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Adam Bannister is a contributor to IFSEC Global, having been in the role of Editor from 2014 through to November 2019. Adam also had stints as a journalist at cybersecurity publication, The Daily Swig, and as Managing Editor at Dynamis Online Media Group.
January 28, 2015


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Sixth Century Roman Cathedral Enjoys 21st-Century Fire Protection Thanks to Advanced

Advanced can certainly count the Hagia Sofia among their more interesting clients.

Built in Constantinople – now Istanbul – almost 1,500 years ago, the then Cathedral passed into Ottoman hands in 1453 and after a 500-year stint as a mosque the building is now a world-famous museum and was Turkey’s most visited tourist attraction in 2012.

‘The eighth wonder of the world’ – as it was dubbed after its construction on the orders of Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian in 537 – now boasts an Advanced MxPro 4 fire system, supporting optical smoke and air sampling detection, and a range of input and output devices. Advanced partner D Sistem installed the system.

MxPro offers a choice of two panel ranges, four detector protocols and an open installer network that enjoys free training and support.

MxPro panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or easily configured into high speed, multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering huge areas.

MxPro 4 is Advanced’s benchmark panel and is EN54 2 & 4 approved. Its partner Advanced’s MxPro 5 is EN54 2, 4 & 13 approved and is backward compatible with the MxPro 4.

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“The improvements to this historic building have involved bringing the fire detection system up to date, ensuring that the building has the best quality fire alarm system and meets the highest standard in fire safety,” says Gerda Koberidze Özkan, spokesperson for D Sistem Ltd.

“We have used Advanced panels for several projects in the past as they are highly reliable, adaptable and can be upgraded in the future.”

Says Etienne Ricoux, Advanced’s Export Sales Manager for Europe: “The Hagia Sofia is the latest landmark building to be protected by Advanced panels. It’s probably the oldest building we’ve ever protected and beautifully illustrates the power and quality of Advanced’s fire systems. On the one hand we protect one of Europe’s oldest landmarks and the other its current tallest building, The Shard in London.

“We believe that MxPro ticks all the boxes, combining proven reliability with innovation and ease-of-use. It also delivers a future-proof solution, with the capability to be easily upgraded and supplemented in future.”

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