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Euralarm publishes results of study on false alarms

Euralarm, the European association representing the electronic fire and security industry, has carried out a European study on false alarms. The results have now been issued in paperback format by specialist publisher Eric Schmidt Verlag, with the finalised document – entitled ‘False Alarm Study: False Alarm Data Collection and Analysis from Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems in Selected European Countries’ – available on Amazon.

The study on false alarms was conducted by a Task Group of Euralarm consisting of experts in the field of fire safety technologies, with Sebastian Festag (Editor of the new publication) from Heaktron serving as chairman.

The study focuses on false alarm data collection and analysis from fire detection and fire alarm systems in selected European countries.

In some European countries, the impact of budget cuts, coupled with a perceived high rate of false alarms, has realised changes in the typical reaction of fire services. In some countries, for example, verification is required before intervention forces are deployed in order to avoid unjustified costs. However, this calculation is limited to the impact of false alarms on fire services alone. It could lead to an increase in risk around life safety and inflict more cost overall to society. The study seeks to establish the true cost of false alarms from country to country.

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Through its scientific approach, the study offers a clarification of false alarms as a phenomenon. It includes a description of the processes to initiate fire service intervention and formulas to calculate false alarm ratios, as well as a methodology of the overall analysis. This allows for a precise picture of the situation in selected European countries as regards false alarms. Germany, Great Britain/England, Switzerland, Sweden and Austria/Vorarlberg are covered in the study.

The study also contains recommendations and strategies to reduce false alarms, which are based on carefully examined statistics on fires and, in particular, the number of fire alarms due to the detection of actual fires by fire alarm systems compared to the false alarm rate.

The Euralarm Task Group argues that the topic of false alarms must be increasingly integrated into fire protection and fire alarm strategies. Handling false alarms must become an active part of the management of a site. The Euralarm study gives recommendations to realise this end goal.

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Chubb wins prestigious Fire Safety & Security Award at 2018 Electrical Review Excellence Awards

Chubb Fire & Security has won the Fire Safety & Security Award at the Electrical Review Excellence Awards 2018 for its design and installation of an innovative wireless fire detection system at the prestigious Queen’s Hotel in Penzance.

The Electrical Review Excellence Awards recognise projects that embrace the latest in electrical engineering, display forward-thinking design and implementation and champion the highest environmental, safety and energy efficiency standards.

The Judges were looking for evidence of how the key objectives were fulfilled, as well as examples of innovation, smart thinking, clever design, effective technical solutions and collaborative problem solving.

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The Queen’s Hotel turned to Chubb after a series of local fires led the management team to review their fire safety requirements across the whole estate. Chubb installed more than 400 wireless detectors all networked to the fire detection panel in the hotel’s main reception. It’s a fully-zoned and addressable system that gives hotel management immediate visibility on where an alarm has been generated.

A wireless system was chosen to minimise the cabling work that would have meant the temporary closure of the hotel. Installation was phased such that at no stage was the hotel without fire protection.

Graham Brimson, South West regional director for Chubb, stated that the accolade is recognition of the dedication and hard work of the Chubb team.

“Our team of engineers and installers did a great job to complete the installation at the hotel within two weeks with a minimum of disruption to guests and staff,” enthused Brimson. “The feedback from the hotel was extremely complimentary, and we’re very pleased to have received this additional accolade for the project.”

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Nittan’s collection of technical guidance videos now available to view on YouTube

Nittan Europe, the manufacturer of conventional and addressable fire detection products, has released seven new technical guidance videos on its YouTube channel. These follow on the back of its previous highly successful videos, which form part of Nittan’s customer experience, enabling the business to connect with end customers via different mediums.

Presented by product support manager Barry Sargent, the videos address frequently asked questions relating to the Nittan evolution1 Fire Alarm Control Panel. These include the panel’s quick start option, set up, navigation, ‘Cause and Effect’ programming, a PC configuration tool overview and PC configuration tool ‘Cause and Effect’, in addition to Nittan’s Evolution Loop Calculator.

The videos provide simple step-by-step instructions that aim to serve as a guide or memory jogger for engineers such that they can the most advantage for Nittan products on behalf of their end users.

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Lee James, general manager for product marketing at Nittan Europe, said: “The short video format with clips of between two and four minutes has proven very popular with our customers. We’re providing quick bursts of information in an easy-to-assimilate way. Our customers now have easy access to technical guidance on site or in their office with video clips literally at their fingertips via smart phones and tablets. We aim to continue building our video library in the coming months. The video clips are a guide and not intended to replace official manufacturer training which Nittan continues to provide free of charge at its Old Woking offices.”

*The new technical guidance videos can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/NittanChannel/videos

**Also available on the channel are existing videos about Nittan’s Dual Optical Detector and how to use the EV-AD2-EXT Evolution Programmer

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Details unveiled for Euralarm and EUSAS Conference on Fire Detection and Security in the Aviation Sector

The conference on Fire Detection and Security in the Aviation Sector, organised by Euralarm and EUSAS, takes place in Bremen on Tuesday 10 and Wednesday 11 July. Those professionals interested in participating in the event can download a leaflet from the Euralarm and EUSAS websites and register directly. 

The joint event is aimed at representatives of airports, the aviation industry, the fire and security industry, test institutes, standards developers, practitioners and scientists interested in the engineering and technologies underpinning fire safety and security in the aviation sector.

This conference is about sharing experiences in the field of research, application and testing of fire safety and security technologies with the focus on aircraft and airport applications, but will also include aspects relating to passenger safety.

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The first session focuses on various aspects of fire detection and fire extinguishing in an aircraft. The second changes the focus from fire detection to more integrated safety and security solutions as well as evacuation and fire extinguishing in airports and aircraft.

During the second day’s third and fourth sessions, the focus switches to early and effective fire detection technologies for different applications at airports, such as aircraft hangars or cable tunnels. After looking into current questions of security in luggage areas, the final session is set to focus on evacuation and related human behaviour in crowded public areas.

The conference will highlight a variety of today‘s aviation and airport-specific safety and security issues, providing attendees with an overview and deeper insights on special topics as well as inspiring fruitful discussions.

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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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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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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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