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Bespoke fire panels introduced for end users through Advanced’s dedicated AdSpecials service

For end user customers requiring custom fire panels, Advanced’s AdSpecials team will work with them to design and manufacture unique panels and control interfaces for its fire systems, whatever the installation challenge.

Advanced has been building fire panels for nearly 20 years and has supplied AdSpecials all over the world, with the company highly-skilled in meeting even the most complex of user requests.

“We offer a full turnkey service and will work with you to develop your brief into a finished special panel, covering just about any requirement,” stated Aston Bowles, Advanced’s head of marketing. “We make the complicated easy and do that within budget. When you work with members of our AdSpecials team, you’re talking to vastly experienced engineers.”

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The AdSpecials process is as follows:

Specification and Quote

The specification stage is critical to ensuring that the company thoroughly understands the customer’s needs. Advanced takes great care to get to the heart of user requirements and will work closely with customers to develop a comprehensive brief.

Preparation

Advanced works with the customer to develop a watertight, achievable spec to both budget and deadline.

Confirmation to Manufacturing

Once the order is approved, Advanced’s highly experienced engineers work up full manufacturing designs. On final approval, the company’s end-to-end manufacturing team then builds and tests the product to the highest quality levels such that the final installation and configuration are fault-free.

Every AdSpecial is different, but some recent examples include geographical mimics, sprinkler indication, fireman’s/fan and damper controls and evacuation control.

*To obtain a brochure about the AdSpecials service send an e-mail to: marketing@advancedco.com

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Advanced’s AlarmCalm false alarm management system nominated for Tomorrow’s FM Award

Advanced’s AlarmCalm false alarm management (FAM) system has been nominated for the prestigious Tomorrow’s FM Awards 2017.

“We’re delighted to be nominated for this award by Tomorrow’s FM,” commented Aston Bowles, Advanced’s marketing manager, in conversation with Risk UK. “False alarms are one of the big issues currently faced by fire and facilities professionals. It was in response to this global problem that we developed AlarmCalm, which we believe is the most powerful and complete FAM solution available.”

AlarmCalm is a total package and features enhanced firmware, comprehensive configuration software for Advanced’s fire systems and new intelligent alarm acknowledgement devices called AlarmCalm Buttons. It provides total, easily-managed control over both automatic and manual alarm verification periods and investigation delays to outputs.

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In essence, AlarmCalm allows a site to be divided into FAM zones called building areas (up to 200 per panel or 40,000 per network). These are virtual areas used for FAM programming that, by default, match fire zones, but can be set independently to cover multiple zones and points or individual points.

The use of building areas makes even complicated cause-and-effect easy to set up.

There’s growing awareness of the role that trained staff or residents can play in helping to reduce false alarms. Advanced’s intelligent, loop-powered alarm acknowledgement device, the AlarmCalm Button, can be used to manually verify if an alarm signal is false. It includes robust fail-safes.

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Advanced recognised by BSI for decade of standards excellence in fire systems sector

Global fire safety systems developer Advanced has received an award from BSI, the business standards company, in recognition of ten years of standards excellence in the field of fire systems.

The award recognises Advanced’s role in driving higher standards in the fire industry and its ongoing role in relevant fire standards committees. For example, Advanced was one of the first to adopt EN54-13, the European standard that ensures optimal fire system performance at all times through rigorous third party testing.

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Dave Wilson, who’s responsible for standards and compliance at Advanced, commented: “Our ethos is that our products set the standard in fire systems. We work closely with quality, standards and industry bodies around the world to ensure we remain at the forefront of the market. We’ve worked very closely with BSI for many years now, and it’s a real pleasure to receive this award for our work and the partnership we’ve developed in terms of fire systems and BSI Kitemark-licensed product approvals.”

As a business, Advanced designs intelligent fire systems approved to key international, regional and local standards including UL 864 and EN54. Its products are used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations through to large multi-site networks.

Advanced’s products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems.

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Advanced consolidates transport sector credentials by joining Rail Industry Fire Association

Global fire systems business Advanced has recently become a member of the Rail Industry Fire Association (RIFA), reinforcing the company’s credentials in the transport sector.

“We have a long track record in the railway and urban transport industry,” commented Advanced’s marketing and comunications manager Aston Bowles. “Our EN54 and UL864 fire alarm panels and systems are installed in some of the UK’s and the world’s leading facilities, including Waterloo and Kings Cross stations in London, the Crossrail development, many stations across the London Underground, the Istanbul Metro and the Tyne and Wear Metro.”

Bowles continued: “Joining the RIFA is a natural step for Advanced and helps us consolidate our position in an industry with extremely rigorous fire safety standards. It will also allow us to learn more about a fast-growing and rapidly evolving sector.”

Kings Cross Station in London

Kings Cross Station in London

Advanced is constantly developing new products to meet the needs of the transport and wider fire protection industry. The company’s recently-launched TouchControl touchscreen fire system repeater and remote control terminal is a 10” HD touchscreen with dynamic graphics and zone plans called Active Maps.

Active Maps allow any image from a technical drawing, zone plan, photograph or even a Google Maps image to be used to display fire information for the host organisation.

Multiple views allow end users to interrogate the status of zones in a site from different angles or scales, while Map App software makes it simple and easy to add map images and associate them with a given zone.

The RIFA is a global association established to share information, experience and Best Practice in the management of fire safety throughout the railway industry. Fire prevention within railways involves special consideration that requires understanding of the operational railway and its users. Whether it’s a heavy haul goods operation, high speed rail, metro or light rail, there are impacts from fire that have to be considered.

The RIFA is an independent and authoritative source of fire safety information for rail industry Best Practice.

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Kentec in great shape with The Gym Group in wake of fire alarm control panel installation project

A major expansion by one of the UK’s leading gym operators has seen new fire safety systems using Kentec fire alarm control panels installed within fitness centre premises across the country in order to protect both users and staff.

The Gym Group boasts in excess of 500,000 members just six years after the business first opened its doors. Members pay monthly fees with no contract commitments. The Gym Group plans to have opened 80, 24-hour gyms across the UK by the end of this year.

The fire safety systems at 21 of The Gym Group’s latest locations have been engineered and installed by independent system specialist Southern Fire Alarms using Kentec Syncro AS fire control panels and the Hochiki open communications protocol.

Kentec's fire safety solutions are being used at The Gym Group's premises

Kentec’s fire safety solutions are being used at The Gym Group’s premises

Customer requirements for 24-hour member access means that gyms are not always staffed so consideration had to be given to the positioning and accessibility of the fire control panels.

Kentec’s tamper-resistant windows were chosen to protect the fire alarm panels from unauthorised access to their controls while allowing access to the LED display and Zonal indicators.

To allow for the needs of all gym members, staff and visitors, some of whom may be hard of hearing or users of MP3 personal music devices, fire alarm indicators were designed into each system to provide visual naming of alarm activation.

Kentec’s flagship ‘open protocol’ Syncro Series is recognised as one of the most powerful systems of its type on the market today, guaranteeing the very highest standards of performance, safety and reliability that such busy venues demand.

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