New FireClass addressable fire alarm panels

Issue 4 2020 Fire & Safety

Johnson Controls has introduced two new FireClass addressable fire alarm panels, the FC702 and FC708, to its range of fire detection solutions. Featuring ergonomically engineered 8.4-inch Thin-Film-Transistor (TFT) colour touchscreens and Intelligent User Guidance, the new panels offer improved aesthetics, advanced usability and a great deal of flexibility. An attractive design makes these panels ideal for use in reception areas and prestige building environments.

The FC702 is a two-loop addressable panel while the FC708 provides a robust eight-loop protocol to perform in the most challenging environments. An increased loop capacity of one Ampere per loop helps meet the increasing demand for visual alarms in addition to traditional audible alarms. Each addressable loop can be connected as one high power (HP) loop or two shared power (SP) loops. This provides the system designer the flexibility of allocating all available power and 250 addresses to the HP loop or to share resources across two SP loops. The FC708 comes standard with 80-way zonal display.

“These new FireClass Addressable Panels give our customers high-end, reliable, future-proof fire detection technology to help avoid false alarms and protect lives,” said Peter Hauser, senior global product manager, Johnson Controls. “They deliver intuitive, intelligent fire detection for even the most complex applications including education, commercial buildings, hotels, transportation and healthcare.”

With USB configuration and USB firmware upload/download, the FC702 and FC708 are easy to install, program, operate and service while providing remote connectivity and backwards compatibility for long-term support and reduced lifetime cost. Touch-sensitive status LEDs provide an event summary for instant access to detailed event information, while a programmable graphic quiescent display offers custom branding opportunities. The panels also offer the ability to selectively view and print from the extensive 10 000 event log using dynamic filters with effective event diagnostics, which helps to quickly resolve site investigations.

Additional key features of the FC702 and FC708 panels include:

• Context-sensitive help and on-screen operator instructions reduce the need for user training and provide support for infrequent users.

• A user configurable on-screen site map helps eliminate additional site plans.

• Comprehensive point management and disable functions provide the user with full control to reduce service and maintenance effort.

• Keyless log-on using RFID tags identifies and logs user actions.

• An integral, easily expandable slot card cage provides a range of slot card options.

For more information contact Johnson Controls Global Products, +27 11 011 4050,,


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