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.
July 8, 2015

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Smoke Detection in Transport: Honeywell Examines a Uniquely Taxing Environment

Advanced aspiration smoke detection (ASD) technologies are ideal for busy transport environments often characterised by long operational hours and high brake dust levels, Honeywell’s business development manager told the audience at the recent Rail Industry Fire Association AGM.

Addressing delegates in York on 19 June Tim Checketts outlined how FAAST (Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology), can help transportation reduce false alarms, enhance safety and reduce maintenance costs.

Transportation facilities like underground stations and depots present some of the most challenging environments for installing and maintaining effective fire detection technologies.

With high levels of brake dust and environmental fluctuations, most fire detection methods are susceptible to costly and disruptive false alarms.

High footfall and long operational hours – soon to be round the clock on the London Underground – early, accurate fire detection and simple maintenance are vital. Remote system monitoring and diagnostics are also essential to addressing issues before they become problematic.

Checkett prescribed the deployment of advanced aspiration smoke detection (ASD) detection technologies to surmount the fiendish challenges faced by fire-safety managers on transport networks and hubs.

“Its inherent design – featuring a monitoring device and a sampling pipe network – makes ASD technology more effective than contemporary detection methods, but many systems are still prone to false alarms in high dust/dirt environments,” he told the audience.

“FAAST redefines the concept of ASD with ground-breaking filtration techniques, which distinguish smoke from all other particulates, removing false alarms. FAAST is proven in leading underground station networks globally as well harsh environments like heavy industrial, recycling plants, tobacco processing and power generation.

“Environmental fluctuation is also no issue for FAAST. The device features an innovative Acclimate Mode, which allows the unit to continuously adjust to changes in the environment.

“FAAST provides the earliest and most accurate fire detection available and another key benefit is that FAAST only requires 25% of the maintenance of comparable solutions.

“FAAST is also optimised for flexible system integration with MODBUS and features advanced remote configuration, monitoring and diagnostics with automatic status updates delivered via email to smart phones or mobile devices).”

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