Adam Bannister

Editor, IFSEC Global

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Adam Bannister is editor of IFSEC Global. A former managing editor at Dynamis Online Media Group, he has been at the helm of the UK's leading fire and security publication since 2014.
April 18, 2019

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Advanced marks 20th anniversary with installation of 100th panel on London Underground

Fire systems manufacturer Advanced has reached two milestones: its 20th anniversary and installation of its 100th fire alarm control panel on the London Underground.

Intelligent fire systems designed, manufactured and supplied by the North-East-based firm now protect more than 60 Tube stations.

All Advanced systems on the Underground network are fully integrated with sprinkler systems and include a device to monitor escalators – a critical location where fire safety is concerned. Many also have a repeater panel, meaning the fire system can be controlled and monitored from several locations within the station.

Transport hubs are particularly critical and complex environments in which to install, integrate and maintain fire systems. However, some environments are more challenging than others.

The most complex Advanced installations were on the Jubilee line, where Stratford has six networked MxPro panels and Waterloo Tube station has five, while the deepest installation was at Hampstead – dropping more than 30 metres below ground level.

“Our training and ongoing support simplifies staff training, while technical queries can be dealt with rapidly by our remote team.” Amanda Hope, Advanced

“We have worked closely with the London Underground team to specify the optimum installation for each station,” said Amanda Hope, UK business development manager for Advanced. “The training and ongoing support that we provide means it is simpler to train staff on each system, and any technical queries can be dealt with rapidly by our remote team.”

Operating since 1863, the London Underground shuttles five million commuters daily and one billion passengers a year between 270 stations across the capital.

MxPro 5

Approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13, MxPro 5 panels can be used in single loop, single-panel format or configured into high speed, 200-panel networks spanning large areas and tens of thousands of field devices.

Advanced says MxPro can be customised to almost any application – including the most challenging – courtesy of being simple to install and configure plus the availability of a wide range of peripherals.

Part of Halma Plc, Advanced recently moved into new 48,000 sq ft headquarters in Newcastle Upon Tyne as it seeks to meet growing demand both within the UK and internationally. Turnover surpassed the £20m mark in 2018.

MxPro fire systems support two new technologies, the TouchControl touchscreen repeater and AlarmCalm complete false alarm management system.

TouchControl is a 10” HD touchscreen that provides dynamic reporting and control via a unique interface that includes Active Maps and zone plans. AlarmCalm uses Advanced’s fast hardware, updated config software and optional loop verification devices to reduce false alarms.

Advanced solutions are installed in around 80 countries, supported by offices in the UK, US, India and Dubai.

Advanced solutions, which also include ExGo extinguishing control and LuxINTELLIGENT emergency lighting testing, are found in everything from single panel installations to large, multi-site projects.

Advanced Electronics is exhibiting as part of the Halma group of brands at FIREX International 2019, taking place 18-20 June 2019 at ExCeL London (stand FX515). Book your free ticket now.

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