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Nittan to exhibit UL-approved SPERA fire alarm range at Intersec Dubai 2018

Following on from the company’s successful first attendance at Intersec Dubai in 2017 and with a fast-growing customer base in the region, Nittan Europe – a leading manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products – will be exhibiting at 2018’s show. This takes place at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre on 21 January 2018. Nittan Europe will be located in Hall 4 on Stand G24.

Taking centre stage will be Nittan Europe’s complete UL-approved SPERA analogue addressable fire alarm range. SPERA has been designed with flexibility at the heart of the system. It’s capable of a wide range of system configurations and customisable with an array of modules.

Readily expandable and suitable for a wide range of applications, among them large sites with multiple buildings, SPERA uses an RS-485 interface and accommodates up to 254 addresses per two loops, with a capacity of 14 loops per control panel and up to 63 panels in one network running over copper and/or fibre optics. As a result, up to 224,000 addressable devices can be supported on one SPERA system.

SPERA features a comprehensive range of products, including fire alarm control panels, annunciators (LCD and LED), both addressable and conventional detectors and accessories. The detectors include optical and photo smoke detectors, heat detectors, combined smoke and heat detectors and Nittan’s award-winning dual optical smoke detection technology designed to eliminate false alarms from steam.

In addition to its SPERA range, Nittan Europe will also be showing a comprehensive range of its EN-approved fire alarm devices and panels.

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Fire alarm control panels

Nittan’s evo+ and evolution 1 fire alarm control panels are fully-compliant with BS EN 54 Parts 2 and 4. The evo+ range is compliant to BS EN 54 Part 13 which is the European compatibility assessment of system components. Both ranges have been designed to be flexible and powerful thanks to the incorporation of the latest dual flash-based microprocessor technology.  With a host of features for maximum flexibility and ease of installation and system set-up, both the evolution 1 and evo+ ranges are compatible with the full range of Nittan Evolution analogue addressable fire detection devices.

A number of these devices will be shown at Intersec Dubai, including Evolution analogue addressable and conventional detectors featuring patented, award-winning dual optical technology plus audio visual devices, bases, manual Call Points, isolators and modules for connection to third party equipment.

A tried-and-tested solution, the Evolution range combines truly exceptional and reliable fire detection with a very high degree of protection against unwanted false alarms. Its class leading, highly flexible protocol is resistant to interference and allows for substantial amounts of information to be transmitted at high speed.

Lee James, general manager of product marketing at Nittan, commented: “Nittan is a truly international company with product ranges designed for the global fire detection industry. We see Intersec Dubai as a valuable platform for us to demonstrate our capabilities to a worldwide audience.”

Intersec is the most popular platform for security industry professionals in the MENA region. The last edition of the show attracted over 32,750 visitors from 58 countries and showcased solutions from no less than 1,304 exhibitors.

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Nittan launches Elite Partner and Elite Distributor programme

Nittan Europe – the UK manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products sold globally – has launched the Nittan Elite Partner and Nittan Elite Distributor programme. The programmes have been developed to acknowledge and reward a select group of installation partners and product distributors that have shown commitment to promoting the Nittan brand and have undertaken product training to a high level in order to ensure the uppermost standards of customer service.

The first companies to be awarded Elite status by Nittan are Fire Technology Ireland in Dublin as an Elite Partner plus EU Fire & Security (Rochdale), Acorn Fire & Security (Blackburn) and Detection Supplies (Fordingbridge) in the Elite Distributor category.  The latter businesses were presented with wall plaques at FIREX International 2017 by Nittan Europe’s managing director Mr Kadokura.

“Nittan has built a reputation for first class fire detection products, but it’s essential to back that up with quality support,” stated Lee James, general manager for product marketing at Nittan Europe.  “Our new Elite programme identifies those installers and distributors who demonstrate loyalty to Nittan and have taken the time to invest in the brand by undertaking rigorous training on the full product range. Given that we’re a manufacturer, our end user contact is minimal. That being so, these customer-facing companies are often the first experience people will have of Nittan so their product knowledge and commitment to Nittan is exceptionally important and deserves to be recognised. The key benefit for Elite members is that we can direct new customer enquiries to them as we know they are a safe pair of hands.”

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Nittan will further expand the Elite scheme by monitoring and promoting further installation partners and product distributors to Elite status once key milestones have been achieved.

The launch of the Nittan Elite Partner and Elite Distributor programme is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to providing the best support possible for customers and comes close on the heels of the opening of a new Training Centre at Nittan’s head office in Old Woking, Surrey.

The Nittan Group has been at the forefront of the international fire protection industry since 1954 and has sales, R&D and manufacturing bases in four countries, including the UK.

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Euralarm outlines content of upcoming new study on false fire alarms in Europe

Fire and Rescue Services collect facts and figures during responses to alarms from fire detection and alarm systems. Now, Euralarm has reviewed the different approaches for data collection and analysis in England, Germany, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria.

A key observation is the differences noted between the examined countries. These differences hamper comparisons, although a view of the European norms would suggest the opposite. Euralarm is therefore calling for more co-operation between the stakeholders involved which would enable new insights into fire alarms in general.

Buildings are safer today because of the fire detection and alarm systems installed within. Indeed, without these systems, fires would go undetected and spread. Exit routes would be impassable due to smoke and fire, resulting in injuries and even fatalities, aside from damage caused to the building(s).

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As is the case with any system, though, there are conditions that can lead to false alarms binding public and private resources as well as hurting the reputation of fire alarm and detection systems. False alarms can be reduced, for example, through the use of modern multi-sensor fire detectors as well as the regular application of correct maintenance requirements, making the systems reliable and dependable for building occupants.

In spite of such existing solutions, the market is lacking sufficient data that would outline the potential to reduce false alarms even more. An initial study by Euralarm in 2012 showed that data sources were missing and existing sources not comparable. Reliable details (eg data pools) on the range of false alarm difficulties and their causes are needed. At the moment, lack of such detail is hindering the development of a suitable basis upon which to define and deploy effective countermeasures.

The new study focuses on investigating data collection and analysis processes in order to achieve a better understanding of what needs to be done and, hopefully, will provide momentum for changes to be made.

Key observations

The review of the data collection process of transmitted alarms from fire detection and Alarm systems has been carried out by the Euralarm Task Group for False Alarms.

The project’s objective has been to analyse the specific methodologies by taking an empirical approach, with the aim of deriving a common understanding of the facts and figures collected during Fire and Rescue Services’ responses to fire alarms.

From the existing data pools, members of the Task Group then attempted to calculate the false alarm ratios based on four different models. In doing so, they then took the step of attempting a comparison between the investigated countries.

One of the observations of the review is that comparison of fire alarm figures in the respective countries is hampered by “missing alignment” in terms of common terminology and processes. A view towards the European norms would suggest the opposite, but the fact is that the application guidelines are national and these are the basis for any data collection. The analysed material recorded and collected by experts during responses to fire alarms is handled quite differently from country to country.

Lack of proper information leads to narrow or wrong measures being implemented, which is clearly detrimental to society and must be changed.

A fundamental understanding of fire alarms – and specifically false alarms – is a requirement for any attempts towards betterment. Since a common approach would (in principle) be possible, Euralarm proposes that the fire safety industry, Fire and Rescue Services and building owners work far more closely together on this matter.

*The full report will be published in Q4 2017

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Hikvision’s DS-2TD2136 thermal camera: CCTV Product of the Year in PSI’s Premier Awards 2017

Hikvision UK & Ireland is delighted to announce that its DS-2TD2136 thermal camera has been named as CCTV Product of the Year in the prestigious PSI Premier Awards 2017.

Forming part of the company’s network thermal camera range, the DS-2TD2136 comes with a host of features including 384×288 resolution, 3D Digital Noise Reduction technology and the option of a 10 mm, 15 mm or 25 mm lens.

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Besides the above features, the DS-2TD2136 camera also harbours a number of smart functions including line-crossing technology, audio exception and region of interest entrance/exit monitoring as well as an advanced fire detection algorithm, all of which add value for security solution installers and their end user customers.

“We’re ecstatic to have won this award, especially as this is voted for by the readers of PSI Magazine,” enthused Andy Keeley, head of marketing for Hikvision UK & Ireland. “Hikvision always strives to produce industry-leading products and solutions and this award recognises the hard work and commitment of the whole Hikvision team.”

*To find out more about the DS-2TD2136 and the rest of the Hikvision thermal camera range visit: www.hikvision.co.uk

**Professional Security Installer Magazine is a sister title of Risk UK and Benchmark at Pro-Activ Publications

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Apollo Fire Detectors launches enhanced website for customers and partners

Apollo Fire Detectors has launched a new, enhanced website with state-of-the-art photography and design to visualise the latest in fire detection technology. The website highlights applications where Apollo’s products are installed and showcases a series of new Case Studies.

The main features of the new resource are extensive, including live-update product information and vastly improved search functionality. In addition, the new website is even more responsive and suited for viewing on mobile devices.

The product information sections have been enriched to offer detailed information on every Apollo product range in one place, including technical specifications previously only listed within the product literature. A new comparison tool makes it easier for visitors to the site to find the best product for any application.

“Our aim was to create an intuitive interface for our customers and partners to interact with the team at Apollo,” commented Ed Browning, sales and marketing director at Apollo. “The new website will provide easily accessible information by using powerful search engine functionality and filtering tailored to our customers’ requirements.”

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Finding Apollo partners worldwide is made easier with a dedicated page which can be searched by region or country and provides links to the partners’ websites for further information on their expertise and partnerships with Apollo.

‘My Apollo’ will enable Apollo Partners and Customers to access their own portal through the website where they will be able to create project lists and save lists of Apollo products for quoting. End users will also have access to digital assets, such as logos and unlocked literature.

Searching the new website has become even easier through the implementation of a powerful search engine API. Search queries familiar to website users from Internet searches will produce intelligent search results faster than the previous website offering.

Another feature is the website’s responsiveness to the large number of different screen sizes on which it will be viewed, leading to a high-quality experience whatever the device.

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Notifier introduces BS 7273-4 CPD course on release mechanisms for fire doors

Notifier by Honeywell has announced the launch of a new Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course for 2016-2017.  ‘Getting To Know BS 7273-4’
provides installers, integrators, contractors, consultants and end users with all the information on this important standard and how it relates to the way that doors are opened, closed and controlled by fire detection systems.

Although it was first introduced in 2007, the 2015 revision of BS 7273-4 has brought the subject of release mechanisms for fire doors into sharp focus. The prompt evacuation of a burning building requires as few obstacles and obstructions as possible and, similarly, restricting the spread of fire and heat in such a situation relies upon the use of well-engineered fire doors that can be reliably closed in the event of a fire.

Adhering to BS 7273-4 is increasingly important. The guidance in Annex A of the Code of Practice is now normative, which means that, if control of doors is performed by a fire detection system, the requirements of the category must be met. If the guidelines are not followed, it’s likely that the fire door provision fails to satisfy a fire risk assessment.

Notifier’s new BS 7273-4 CPD course has been written by experts within the company. It enables delegates to gain a better understanding of how modern life safety technology can be used to increase a building’s safety by interfacing it with fire doors and secured fire exits. By providing an overview of the various scenarios when doors should be released, it looks at control arrangements for the actuation of mechanisms that unlock, release or open doors in the event of a fire episode before going on to cover recommendations for the interface between fire detection and alarm systems, as well as equipment not covered in any other standards.

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Those attending the course will also gain an valuable understanding of the three categories of actuation – A (Critical), B (Standard) and C (Indirect) – and the circumstances under which the control mechanisms should revert to their fail safe position in order to protect escape routes and prevent the spread of smoke in the event of fire.

“It’s fair to say that, since its original introduction eight years ago, BS 7273-4 has been largely ignored apart for a few isolated cases of Best Practice,” commented Gregg Bushell, senior marketing communications specialist at Honeywell Security and Fire.

“I’m pleased to say that the situation is beginning to change. This CPD course is a key part of our strategy to enhance knowledge about this important standard and how its implementation could save lives. There can be no ‘one size fits all’ approach to configuring a BS 7273-4 compliant system. Fire doors and exits should be considered individually such that people, property and assets are protected as well as they possibly can be in the event of a fire.”

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Tyco’s Fire Protection and Security Products now BIM ready

Tyco Fire Protection Products and Tyco Security Products are launching their own living Building Information Modelling (BIM) library from this month. Users will be able to access Tyco’s extensive range of BIM objects for security and fire protection products, including detection, mechanical and suppression solutions.

The library will also feature the company’s BIM user guide to support architects and engineers, providing additional information about Tyco’s BIM objects.

Raj Arora, vice-president and general manager for Fire Detection and Special Hazard Products at Tyco Fire Protection Products, commented: “The creation of BIM tools and families of objects is critical in supporting the technological advances in the design, construction and maintenance industries. At Tyco, we’re already seeing demand for BIM. Our investment in creating a range of BIM content based on a selection of our core products means we’re well placed to help designers, specifiers, contractors and engineers working within the BIM framework.”

By increasing the amount of data available and making it fully sharable from building design through to construction and maintenance, the BIM process enables users to immediately access and interrogate objects and models, helping to save time and unnecessary costs.

The technology will also enhance the accuracy of the planning and design stages of fire protection and security systems, improving efficiencies and delivering cost savings for the construction sector.

Available in Revit format, Tyco’s BIM objects will prove invaluable to users thanks to the depth of information made accessible. The files will comprise a 3D geometric representation of the product and contain all details about its specification, including size, dimensions and materials.

BIM objects for Tyco’s fire detection solutions will also provide further relevant information such as voltage, colour code and electrical data. Translated versions of Tyco’s BIM files will be available this year.

New era of digital modelling

“This is an exciting time for the construction industry,” said Peter Ainsworth, director of marketing across the EMEA region at Tyco Security Products.

“Tyco is ready to be part of the new era of digital modelling, supporting the UK Government’s Construction Industry Strategy mandate that all public procured construction projects from 2016 achieve BIM Level 2. Thanks to its future-proofing ability, BIM can provide facility management information throughout a building’s life, making maintenance and repairs simpler and more cost-effective.

Raj Arora added: “Offering BIM objects for our security, detection, mechanical and suppression products will enhance the design process for architects and engineers, providing them with an abundance of valuable information such that they can work more efficiently. A key feature of BIM when looking to install fire protection solutions in a building is the process’ spatial co-ordination capability. BIM enables multiple trades to integrate objects concurrently as if they were in a single model, therefore detecting any potential clashes which can be resolved in the design process ahead of the construction phase. That saves on both time and money.”

By making its fire protection and security products accessible through BIM files, Tyco is helping the construction sector in its mission to reduce build and operation costs, lower carbon emissions and save production time by 2025.

*For more information and to download Tyco’s BIM objects and user guide visit: www.tyco-fire.com/BIM

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