Fire Alarm Systems

Guide to beam detection for fire alarm systems

What are reflective beam detectors?

Reflective beam detectors are devices that project an infa-red light which is then returned via a reflector plate, this provides a sensing path across the protected space. When enough smoke obscures this infra-red beam, the returning signal strength will be reduced and will result in a fire condition being generated.

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Reduce false alarms with Alarm Verification on the Infinity ID2

Verification is an option included on the Infinity ID2. Verification is intended for systems in apartments, HMO’s, or any premises where it may be desirable that an alarm from a smoke detector from one apartment or area would need to be confirmed before the whole system goes into alarm.

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Infinity ID2 Trained Installer online course

Comprehensive training on life safety systems is paramount. Delivering this training safely and effectively is however challenging given the obstacles posed by the current pandemic. It is therefore pleasing for us to announce our partner Zeta Alarms are launching a series of online training courses over the coming months.

The first of which is the Infinity ID2 Trained Installer course where users will gain a thorough understanding of the ID2 system. The two hour course is delivered completely online and runs through every aspect of the system. A live demonstration of the panel, menus and functionality is also included.

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Zerio Plus pre-programming service

As a specialist fire detection distributor we pride ourselves on offering value added services meaning we do more than simply shift boxes. In the case of the Zerio Plus wireless system our customers benefit from a complementary pre-programming service.

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Radial or loop wiring supported by Infinity ID2

The Infinity ID2 is an intelligent 2-wire system and can be wired as either radials where you would have 1 cable per zone or you could wire all the zones onto a single loop.

In this #TechTip our head engineer Dan explains what wiring the ID2 panel expects by default and how to easily change this to suit your installation.

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In the future will all fire alarm systems be wireless?

Inspired by our recent interview with Mark Tansey of Electro Detectors, who shared his thoughts on their Zerio Plus system, this post explores the future possibility of every new fire alarm system being wireless.

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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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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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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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