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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 systems partner Tees Fire Systems secures £1.5 million contract to protect University Hospital of North Tees

Specialist fire and security engineer Tees Fire Systems (TFS) Limited has just won a seven-figure contract to install a new hybrid system at the busy University Hospital of North Tees in Stockton.

TFS Limited is one of 20 companies nationwide that are part of life safety systems manufacturer Hochiki Europe’s exclusive Systems Partner Network. The accolade recognises TFS Limited as a company with extensive expertise in the life safety and security industry and affords the business use of the latest products and technologies available from Hochiki Europe.

The University Hospital of North Tees provides services to people living in East Durham, Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees and the surrounding areas. The hospital was founded back in 1968 and has current capacity for 563 beds across eight floors. The estate is managed by North Tees and Hartlepool Solution LLP.

As part of the contract, TFS Limited made the decision to specify products from Hochiki Europe for the project. Kevin Hynes, managing director at TFS Limited, said: “When our tender for the University Hospital contract was successful, we were praised for our technical knowledge. This is a testament to the hard work of our sales team and our status as an Hochiki Europe Systems Partner.”

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During the course of the contract, TFS Limited is providing ongoing technical support for the end user around the installed solutions. The company also holds monthly progress meetings with hospital facilities managers to keep disruption to staff and patients to a minimum.

Mark Smith, UK sales manager at Hochiki Europe, added: “Installing life safety systems in healthcare environments can be challenging due to the complex layout of the buildings and the vulnerability of some occupants. As well as keeping disruption to a minimum, it’s also important that the new installation doesn’t compromise the functionality of existing systems. Over the next two years, we’ll work closely with TFS Limited to ensure that the new fire alarm system provides the highest levels of safety from the very moment it’s installed and best protects staff, patients and the premises.”

Steven Taylor, assistant director of estates and capital for the North Tees and Hartlepool Solution LLP, which is the organisation responsible for managing the healthcare estate, concluded: “We were very impressed by the technical knowledge and significant experience demonstrated by TFS Limited when it comes to working within a busy hospital environment. TFS Limited’s approach and insight is refreshing and provides the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust with full confidence that the project will be well managed and progressed in a collaborative manner.”

Work to install the new system began in June this year and is expected to be completed by Summer 2020.

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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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C-TEC set to exhibit at ISEC and Fire Safety Scotland

Life safety systems solution provider C-TEC is exhibiting at two upcoming regional industry shows, where the company will be showing a mixture of its conventional and addressable fire alarm systems, automatic extinguisher panels, power supplies, disabled refuge systems, call systems and audio-frequency induction loop equipment.

First up is ISEC, Ireland’s Security and Fire Expo, which runs on 26-27 April. Hosted at the Citywest Conference in Dublin, ISEC is Ireland’s dedicated event for the Irish fire and security industry. Delegates should visit Stand D8 to see C-TEC’s new CAST addressable fire system, its high-performance EN54-23 certified range of visual alarm devices and more. Register here: http://www.isec.ie/index.php/visitors/pre-register/

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The company will also be attending Fire Safety Scotland at the SEC in Glasgow on 3-4 May. Part of the Scotland Works Series, this new show is aimed at fire, security and safety professionals and is co-located with Health and Safety Scotland and Facilities Scotland.

C-TEC’s extensive range of life-safety innovations will be on display on Stand FS10. To register click here: https://registration.n200.com/survey/0nierq0j2u25v

Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, stated: “We’re very excited about our forthcoming attendance at ISEC and Fire Safety Scotland. C-TEC has a strong customer base in Ireland and Scotland, and these very important regional shows will provide us with excellent networking and new business opportunities.”

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C-TEC develops and launches new interactive website with end users in mind

C-TEC’s new interactive website is now live… Cleverly-designed, easy-to-navigate and created with the end user very much in mind, c-tec.com is packed with in-depth information on virtually every product in C-TEC’s rapidly expanding portfolio of UK manufactured life-safety systems.

Andy Green, C-TEC’s marketing manager, told Risk UK: “The new website is fast, functional and optimised for enhanced user experience so visitors can find information quickly and easily. We hope customers will love the site’s dedicated support hub which has been designed to provide them with 24/7 access to our comprehensive library of sales and technical literature, consultant specs, training session overviews, help videos, software, BIM and CAD drawings, approval certificates and more.”

Fully responsive so that it can be used on mobile phones as well as computers, the site also features up-to-the-minute company news, product releases, an exhibition diary and an interactive staff contact section.

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Andrew Foster, C-TEC’s managing director, commented: “Investing in new web technology is key to our growth and continued international expansion. The new website represents an exciting step forward for C-TEC and is the perfect showcase for our soon-to-be-released range of CAST-protocol addressable fire alarm systems.”

Currently celebrating its 35th Anniversary as a leading UK manufacturer of life-safety systems including fire alarm control panels, fire detectors, call systems, disabled refuge and hearing loops, C-TEC has recently expanded its 100,000 sq ft Challenge Way headquarters to include a new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and training rooms.

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Xtralis VESDA-E smoke detectors and PRO E-PIR detectors win MTP Gold Medals

Xtralis has announced that the VESDA-E VEU aspirating smoke detector (ASD) and the ADPRO PRO-E 400H passive infrared (PIR) long-range detector have both won prestigious MTP Gold Medals, which are to be awarded at the SECUREX 2016 International Security Exhibition. The show runs from 25-28 April in Poznan, Poland.

The Miedzynarodowe Targi Poznanskie (MTP) Gold Medal is one of the most recognisable awards in the Polish and central European markets, and is given to innovative products of the highest quality.

Each year, nearly 500 products are entered into the competition and judged based upon innovation, functionality, design and total cost of ownership.

In 2016, the expert Judging Panel consisted of representatives from the University of Technology in Poznań, the Institute of Precision Mechanics (Warsaw), the Polish Chamber of Alarm Systems (PISA) and the Polish Association of Security and Security Management Engineers and Technicians (POLALARM).

Gold Medal winners are eligible for a Consumer’s Choice Award, which is open for voting to the public.

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“We’re delighted to be awarded two prestigious MTP Gold Medals for Xtralis safety and security solutions,” commented Mick Goodfellow, vice-president of European Union and Middle East sales for Xtralis.

“These influential awards are a true validation of Xtralis’ innovation, quality and reliability in both life safety and security, and will help to raise awareness of our solutions in the central European markets,” added Goodfellow.

“VESDA-E VEU is clearly the new standard for smoke detection, while PRO-E PIRs deliver superior perimeter protection over the longest range. Customers need these safety and security solutions today. The Gold Medals are a mark of distinction which will help raise awareness about solution benefits for our customers.”

The VEU ASDs are the premium detectors of the VESDA-E range. They feature 15x greater sensitivity, an 80% increase in coverage and longer pipe runs versus VESDA – all at a 15% reduction in total cost of ownership.

In addition, VESDA-E detectors offer future-proof expandability, smoke analytics and “unprecedented” connectivity for remote monitoring and management. To learn more visit www.xtralis.com/VESDA-E

The ADPRO PRO E-400H PIR detector is the ‘flagship’ of the Xtralis PIR family. With a nominal range of 220 metres, the detector is designed for one-man installation and features sophisticated 3D-tamper (pan/tilt/move) protection, IP connectivity and wireless communication or even battery operation (in combination with renewable energy sources).

With these awards, in just a few years Xtralis has now won close to 50 honours from across the globe. Recently, the Xtralis IntrusionTrace video content analytic was named as a finalist in the Intelligent Solutions category of the Benchmark Innovation Awards 2016.

Only recently, Xtralis showcased its safety and security solutions, including VESDA-E VEU and ADPRO PIRs, at ISC West (which ran from from April 6-8 at the Sands Expo Centre in Las Vegas, Nevada).

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Custodian releases monitoring portal upgrade with promise of “new levels of efficiency” for end users

Custodian Monitoring Services – a recognised leading provider of intruder, fire and life safety systems monitoring – has released a new version of its online TOUCH monitoring portal that affords end users real-time access to a wide range of new reports and capabilities.

Created in response to stakeholder feedback, the new portal offers a broad range of benefits. End users, engineers and installers can now enjoy greater oversight of their buildings and portfolios via this web-based customer portal which places them in control of critical areas such as key holding.

Victoria Waude, head of monitoring sales at Custodian, is adamant that TOUCH users will gain improved levels of access control management.

“End users and installers now have the ability to temporarily suspend and re-instate key holders without delay,” said Waude. “This is extremely useful for those companies looking to manage access when employees go on holiday or are absent.”

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Installers can now create and maintain engineer rotas at the touch of a button, anytime and from anywhere.

“The new features are aligned with our approach of designing products and systems that simplify processes and deliver greater operational efficiencies for our customers,” added Waude.

For their part, installers are now also able to upload logos and company information to their TOUCH platform to maintain their corporate identity.

Another feature includes bulk end user registrations, which makes it easier for installers to invite all of their customers to register. In addition, there are further functions in the engineer portal for online testing and event history.

Custodian operates in the UK as Security Monitoring Centres Ltd and is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a business unit of the United Technologies Corporation.

Custodian is one of the UK’s leading NSI Gold Alarm Receiving Centres, providing 24/7 monitoring for its customer base.

*For more information visit: www.custodianmonitoring.com

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