Fike Launches Cloud-based Fire Alarm Management Solution

Fike Safety Technology (FST) has released Nimbus, a new solution for the monitoring and management of remote fire alarm systems over the internet. At the heart of the system is a cloud-based database, which receives data from fire alarm systems via the GPRS mobile network. In addition to FST’s own TWINFLEXpro and Duonet fire alarm systems, Nimbus also works with the majority of analogue addressable control panels from all of the major manufacturers.

The primary application of Nimbus is to log, manage and administrate the commissioning, servicing, maintenance, testing, performance and day to day use of the connected fire alarm systems. Data is stored in a secure database and accessed via a standard web browser on any internet enabled device. Event notifications are sent via email and/or SMS messaging.

Nimbus is the ideal management tool for Service, Building and Estate Managers who need to maintain a lifetime electronic log of their fire alarm systems. Fire alarm installers and service companies can also benefit from Nimbus, by offering it as a value-added service to their customers and using it help streamline their own service operation. Nimbus centralises all fire alarm system activity through a single cross-platform management tool and provides a detailed electronic history of the system throughout its use and life. The Nimbus database can provide an infinite log of all data, thereby overcoming the memory limits of fire alarm control panels.

Fire alarm control panels are connected to Nimbus using a GRPS Gateway. This is a non-intrusive interface that connects to the panel’s serial or printer port and does not affect the function of the fire alarm system. Requiring no physical connection to telephone lines or clients IP network the GPRS Gateway provides the ideal communications path between the fire alarm system and Nimbus.

Reports can be generated based on weekly testing, servicing and live activity. Users may also generate specific reports based on their own search criteria; e.g. date/time, mode, event, panel, loop, device and any protocol parameter. The common web interface simplifies the generation of reports and allows data to be exported to industry standard tools, such as an Excel spreadsheet, or simply printed.

For further information please contact Fike Safety Technology on Tel: 01633 865 558, Email: fstinfo@fike.com or visit www.fikesafetytech.co.uk.

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London’s largest social landlord installs Aico smoke alarms

Southwark Council is installing Aico’s RadioLINK smoke alarms as part of the Council’s commitment to its fire risk assessment programme and associated fire safety works for its social housing stock in the borough.

Southwark Council, London’s largest social landlord with more than 50,000 properties and over 300 high-rise blocks, is currently running a programme of works in order to attain 100% smoke alarm coverage in all of its properties.

The Council’s housing stock is diverse, ranging from Edwardian and Victorian town houses that have been converted into flats through to complex purpose built high-rise blocks, which means there isn’t one solution to fit all. Aico’s RadioLINK smoke alarms, which provide wireless interconnection, offer quality, flexibility, ease of installation and usability for the residents. RadioLINK allows Aico smoke and heat alarms to be interconnected using Radio Frequency (RF) signals, eliminating the need for interconnecting cabling; it saves times and disruption.

The Council was able to work with Aico, in order to develop and tailor a system of smoke and heat alarms, to provide residents with an early warning of fire. The 2700 Edwardian and Victorian town house flat conversions were the first set of properties to gain from these installations as they were classed as high risk.

As part of the work Ei450 Alarm Controllers were fitted in flats to make it easier for residents to test, locate or silence the alarms. Depending on the layout of each individual property, alarms were typically fitted in hallways, kitchens, living areas and bedrooms to meet an enhanced ‘LD2’ category of installation in accordance to the British Standard for domestic smoke alarms (BS 5839-6:2013).

Additionally, RadioLINK smoke alarms were fitted in communal areas of the Edwardian and Victorian town house flat conversions, which were ‘House Coded’ to the two heat alarms in each flat – one in the kitchen and one in the flat’s internal escape route. Each flat has their own separate smoke alarm system, with RadioLINK interconnection between all rooms to increase audibility. This system lends itself to providing full coverage for the property in case of a fire in any area, whilst reducing false alarms and unnecessary evacuations from a property.

“As part of our promise to provide quality affordable homes to all our residents, we have been working closely with Aico as well as the London Fire Brigade to invest in our fire safety” said Councillor Richard Livingstone, Cabinet Member for housing.

The programme is now being rolled out to extend coverage to the rest of its housing stock. Southwark Council has also developed a harmonisation specification, which refers to any property in its stock that requires electrical works. Aico RadioLINK alarms are installed to the enhanced LD2 category as a matter of course when major electrical works are necessary in the Council’s housing stock.

Aico is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ei Electronics and is the first name in residential fire protection in the UK. All alarms are designed and built in Europe specifically to meet UK standards and regulations. For more information, please visit www.aico.co.uk.

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The future of fire detection is about having the right profile

 Tyco and ADT, a Tyco Business, have launched the new ZETTLER PROFILE fire detection control panel to meet a variety of market demands. In addition, system owners and users who require the ability to access and manage the programming software can now do so with the release of a user friendly version of the configuration tool. The PROFILE user interface touchscreen allows access to any part of the menu in three easy steps. Once installed the system can help improve efficiencies, reduce longterm costs and fundamentally – ensure the highest enhanced levels of fire safety.

 ZETTLER PROFILE is a new way of interfacing and managing all aspects of the renowned MZX Technology® digital addressable system, which delivers a range of unique benefits as part of an overall fire safety strategy. The new panel is totally backwards compatible with the existing MZX range, all of which can fully interface with the older legacy Minerva range meaning upgrading existing systems is easy, saves time and reduces installation costs. The system can also be updated in line with future advances in fire detection technology and can be easily expanded, allowing a capacity of up to 2,000 addresses per panel and up to 99 panels per network.

The ZETTLER PROFILE range of control panels will be available from two to eight loops. The system can also be managed via a new remote user interface, an 8-inch colour touchscreen with multi-lingual options. Up to 8 user interfaces can be used per panel. From an aesthetic standpoint, the contemporary and discreet touchscreens have been designed with a fully customisable home screen, which can be branded in-line with the building’s corporate identity.

With an intuitive and intelligent design, the complexity of the system has been reduced to ensure on-going management of the system can be completed efficiently. Furthermore, users can now ensure site and zone maps feature on the user panel helping to locate a fire alarm as quickly as possible and also save time and cost in locating any fault which might occur.

Simple to install, configure and service, ZETTLER PROFILE allows users to log on using the latest Radio Frequency Identification Technology (RFID) for fast and secure identification, instead of using a traditional key method. Engineers can configure the system with the required cause and effect programming, leaving the building occupier with the software necessary for the day-to-day management of the system. In addition, with a standard USB, extensive information can be downloaded – a key advantage when it comes to diagnostics and analysis.

“The launch of ZETTLER PROFILE is built on the latest generation of digital fire detection technology; providing power, reliability and the highest levels of fire safety to protect lives and reduce false alarms,” explained Peter Lackey, Fire Product Marketing Manager at ADT Fire & Security.

The new system is an evolution of the MZX Generation 6 Technology, developed to meet a multitude of customer requirements. The system is easy to install, configure and service; all of which help to reduce lifetime costs. Its modern ergonomic design with touchscreen displays is a real leap forward in terms of ease of use and crucially; it gives end users the opportunity to manage protocol themselves and future-proof the installation.”

For further information visit: www.tycofis.co.uk or www.adt.co.uk

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Morgan Advanced Materials announces FireMaster® FireBarrier™ high performance fire protection

Superior fire protection with simple and cost effective installation ideal for use in tunnels

Morgan Advanced Materials announces the availability of FireMaster® FireBarrier™ 135 sprayed refractory cement, offering superior fire protection and simple, cost effective installation. FireMaster® FireBarrier™ 135 is ideal for concrete tunnel lining fire protection and the fire protection of ventilation shafts, escape tunnels and refuges as well as critical systems such as water mains and communication cables.

FireMaster® FireBarrier™ 135 has been specially developed for the high temperatures that may occur in tunnel fires. Unlike most other products used for tunnel fire protection, it can withstand repeated and prolonged exposure to high-temperatures. It can be installed onto concrete or metal substrates using standard spray equipment and featuring very low spraying wastage during installation, its single layer application makes it fast and easy to install. It is adhesive to most construction materials and can be installed quickly, helping to reduce labour costs while maintaining the final product’s quality and proven reliability.

FireMaster® FireBarrier™ 135 has extremely high adhesion strength – typically eight times its weight, allowing fixings to be attached directly to it. It can be trowelled flat to provide a high-quality surface finish that can be used as the final tunnel lining surface (with optional painting), avoiding the need for expensive secondary cladding. The material can also be cast into sheet form and installed as a dry board or shape for applications where spraying is not convenient.

Comprehensive and extensive testing of FireMaster® FireBarrier™ 135 per the RWS fire curve and required by NFPA 502 has proven that the material resists environmental conditions found in tunnels, making it ideal for tunnel fire protection. FireMaster® FireBarrier™ 135 is resistant to water jet sprays used to clean tunnel lining, and will not spall when subjected to water hose sprays at high temperature, increasing fire-fighting safety.

Morgan Advanced Materials is a global materials engineering company which designs and manufactures a wide range of high specification products with extraordinary properties, across multiple sectors and geographies.

From an extensive range of advanced materials we produce components, assemblies and systems that deliver significantly enhanced performance for our customers’ products and processes. Our engineered solutions are produced to very high tolerances and many are designed for use in extreme environments.

The Company thrives on breakthrough innovation. Our materials scientists and applications engineers work in close collaboration with customers to create outstanding, highly differentiated products that perform more efficiently, more reliably and for longer.

Thermal Ceramics is a business of Morgan Advanced Materials, which has more than 10,000 employees across 50 countries serving specialist markets in the energy, transport, healthcare, electronics, security and defence, petrochemical and industrial sectors.

Morgan Advanced Materials (MGAM) is listed on the London Stock Exchange in the engineering sector.

For more information on Morgan Advanced Materials visit www.morganadvancedmaterials.com

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Fire Fighting Enterprises Gains CCCf Approval in China

Fireray 5000 optical beam smoke detector all set for Chinese market

Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) has received CCCf approval for its Fireray 5000 optical beam smoke detectors, allowing the company to distribute them in China.

Using infrared beams, optical beam detectors can identify smoke over much larger areas than traditional fire detection devices, making them perfectly suited for large indoor spaces. They work by transmitting a beam of invisible infrared light across the building space to be protected. Usually wall-mounted at near-ceiling level, a receiver detects and measures the light and can recognise smoke interference anywhere along the beam path, triggering the alarm signal when the pre-determined threshold is reached.

The Fireray 5000 in particular excels at detecting smoke over very large distances (up to 100 metres). The motorised, reflective, auto aligning infrared system can be installed with up to two detector heads per system, saving on installation time and costs. In addition, each system controller houses two pairs of fire and fault relays, one per detector.

“Receiving this approval is a major milestone for us,” comments FFE’s Managing Director Mark Osborne. “The construction boom in China over recent decades has been phenomenal, with hundreds of thousands of large indoor spaces requiring effective fire safety systems. The Fireray product range is trusted in many parts of the world already and we believe it is perfectly placed to fulfil the specialist detection needs in the Chinese fire market.”

The China Certification Centre for Fire Products (CCCf) is a fire product qualification institution approved and authorized by the Chinese government. Its business scope covers fire product and fire-related product certification and the drafting of codes, standards and detailed regulations.

About Fire Fighting Enterprises

Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) is at the forefront of beam-type optical smoke detection technology, leading the market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use, and also producing a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. FFE is a Halma Company. Email: sales@ffeuk.com   www.ffeuk.com

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Failure to test and maintain fire prevention equipment can lead to serious consequences

Ventilation duct systems may be out of sight but should never be out of mind when it comes to fire prevention says Dermott Quinn MD of duct maintenance specialist Ductbusters. “Ducting provides the perfect conduit for fires to spread rapidly through buildings – and into neighbouring buildings,” he says. “The heat build-up inside ducts can cause combustible materials nearby, such as roof joists, to ignite;  dust, debris and drafts within ductwork will also  exacerbate the spread of fire, leading to significantly higher insurance claims and presenting fire fighters with a more difficult task than needs be.”

All mechanical ventilation systems should have fire dampers installed (Building Regulation 38,   and for healthcare facilities,  the Department of Health’s Health Technical  Memorandum [HTM] 03-01 Part A specifies requirements for fitting of fire dampers).  Dampers are designed to drop down in the event of a fire effectively containing it by creating a physical barrier in the duct.

But regular ‘drop’ testing of fire dampers is essential to ensure that should a fire occur, fire dampers will do their job. Fire Damper Regulation BS9999 states that ‘all fire dampers should be tested by a competent person at regular intervals not exceeding 2 years, and to be repaired or replaced immediately if found to be faulty. Spring-operated fire dampers should be tested annually and fire dampers situated in dust-laden and similar atmospheres should be tested much more frequently, at periods suited to the degree of pollution.’ And, in addition, periodic maintenance of any smoke detector system used to operate fire dampers is required to determine whether detection occurs at the appropriate design smoke density. Any faulty smoke detector systems should be either repaired or replaced immediately. In the case of healthcare establishments HTM 03-01 Part B stipulates annual maintenance of all ventilation plant.

Dermott Quinn comments: “You would think that regular damper drop testing would be a given as part of the ongoing fire prevention procedure, but it is  shocking how many badly maintained and faulty fire dampers we find when we are called into establishments for the first time. We have found fire dampers with collapsed blades, corroded or jammed springs, dampers jammed open with wood, tied up with wire, even dampers incorrectly installed upside down!”

A recent Channel 4 programme highlighted the problem, citing tests in hospitals of 418 fire dampers during 2010 – only 218 passed.

The Fire Safety Order requires that ‘a person who has some level of control in the premises must take reasonable steps to reduce the risk from fire’. If a fire occurs and the responsible person cannot demonstrate that they been executing their duty correctly, they can be liable for hefty fines – or in the case of fatality, possible criminal prosecution. In addition, the local fire officer has authority to close any premises if they suspect the correct procedures have not been followed.

Insurers are also becoming increasingly concerned with fire prevention according to Dermott Quinn. He says ”Some insurers are including duct cleaning and maintenance directions as part of their policy requirements and failure to comply with these requirements could void buildings insurance. For the peace of mind of property owners and managers, fire damper testing should be done by a qualified specialist that can provide comprehensive reports, detailing the performance of each fire damper, and recommending

www.ductbusters.co.uk

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Dirty ductwork – the hidden fire hazard in your kitchen

Commercial kitchens play a crucial role in many public sector organisations, such as hospitals, schools and prisons, so their maintenance and upkeep is vitally important. They are hardworking environments, not just for the people who cook in them, but also for the equipment. Ductwork, extraction and ventilation systems form a critical part of any catering operation, but as the majority of it is concealed, it can be easy to forget about the hidden danger that lies within.

Accumulated grease and oil within an extract system build up fast, forming an unseen combustion load. Flash flame or very high temperature within the duct can ignite the grease, causing fire to spread rapidly, igniting flammable materials at various points along the ductwork path. These sort of fires are difficult to predict and control and can lead to some difficult evacuation scenarios when you are talking about large numbers of sick, vulnerable or high security residents.

Laurence Freeman, Ductwork Manager at TWO Services says: “I often come across the assumption that cleaning ductwork once a year is satisfactory. This is usually woefully inadequate as you will often find that after only two months the levels are higher than they should be, yet there are still 10 months to go before it will be cleaned again. We use a wet film test to determine the thickness of deposits which must be below 200 microns as a mean across the system. However if thick grease is visible to the naked eye then it is clear that particle levels are already many thousands of microns above this!“

Despite the risk to life and property, and the rigorous reforms to Fire Safety Legislation in 2006, the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES), estimates that 80% of UK kitchen extract ducts are never cleaned. What’s more, if you have not had a regular ductwork clean by an accredited organisation to TR/19 standards, any insurance policies will potentially be invalidated.

Thorough inspection and cleaning requires specialist techniques, training and equipment and should only be carried out by a professional specialist contractor. It should not be left to a general
cleaning contractor.

TWO Services are experts in commercial cleaning and work to the highest standards. Staff are trained to European directives and accredited to all COSHH, B&ES and Food Hygiene standards. They can carry out cleans overnight, at no extra cost, to ensure minimal disruption to service. Certificates of hygiene, plus before and after pictures are included to give you and your insurers’ added peace of mind that risk is being mitigated.

The wet film test is used alongside an assessment of the hours spent cooking, the number of stations and the type of cooking – is there a lot of frying for example that will affect the speed of hazardous deposit build up? TWO gauge these factors before providing a report that will help your business understand your specific level of risk. They make recommendations on ideal cleaning schedules and any measures that should be taken to reduce grease build up. Where access is an issue, they may suggest installing additional panels (in ceilings for example) to ensure the job can be carried out thoroughly.

Aside from preventing catastrophic fires, compliance with TR/19 does have many long-term positives. Less overheating, fumes and smells means that staff will be more comfortable, leading to improved productivity and less work related health issues, while clean equipment means reduced wear and tear, increasing lifespan. Energy bills should fall dramatically as once ventilation fans are free from the extra weight of dirt built up on their surfaces it takes up to 35% less energy to make them move.

Finally, in the case of outbreaks of bacterial infections and airborne germs such as Norovirus (a particular threat in closed environments such as care homes, hospitals and schools) TWO can even offer a fairly unique sanitisation service. After cleaning, the ventilation ducts and any hard surfaces are ‘fogged’ with a food-safe substance that kills bacteria such as e-coli, salmonella, c-difficle and various airborne and surface viruses in 30 seconds, providing a barrier that lasts 30 days.

When was the last time your ductwork was cleaned by an expert? Why not give TWO Services a call today on 0800 22 44 33 and quote BFM for a 10% discount on your first clean with them. If you need deep kitchen cleans, maintenance or equipment supply, they can quote for that too. Visit www.two-services.com to find out more.

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Derby Arena Protected by Optical Beam Smoke Detectors

FFE’s Fireray 5000 detectors ensure safety of athletes, spectators and staff

The Derby Arena has been fitted with nine Fire Fighting Enterprises (FFE) Fireray 5000 advanced infra-red beam smoke detectors as part of its fire protection system. The arena is a new multi-sports complex currently under construction by Derby City Council and scheduled for completion in early 2015.

“Optical beam smoke detectors provide wide area detection and are used when it is impractical, inappropriate or not cost effective to use traditional point-type detectors,” comments FFE’s Technical Director Jon Ben. “They are ideally suited to large arenas with high ceilings, such as the Derby Arena, as they enable coverage of a large area at minimal cost.

“The Fireray 5000 in particular excels at detecting smoke over large areas in wide indoor spaces: the infra-red beam of a single detector spans up to 100m.  With automatic motorised alignment and a low level controller for easy commissioning and maintenance, the Fireray 5000 makes smoke detection in large spaces much easier and more effective than it might be with using other technologies,” added Jon.

The £27.5 million Derby Arena will contain Britain’s fifth 250-metre indoor cycle track and the fourth in the UK capable of holding international standard track racing. The track will be raised to allow access to an indoor sports hall the size of 12 badminton courts, suitable for activities such as badminton, basketball, netball, football and volleyball. There will also be a cafe, fitness gym, group exercise studios and a spinning studio. View a video of the arena being constructed here.

About Fire Fighting Enterprises
Fire Fighting Enterprises is at the forefront of beam-type optical smoke detection technology, leading the market in providing fire extinguishers for aviation use, and also producing a range of vibration switches for industrial applications. Fire Fighting Enterprises is a Halma Company.

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Keep valuable documents safe with the Fire Stor from Securikey

The Fire Stor range of fire and burglary resistant storage cabinets from Securikey offers an extremely reliable and affordable solution for the safekeeping of important documents and other valuables – providing complete peace of mind even in the face of the unexpected.

When the home or workplace succumbs to fire, the destruction of documents such as insurance policies, wills, passports and certificates can greatly prolong the time it takes for a person or company to get their affairs back in order. The Fire Stor protects against this eventuality with a double walled construction that incorporates a fire resistant filling according to DIN 4102.

Securikey is a member of Euro Safe UK, proving that the products they supply meet with the very highest criteria. In addition to protecting valuables from fire damage, the Fire Stor range has undergone intense burglary tests to prove each cabinet complies with EN14450–S1. This is due to the range’s incredibly well-designed, hardy construction, with each cabinet fitted as standard with five heavy-duty locking bolts secured on three sides as well as a VdS approved safe lock. The Fire Stor is suitable for the storage of valuables up to the value of £20,000, depending on risk and location.

Fire Stor cabinets are available in a choice of five sizes, ranging from 860mm to 1,950mm in height and 600mm to 1,200mm in width. All have a depth of 520mm. For those who wish to customise their Fire Stor, additional options include an internal lockable compartment, pull-out frames that accommodate suspension files and additional shelving. As with all Securikey products, a range of locking options are available that can meet anything from medium to high security requirements.

For more information, please contact Securikey on 01252 311888, email enquiries@securikey.co.uk or go to securikey.co.uk

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New fire detection solution for high value properities provides a technology first

FireVu is introducing the first fire detection technology that combines Visual Smoke Detection (VSD), flame detection and now temperature sensing technology in the form of a built in thermopile.

The Multi Detector will offer architects and professionals responsible for fire safety a solution that will identify and analyse smoke and heat patterns to raise alerts. It is aimed at heritage and modern iconic high value properties, but is also suited to a range of large premises as used in the education, health and the public sector.

VSD technology operates by identifying characteristic smoke patterns across a video image. It analyses changes in a range of variables such as colour, brightness, contrast, shape, edge content, motion, colour matching and loss of detail to alert operators early to potential fire danger.

The addition of a thermopile to detect radiated heat will give the advantage of raising alerts by using a completely different technology – a double check.

Simon Jenkins, product manager for FireVu comments: “Visual Smoke Detection is already a very effective and proven technology, combining it with thermal radiated heat detecting technology gives us an architecural solution not offered by competitors.”

The Multi Detector will be offered to high value properties and other industries where FireVu has established a strong presence including manufacturing, power generation, airports and air hangars.

FireVu is a brand of the solutions arm of AD Network Video, part of surveillance monitoring pioneer AD Group.

Pauline Norstrom, chief operating officer of AD Group comments: “AD Group is about investing in development and offering innovative solutions to real world problems. The Multi Detector is a remarkable three in one solution combining smoke, flame and thermal detection in a single product that will provide early visual warning of potential fire risks in irreplaceable heritage buildings and iconic modern properties.

FireVu was first developed in the mid-1990s. We have regularly refined and improved the technology’s effectiveness since and will continue to do so.”

FireVu’s property client base includes The Gherkin, London Guildhall and the Co-Op HQ.

www.firevu.co.uk

 

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