Benefits of Radio Fire Alarm Systems: Part 1

Radio fire alarms, also known as wireless fire alarms, came into existence in the early 80s. The early systems were not too popular due to reliability issues with respect to battery life and radio transmissions. Over time, with the advances in technology, these systems have also undergone a major change and today, wireless alarm systems have become quite sophisticated in terms of reliability and performance. This is the first part of a two-part series and here we will discuss some of the advantages of radio fire alarm systems that have made them so popular.

No Cables

A major benefit of wireless fire alarm systems is that they do not require cables for each individual device. Each device in the alarm system is powered by a battery unit. This allows you to install a fully functional fire alarm system without having to use wires and cables when it is not practical to do so. It also allows easy reusability on new construction site projects, meaning less costs on purchasing new wireless fire alarms.

Reduced Installation Times

Radio fire alarm systems can be installed very quickly. Since the units are battery powered and do not need cables, a typical system can be installed and commissioned in less than a day. In comparison, a wired fire alarm systems take weeks or even months to install, which increases the time for installation and disrupts other work. The reduced installation times of the radio alarm systems makes them a very popular option.

Temporary Systems

Since the installation of wireless fire alarms is very easy and flexible, they are increasingly being used as a temporary protection system. Radio fire alarms are being used on construction sites where there is a need for fire detection when the work is in progress. These fire alarm systems can be installed on the worksite as the work begins and used until the project is completed.


Wireless fire alarms are quite flexible to use especially in the case of phased construction work. The devices can be added or removed while the work is going on without the addition or removal of cables. This helps to speed up the construction process considerably. Also, you can interconnect fire alarms in different buildings located on the same site. When the work is completed at one construction site, the wireless fire alarms can be easily moved to another without any hassle as there aren’t any wires to deal with. This not only gives you more flexibility in terms of being able to shift the wireless fire alarms from one worksite to another but also is cheaper as you don’t need to buy new fire alarms for new projects.

As you can see, radio or wireless fire alarms offer huge advantages over traditional wired alarm systems. Cygnus manufactures state-of-the-art wireless fire alarm systems to protect your worksites which let you take advantage of all these benefits. More on the benefits in the second part of this series.