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Ian Hill on board at Hochiki Europe as company’s new emergency lighting business manager

Life safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe has appointed lighting expert Ian Hill as the company’s new emergency lighting business manager. Hill brings a wealth of industry experience to the role thanks to a technical background covering business development, sales of life safety equipment and a focus on product development.

Hill will combine his industry sales experience with technical expertise to bolster Hochiki Europe’s growth in the global emergency lighting sector. As part of his new role, Hill will support the widening of the company’s emergency lighting offer.

Starting his career within the design department at Simplex Lighting, Hill has spent decades developing his skill set across a variety of roles with lighting manufacturers including Philips and Fagerhult. He then made the transfer to emergency lighting during his tenure at Eaton Electrical Systems (previously known as Cooper Lighting and Safety).

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Commenting on his new role, Hill said: “I’ve admired Hochiki Europe’s work and reputation for some time, so when the opportunity arose to work for the business, I simply couldn’t turn that down. The company has contributed vastly to the advances made within life safety over the past few years, especially so with products such as those within the FIREscape collection.”

Hill added: “Working in a company with such an international foothold is also incredibly exciting. With so much room for growth within the emergency lighting sector, we have a real opportunity to make a positive difference. I plan on working closely with both the sales and product development teams to further the scope and capabilities of our lighting product ranges.”

Hill’s remit includes supporting the market growth of Hochiki Europe’s aforementioned FIREscape range: an emergency lighting system that can be connected through an EL-2 control panel to provide immediate accessibility and easy installation within large spaces. It’s also designed to reduce running costs by up to 89% over a period of ten years as the standard luminaire consumes less than 0.5 W while charging, which then reduces to 0.1 W once the device is fully charged.”

Speaking about the appointment, Tracy Kirk (general manager of sales and marketing at Hochiki Europe) observed: “Recent events and enquires have shown how vital clear routes of escape can be in an emergency situation. Ian’s extensive experience of emergency lighting will ensure we’re reaching more people around the world with our dependable and intelligent solutions. Our existing customers continue to benefit from the most sought-after innovations within the industry as well as an exceptional service.”

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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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Advanced’s Lux Intelligent emergency lighting testing system shortlisted for Lux Awards

Lux Intelligent, the emergency lighting testing system from global fire and life safety company Advanced, has been nominated for this year’s prestigious Lux Awards. The system has been shortlisted under the ‘Emergency Lighting Product of the Year’ category.

Lux Intelligent is an addressable, automatic test system that shows all emergency lighting is compliant and functioning, with no engineer intervention required. It offers a host of unique technical features and proves compliance with BS 5266. It will work with any light source, be it fluorescent or LED, allowing it to be a genuine site-wide solution that offers real economies of scale.

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Cloud monitoring via mobile and web apps also makes the system even easier and more cost-effective to manage. All test data is stored safely and securely in the Lux Intelligent cloud for as long as it’s needed, with all test reports accessible at any time and automatically shared with relevant contractors or maintenance partners.

“I don’t believe there’s another system out there that can match Lux Intelligent for performance and ease-of-use,” enthused Dave Henderson, emergency lighting product manager at Advanced. “The combination of zero time testing, data integrity and quick resolution of problems and maintenance needs are what make Lux Intelligent so reliable and cost-effective. Add to this the fact that your system can easily scale to cover any site anywhere and work with just about any light or LED fitting, and you have a system that’s unbeatable and future-proofed.”

Henderson added: “We’re absolutely delighted that the organisers of the Lux Awards have recognised these benefits by including Lux Intelligent on this year’s shortlist.”

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Hochiki Europe research finds standards in European fire safety sector “are set to slip”

A new study conducted by Hochiki Europe has delivered a stark warning to the fire safety industry, with the company’s research finding that nearly half (49%) of European fire safety equipment installers are not familiar with the latest fire and emergency lighting legislation.

According to the survey of European fire equipment installers, over two thirds (67%) are looking to manufacturers specifically to improve their knowledge on fire and lighting safety legislation. This is closely followed by industry bodies, with 60% of respondents stating that they turn to professional associations in order to learn about the latest legislation.

Paul Adams, deputy marketing manager at Hochiki Europe, commented: “To think that nearly half of European installers we spoke to do not feel fully comfortable with current legislation is a shock. As manufacturers, we clearly need to step up and take responsibility for improving their understanding. We’ve had CPD courses and specialist training in place for a number of years now. These results highlight just how vital it is that we continue to provide free training for our installers as well as other members of the fire industry.”

Nearly two-fifths (39%) of respondents admitted they had not received any fire or emergency lighting training in the last two years, yet 90% of installers felt that their clients would benefit from them receiving more training.

Of those that had received training, 75% felt either confident or very confident in understanding different types of fire safety technology and recommending (and designing) a fire safety solution.

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The study also examined confidence within key industry sectors, and revealed that eight out of ten (83%) installers feel they have enough knowledge to deliver the best fire safety solution for public sector or leisure projects.

Conversely, less than a fifth (18%) said they felt this way about offshore environments: a key growth sector they could be missing out on through lack of knowledge.

Adams concluded: “It’s not surprising that many Installers across Europe are struggling to keep up with legislation when they may have not received any training in the last two years. The results suggest that installers do understand and see the benefits of training on their ability to carry out projects effectively. It’s clear that we now have to come together as an industry to ensure that the correct training is being promoted and delivered across the board. Not only will this help installers feel more confident in their jobs, but would also protect the lives of people across Europe by ensuring that all fire safety standards are met on every project.”

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