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    Fire alarm device compatibility: Siemens devices w/ new non-proprietary system

    We are engineering/designing a renovation to an existing church which has an existing Siemens fire alarm system.

    The owner would like to replace the Siemens system with a nonproprietary system - likely either Firelite or Notifier.
    We are also putting in a small addition - just a few meeting rooms - and adding some HVAC equipment. So we'll likely need a few more points added to the FA system.

    Is a new non-proprietary FACP going to be compatible with the existing Siemens notification & initiation devices?
    Is it typical to be able to install a new non-proprietary FACP, and connect the existing Siemens devices to it?
    Or are we likely going to need all new devices as well?
    Any other high-level considerations we should be taking into account?

    Any questions welcome; I'll be onsite in the morning (Jan. 3) to gather more info.

    Thanks in advance.

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    2 wire detectors are required to be listed with the associated control panel.

    BTW Notifier is just about as proprietary as Siemens.
    Ron

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    It would probably be Firelite or Silent Knight, Notifier is proprietary although it's basically Firelite parts.

    Notification devices might be compatible, more than likely not with the initiating. Depending on how old the equipment is, you'll probably want all new devices anyway, and you can probably reuse most if not all the existing wire.

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    Both Siemens addressable alarm devices and notification appliances will not be listed for anything other than the Siemens panel.

    Why dump the Siemens panel? It's a good system and parts are available. If it's an old MXL panel there are drop-in kits to upgrade to the XLS platform.

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