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Wireless vs Wired Fire Alarm Systems

Where a fire alarm system is required both hardwired and wireless systems are fully compliant so the decision rests with the property owner, responsible person and/or installer. Many considerations should be taken into account when deciding which type of system is most suitable and we are often asked to help outline the pros and cons of each option.

We have compiled this guide which identifies the key decision factors and provides our assessment of how wired vs wireless systems stack up against each other for each.

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Ekho Hybrid Wireless Training Complete

We are pleased to confirm that all of our sales and support team have successfully completed training on the new Ekho wireless system from Hochiki. A special thanks to Hochiki who were able to deliver this training during these challenging times.

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How To Change Level 3 Access Code On Advanced MxPro 5 Panels

In this video Paul Duffy from Advanced Electronics provides a demonstration on how to get a level 3 access code for a MxPro 5 panel in the event when this code has been changed.

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Covid-19 Fire Safety Solutions

As we start to emerge from lockdown it feels like the fire industry is re-establishing itself. Thankfully there is an air of optimism amongst our customers and we are more determined than ever to offer the very best levels of support we can to continue this progress.

We have seen many manufacturers and distributors diversify their ranges to include the obvious PPE equipment namely masks and various sanitising solutions. However what has caught our eye is a number interesting, innovative solutions to complement these. We are proud to have incorporated many of these into our offering and below are some highlights.

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Infinity ID2 vs Other 2-Wire Fire Alarm Systems

The Infinity ID2 is an addressable 2 wire fire alarm system. The panel comes in either 2, 4 or 8 zone versions and can be wired in either radials or in a single loop configuration. Each zone can have upto 15 devices.

The ID2 has seen great success since its launch, with thousands of systems installed to date. Unlike the majority of alternative 2-wire systems the ID2 distinguishes itself with many key features only available with the ID2.

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Panel and PC Upload Download Guide For Advanced MxPro5 Panels

In this video Paul Duffy from Advanced Electronics provides a demonstration on how to take an upload/download from an MxPro5 panel to a PC using the Advanced upload/download cable.

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Free Smoke With Any Urban Detector Test Kit

In partnership with Detector Testers we are supporting productivity on site as the industry gets back to work by offering 3 free smoke capsules or cartridges with the purchase of any Urban kit.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Business Update

Updated On March 24, 2020

Without question we are all facing a unique challenge as we respond to the coronavirus pandemic. We are closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis as we aim to protect the welfare of our team whilst best serving our loyal customer base.

Following the latest government advise we have closed our offices and warehouse from the public with all team members now working remotely. Over recent weeks we have worked really hard to maintain full service however the time has now come from us to play our full part in tackling this pandemic.

Remote Working

We have implemented several changes to our IT infrastructure to allow our team to operate from home. This will ensure we maintain our ability to respond to calls & emails during our usual working hours (Monday-Friday, 8.30AM-5PM).

Deliveries

We will be working closely with our manufacturers to drop-ship any outstanding and new orders directly to customers. Where this is not possible we will be contacting customers directly to make alternative arrangements.

For those who are self-isolating or social distancing both DHL & UK Mail are now offering an Accepted at Delivery Point as a delivery option. On arrival at the delivery address the driver will knock or ring the bell and will then step away to a safe distance. If you advise that you do not wish to sign on the scanner, the driver will ask for your name, record ‘Accepted at Delivery Point’ and then take a photo of the premises to confirm delivery has been completed successfully.

Supply Chain

We currently have reasonably high stock levels of the most popular lines and we’re liaising closely with our key manufacturers to take into account the relevant lead-times. We are already aware of several lines having extended lead-times which we are trying to manage.

Finally we’d like to thank you all for your support and understanding during these unprecedented times, together we will beat this and prosper once again.

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Fire Alarms in Bars, Pubs and Nightclubs

We recently supplied and supported a complete fire detection system which was installed by our partners MJB Electrical in the exclusive West London nightclub Raffles. We have completed many similar project for various bars, pubs and nightclubs throughout the UK which has lead us to writing this article highlighting some of factors to consider and our preferred solution.

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EN54-23 – The Pocket Guide

Download Our Guide To EN54-23 Visual Alarm Devices (VADs)

Download Our Guide To EN54-23 Visual Alarm Devices (VADs)

What is EN54-23, and how does it affect you?

There’s new legislation on Visual Alarm Devices (VADs) and they’re causing a bit of confusion amongst installers. We’d like to help you to understand it, and make sure you’re up to date with the new European Standard. The standard specifies the minimum requirements for VADs, providing performance criteria and test methods in a uniform and consistent way. This provides manufacturers a mechanism to specify VAD device performance, allowing system designers to choose the most appropriate device for a particular application.

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