection schedules and informs a specific person whenever inspections are due. Magnetic catches can be installed onto each door or window, which will allow it only to be open for a maximum specified time before  the system sends an SMS or email alert. A full reporting suite makes it possible to see which doors or windows are being opened and for how long.

Easy to Install Wirefree Door Monitoring

Fire Door Monitor is easy to install in your building. As it is a cloud-based system, it links to your existing internet gateway. It can even be used as a self-contained system over a 3G or 4G mobile connection. With mobile connectivity, there is no need to run wires. We attach wireless devices to each door or window within range of the Hub. Repeaters are used to extend the range of the hub which is connected to the internet via your existing gateway or self-contained 3G.

Low-Cost Door Monitoring

Fire Door Monitor is available for a low monthly fee. All you need to purchase up front are the hardware sensors and the connection hub. Call us today on 01482 424402 or email support@digitalquill.co.uk for more information.

 

RFID Systems Data Analytics

RFID Systems Data AnalyticsRadio Frequency Identification, or RFID, uses radio waves to read and capture information stored on a special tag that is attached to or embedded in an object. RFID systems can serve the same purpose as a barcode or the magnetic strip on the back of a credit card by providing a unique identifier for a place or an object.

The Benefits of RFID Systems

RFID systems are being adopted by more and more companies every year as the technology evolves.  It is helping a variety of industries, from retail to transportation. RFID can most likely help your business, too. Here’s why:

RFID systems make businesses more efficient.

RFID technology is less labour intensive than barcodes. It does not need a line-of-sight to read tags, and multiple tags can be read simultaneously. A simpler process means your employees have more time to handle important tasks and so they are more productive.

RFID systems reduce errors

No human intervention is needed to read data – the process is automatic. This is more efficient, freeing time for other tasks, and it also reduces the risk of human error in data logging. By removing manual processes and using automated technology, companies can obtain more accurate data.

RFID systems work in real-time 

RFID systems can track and provide real-time data about your inventory . This is attractive to any industry, and is especially useful in data-driven decision making. Whether you are tracking stock inventory or individual products, your company will benefit from a stream of real-time data collection and analysis.

RFID systems support better decision making

Access to real-time data analytics through RFID technology lets companies become better informed. Good quality data and insights means better decision making, and business managers can then turn this information into positive actions to improve the business.

Digitalquill: Software Solutions and Bespoke Software development

Our team of highly skilled engineers manages many large software systems, we also have a range of software solutions which we provide as SaaS (Software as a Service) such as our Inspection Monitor, Asset Monitor, Rental Monitor, Access Monitor and more. Many of our systems include RFID technology.

smoke signal

smoke signalSmoke detectors are some of the most important items in your home when it comes to keeping your family safe. These devices help to alert your family to the smoke from fire while there is still time to evacuate, but did you know that they need to be regularly tested to ensure they are in full working order?

How to test a smoke alarm

No electronic device is infallible. Batteries can die, and some of the other parts of a smoke detector will wear out over time. Testing them regularly and replacing the batteries or the device itself is therefore essential. It is recommended by fire services that smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month – preferably every week on #TestItTuesday – and the batteries should be replaced twice a year. A way to remember to do so is to always change your batteries when you put the clocks forward or back.

A battery change can also be the solution to some other common problems:

  • The detector gives false alarms.
  • It emits short beeps regularly without being touched.
  • It has activated often, perhaps due to kitchen smoke.

How Do You Test A Smoke Alarm?

You should check the manufacturer’s instructions for the proper way to test your smoke alarms. But most battery-powered and hardwired smoke detectors can be tested in this way:

Step 1. Warn family members that you are testing the alarm. Smoke detectors make a high-pitched sound that can frighten small children.

Step 2. Ask a family member to go to the furthest point away from the alarm in the house. This helps to check that the alarm can be heard everywhere in your home. If you have more than one alarm (it is recommended to have at least one per floor) then test each one – the smoke from a fire will not be detected everywhere at once unless you have linked mains-powered alarms.

Step 3. Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It may take a few seconds, but soon a loud, ear-piercing siren will emanate from the smoke detector as long as the button is pressed. If the sound is missing or weak, replace your batteries.

Step 4. Take a look at your smoke detector and make sure there’s no dust or other substance blocking its grates. This could cause false alarms or even prevent it from

Most smoke detectors have a life-span of 10 years. If this time has passed, or if you are unsure if its age, you should replace it.

Digitalquill: Experts in smoke alarm monitoring

Smoke alarms are crucial as an early indicator of a fire in the home, but all too often their batteries are not checked, and so the alarm does not sound in the event of a fire. Digitalquill’s free smoke alarm testing app, Smoke Signal, supports the #TestItTuesday campaign by reminding people to test their smoke alarms every week.

You can download Smoke Signal at the Google Play store or, find out more at www.smokealarmapp.co.uk

Smoke Alarm Test

 

Digitalquill Ltd have launched a new Android app: Smoke Signal. Building on our extensive experience in commercial monitoring solutions, the app, which is designed to remind domestic users to test their smoke alarms launched on the Google Play Store last week and is being applauded by users and fire services for drawing attention to the lack of smoke alarm testing that can cost lives.

Smoke Alarm Test

Smoke Signal – An App for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Reminders

A fully tested smoke alarm dramatically increases your chances of getting out of a fire, especially if it occurs while you are sleeping. We all have busy lives, which can make the testing of smoke alarms a task that never gets done. This must change. This app brings the testing of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms to the front of your mind by reminding you regularly to do the tests. It also monitors the alarms’ ages and reminds you to replace their batteries every six months.

Testing your alarms cuts the risk of fatality by half

A working smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire by half, according to FireService.co.uk

39% of smoke alarm failures are because of battery failure

According to gov.uk, in 2016/17, 39% of battery-powered smoke alarms in dwellings where a fire occurred failed, while 28% of all smoke alarms failed. Testing prevents this.

Smoke alarm failures cost lives

In 2016/17, where a fire occurred that resulted in a casualty, 12% had a missing battery and 10% had a defective battery, according to gov.uk

25% of people admit they don’t test their alarms

In the government’s English Housing Survey for 2014/15 25% of people questioned said they did not test their smoke alarms at least once a month.

Digitalquill: Experts in fire safety monitoring

Smoke alarms are crucial as an early indicator of a fire in the home, but all too often their batteries are not checked, and so the alarm does not sound in the event of a fire. Digitalquill’s free smoke alarm testing app, Smoke Signal, supports the #TestitTuesday campaign by reminding people to test their smoke alarms every week.

You Can download Smoke Signal at the Google Play store or, to find out more, visit the website at www.smokealarmapp.co.uk

 

Smoke Signal Smoke Alarm Testing APp

Digitalquill Ltd are proud to announce our latest Android app: Smoke Signal. Building on our experience in commercial monitoring solutions, the app, which reminds domestic users to test their smoke alarms is launched on the Google Play Store on #TestItTuesday 3rd July.

Smoke Signal – Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Testing App

According to FireService.co.uk, a working smoke alarm cuts your risk of dying in a fire by half. However, In the English Housing Survey in 2014/15, 25% of people questioned said they did not test their smoke alarms at least once a month. In 2016/17, where a fire occurred in a home with smoke alarms that resulted in a casualty, 12% had a missing battery, and 10% had a defective battery.

Smoke Signal Smoke Alarm Testing App

Free App Reminds you to Test Smoke Alarms

Digitalquill’s Managing Director, Matt Houldsworth says:

“The #TestitTuesday hashtag on Twitter is raising awareness each week of the need to test smoke alarms, but not everyone uses Twitter. Fire safety is one of our company’s passions, and our commercial fire door inspection and monitoring system already make offices, hotels and other commercial buildings a safer place. We wanted to give something back by offering Smoke Signal as a free to use app for domestic use, that helps people remember to test their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms weekly – even if they do not use social media.”

Flexible Reminder Schedule for Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm Tests

Smoke Signal is totally free to download and use, and it does not require users to provide any of their details. The user logs all of their smoke alarms in the app, and it then triggers a reminder to check each smoke alarm’s function on a weekly basis. The user can choose what time and which day of the week to be alerted, and every six months they are reminded to change their alarm batteries. It also tracks the alarms expiry date after which they are no longer effective. The app also supports Carbon Monoxide detectors in the same way.

Why is it important to test smoke alarms?

Smoke alarms are crucial as an early indicator of a fire in the home, but all too often their batteries are not checked, and so the alarm does not sound in the event of a fire. Digitalquill’s free smoke alarm testing app, Smoke Signal, supports the #TestitTuesday campaign by reminding people to test their smoke alarms every week.

You Can download Smoke Signal at the Google Play store or, to find out more, visit the website at www.smokealarmapp.co.uk