At Tyco we are continuously innovating our fire protection solutions to enable our customers to integrate systems, improve their management and ultimately enhance their performance.
With the explosion of the Internet of Things more devices and applications can now be connected. Add in the storage and management of data via ‘the cloud’ and the possibilities are endless. People can now monitor and manage the safety and security of multiple assets all over the world, remotely, using mobile devices to access various systems and data clouds.
Tyco has been a key player in leading the development of integrated fire detection systems to improve system management for its customers. Fire systems that are well integrated drive greater efficiencies and smarter solutions for our customers. Here are a few examples of how the FireClass detection range integrates with various applications
The FireClass addressable range provides the ultimate in fire detection system connectivity as each device is networked to the control panel with its own individual IP address. Through the fire control panel, the building owner or fire and rescue service can instantly identify which devices have triggered the alarm and therefore pin point the exact location of the fault or threat. This way, building users can be guided to safety faster and parts of the building can be instantly isolated to protect people.
Addressable panels can also be networked together, allowing large sites to be monitored at a central point, such as an onsite security room or a remote alarm monitoring centre.
FireClass fire detection systems can be integrated with other building management systems using BACnet - an industry standard communications protocol for building automation and control networks. BACnet provides mechanisms for computerised building automation devices to exchange information, regardless of the particular building service they perform.
Giving the end user ultimate control of multiple building management systems, BACnet allows building automation and control systems from different manufacturers to be integrated with one point of control. For the building maintainer this means building systems such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control, lighting control, access control and fire detection systems can all be managed from one control point.
The FireClass Multi Account Engine (FC MAE) feature allows users to monitor multiple FireClass addressable systems spread across the world from one location.
With the MAE system you can manage up to 32 FC500 series panels which are connected together via Ethernet through the FC500IP3 module. The MAE software shows events in real time. If a fault or fire occurs in any one of the monitored panels, the operator is alerted and can investigate the situation through the MAE platform.
Fire alarm monitoring centres can use the FC MAE as standalone software or in addition to their current way of monitoring fire detection installations via standard protocols (SIA and Contact ID) through the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network) interface and telephone line. Maintenance companies can use FC MAE to be notified about any fault that occurs in order to provide a quick service.
FC MAE can also provide a visual verification of a fire. For example, if a device goes into alarm the operator can use the MAE software to access the view of a CCTV camera where the address has been previously added to the MAE platform. The operator can use their footage to provide a visual confirmation of the fire size and rate that it is spreading. This verification will ensure that the fire brigade dispatch the fire and rescue services required for the hazard.