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BuildingReports® Monthly Product Updates – June 2024

By Joanna Ku | June 11, 2024

In our continuous effort to provide the industry’s best-in-class solutions for fire safety and prevention, BuildingReports® always strives to improve its offerings and services. Every month, you can now read about the latest updates developed and implemented by our experts. AccountManager Enhancements AccountManager API. Partnerships services enhancements and corrections. BRForms Multiple back-end updates and enhancements […]

BuildingReports® Monthly Product Updates – May 2024

In our continuous effort to provide the industry’s best-in-class solutions for fire safety and prevention, BuildingReports® always strives to improve its offerings and services. Every month, you can now read about the latest updates developed and implemented by our experts. Custom Reports Developed several new custom reports as part of our continuous effort to provide […]
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BuildingReports® Monthly Product Updates – March 2024

In our continuous effort to provide the industry’s best-in-class solutions for fire safety and prevention, BuildingReports® always strives to improve its offerings and services. Every month, you can now read about the latest updates developed and implemented by our experts. AccountsManager Fixed various translation-related issues Admin Added new “Updated” date/time column to admin translations UI […]
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BuildingReports® Technology Update – March 2024

In our continuous effort to provide the industry’s best-performing solutions to fire safety and prevention, BuildingReports® is always looking to improve its offerings and services. Below, you can read about some of the latest updates our experts have developed and implemented. Continued Support for Major Manufacturers of Fire Extinguishers As more fire extinguisher manufacturers incorporate […]
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New Feature for ScanSeries Healthcare Users

By Joanna Ku | September 19, 2016

BuildingReports has released a new feature that will be welcomed by users of our ScanSeries Healthcare formats. When logging into your account and viewing your reports in a healthcare format, you will notice a new designation in the legend section at the beginning of the Inspection and Testing section. The legend now includes an “R” […]

Louisiana State Fire Marshal Provides Guidance for Businesses Regarding Reopening After Historic Flood

By Joanna Ku | August 26, 2016

The Louisiana State Fire Marshal released guidelines and requirements for businesses who plan to reopen following the historic flooding that impacted the region recently. An estimated 6.9 trillion gallons of water fell across the impacted area in early to mid-August. The following guidelines as published earlier today are in effect through the end of November […]

OSHA Penalties Skyrocket 80% with Changes Effective August 1, 2016

By Joanna Ku | August 22, 2016

Effective August 1st (2016), companies with more than 250 employees can expect increased scrutiny and fines under OSHA’s new enforcement and penalty policies. Area directors from OSHA can offer companies with fewer than 250 employees a fine reduction of 20%. Under the new guidelines, fines for incidents increased by 80% to a maximum of $124,709 […]

CMS Top 10 Life Safety Code Violations & the New Final Rule

By Joanna Ku | August 10, 2016

Audits by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services accredited agencies can cause sleepless nights for those responsible for fire and life safety systems in healthcare occupancy types. Not only can the outcome lead to having to cut employees loose and steep fines, but because these audits results are reported publicly it can also have a […]

INFOGRAPHIC: The Real Cost of False Alarms & How to Prevent Them

By Joanna Ku | July 25, 2016

A recent study by the NFPA uncovered some eye-opening statistics. In 2012, fire departments in the United States reported responding to over 2,238,000 false alarms. The majority, 46.6%, were unintentional calls, while 31.9% were attributed to system malfunctions. This represents a serious strain on emergency responders who not only risk their own safety trying to […]

Are you prepared for your next fire inspection?

By Joanna Ku | July 14, 2016

How prepared are you for a fire inspection? Your local fire marshal can stop by to inspect your business anytime, so it is of grave importance to make sure your building is up to code at all times. But what exactly does “up to code” mean? After all, fire codes can be very complex and […]

BuildingReports Surpasses 3M Inspection Milestone: The Power of Big Data

By Joanna Ku | July 7, 2016

BuildingReports, thanks to its massive network of independent inspection companies and facility users, has compiled the world’s largest database of fire and life safety inspection reporting. But, with great success comes great responsibility. Often overlooked are the opportunities that arise with the advantages of big data. For those not familiar with the information technology term, […]

SprinklerScan for iOS: Update Your App for New Devices

By Joanna Ku | May 18, 2016

BuildingReports members using ScanSeries for Apple iOS devices can now update to version 2.8.7 via the Apple App Store. The latest release includes minor improvements, as well as a correction to fix a recent “Download Mistmatch” error reported from users in the field. Members licensing SprinklerScan on iOS will also have access to new Pump […]

Paper vs. Digital: What the NFPA says about Electronic Inspection Reporting

By Joanna Ku | February 15, 2016

In today’s advanced technological landscape, smart phones (perhaps more accurately described as mobile computers) and the “Internet of Things” (devices, vehicles, buildings and other items which are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity) are the norm. We can manage the temperature in a building remotely, we can start our cars with our cell […]

BuildingReports releases ScanSeries version 1.1.30 for Android

By Joanna Ku | January 11, 2016

BuildingReports is pleased to announce the latest release of ScanSeries for Android. The latest update features a number of improvements and enhancements for the leading fire and life safety inspection application, including: Merge feature has a new workflow for easier merging of reports from two mobile devices Local Bluetooth merging also now available for paired […]

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