ADT Security advises facility managers and plant managers to ensure
their building’s automatic fire alarm monitoring systems are NBN-ready.
According to Dallas Pearce, Customer Service Centre Manager at ADT Fire
Monitoring, with the NBN rollout underway, it is important that facility and
plant managers check and confirm their system is NBN-ready to ensure they
continue to receive 24/7 fire monitoring. He adds that this will help to
protect people and property and reduce the damage and cost of a fire incident.
Traditionally, automatic fire alarm systems work by sending alarm
signals through an existing analogue copper telephone line to an alarm response
centre. Once the NBN is operational, fire alarm systems will be connected to a
building using fibre technology.
To ensure an automatic fire alarm system is NBN-ready, check that the
retail services provider (RSP) used for the building’s telecommunication
services will provide service on the UNI-V voice port; advise the RSP that the
facility has essential Automatic Fire Alarm Monitoring and provide the back-up
phone number – also ask for this number to be converted and added as a voice
service as part of the NBN conversion; request a back-up battery for the
facility’s communication device to ensure the alarm will still be able to
communicate in the event of a power failure; and when connected to the NBN,
call the fire alarm monitoring provider to confirm correct operation of the
It is important to first confirm that the fire monitoring system is
connected and operational to the NBN box before disconnecting the existing
copper phone line.
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) while also working on
ADT Fire Monitoring has successfully tested its ASE with NBN retail
service providers such as 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 still communicating correctly.