"Migrating monitored fire alarm and lift phone services from
the existing fixed line networks over which they currently operate
to a new telecommunications network is not simply a matter of
moving a service over 'from A to B'. Rather, it is a complex
process involving technical, regulatory and policy considerations,
as well as multiple parties." Migration of Monitored Fire
Alarms and Lift Phone Services Good Practice Guide.
Communications is changing with the role out of the National
Broadband Network (NBN) and the switch from the old copper wire
service to a digital network. Those changes affect the fire
protection industry directly as monitored fire alarm systems need
to be migrated to the digital service.
Fire Protection Association Australia has been working with the
Federal Department of Communications and Arts to produce a Good
Practice Guide which has now been published.
"It has been a great experience to be able to coordinate and
provide technical assistance from a range of key stakeholders to
develop the Guide.
Now that it's published, the Guide will provide the steps that
need to be taken and by whom to migrate old monitored alarm systems
to the digital network. This is vital as these old, fixed line
services are being progressively disconnected and replaced by the
NBN," said FPA Australia General Manager Technical Services and
Deputy CEO Matthew Wright who chaired the Department's Fire Alarm
and Lift Phone Migration Roundtable Working Group.
"There are a number of different connection options based on
your facilities' particular circumstance and the services you have
access to. Regardless of the option chosen, there is still an
expectation to retain the network reliability goals in AS 1670.3 to
ensure alarm monitoring performance is maintained when current
fixed line services are disconnected."
The Guide is intended as a handbook for use by the fire
protection and lift industries, building owners, building managers,
and bodies corporate, application service providers (ASPs),
telecommunications retail service providers (RSPs), equipment
providers, and regulators and government agencies, to assist them
in carrying out their roles and responsibilities in the migration
"Monitored fire alarms provide fire and emergency services with
the vital warning and information they need to manage incidents. So
anyone who has a role in installing, servicing and maintaining a
monitored alarm has a role to play in the migration of the old
services, making this Guide a 'must-read' for practitioners," said
The Migration of Monitored Fire Alarms and Lift Phone Services
Good Practice Guide can be downloaded from the
Department website and from the FPA Australia website by