New Point Edwards fire/security system to benefit local businesses

Sep 12, 2013

The Board of Directors of the Point Edwards Home Owners Association recently approved the installation of a wireless fire and security transmission system that will also provide a new, cost effective option for Edmonds businesses.

Point Edwards has made the decision to convert to radio-based technology to reduce reliance on phone lines for communicating signals for fire and security alarms, which in turn will significantly lower costs and improve efficacy.

A side benefit for other local entities is the installation of retransmission appliances on the hillside occupied by the condominium group; that will provide them access that is currently minimally available.

The technology has been in existence for more than a decade, but because of the bowl shape of downtown Edmonds, it has been difficult to receive clear radio reception.

Businesses that have until now been restricted to using phone lines for fire and security systems will soon have the lower cost option of sending signals to monitoring facilities via Point Edwards’ retransmission devices. This equipment is expected to be in place by the end of the year.

Other programs Point Edwards has implemented to minimize its carbon footprint include the addition of yard and food waste to its regular recycling efforts, and the installation of high efficiency lighting and low consumption appliances.

The latter was a grant-funded effort to work with area contractors and Snohomish County PUD, which has resulted in substantially reduced electrical use and thousands of dollars in annual savings.

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