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Gent has refined the design of its previous device by incorporating an anti-tamper lip, which ensures that contraband cannot be stored within it Gent by Honeywell, the manufacturer of innovative life safety solutions, announces the introduction of its new and improved S-Quad Anti-Ligature Base (ALD302) which is designed to provide additional safety within buildings that accommodate individuals who are considered to be at risk. The redesign is a direct result of customer feedback and is ideal for environments such as hospitals, prisons, mental health units and other secure facilities that house and support vulnerable people. Modification of design to curb ligature When planning the construction or refurbishment of such a facility, it is essential to eliminate points where a cord, rope, or bed sheet can be looped or tied to a fixture in order to create a point of ligature, which may result in self-harm or, in extreme cases, loss of life. Many fittings that would usually be considered perfectly safe pose a risk of ligature, so products need to be modified to maintain the same functionality, yet provide a safe environment. Equally, devices must not offer an opportunity to hide drugs, knives, razor blades or any other items that could be used for self-inflicted damage. With this in mind, Gent has refined the design of its previous device by incorporating an anti-tamper lip, which ensures that contraband cannot be stored within it. It also has a built in magnetic switch that provides loop continuity even when multiple devices are removed. This ensures full loop integrity without the need for a separate T-Breaker – something that will help reduce the overall cost of installation. As well as being easy to install, it is certified to 6.4kg release load and it is easy to reinstate the device if removed. ALD302 The ALD302 has also been verified by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) - the government body responsible for correctional services in England and Wales. Simon Foulkes, Product Marketing Manager at Gent, commented, ‘The protection of vulnerable people is taken incredibly seriously, so when our customers offered suggestions about how the previous S-Quad Anti-Ligature Base could be improved, we instantly set about redesigning it. The result is the ALD302 and I am confident that it will make a valuable contribution to the way that the pioneering S-Quad fire detection portfolio can be used within specific environments that accommodate those who are potentially at risk.’
VigInSite has been developed in direct response to the Fire Industry Association’s (FIA) 2014 Gent by Honeywell has announced the introduction of VigInSite, a powerful software based tool that can be used to quickly identify the age of the various components of a fire detection system. An industry first, VigInSite helps ensure that safety levels are maximised, while allowing end users to actively schedule and budget for maintenance activities. Warning of poor maintenance VigInSite has been developed in direct response to the Fire Industry Association’s (FIA) 2014 Guidance on the Life Expectancy of Fire Detection and Alarm Systems document. It warned that poorly maintained life safety systems that produce regular unwanted alarms can engender a sense of complacency amongst those who they are designed to protect. It also suggested that equipment manufacturers are in the best position to advice on the expected lifetime of the equipment they produce. Gent undertook a comprehensive research programme into the longevity of its products and discovered that the smoke scatter light emitting diodes (LEDs) used in its optical smoke detectors could fall below 70 per cent of their initial light output within 15 years. As this could take a device outside its original calibrated performance parameter and it could therefore potentially become less sensitive. Gent now recommends that these devices should be replaced within 14 years, as part of any planned maintenance schedule. Further component research concluded that Carbon Monoxide (CO) detectors should be swapped out within seven years, while other equipment such as control panels, interfaces and other field devices have a realistic lifetime of 20 years. User friendly A Gent 24 Approved Systems Integrator can simply plug VigInSite directly into a Vigilon control panel, at which point its advanced software identifies the age of each device. After this process is completed, it formulates an inventory and uses a traffic light system to provide an instant visual guide as to what action should be taken. Green denotes products that are well within their operational lifetimes, amber indicates that replacement is imminent, while red signifies that remedial action should be taken within reasonable timescales. Systems Integrators can send a customer a copy of the document along with a suggested programme of implementation. ‘As a responsible manufacturer, we fully support the FIA’s stance on ensuring that fire detection systems are properly maintained, and that’s why we have developed VigInSite,’ commented Simon Foulkes, Product Manager at Gent. ‘There are many thousands of Gent legacy systems all over the UK and Ireland and some will inevitably contain devices that, due to their age, are no longer fit for purpose. These products can cause higher numbers of unwanted alarms or, more importantly, fail to detect fire in its early stages. VigInSite is already making a valuable contribution to our on-going efforts to make sure that people, property and assets are adequately protected.’
EN54-23 VAD is designed to protect the deaf or hard of hearing and those working in areas of high ambient noise Gent by Honeywell has announced the latest upgrade of its innovative Nano fire detection control panel. The third version of Nano is packed with features that are designed to make the lives of installers and end users easier, as well as a number of significant improvements to its capability and functionality. EN54-23 VAD Support Nano now supports all of Gent’s EN54-23 visual alarm devices (VADs) from the S-Cubed and S-Quad ranges. Designed to protect the deaf or hard of hearing and those working in areas of high ambient noise, EN54-23 was introduced in order to set stricter guidelines on the installation and performance requirements of VADs. Gent has ensured that those requiring advanced fire sensing and evacuation options in smaller applications can benefit from using Nano, which now controls up to 60 loop powered VADs in standard power mode and provides unrivalled coverage of C-3-10 for ceiling devices and W-3-8 for wall devices. Higher Flexibility In addition, Gent has taken the opportunity to increase the flexibility of Nano, with the option to configure the cause and effect with the spread of fire in a building to meet the operational needs of markets across the world. User friendliness and ease of operation are always at the forefront of Gent’s devices, and any ideas to improve this aspect of their design are always implemented. As a result, inputting personal identification numbers (PINs) has just become much simpler thanks to the visual display of numbers rather than asterisks, adding clarity to the process. It is also possible to negate the use of access codes entirely, as Gent has introduced interoperability with the company’s S4-34418 key switch interface, which allows users to simply insert a key into a box located next to the panel. This enables quick and easy access for procedures such as deactivation and testing. ‘Our desire to offer compliance to EN54-23 was a major driver behind this latest version of Nano and I’m delighted that we can now provide this across our entire range of fire detection control panels,’ commented Ben Wolf, Product Marketing Manager at Gent. ‘While we were in the process of making this major improvement, we were also able to implement many of the changes requested by our valued partners during our regular customer feedback sessions. The results are sure to benefit those wishing to use one of the most advanced control panels of its kind on the market today.'