Case Study: Monitored Fire System Improves University Safety

Working with Facilities, I.T. and Campus Police to Deliver Best Results


Due to outdated technology, a large university in Pittsburgh was looking to replace its fire monitoring system. With more than 120 buildings to monitor, including student housing, the university wanted a more robust and reliable solution, one with backup fail-safes and state-of-the-art fire monitoring.

An overhaul would mean a tight time frame, coordinating installations with many different departments within the university, and finding the right combination of detection devices to provide dependable coverage for many different places at once.


"Measure twice, cut once," goes the old carpenter's axiom. To execute a job of this proportion, Guardian invested a great deal of time into the planning phase, working closely with and drawing input from numerous departments, including Facilities, Contracts, IT and Campus Police. After nearly a year of hammering out the details, the university was presented with several options. Ultimately, the client agreed on a plan with the following customized components:

  • Installation of a new communicating device in each building, providing constant monitoring of the fire panel
  • Installation of a cellular backup device to supply a redundant path
  • Streamlined conversion protocols to minimize interruption of classes, events and student life


Though there were many possible answers to the university's problem, Guardian worked with the client to determine the best solution for their goals, budget and timeline. After the planning phase, the conversion project was completed within three months - an extremely aggressive turnaround by industry standards.

At the end of the day, the university was very pleased with Guardian's process and performance. After the completion of this project, the client signed a new long-term agreement to have Guardian monitor all of the buildings on its campus.

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