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Fike Safety Technology called in to safeguard staff and customers at Corey’s Sports Bar

Corey’s Sports Bar, a newly refurbished nightspot in Tamworth, has invested in a fire detection solution from Fike Safety Technology (FST).

Located in the town centre, the new bar opened at the end of last year and offers local residents the latest sports, music, entertainment and food seven days a week.

FST-approved systems integrator Justice Fire & Security designed and installed a fire safety solution based on FST’s popular Duonet single-loop intelligent addressable fire alarm system.

“The innovative technology built into the Duonet panel is designed to significantly reduce false alarms and provide the flexibility required for demanding environments such as nightclubs,” explained, Steve Grant, installations manager at Justice Fire & Security. “This flexibility, combined with the benefits of FST’s multi-criteria detectors, made Duonet an obvious choice for this project.”

Forty devices including Multipoint ASD detectors, call points, sounders and beacons have been installed in the bar (up to 200 devices can be installed on a single loop). The Multipoint ASD detector provides high performance and flexibility through multiple choices of detection mode combined with an optional built-in 90 dBA sounder and strobe. The unit can be set to a single mode or a combination for a choice of up to 15 different settings.

Corey's Sports Bar

Corey’s Sports Bar

Each detector also has an in-built loop isolator as well as optional I/O for local control and switching. This single device can be used in all fire detection applications simply by changing its mode of operation.

For example, the detectors protecting the dance floor have been programmed to a heat mode as the bar uses a smoke machine for effects. This flexibility also allows the system to be easily reconfigured if the layout of the venue should change at any time in the future.

“As a system designer and installer the flexibility of the Multipoint ASD Detectors is a great advantage,” added Grant. “We only have to stock a couple of different versions of detector and they can easily be re-programmed on site if we come across any problems during commissioning.”

To aid evacuation in the event of a fire scenario, standalone strobes have been installed in the toilets as well as on detectors on the dance floor. The use of integral strobes eliminates the need to install a separate strobe and therefore saves time and money.

Loop-mounted I/O modules have been used to automatically turn off the sound system and turn on the lighting if an alarm is triggered.

The Duonet panel provides up to two loops whereas Quadnet, its larger brother, has a capacity of up to four loops making addressable Multipoint ASD detector technology available to end user customers with systems of up to 800 devices.

The standard black high-gloss finish of the panels not only reflects its state-of-the-art technology, but also enhances the surroundings such that they don’t have to be ‘hidden away’ as is often the case with traditional fire alarm control panels.

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Fike’s video fire detection protects UK’s Battle of Britain heritage

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection (VFD) system from Fike Safety Technology (FST) has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) hangar to protect some of the nation’s most valuable historic assets.

Based at RAF Coningsby, the aircraft of the BBMF are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, British State occasions and at air displays around the UK and Europe.

Most notable among the WWII aircraft are the Spitfire, the Hurricane and one of only two flight-worthy Lancaster bombers in the world. It was therefore imperative that when the fire protection needs of the BBMF hangar were reviewed, a state-of-the-art solution was chosen to provide effective and reliable fire detection.

The new system was designed and installed by T.I.S., an integrated solutions specialist and part of Fike’s nationwide Integrator Network.

The camera-based SigniFire VFD visually detects the presence of fire or smoke at its source. Multiple cameras have been installed covering both the floor of the hangar and the roof space. The technology offers many benefits including fast and reliable response, effective protection in demanding environments, excellent value for money and the bonus of providing CCTV images for security purposes (if required). The video can aid incident response with recordings made for post-incident analysis.

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection system has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar

The SigniFire Video Fire Detection system has been deployed in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight hangar

Following a rigorous competitive tender, SigniFire was chosen for its advanced technology, resilient and redundant architecture and a field-proven reliability.

Testing phase at RAF Coningsby

The testing phase at RAF Coningsby created an unusual problem, as Mark Wilson (head of contracts for T.I.S.) explained. “Due to the nature of the environment and the priceless value of the assets held in the hangar we were not allowed to light real test fires for the commissioning of the system. On that basis we developed a unique artificial flame and smoke simulator. At the time of testing both the original fire detection system and the VFD were operational. These tests demonstrated SigniFire’s excellent fast response to the initial presence of both smoke and flame.”

Unlike conventional fire detection systems, SigniFire doesn’t use traditional forms of smoke, heat or flame detection. Instead, it works by automatically analysing video images at the point of detection in each video fire detector, looking for tell-tale characteristics that indicate the presence of smoke and/or flames.

Distributing the video processing to within each fire detector camera delivers improved resilience and, with the use of fire resistant cable, allows the system to be BS 5839 certified. Video is recorded by way of NVR and monitored remotely on a touchscreen SpyderPanel. SigniFire is also connected to a newly installed addressable fire alarm system in the building.

An aircraft hangar creates one of the most demanding environments for VFD, with day/night light changes, slow moving aircraft, bright sunlight and constantly opening hangar doors. The application of video exclusion zones and double-knock triggers on both flame and smoke detection ensures false alarms are minimised and that the BBMF hangar has reliable and effective protection around the clock.

In addition, LED white lighting has been installed next to each camera to ensure minimum illumination at all times.

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