London Apartments Get Fire System Overhaul with 2,000 Hyfire Wireless Devices

A landmark residential development close to Canary Wharf and the iconic Cutty Sark now benefits from wireless fire protection provided by cutting edge detectors, sounders, call points and other devices from Hyfire’s Taurus range.

Almost 2,000 Hyfire devices, including 913 heat detectors, were installed in a complete upgrade of the fire system in the building, including a temporary system – which can later be removed or repurposed – to allow for the rectification of defective cladding.  Comprising five Advanced MxPro 5 panels and including a paging system for residents with visual impairment and other needs, the work was undertaken by Gerrards Cross-based Chameleon Systems, who have vast experience in supplying fire alarm systems to large scale projects. They worked to a design and specification devised by Julian Crouch of Integrity Fire, who acted as lead consultant on the project.

“This project was so big that some companies had actually turned down the chance to tender,

but we knew that it could be delivered with the latest wireless tech from Hyfire. I worked closely with Chameleon, the residents’ management company and the team at Hyfire to design and specify a system that they could be installed rapidly and with minimal impact on the fabric of the building.” said Mr Crouch. “The brief was to deliver the completed system with minimum disruption to residents, and Taurus allowed us to achieve this, along with savings in labour costs and reduced installation times, up to 90% less than a full wired system.”

Christina Keating, Managing Director at Chameleon Systems, commented: “From being a niche product sector not so long ago, wireless is becoming the default choice for residential fire systems, where time is of the essence and where access to the residential units can be complex to arrange. Therefore, the benefits of being able to pre-programme a device offsite and install it in a few minutes, with no need to ‘make good’ afterwards, cannot be overstated, especially on a project of this size.”

Hyfire offers the widest range of commercial standard wireless fire devices on the market, ranging from optical, multi-criteria and heat detectors to EN54-23 Approved VAD’s, all fully certified to EN54. All products offer the highest performance and quality in the industry, and are also fully compliant with BS5839 Part 1. Fire panels are wired via a loop to translators, from which wireless devices can be used on their own to build fully wireless systems of virtually any size, or mixed with Hyfire wired products to provide seamless hybrid solutions, offering total flexibility to specifiers and installers.

Chris McGregor, Regional Sales Manager for Hyfire, commented: “We have a great working relationship with Julian at Integrity and with the team at Chameleon, so when they approached us with this massive project, we were only too happy to help them design the optimum system to cover the entire complex. Using the bespoke TauREX software package, they were able to install and commission the system in record time.”

Developed in Trieste, Italy, the global centre for wireless fire design, Taurus features Pathfinder Technology, which allows the devices to communicate over 1km, point to point in open air, and further where expansion hops are used. Antenna technology has been optimised to allow communication across different frequencies and environments, which means that Taurus can do the job with less equipment and fewer batteries, thus saving on costs.

Hyfire was launched in 2007, bringing to market some of the first commercial wireless detection and alarm devices fully certified to EN54. Since then, the Hyfire brand has become synonymous with quality, reliability and innovation in the commercial fire sector. Hyfire devices come with a five-year warranty, backed up by a dedicated partner programme to ensure the best survey, installation, commissioning, after sales service and exceptional technical support.

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