Chiron Security Communications has been awarded the highest standard accreditation of EN 54-21/Construction Products Regulation (CPR) for the entire IRIS Touch 4-NG Series, the company’s high-end alarm over IP diallers.
Adopting a strict quality management policy, Chiron has always been at the forefront of obtaining approvals – such as EN and VdS – for its products.
This latest accreditation is of major importance to the company in terms of new market segment development, and will enable Chiron to assist its customers towards better and easier compliance with insurers’ regulations.
The EN 54-21 European Standard specifies requirements, test methods and performance criteria against which the effectiveness and reliability of routing equipment capable of transmitting fire alarm and/or fault warning signals for use with fire detection and fire alarm systems installed in buildings can be assessed.
The routing equipment is designed to allow the system to function in accordance with the requirements of this European Standard. It also provides for the evaluation of conformity of the equipment to the requirements outlined in the document.
To be compliant with the CPR, products always need to be tested while connected to a panel such that it can be proven they’re communicating. The IRIS Touch 4-NG Series has been tested as part of an overall fire system and approved to EN 54-21 throughout Europe for the fire market.
IRIS Touch 4-NG Series fire panel integration
Traditionally, the signalling for fire alarms has only been applied to two events: ‘Fire’ or ‘Fault’. However, this scenario provided very little information for Monitoring Centre operators in terms of the best way in which to action/escalate an alarm event.
Most fire panels can generate a great deal more information (eg identify that a sensor is activated, and in what zone) on a local serial port. This is normally done in a panel-specific manner with the protocols differing from one manufacturer to another, and therefore not in a format recognised by the Monitoring Centre operators.
For some time now, IRIS Touch diallers have supported the serial ‘ESPA’ pager protocol interface which many fire panels offer and use to signal such additional information. The IRIS Touch dialler converts the ESPA messages from the panel into standard SIA format and sends these to the Monitoring Centre with additional information to the ‘Fire’ or ‘Fault’ signal.
This concept has been extended in the V2.14 firmware of the IRIS Touch NG range so that serial event messages generated by Honeywell Notifier and HHL fire panels can be handled in the same way and converted to standard SIA format for the Monitoring Centre.
Chiron’s CEO Willem Harthoorn stated: “Chiron recognised the fire sector’s requirement for reliable alarm over IP transmission. On that basis, we invested significantly in both development and applicable certification for our IRIS Touch 4-NG Series. These efforts have already resulted in us winning a major project in Germany. We will continue to implement serial fire panel protocols when we’re asked to do so.”
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