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Firmware update released for the Apollo Test Set

05 October 2020

APOLLO FIRE Detectors has released a firmware update for the Apollo Test Set.

The tool, which was released in 2018, was designed to assist engineers in fault-finding and loop management and has helped to save a good deal of time on thousands of sites. The update consists of two new main features: Drift Management and Soft Addressing.

Designed to assist maintenance engineers, this new solution will display the contamination as a percentage for both the Discovery and Soteria detector ranges. This loop view screen is simple, clear and designed to aid planning for future maintenance visits, as well as reduce the time spent on site.

It’s compatible with: 

  • Discovery Optical Smoke Detector
  • Discovery Multi-Sensor Detector
  • Soteria Optical Smoke Detector
  • Soteria Multi-Sensor Detector

The alternative addressing option allows the installer to soft address Soteria devices by connecting them to the Apollo Test Set. This offers an additional addressing method rather than using the XPERT Card, in turn allowing flexibility when it comes to installation. 

Devices that are soft addressed will operate with XP95, Discovery and CoreProtocol panels.

Apollo Fire Detectors’ requirements analyst Roger Pimlott informed Fire Safety Matters: “We were pleased to spend the time updating this important fault-finding tool and we reman confident that the new features will help to reduce the time spent on site by engineers. The change to the display of the drift value makes it easier to understand the state of given detectors, allowing maintenance visits to be better planned out. We designed this feature to help engineers have a smoother visit by simply plugging-in the Test Set and being able to read drift percentages, so they know exactly what detectors they either have to clean or replace.”

Pimlott added: “The ability to soft address Soteria devices from the Test Set allows the products to be programmed ahead of arriving on site. The loop can be tested before the panel is installed. This addressing option affords engineers the flexibility to choose between soft addressing the devices or hard addressing using the XPERT card and binary method. We’re looking forward to providing more features designed to improve the Apollo Test Set in the future.”

*Those professionals wishing to update their Apollo Loop Tester and learn how to use the new features can do so by visiting the Apollo Fire Detectors website at www.apollo-fire.co.uk/training-support/test-set-firmware-update