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False fire alarms “can cost economy £1 billion and stretch Fire Services” states Siemens Building Technologies

Siemens Building Technologies is warning UK businesses about the potential consequences of false fire alarms during the busiest period of the year. False alarms from remotely-monitored fire detection and fire alarm systems cost the UK economy an estimated £1 billion in business disruption* with 95% of automatically-generated alarms being proven to be false**. This places Fire and Rescue Services and the public at unnecessary risk.

“The majority of automatic fire alarm calls are proven to be false and often caused by either false fire triggers or the inadequate maintenance of alarm systems,” commented Don Scott, fire engineering consultant at Siemens Building Technologies.  “Christmas is already a time of heightened risk of fire for many businesses with the Fire and Rescue Services stretched to capacity across the country.  False alarms create further pressures when the Emergency Services have to challenge whether alarms are genuine before attending incidents – the time lost could end up costing thousands of pounds in repairs or, at worst, put lives at risk.”

Ionisation or single-sensor optical smoke detectors are a common cause of false alarm activations as they have difficulty in accurately distinguishing between airborne pollutants, such as steam, aerosols, dust, cooking fumes, insects, sparks, embers and a real fire. The incorrect siting of detectors can also be triggered if there’s excessive air movement from mechanical heating or ventilation.

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Multi-sensor detectors are responsive to more than one fire phenomena (ie smoke, heat and carbon monoxide) and are proven to be more immune to false alarm phenomena, thereby giving fewer false activations. For more stringent applications, beam detectors, heat detectors and aspirating detectors are available.

Regular maintenance programmes

A regular maintenance programme ensures the correct functioning of a fire alarm system. Inadequate servicing and testing compromise safety. If an alarm system is ageing or becoming unreliable, replacement is advised when offset against the cost of disruption to a business. Generally, detectors should be replaced every ten to 15 years, depending upon the environment in which they’re installed and the manufacturers’ recommendations.

Dave Green, national officer at the Fire Brigades Union, added: “False alarms use up resources which could be better served elsewhere. They also increase response times to actual emergencies. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Fire Services should always be called when any alarm is raised.”

Green concluded: “Fire Services are under more pressure than ever before, dealing with more incidents and more fires, but with increasingly fewer firefighters. Since 2009, there has been a 23% decrease in the number of firefighters across the UK. This huge decrease in the number of firefighters has meant that preventative work, which would help to reduce the number of false alarms, has worryingly fallen by the wayside.”

Sources
*https://www.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=3527
**https://www.abi.org.uk/globalassets/files/publications/public/property/2018/07/abi-fpa-detection-demonstration-report-2018.pdf

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Siemens Building Technologies introduces latest version of Datacenter Clarity LC

Siemens Building Technologies has launched the latest version of Datacenter Clarity LC, an advanced software solution that harnesses a combination of real-time monitoring and Computational Fluid Dynamics in one single DCIM platform to enable data centre owners and managers to protect their data centre infrastructure with greater accuracy and efficiency.

The rapid growth in social networking, Internet usage, electronic banking, paperless storage and modern IT services such as virtualisation and cloud computing means the UK’s dependence on safe and secure data centres is paramount to the business continuity of corporations and infrastructures.

Higher levels of security are now required to ensure that data centre facilities are safe and the integrity of the data, buildings and assets involved is assured.

Datacenter Clarity LC is an advanced integrated software platform combining information from vital sub-systems that traditionally operate in isolation into a single, powerful solution that monitors energy and building management, physical security, fire safety, power and communications, zones and raised floors, racks, servers and data storage systems as well as switches and routers.

Importantly, this solution bridges the gap between IT and facilities’ processes, enabling both parties to manage assets and workflows.

The outcome is a complete, real-time dashboard that can represent assets in a state-of-the-art 3D model and deliver a fully-automated and smart data centre environment with resultant cost and energy savings and improvements in manpower resources.

Rapid growth in social networking, Internet usage, electronic banking, paperless storage and modern IT services such as virtualisation and cloud computing means the UK’s dependence on safe and secure data centres is paramount to the business continuity of corporations and infrastructures

Rapid growth in social networking, Internet usage, electronic banking, paperless storage and modern IT services such as virtualisation and cloud computing means the UK’s dependence on safe and secure data centres is paramount to the business continuity of corporations and infrastructures

Assessment of critical situations

The data centre market is increasingly demanding technology that will assess critical situations, distribute information, co-ordinate workflows, maximise uptime and manage resources. Siemens has responded by delivering a solution that guarantees a scalable, secure, seamless, resilient and intelligent environment.

The benefits that Datacenter Clarity LC brings include significant reductions in energy consumption thanks to the precision monitoring of data from multiple systems, a wide range of management tools for improved capacity planning, forecasting and simulation, increased asset availability to enable business continuity and the realisation of advanced intelligence and analytics.

The software delivers real-time energy management in server rooms due to its ability to harness Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis technology combined with real-time environmental monitoring to realise a complete set of capabilities for cooling management. Datacenter Clarity LC continuously monitors the air temperature in server rooms and instantly identifies any potential problem areas such as hot spots.

In addition to real-time environmental monitoring, Datacenter Clarity LC also provides predictive capabilities in a virtual 3D data centre model before any equipment is actually purchased by the end user. Having both real-time environmental monitoring and CFD capabilities within a single DCIM platform is unique to Siemens and enables a faster return on investment for the customer.

Multi-dimensional dashboards and KPIs

Multi-dimensional dashboards and Key Performance Indicators provide second-by-second information on data centre performance. Real-time monitoring – as well as alarm and critical event notification with escalation – enable immediate response and corrective action to ensure the protection of sensitive material and irreplaceable data.

Datacenter Clarity LC now includes a browser-based 3D application. This affords an intuitive and portable solution that facilitates deployment, usage and accessibility with no local footprint. This new web client interface is cross-browser and cross-device compatible to include tablets for maximum convenience and ease of use.

Phiippe Heim, portfolio manager for Siemens’ data centre team, commented: “Datacenter Clarity LC will be at the heart of the next generation of data centres. Currently, the major challenge for this critical environment is to reduce costs while improving operations. This new development from Siemens ensures the full protection of assets, better consolidation across all essential services and improved energy consumption to achieve green credentials.”

Datacenter Clarity LC is based on Siemens’ tried-and-tested Product Lifecycle Management software which has a proven 20-year pedigree. Operating in critical environments across the globe, over nine million PLM licenses have been issued to date.

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Vanderbilt Industries agrees to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business

State-of-the-art security systems provider Vanderbilt Industries announced today that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business, which is part of the Siemens Building Technologies Division.

Under the terms of the deal, the combined offer would be renamed Vanderbilt International. Joseph Grillo would become the company’s managing director working out of new operational headquarters in Germany.

Grillo is a 30-year veteran of the electronic security and identification industries with a track record of successfully growing, restructuring and acquiring businesses. He began his career in the 1980s working at security and fire alarm manufacturing and systems integration companies including Kidde Automated Systems, NCS and Security Specialists.

In 1993, Grillo was appointed national sales manager for the HID Corporation and participated in the management buy-out of HID from Hughes Aircraft/General Motors in 1995. From 1995 to 2001, Grillo served as executive vice-president of sales and marketing and also COO, eventually becoming president as HID grew from a $15 million card and reader company to the dominant $100 million industry leader that it is today.

This latest acquisition would significantly boost Vanderbilt’s market position in the European security systems sector by dint of a wider and more comprehensive range of products and solutions being realised. Siemens’ Security Products business complements the existing Vanderbilt business portfolio as a leading supplier boasting widely recognised brands and long-term relationships with pre-eminent customers.

Joseph Grillo

Joseph Grillo

Broadening the business’ competitive position

Joseph Grillo has stated that this transaction will considerably expand Vanderbilt’s presence in the security sector by broadening the company’s competitive position in what is a highly fragmented market with great growth potential.

“The acquisition of Siemens’ Security Products business, which fits perfectly with our own corporate strategy, matches Vanderbilt’s solid foundation and strong legacy built from nearly three decades of operation in the security world,” explained Grillo.

“Vanderbilt saw an opportunity to expand its product offering and geographic market coverage. The addition of Siemens’ Security Products represents significant value potential given its established installed base of customers and loyal resellers. The market trend is for integrated security management systems and more open solutions from trusted suppliers. Security Products clearly provides a vehicle for offering these solutions to a broader customer base.”

Access control, intruder alarm and video surveillance solutions

Siemens’ Security Products business covers solutions in the access control, intruder alarm and video surveillance categories, in turn complementing Vanderbilt Industries’ fully-integrated product offerings.

The acquisition encompasses such well-known and established brands as Bewator and Cotag in the access control sector and Alarmcom and Europlex in the intruder alarm space.

Financial details of the transaction have not been released. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions. The closing of the transaction is expected to occur by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

Vanderbilt Industries has agreed to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business

Vanderbilt Industries has agreed to acquire Siemens’ Security Products business

A subsidiary of ACRE LLC (which acquired the company from Ingersoll Rand in 2012), Vanderbilt Industries offers an innovative approach to access control technology – from design and manufacturing through to distribution. The company’s mission is to make environments safe, secure and easy to maintain.

Vanderbilt’s products range from single-user systems so simple that they can be installed in one day through to highly customised applications fitting the bespoke requirements of leading multinational corporations.

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