Open protocol fire alarms offer more flexibility
Open protocol fire alarms offer more flexibility and allow integration with other systems and devices, making adding new features or devices easy over time. In addition, they are cost-effective in the long run as you can choose widgets and software and upgrade or expand the system without being locked to one manufacturer.
closed protocol fire alarms are simpler to install
On the other hand, closed protocol fire alarms are simpler to install and maintain as all devices and software come from the same manufacturer and work seamlessly together. In addition, they are reliable and consistent since they are all manufactured by one company.
A closed protocol fire alarm system can be a good option for smaller or less complex buildings where interoperability with other building systems is not a critical factor. However, an open protocol fire alarm system may be better for larger or more complex structures if you need integration with other systems or want the freedom to customise or expand the system over time.
Consulting with a professional fire alarm system installer or licensed fire protection engineer is recommended to advise and help you make the best choice for your premises.