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New SecurityScan Award & Media Recognition

By David Spence | March 5, 2021

Recent coverage by top industry media outlets focused on the positive impact SecurityScan can have on service companies and facilities alike. Security Sales & Integration announced in December 2020 that ScanSeries, and more specifically SecurityScan and FireScan, had been selected as one of the “Top 30 Technology Innovations for 2020.”

New ScanSeries Releases Available in November

Updates Android and iOS include new features and improvements, including support for the new DocDrive Plus add-on.
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The Clock Is Ticking on CARES Act Tax Incentives

The 2020 CARES Act offers revised tax rules incentivizing some facilities to take on fire and life safety initiatives, including sprinkler retrofits.
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Leveraging Technology During Reopening for Disinfection Efforts Related to COVID-19

SafetyScan from BuildingReports enables facilities to track and report on PPE and disinfection efforts.
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Previous Posts

What’s New in the Latest ScanSeries for Android and iOS Updates?

By David Spence | March 22, 2019

The latest update of BuildingReports ScanSeries for both Android and iOS includes a host of updates to devices and fields associated with existing devices. While this post does not include every update in the latest release, we’ve selected some of the highlights to share with you in this post. BuildingReports recommends keeping your ScanSeries app […]

ScanSeries® for Android App Update v1.1.344

By David Spence | January 30, 2019

A major app update containing a large number of changes, including: new features, fixes, and improvements to security is now available for download. All ScanSeries users on Android are strongly encouraged to install or update to this version (1.1.344) as soon as possible. BuildingReports always recommends only performing an update of ScanSeries once all live/ongoing […]

BRForms® for Android Update v1.0.35 Released

By David Spence | January 30, 2019

Unlike the critical update for ScanSeries for Android discussed in this blog, the new update has no specific user targeted changes or improvements. But, just as with ScanSeries 1.1.344, this update is required for Symbol TC55 and Janam XM5 compatibility with the upcoming server changes. The update is now live in the Google PlayStore and […]

Five Considerations for Adopting Electronic Compliance Inspection Reporting

By David Spence | October 16, 2018

The following is a reprint from the October 2018 issue of Industrial Fire World Magazine. The article has been reproduced in its entirety for your convenience, but you can also read the original by clicking here. According to a 2002 report by the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 228 fires or explosions were […]

Important Update: Changes to Supported iOS Devices

By David Spence | September 27, 2018

As of today, ScanSeries is no longer supported on iPhone, iPod and iPad running iOS versions older than 8.0. This specifically applies to the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4, which are unable to update to iOS version 8.0 or newer. While the 4th generation devices were released in 2010, the iPhone 4S – which […]

Portal Update: New Inspection Status Drop-Down Shortcut

By David Spence | August 2, 2018

Upon logging into the portal users will notice a change to the list view on the Get Reports page. The Inspection Status column now features a drop down option that allows users to choose the inspections status without having to expand the report detail row by clicking the + symbol to the far left of […]

ComplianceCenter: New “Help” Button & User Guides

By David Spence | July 24, 2018

We are pleased to announce the availability of new feature for AHJ, BuildingReports Service Member users, and Complimentary ComplianceCenter users of the ComplianceCenter report submittal system. Depending on your user type, you will see different options when clicking the new Help button while logged into the portal. New Help Button Regardless of your user type, […]

Sensitivity Data Entry Made Simple

By David Spence | February 28, 2018

Entering data for smoke detector sensitivity so that the range will populate automatically in your report can sometimes be a challenge, especially if the detector head supplies only the range of the detector while the rating, minus and plus values (which compute to give you the range) are not provided. Since the Smoke Detector device […]

BuildingReports Partners with ComplianceBinders.com for Healthcare Compliance Reporting Management Binders

By David Spence | February 13, 2018

UPDATE JANUARY 2019: This partnership has been discontinued due to low demand for BuildingReports-branded versions, but members still interested in acquiring Compliance Binders can still order them direct from L&R. Managing and organizing the massive amount of paper reporting required by CMS accredited agencies can be a massive headache for healthcare facility professionals. L&R’s Optix […]

Important Updates to BuildingReports Web Portal

By David Spence | January 24, 2018

The BuildingReports development team launched a few updates to the portal overnight that you may have noticed upon logging in today. The following is a quick summary of those changes. Modal Single Device Editor – the old device editor that was previously accessed by clicking a device’s blue link inside of a report on has […]