Apollo Fire Detectors has boosted its international presence by becoming the fire detection provider of choice for a significant project being run by Reliance Industries, one of the biggest private sector companies in India.
Reliance is installing 4G mobile communication networks across India after its telecom arm, Reliance Jio Infocomm, was awarded a unified telecom licence enabling it to offer both voice and high-speed data services to subscribers across India’s 22 telecom circles.
Reliance is to build 4G data centres at each site which will house communication equipment and provide the base for an operational workforce.
Mumbai-based Technofire is responsible for the supply and installation of the fire alarm systems at each data centre and will train installers responsible for each site.
Technofire is currently working on 59 of these sites, a number which is expected to rise to over 200 in the near future.
Each site will benefit from the installation of Apollo Fire Detectors’ XP95-based heat and optical smoke detectors in addition to an OpenConnect Gateway which integrates fire detection with the buildings’ management systems.
Santacruz site in Mumbai
Fire panels for the sites are being supplied by Kentec and will communicate directly with Reliance’s MODBUS rooftop units via optical fibre ring networks.
The number of Apollo detectors at each site will vary depending on the size of the network. The first site is at Santacruz in Mumbai which will have 50 XP95 detectors installed.
Praful Sanghrajka, owner of Technofire, explained: “We supplied almost 500 fire alarm panels along with Apollo Series 65 detectors for Reliance mobile communications more than ten years ago. We’re therefore very proud that we’ve been given this additional opportunity to provide more Apollo devices along with customised fire alarm panels from Kentec.”
Vikrant Patil, Apollo Fire Detectors’ sales manager for India, added: “This new project builds further upon our valued relationship with Reliance Industries and Technofire. We have already worked together on large projects, such as the supply of nearly 45,000 fire detectors to the Reliance Hazira petroleum plant in Gujarat, India, but what sets this project apart is its scale of OpenConnect Gateway use. This is a very important project for Apollo as it will be the first of its kind in India using OpenConnect on such a large scale. It will set a precedent for the future.”