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WATCH: Apollo products on show at FIREX International 2019

Apollo Fire Detectors will be showcasing its vast range of detectors, from addressable and conventional detectors to specialist and UL-approved ranges at FIREX 2019.

Apollo will be presenting the products as a ‘live loop’ powered by the Apollo Test Set, encouraging visitors to enquire about each range and how they interface with other products.

Situated within the event’s largest ever exhibition zone, Apollo will also be running a competition to win an Apollo Test Set worth £500.

Apollo can be found on stand FX510, which is part of a 250 sqm area alongside Advanced, Argus, FFE, Klaxon and LAN Controls, which are all part of Halma PLC, a FTSE 100 company focused on specialist safety, health and environmental technologies.

Visitors to this year’s three-day event, being held from June 18-20 at ExCeL London, will be able to see a variety of Apollo products in action as well as speak with technical experts involved in the Show Me How initiative at FIREX.  Warren Moyle, Senior Technical Support Manager and Steve Claxton, Technical Support Engineer will be wearing Show Me How badges identifying them as technical experts for detailed explanations of products and solutions.

There will also be the opportunity for visitors to win an Apollo Test Set. The portable test unit features a 7” touch screen display designed to help engineers and installers investigate, control and maintain individual fire detection devices or complete circuits of analogue addressable devices in the Apollo ranges including CoreProtocol, Discovery and XP95.

The Apollo Test Set comes with a 10-year warranty and can be powered from an AC mains charger unit or from its own internal batteries. The handheld device offers fault finding capabilities which helps to reduce time spent on site during the commissioning stage of the system installation, therefore reducing the overall costs of installing Apollo systems.

The Apollo Test Set has been created to allow the commissioning and fault-finding of Apollo devices on sites worldwide, interrogating and controlling all units connected to the device, either as individual units or complete circuits.

The main function of the Apollo Test Set is to help Engineers guarantee the correct loop configuration is in place before an active control panel is installed. To do this, either the loop or individual addresses can be connected to the unit using loop connection ports located on the top of the device for easy access. The device also has the functionality to test the diagnostics and integrity of the loop to discover earth faults and other system weaknesses.

Ed Browning, Sales & Marketing Director at Apollo said: “FIREX gives us the opportunity to interact with a wide range of professionals within the fire industry and share our knowledge, expertise and solutions. We’re joining forces with five complementary businesses on the largest stand at FIREX so that visitors can quickly and easily find the right information and solutions for them.”

Products on display

Apollo will be showcasing the following products at FIREX 2019:

  • EN & UL approved products
  • Addressable detectors (Soteria, Discovery, XP95, XPander (wireless))
  • Conventional (AlarmSense, Orbis, S65)
  • MCPs (Manual Call Points)
  • Audio Visual (Sounders & VADs)
  • Specialist (Flame, Beam)
  • Interfaces
  • MOI Detection (Marine, Offshore & Industrial)
  • Apollo Test Set

EN & UL approved products

Apollo products are certified in a global arena to meet the most exacting standards set by both our customers, and the dynamic and challenging environments in which they are designed to operate. We hold in excess of 3,000 product approvals worldwide and our products are stringently tested to international land and marine-based standards.

Analogue Addressable

Apollo has been using an open, digital communication protocol since 1986 and has ensured backward compatibility when developing new products.


The Soteria detector range offers fire detection to meet the demands of ever increasing complex systems. Soteria includes the optical smoke sensing technology, PureLight®, to help reduce unwanted alarms. The Soteria range incorporates fast and clear status reporting and maintains loop integrity via a smart isolator in the detector head.


Discovery is a range of high specification, analogue addressable fire detectors. Discovery detectors offer reliable detection and false alarm management through a combination of EN54 approved operating modes and sophisticated algorithms. Discovery has a ‘distributed intelligence’ system, where decisions are made in the detector head as well as the fire control panel. Drift compensation is also incorporated into the detector, allowing it to adapt to dirty or dusty environments which reduces false alarms.


The XP95 range of analogue addressable fire detectors combines proven design with performance resulting in unique features that benefit the installer and end user. The range features smoke detectors (optical and ionisation), standard and high temperature heat detectors and a multisensor. Beam detectors, flame detectors, manual call points, audio visual signalling devices, interface units and isolators complete the range.


In conventional systems, detectors are wired as a circuit or zone. They signal fire conditions to a fire control panel by changing from a high to low impedance. The panel detects this impedance change by current monitoring and identifies the zone.


Orbis is a modern and stylish conventional range developed with sophisticated technology previously only found in analogue addressable detectors. Orbis has been designed to make installation, commissioning and maintenance fast and simple. Orbis comprises of optical smoke and multisensor detectors, seven grades of heat detector and a range of bases.


Series 65 incorporates well-proven sensing technologies together with advances in materials and electronics. Having a wide-operating voltage of 9-33 V, Series 65 detectors can be integrated into security systems when used with a relay base. The range consists of ionisation, integrating ionisation and optical smoke detectors, four grades of heat detector and a range of bases.

Two-Wire (AlarmSense)

Two-Wire AlarmSense® has been developed to make the design and installation of a fire detection and alarm system easier and more cost-effective for small to medium sized buildings. The range also allows an existing system to be extended or modified if necessary. This flexibility makes AlarmSense an excellent choice for use in Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO).

MCPs (Manual Call Points)

Apollo’s Manufactured Manual Call Points comply with European Standard EN 54-11 and have been designed to make installation and testing quick, easy and cost effective.

Our extensive collection of Manual Call Points complements the variety of products available in our product ranges. As standard, every Manual Call Point is available with a resettable element, front LED indicator and a backbox for surface mounting

Wireless (XPander)

XPander is a range of wireless products where individual detectors, call points, alarm devices and interfaces communicate through a Loop Interface with an Apollo addressable system, using radio signals.

Radio communication of the XPander range of products is bi-directional and it is certified to the radio standard, EN 54-25. The XPander Diversity Loop Interface Unit is connected to the loop in the same way as any other device, such as an input/output unit.

Audio Visual (Sounders & VADs)

Apollo offers a wide range of Audio Visual (AV) signalling devices – sounders, visual indicators, sounder visual indicators and sounder visual indicator bases – for use in conjunction with our range of conventional and intelligent detectors.

Specialist (Flames, Beams, Ducts)

Apollo offers several types of detector for specialist applications, including Duct Detectors, Flame Detectors, Beam Detectors and Aspirating Smoke Detectors. These are all designed for very specific circumstances covering commercial heating and ventilation ducts, dirtier environments where flaming fires may be expected, and protection of large, open spaces.


Intelligent Standard interfaces are fitted with bi-directional short-circuit isolators so that they are unaffected by a single short-circuit on either loop input or output.

DIN-Rail interfaces feature enclosures that clip to a standard 35mm DIN-Rail or are screwed to the base of a larger enclosure. They enable fire system designers to create multipurpose interfaces for individual sites.

 MOI Detection (Marine, Offshore, Industrial)

Marine Addressable

Discovery Marine analogue addressable fire detectors are suitable for larger vessels. The high-specification range has been developed to meet the requirements of sophisticated systems.

Marine Conventional

Orbis Marine conventional fire detectors offer a wealth of features to save time, enhance reliability and reduce false alarms within the marine environment. These include drift compensation and DirtAlert® – a feature that warns Service Engineers via a flashing yellow LED that detectors need maintenance and patented FasTest® – a procedure that takes just four seconds to test smoke detectors and confirm that they are functioning correctly.


This range of devices are independently evaluated and certified to SIL2 (Safety Integrity Level). These devices have been tested under IEC61508 in respect of their primary function (Detection, Manual Call Point, Audio, Visual etc).

Intrinsically Safe

Apollo offers both analogue addressable and conventional smoke and heat detector ranges, designed to be intrinsically safe as they meet the requirements of the ATEX directive. The Apollo I.S. range is compliant with MED 2014/90/EU.

Apollo Test Set

The Apollo Loop Test Set is a self-contained, portable test unit capable of providing a number of useful functions in relation to individual detectors, ancillary devices or complete circuits of analogue addressable devices in the Apollo intelligent ranges, including loop diagnostics and programming individual devices. The Apollo Loop Test Set is designed for indoor use only and should not be subjected to harsh environments.

The Apollo Loop Test Set is supplied in a robust carrying case complete with a universal charger, connector cables, XPERT8 Intelligent Mounting Base and carry strap.

Target audience

System Integrators, Fire & Security Distributors, Panel Partners, Specifiers, Electrical Wholesalers, Electrical Contractors, End-users.

‘Dan the Engineer’ on Apollo products

Fire alarm engineer Dan Jackson shared his first impressions on the Apollo Dimension, flush and slimline smoke detector last year – you can find out what he thought in the video below, taken from his ‘Dan’s the Engineer’ YouTube channel. Jackson writes that “it might be big, but it is impressive, and I think it has a great purpose in the right places due to the slimline features and chamberless technology.”

Apollo Fire Detectors also sent him its new fire detectors loop tester.

Apollo Fire Detectors is exhibiting as part of the Halma group of brands within the Fire Solutions sector, at FIREX International 2019, taking place 18-20 June 2019 at ExCeL London (stand FX510). Book your free ticket now.

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