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The 2022 State of Physical Access Control Report

Case study

Nittan Evolution fire detection system installed in Northern Ireland shopping centre

A Nittan Evolution fire detection system has been installed in the Bloomfield Shopping Centre in Northern Ireland. The location features a covered mall with 45 retailers, eight retail park units and three stand-alone restaurants.

A new fire detection system was required at the site and, following detailed proposals by Solutions for Systems, a Nittan Evolution system was installed.

William McBride, Director at Solutions for Systems, states: “Nittan were specified because the client required that the system selected be compliant, cost effective, user friendly and have functionality to permit integration with existing or future building management systems”.

The new fire detection systems feature eight Nittan Evolution 1 fire alarm control panels, installed at strategic locations throughout the site. The systems allow site personnel to access and assess any alerts on the fire alarm system without the need to return to the control room.

Fully compliant with BS EN54 part 2 and 4, the Evolution 1 panels have been designed with separate dedicated menus for the user and installer. They have the capability of running up to 254 devices on the loop, while the flexible architecture means everything from a single standalone panel, to a 16-panel network can be achieved without any additional hardware.

Evolution 1 panels are compatible with Nittan’s Evolution range, which uses microprocessor technology in the sensors and detection algorithms, combining reliable fire detection together with a high degree of protection against unwanted false alarms.

At the shopping centre, Evolution EV-DPH-A2R Dual Optical Heat Detectors were selected, which feature Nittan’s Dual Optical Technology to reduce false alarms.

Furthermore, the detectors also incorporate an A2R class heat detector. As such, the units are capable of monitoring two very different by-products of a fire – smoke and heat – so response to all fire types is significantly improved when compared with single sensor type units.

The Evolution EV-DPH-A2R Detectors sit on Nittan EV-AV2-Sounder Beacon Bases which provide both sound and visual indication of alarm.

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