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June 3, 2015

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5 Newly Launched Products you can See at FIREX International 2015

Extended range of EN54-23-compliant VADs by Hochiki Europe

A loud, ringing fire alarm is the method of choice when it comes signalling danger to a building’s occupants. But what if some of those occupants are deaf, hard of hearing or simply working in a noisy environment?

Mindful of the UK’s ageing population and 2,500 fires occurring annually in industrial premises Hochiki Europe launched a comprehensive range of Visual Alarm Devices (VADs). Encountering even greater demand than expected the company has now extended its VADs range to include products suitable for conventional sounder circuits.

VADs, which provide a visual indication in the form of a bright flashing light in the event of an emergency, are now a mandatory requirement in all public buildings since the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 was passed. A new product standard, BS EN 54-23:2010, was introduced at the beginning of last year to bring all VAD requirements into line.

hochiki vads

The extended range now includes eight conventional beacons, which can be used as wall or ceiling devices. All the new products feature high output red or white LEDs, giving installers additional flexibility. Advanced optics and an innovative lens design offers omni-directional light coverage of 0.4 lumens per m2 or 0.4 Lux at low current draw.

The VADs have been tested and assessed by an EU notified body to determine coverage volume, based on the distance at which required illumination is met.

To help building owners/managers comply with N 54-23 Hochiki Europe has created a simple configuration table,  helping customers source the VAD most suited to their environment.

Where in FIREX can I find it? Stand D100

Taktis fire alarm control range and Syncro XT+ addressable extinguishing panel by Kentec

FIREX 2015 visitors can see live demonstrations of the all-new Taktis range of fire alarm control panels and recently launched Syncro XT+ addressable extinguishing panel.

Initially configured as a fire detection and alarm system, the Taktis platform can now be reconfigured for numerous other control and indication applications, including direct integration into intelligent buildings.

Taktis is designed to add value to the system designer integrator, service provider and end user, says Kentec. Developed from the ‘ground up’ Taktis is “one of the most powerful, intelligent and technically robust products in the market”, say the Kent-based fire-safety firm.

Taktis Virtual Resource (VR), meanwhile, is a suite of software tools allowing system designers, integrators and service companies – although end users and facilities managers can also benefit – to remotely access and comprehensively manage any system using intelligent analysis of collected data.

The remote management features offered by Virtual Resource result in reduced fault callouts, improved servicing regimes, more effective maintenance, reduction of unwanted alarms and improved overall service to the end user, according to the manufacturer.

Where in FIREX can I find it? Stand D120 and E120

kentec taktis

The all-new Taktis product range will be showcased alongside the Syncro and Sigma ranges at FIREX International 2015.

The Agrippa Pillow Alarm by Geofire

The Agrippa Pillow Alarm, which is being launched at FIREX International, alerts deaf or hard-of-hearing people to fire when they’re asleep through Geofire’s ‘listen and learn’  technology.

A battery powered, wire-free unit the alarm sits unobtrusively under the pillow and comes with a pad attachment.

Agrippa  ‘listen and learn’  technology is already available in Geofire’s door holder and closer product. It uses ‘listen and learn’ digital wire-free technology that can discern the unique sound of a specific fire alarm.

Where in FIREX can I find it? Stand E80

agrippa pillow alarm


The UL-approved 10.25 amp K1840 power supply range by Kentec

The just-launched UL-Approved, 10.25Amp, universal mains input, fire alarm power supply and battery charger units from Kentec will be on show at IFSEC International 2015.

The K1840 range is the most powerful UL-approved power supply range available, says Kentec. A range of enclosure sizes is available, some housing up to 40Ah batteries. 
An intelligent, two stage, temperature-compensated battery charger keeps batteries in optimum condition, maximising performance and service life.

On board LED indications provide clear status indication and a ribbon cable connector allows extension of fault conditions to other systems if required.

Where in FIREX can I find it? Stand D120 and E120

kentec power unit

The Stove Guard by Innohome

Developed by Finnish fire-safety pioneers Innohome The Stove Guard addresses one of the biggest causes of fire in the home: cooking.

“The Stove Guard prevents cooker fires effectively without interfering with cooking,” claims the manufacturer.

The product, which has elicited considerable interest from responsible persons for university accommodation, boasts an Intelligent Heat Sensor that can be attached beneath a cooker hood as well as a Control Unit that is connected to the cooker.

The Intelligent Heat Sensor monitors cooker top temperature and rate of temperature change. Upon detecting unusual temperature changes it triggers the Control Unit which promptly cuts off the gas or electricity supply.

Compatible with all cooker types.

Where in FIREX can I find it? Stand E90

stove guard innohome


All these products will be showcased at FIREX International 2015.

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