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Vericon Systems launches “innovative” EmeRed device for automating emergency lighting tests

Vericon Systems – the provider of innovative building management systems and technologies – has launched EmeRed, an intelligent device that automates the process of testing emergency lighting to ensure such lighting is working when needed and help facilities managers comply with relevant Health and Safety legislation.

The intelligent device, which can be easily retrofitted, re-imagines how new technology can be created to improve safety, ensure compliance and reduce costs. EmeRed monitors the performance of every light and automatically transmits the results to a dedicated portal that can be accessed online via the cloud. This gives facilities managers, estate managers and property owners complete visibility of the status of individual lights in a single building, as well as performance trends across an entire portfolio.

EmeRed reports a range of different factors to ensure lighting is always on the top line, such as battery degradation and energy consumption. It also measures the life outstanding in each battery to ensure they’re replaced before an emergency occurs and automatically reports any potential failures or problems.

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Bernard Cook, managing director of Vericon Systems, said: “The industry has been too slow to adapt to new technology and new thinking. Testing emergency lighting equipment is an important responsibility, but manual testing is often a time-consuming and therefore costly job. Using EmeRed’s smart technologies and machine learning to automate emergency lighting testing can save building and facilities managers valuable time and money, especially so in comparison to manual testing. It guarantees 100% compliance and enables real-time information to be viewed or downloaded remotely.”

EmeRed’s small, wireless design makes it extremely quick and easy to install. Once installed, the device takes just a few minutes to configure to ensure life safety systems are fully compliant. EmeRed can also be connected and integrated with other Vericon Systems products and solutions that support an entire building ecosystem.

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Hochiki Europe and FIA host industry discussion focused on life safety in HMOs

Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of life safety solutions, has partnered with the Fire Industry Association (FIA) to host an in-depth discussion on Best Practice when it comes to life safety in Houses of Multiple Occupancy (HMOs).

Panellists were made up of professionals involved throughout the life safety procurement chain, including representatives from the manufacturing, facilities management, consultancy/specification and installation sectors as well as the FIA itself.

The participants were Ian Watts (emergency lighting manager, Hochiki Europe), Richard Wharram (regional sales manager, Hochiki Europe), Will Lloyd (technical manager, FIA), David Thewlis (director, Rosse Systems) and independent electrical engineer Neil Wright. The event followed on from the release of Hochiki Europe’s most recent White Paper outlining several grey areas regarding different systems being installed in HMOs.

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During the discussion session, which was held at the FIA’s Training Centre in Hampton, London, panellists debated having exclusive Part 1 or Part 6 systems within HMOs and  the benefits of having mixed systems in place. The discussion also focused on perceived confusion around the definition of an HMO, as well as specific challenges for duty holders and Best Practice when selecting emergency lighting in these types of buildings.

Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, chaired the pane discussion. Adams commented: “This was a necessary and worthwhile discussion which brought up some urgent issues for all parties that must be addressed if we are to protect people living in HMOs. The general consensus around the table was that education and upskilling engineers is paramount.”

Adams concluded: “The life safety sector has so many different requirements for different buildings, depending on their intended purpose, but it has become clear that there’s a severe lack of clarity within the industry when it comes to Best Practice. The guidance and support is out there. We just need to show people where to access it and why it’s so vitally important.”

*The key points and conclusions outlined in the HMO-focused discussions can be found on Hochiki Europe’s website. A video series concentrating on the panel can be found on YouTube

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Chubb appointed principal security and fire safety contractor for major Scottish Housing Association

Chubb Fire & Security has become the principal fire and security provider for Dunedin Canmore, a leading provider of social housing and related services in Scotland. After initially installing fire alarms for many years, Chubb now provides installation and maintenance services for emergency lighting, intruder alarms, CCTV and access control.

Chubb has worked with Dunedin Canmore, part of The Wheatley Group, for more than a decade now. Across its communities, the company has built a strong working relationship and is now servicing more than 150 sites for the Housing Association.

With a strong focus on compliance, Chubb’s services range from initial fire risk assessments and security audits through to the remote monitoring of all the sites in its care. Additionally, Chubb is now servicing the Care System (ie Warden Call), an enhanced assisted living solution, across the majority of Dunedin Canmore’s amenity housing for older people.

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Stuart Phillips, compliance officer at Dunedin Canmore, said: “We’ve enjoyed a great working relationship with Chubb for over a decade. The company’s customer service is excellent and we’re delighted to have made the business our principal fire and security provider.”

Dunedin Canmore owns and manages around 5,500 homes across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife. Chubb also provides fire and security services for YourPlace, Barony Housing Association and Lowther Homes, all of whom are part of The Wheatley Group.

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Hochiki Europe to showcase latest life safety technology at Security Essen 2018

Hochiki Europe, the leading manufacturer of life safety solutions, will be showcasing a range of its latest technology during Security Essen 2018, which runs from 25-28 September at MESSE ESSEN. Solutions on display at Stand 6E30 include Hochiki Europe’s ACD-EN CO multi-sensor, the new range of short circuit isolator (SCI) sensors and FIREscape Emergency Lighting.

The ACD-EN is badged as “the most technologically superior multi-sensor ever developed” by Hochiki Europe. In addition to smoke, heat and carbon monoxide (CO) detection elements, the ACD-EN also features a sophisticated mode enhancement called +RFA. In multi-mode with +RFA, any changes to the environment will automatically adjust the alarm threshold and sensitivity of the device, therefore reducing false alarms without compromising fire response times.

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The SCI integrated range offers specifiers and consultants an efficient, cost-effective and compliant solution to life safety. In many central European markets, including Germany, legislation dictates that an isolator is required every time there’s a change of device type on the loop. Therefore, having the SCI integrated into the sensor removes the need to buy separate SCI bases.

Hochiki Europe’s emergency lighting range, FIREscape, will also will be on display at Security Essen. FIREscape is a cost-effective and environmentally friendly emergency lighting system based on LED technology.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition, Mark Jones, export manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “We know that, for our customers in Germany and throughout Europe, legislation is a deciding factor when specifying life safety equipment on projects. Security Essen is a great opportunity for us to showcase our extensive product range, which includes wireless, marine and aspirating technology, and to help our customers find the right solutions for their projects.”

Over 40,000 visitors from 45 different countries are expected to attend Security Essen, which will host over 1,000 exhibitors.

*For more information on Hochiki Europe’s range of life safety solutions visit www.hochikieurope.com

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Hochiki Europe showcases intelligent life safety solutions at Light + Building 2018

Hochiki Europe, the manufacturer of life safety solutions, is exhibiting a range of intelligent emergency lighting products on Stand A85 in Hall 9.1 at the Light + Building event in Frankfurt on 18-23 March.

The company’s award-winning FIREscape emergency lighting system features LED technology based around an addressable control panel, and combines enhanced intelligence with environmentally-friendly performance. The fully-monitored system has been adopted by a number of hospitals, universities and airports due to the substantial cost savings it achieves for end users during its lifespan.

Visitors to Hochiki Europe’s stand will also see an example of FIREscape Lite – the self-contained emergency lighting kit designed to ensure building owners remain compliant with EU legislation at a reasonable cost.

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In addition, Hochiki Europe will be displaying FIREscape+, the combined fire detection and emergency lighting system that features wayfinding technology. The product has been created to save end users time and money, while also protecting the safety of building occupants.

At the show, members of the Hochiki Europe team will also be on stand to offer expertise and guidance on selecting the right systems and assist with project requirements.

As one of the most renowned trade fairs for lighting and building services technology, Light + Building will host over 2,600 exhibitors from across the globe.

Ian Watts, emergency lighting manager at Hochiki Europe, explained: “Effective emergency lighting solutions are imperative to the design of any building. As legislation changes and technology advances, we need to make sure duty holders across Europe are equipped with the knowledge they need to protect their occupants and remain efficient. By showcasing our extensive range of intelligent and low-carbon emergency lighting solutions at Light + Building 2018, we can demonstrate exactly how these smart systems address key safety and energy saving challenges faced by our customers.”

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Hochiki Europe offers industry and tech insight at FIREX International 2017

Hochiki Europe – the manufacturer of life safety solutions –  will be on Stand D100 at this year’s FIREX International (which runs from 20-22 June at London’s ExCeL), offering expert insight on key industry issues and showcasing an extensive range of its systems.

The company will be giving visitors live product demonstrations and guidance on how to select the right life safety system for specific environments. Visitors will also be introduced to Hochiki Europe’s new water detection system, LEAKalarm, as well as its analogue addressable life safety platform designated L@titude.

L@titude helps customers quickly locate and examine incidents occurring across premises in real time and from any location. The platform enables customers to create a fully customisable life safety system thanks to addressable loop detection circuits, conventional detection circuits, relay cards and additional sounder outputs.

Alongside a new conventional detector and an EN54-23 approved base sounder beacon, the next generation of ESP intelligent sensors will also be on display. These new sensors feature an integral short-circuit isolator (SCI) in the sensor itself, negating the need for SCI mounting bases.

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Hochiki Europe’s extensive FIREscape family of emergency lighting solutions will also be showcased with working demonstrations at the event, including the new FIREscape lite stand-alone kits and the combined fire detection and emergency lighting system FIREscape+.

Stand D100 will feature a selection of specialist application equipment including intrinsically safe and SIL2-approved flame detectors, beam detectors and aspirating systems, as well as linear heat detection.

In addition to product displays, Hochiki Europe’s stand will offer a presentation area where educational seminars will take place throughout the show. Topics for discussion will include the recent revisions to emergency lighting legislation, as well as overviews of the latest life safety technologies available and how they can be applied in different environments.

The Hochiki Europe team will be on hand throughout the show to offer guidance on the best use of each technology. Visitors are encouraged to speak with Hochiki Europe’s experts for application advice.

Paul Adams, marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “FIREX International is an ideal opportunity to meet with industry stakeholders and discuss new ways in which to address key issues occurring in our sector. If you’re looking to hear from life safety experts on the latest trends and technologies, you should certainly visit our stand.”

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Advanced set to showcase array of fire safety systems at ISEC Ireland 2017

Fire safety systems developer Advanced is showcasing its technology at ISEC Ireland in Dublin next month. The company will be located at Booth E2, where industry experts will be on hand to answer any questions attendees might wish to ask.

“Advanced has a well-established reputation for quality, performance and ease-of-use in the Irish fire systems market, and we work with some of the best professionals in the industry to achieve this position,” said Neil Parkin, Advanced’s regional sales manager. “We’re delighted to be attending ISEC. It’s a very focused show in a territory that’s very important to us.”

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Products on display will include MxPro multiprotocol fire panels, TouchControl touchscreen remote control terminals, the AlarmCalm false alarm management system, Lux Intelligent emergency lighting testing systems and the QuickZone conventional and twin-wire fire panels.

Running on April 26 and 27, ISEC is Ireland’s premier fire and security expo. Visitors include installers, facility managers, electrical contractors, consultants and engineers from both north and south of the border.

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