Fire Alarm Systems

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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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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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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Fire Alarm Checklist

Fire Alarm Checklist

Have you forgotten anything?

“Have I forgotten anything?”

We are regularly asked this question when quoting a fire alarm system so it is about time we wrote this article covering what we consider to be the main items overlooked.

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The Rise of Addressable Fire Alarm Systems

Simplicity Addressable Fire Alarm System

Simplicity Addressable Fire Alarm System

Since the introduction of conventional fire alarms we have had a number of advancements within the fire industry such as addressable and, more recently, wireless systems. Conventional systems offer basic alarm indication by displaying the event of a fire as a zonal LED on the front of the panel which corresponds to the fire’s location. Parameters of a maximum of 2,000 square metres per zone were set according to the British BS5839 standard so there was a limited area in which the fire could be located.

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Upgrading Fire Alarm Systems With The Infinity ID2

The Infinity ID2 Panel

The Infinity ID2 Panel

How the Infinity ID2 can help you to utilise existing components of a previously installed fire alarm system

We regularly encounter customers looking for a fire alarm solution which would allow them to utilise some aspect of a previously installed system. There are a multitude of reasons why a previous system might require an upgrade including the age of the system, the availability of support, property change of use and many others. It makes perfect sense that if you are able to make use of equipment already in place then there will most likely be large reductions in cost.

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Fike Increase Twinflex Pro Warranty To 24 Months

24 Month Warranty on Twinflex Pro

24 Month Warranty on Twinflex Pro

Product warranties don’t just give you peace of mind as a customer, they also speak volumes for the quality & robustness of a product and the faith the manufacturer has in it. It is therefore very welcome news that Fike has extended the standard warranty on the complete Twinflex Pro range from 12 to 24 months and we will, of course, be passing this onto our customers.

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