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February 15, 2021

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Fire system from Advanced installed at cosmetic giant’s South African HQ

An intelligent fire detection system from Advanced, part of the Halma Group, has been installed at the South African head office of cosmetics manufacturer, Revlon.

Situated in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Revlon’s headquarters comprises of an administration building, warehousing facility and manufacturing plant. With area usage varying across this large-scale site, the end user required that there be immediate identification of the location of any alarm activations. An intelligent fire detection system that uses each device’s unique address to automatically identify the location of the alarm condition was therefore specified.

Advanced’s long-term partner, Technoswitch, supplied the equipment to Brakpan-based fire detection and suppression installers, JMN Projects, who were appointed to design and install the fire detection system.

Brett Birch, General Manager at Technoswitch, said: “Advanced products  are our first choice whenever we need to specify a fire detection system, so obviously we did so again when asked to propose a system for Revlon’s head office. Advanced panels are exceptionally well made, and they offer an unrivalled reliability record. They’re also simple to program and configure, plus the aftersales support is excellent.”

The 1-loop MxPro 5 fire panel from Advanced was installed alongside eight Fire Beam reflective optical beam detectors, 32 Apollo optical detectors, eight Discovery manual call points, and 10 Apollo sounder beacons. Technoswitch’s 27.5V DC boxed power supplies were customised for the specific site requirements, providing battery backup for the optical beam detectors.

With the communication of any emergency notifications on the fire detection network needing to be relayed to the responsible staff on site, the end user also required a GS-22 SMS Communicator to be integrated with the fire system. The Communicator is said to provide a cost-effective solution to transmitting emergency signals from the fire panel’s fire and fault relays to a mobile device – with instant notification of any issues being sent in seconds across this large-scale site.

Steve Carroll, General Manager for the Middle East at Advanced, said: “Where production and commercial activity run side-by-side, Advanced’s ease of installation and configuration make tailoring specific protection to individual buildings, areas or floors, effortless. The robust and proven technology of Advanced fire systems give our customers peace of mind that their staff and property are well protected, so they can concentrate on running their business.”

Approved to EN54-2, 4 and 13, the MxPro 5 offers four protocols, Apollo, Argus, Hochiki and Nittan and a completely open installer network that benefits from free training and technical support. Panels can be used in single-loop, single-panel format or easily configured into high-speed networks of up to 200-panels covering huge areas. MxPro 5 panels are backwards compatible with existing MxPro 4 networks and include a host of features including AlarmCalm for complete false alarm management and reduction.

Find out more about Advanced. 

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