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September 22 Is Next Iowa Alarm Assn Meeting September 20, 2011

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The Iowa Alarm Association’s next meeting will take place on September 22, 2011 at Smokey D’s BBQ Restaurant in just north of I-80/35 off of 2nd Ave.  in Des Moines beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Captain Dave Murrilow of the Des Moines Police Department will provide a special presentation.

Other topics to be discussed at the meeting include:

1.    Details on the Cedar Rapids tradeshow scheduled for early 2012
2.    ISFM Alarm Contractor’s Advisory Board Update
3.    Much more…

Persons and companies involved with security, life safety and low-voltage systems are encouraged and welcome to attend.  If possible, please RSVP to Ron Heldt at ADT Security Systems.

NFPA 750 and Water Mist Focus of Seminar August 18, 2011

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Protex Central and Victaulic will present New Trends in NFPA 750 Water Mist Fire Protection Systems on September 13, 2011 at the new FFA Enrichment Center on the campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa.

Seminar explores NFPA 750 and associated technologies

The two hour seminar will focus on NFPA’s standard on water mist fire protection systems (NFPA 750) as well as different water mist technologies including Vicatulic’s hybrid system: VORTEX.

VORTEX is a unique fire suppression system that provides a homogenous mixture of nitrogen and water to create a highly effective suppression capability. VORTEX systems feature several important factors including:

  • environmental sustainability
  • near zero wetting
  • no clean-up or downtime
  • safe for occupied spaces

Common applications for VORTEX technology include:  industrial applications; electrical generator enclosures even data centers.

A complimentary box lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Reserve a seat by contacting Shari Mullen at (515) 252-9932 or via e-mail at:  shari.mullen@protexcentral.net.

PROTEX CENTRAL RECOGNIZED IN 2011’s TOP 100 SYSTEMS INTEGRATORS LIST July 15, 2011

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SDM Magazine has announced Protex Central, Inc. as one of the top 100 systems integrators in the county. The recognition is revealed in SDM Magazine’s July 2011 edition of the 16th Annual Systems Integrators Report.  Protex Central ranks #76th in the current listing.

According to SDM “this exclusive report ranks, by revenue exclusive of reoccurring monthly revenue, the largest firms that contract electronic security projects for commercial, industrial, institutional, government, and other non-residential markets.”

Shawn Mullen, President and Chief Energy Officer of Protex Central, Inc. stated “we’re delighted  to be considered as one of the country’s top 100 systems integrators. As this is our third consecutive year in the Top 100, our continued presence in the rankings is recognition of our commitment to our core values of ethics, professionalism, and excellence. Our customers are the real winners as they’re the ones who have entrusted their safety and security needs to us. In so doing they’ve allowed us to grow and expand.”

Mullen continued, “This recognition continues to bolster our envisioned future of becoming the premiere systems integrator in our market area. This is something that we’re committed to at Protex Central because we know our core value is to strengthen our business by protecting yours.”

Protex Central, Inc. is a family-owned systems integrator specializing in fire and security related systems and services. With offices in Urbandale, Iowa and Nebraska locations in Omaha, Hastings and Scottsbluff, Protex Central provides layout, installation, testing and maintenance services throughout upper Midwest.

Cooper Demonstrates Mobile Speaker Array with Protex Central June 27, 2011

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Protex Central recently completed certification as an authorized Cooper Mass Notification Systems (MNS) Layered Solutions provider.

Full-scale  live demonstrations on the campus of Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska and Protex’s offices in Urbandale, Iowa featured Cooper’s Mobile Speaker Array (MSA) unit.

While at Creighton the Mobile Speaker Array was connected to Cooper’s WAVES  Base Station via digital, Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum (FHSS) technology @2.4GHz.  The distance between the Base Station and the MSA was approximately one-half mile.  The Urbandale demo included a set-up and live announcement demonstration test from the MSA’s on-board control station.

Both demonstrations featured crisp and clear voice instructions with little if any distortion or reverberation from surrounding buildings.

Cooper’s Mass Notification Systems Layered Solutions are flexible and modular for any number of applications including temporary events.  Outdoor speaker arrays are just one part of an overall mass notification system.  One good term that is used is “A system of systems.”  There are consideration for interior MNS as well as alerting via text messages, cell phones, e-mail and even satellite radio.

This entire area is just in its infancy.  It will be interesting to see the changing dynamics of people’s expectations as to how they want and expect to be notified of emergency and critical situations.

Presentation Holds Attention of 140 Character Conference June 21, 2011

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A recent presentation at the Des Moines 140 Character Conference featuring NOVEC 1230 Fire Protection Fluid held the attention of roughly 150 persons in attendance. The conference was held this past May at the Stoner Theater in the Civic Center of Greater Des Moines. It was simultaneously broadcast over the internet. This is a clip of my presentation entitled:  It Sucks To Be Left Behind.

The 140 Character Conferences seek to highlight the use of social media in a variety of ways. I took the wild chance of submitting an application about how I’m trying to position myself (and my company, Protex Central) as the “go-to” solutions provider. I’ve had several inquiries on the agent and much disbelief that it’s not water. It’s not magic – it’s just technology at it’s best.

Telecommunications Companies Seek Exemption from Iowa’s RME Law June 17, 2011

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The Iowa House recently passed and sent to the Iowa Senate H.F. 697 in an effort to break the stalemate over Iowa’s budget for the coming fiscal year that starts July 1st.    It is not clear how the Senate will resolve the many issues contained within the 588-page omnibus bill.  What is clear is an attempt by telecommunications companies to skirt Iowa’s fire extinguishing & alarm systems contractors and installers licensing law (Chapter 100C).  To see the bill click here.

Buried within the legislation are provisions (sections 670 – 671) that allow telecommunications companies to contract with a qualified individual to fulfill the duties of a responsible managing employee (RME).   Iowa law requires companies who offer fire extinguishing and/or alarm system services to be certified by the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s office and employ (not contract with) a qualified individual to be responsible for the management of the services provided.  Interestingly enough is Iowa’s ban on any qualified individual serving as a responsible managing employee for more than one employer.

It appears that this provision if allowed to pass with the rest of the legislation would give telecommunications companies an unfair advantage over certified contractors who must employ RMEs – not contract out their services.  Moreover, the safety and security of Iowa’s citizens may be undermined.  No assurance is provided that the contracted RME even resides within the state or is readily available to directly supervise the layout, installation or maintenance of fire and security related systems.

As one who is active in the industry and serves on the Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Advisory Board, I can’t support this provision to weaken laws designed to protect and secure Iowans.

Iowa Alarm Association Meets May 19 May 18, 2011

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The Iowa Alarm Association’s next meeting will take place on May 19, 2011 at Smokey D’s BBQ Restaurant in just north of I-80/35 off of 2nd Ave.  in Des Moines beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Topics to be discussed at the meeting include:

1.    Continued discussion on the Cedar Rapids tradeshow scheduled for early 2012
2.    Preview of the association website
3.    Discussion of future guest speakers
4.    Much more…

Persons and companies involved with security, life safety and low-voltage systems are encouraged and welcome to attend.  If possible, please RSVP to Ron Heldt at ADT Security Systems.

Popular Clean and Green Demo Dates Announced April 30, 2011

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Protex Central’s popular Clean and Green Fire Suppression Demonstrations dates are set for Tuesday, May 17 in our Papillion, NE  location and on Wednesday, May 18 in our Urbandale, IA offices.
If you’ve never experienced a clean agent fire suppression event, here’s your chance.
You can learn more by visiting:

Protex Central, Inc. or see a video clip at:  PitchEngine

Iowa Alarm Assn Meets April 21 at Amana’s Ox Yoke Inn April 20, 2011

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The regular monthly meeting of the Iowa Alarm Association is set for Thursday, April 21st beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Ox Yoke Inn off of I-80 at Exit 151 for the Amana colonies.

In addition to regular association business, president Ron Heldt will preside over presentations including:

Ken Samek with an update on the IA Alarm Assn. Trade Show

David Gutfreund  with a report on the sub-committee meeting and FESCAB

Shawn Mullen of Protex Central, Inc. presenting on his experiences with Social Networking

Please contact Ron Heldt if you plan to attend.

Iowa Fire Contractors Advisory Board to Meet April 13 April 12, 2011

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The Iowa State Fire Marshal’s Fire Extinguishing Contractors’ Board’s next meeting is  scheduled for Wednesday, April 13, 2011 beginning at 9:00  a.m. at the Public Safety Building, 215 East 7th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319, 1st Floor  Conference Room #125.

Slated for discussion are the following items:

  • Update from sub-committee on electrical inspections of fire alarm systems
  • What constitutes an alarm system that is being installed to be licensed?
  • How will the endorsement of the three year provisional be handled on the alarm program?
  • Discussion on continuing education for the fire protection installer and maintenance worker
  • Qualifying documentation for renewal in two years for the fire protection installer and maintenance worker

The meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend.

Please visit:  Advisory Board Home Page for additional information and updates.