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Dynamic Safety Signage extends emergency lighting range at Advanced
26 July 2022
FIRE AND life safety systems manufacturer Advanced has recently extended its emergency lighting range with the introduction of Dynamic Safety Signage, which is proven to render building evacuation procedures both faster and safer.
In emergency situations, any lack of information and subsequent confusion can mean that individuals might make poor decisions. Dynamic Safety Signage uses moving and pulsing green LED arrows to clearly indicate safe exits and red LED crosses to boldly show ‘no-go’ areas. This distinctive indication supports effective escape and avoids congestion at building exits.
Dynamic Safety Signage is ideal for those settings (eg university campuses, hospitals, sports stadiums and transport hubs) where large numbers of individuals may be unfamiliar with emergency escape routes. The new range of signage provides different tiers of functionality, making it extremely versatile in meeting requirements across a wide range of sites and scenarios.
The lighting can be used stand-alone or otherwise integrated with conventional/addressable fire alarm panels to trigger emergency lighting if an incident occurs. ‘Cause and effect’ can be programmed, allowing Dynamic Safety Signage to be used adaptively. This ensures that, as evacuation situations evolve, only the safest escape routes are highlighted, while any non-viable exits are clearly marked as ‘no-go’ areas.
For added safety, Dynamic Safety Signage is also compatible with Advanced’s LuxIntelligent emergency lighting test system, making it easy to prove compliance and identify any parts of the system requiring attention.
Passive escape signage
Matthew Jones, emergency lighting business manager at Advanced, stated: “Research shows that people rarely notice passive escape signage during an evacuation, preferring instead to follow familiar routes which are often not the safest or fastest. Our Dynamic Safety Signage has been developed on the back of research into human behaviour during fire incidents. By directing building occupants to the closest and safest exits in emergencies, Dynamic Safety Signage reduces evacuation time, congestion and the threat posed to life.”
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Greenwich revealed that, during a simulated emergency in an unfamiliar built environment, only 38% of people noticed conventional static emergency signage. When it was replaced with dynamic signage, 77% of individuals noticed it, while every test group individuals went on to follow the safe exit route.
Dynamic Safety Signage hardware consists of recessed, IP65 wall-mounted and wall/ceiling-mounted escape signs that are easy to install, can be retrofitted on to existing systems and provide a fully auto-tested system when used with LuxIntelligent, in turn ensuring compliance with BS 5266-1.
Dynamic Safety Signage can be triggered manually via a key switch or automatically via integration with any existing fire system using simple input/output modules.
Advanced offers a complete range of emergency lighting solutions. In terms of the LuxIntelligent solution, each panel can automatically test and monitor nearly 1,000 luminaires and is easily networked using existing wiring and lights, keeping installation costs to a minimum. The system also offers optional cloud monitoring and management via mobile and web apps.
*Further information is available online at www.uk.advancedco.com
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