Tariq El-Hoss

Upgrading a conventional system to addressable

There are many scenarios where an existing conventional fire system may need to be upgraded to become addressable however the process of achieving this poses some challenges. Primarily the difference in cabling topology, given conventional systems are wired in individual radials for each zone whereas an addressable system is wired in a number of loops.

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Guide to the discontinued JSB Firedex BiWire fire alarm system

The Firedex was a biwire fire alarm system launched by JSB in the late 1990’s and is now part of the Eaton group. This system allowed detectors, manual call points and sounders to be fitted onto the same wire, meaning only a single cable would be required for each zone.

Unfortunately due to changes in the third party certifications required for fire detection equipment, the Firedex biwire system was discontinued in July 2013. Despite not meeting these requirements, any existing systems which are running normally are still compliant providing they are serviced & maintained in accordance with BS5839.

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Hybrid ID2 & Wi-Fyre system protect Government site in Somerset

One of our trusted installation partners SECURE IT was awarded the contract to install a fire detection system in a Government site based in Somerset.

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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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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).


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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