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Hochiki checks-in with comprehensive fire safety solutions at the Pullman Sharjah Hotel

11 December 2020

THE PULLMAN Sharjah Hotel and Residential Unit, a luxury twin tower block located in the United Arab Emirates, is benefiting from a range of innovative life safety technologies provided by specialist manufacturer Hochiki.

The 43-storey property is home to a modern five-star hotel in one tower and a residential apartment block in the other, with a communal basement connecting the two. Approximately 1,500 occupants inhabit the twin structures.

Installation firm Dafoos Fire Protection knew the buildings needed to be equipped with the latest fire safety technology. On that basis, the company turned to Hochiki Middle East to provide a hospitality solution that met the required standards and could be installed with minimal disruption.

Dafoos Fire Protection specified Hochiki’s L@titude system – itself a powerful and sophisticated control and indication system that combines the very latest in hardware and software – and FIREscape emergency lighting.

L@titude has been installed across the numerous floors of the hotel and residential units to ensure controlled and reliable protection for occupants and their possessions. The L@titude control panel has been designed to maximise usability and ease of operation for end users such that facilities management and maintenance teams can instantly locate safety breaches in real-time from any location. To allow clear and concise information to be displayed about each detection device within the hotel and apartment blocks, the product also uses a full-colour touchscreen display.

Modular solution

The modular nature of the system allows all field wiring to be connected to a passive mother board, enabling the addition, re-configuration or replacement of electronic hardware without the need to disconnect older wiring. In turn, this allowed for a quick and easy installation process with minimal disruption.

The L@titude panel is available in either EN or UL system configurations, which is ideal for a region that regularly specifies projects involved in both types of system approvals. For this project, a European system was specified, with L@titude being complaint with the highest European global safety standards, including EN 54-2, EN 54-4 and EN 54-13, while supporting up to 5,000 cause and effect entries. The platform boasts a 10,000-capacity event log and can run up to 144 zone indicators.

Subin Suhas, territory sales manager at Hochiki Middle East, explained: “This project was quite challenging due to the infrastructure and the number of devices that would be needed throughout the buildings. As we were working within a hotel as well, the client wanted to ensure the products used were of a high quality and known for fewer false alarms, so we felt that L@titude was the perfect solution. The fact that we could offer a combination of fire alarms and emergency devices under the same umbrella was also an added advantage, with FIREscape ensuring an added layer of safety for the buildings’ occupants.”

FIREscape is a cost-effective and fully compliant emergency lighting system. It’s based around an addressable emergency lighting control panel with a battery back-up and features self-contained LED luminaries and exit signage connected via screened and extra-low voltage cabling. FIREscape is also a fully self-monitored and self-testing system with a central point of control, rendering both installation and maintenance procedures quick and easy.

Design and commissioning assistance

Dafoos Fire Protection installed seven L@titude panels (each of which has eight circuit loops) and circa 3,500 fire alarm devices throughout the towers. Eight emergency lighting panels and 1,200 devices have been installed. Throughout the installation period, Hochiki engineers visited the site on multiple occasions to provide extended help in design and commissioning and to offer support with inspections from the civil defence authorities.

Vijay Chandran, marketing manager at Dafoos Fire Protection Equipment, commented: “For this project, we needed to ensure we could provide reliable products with high compliance to standards. Hochiki clearly outlined how each of the products conformed to industry, European and global standards. We were also very impressed with the quality of materials used.”

Chandran added: “Due to the sheer scale of the project, the approvals process entailed different stages with multiple product submittal involving numerous brands, but Hochiki really stood out. The support we received throughout from the company’s team of engineers was extremely valuable in ensuring the work ran smoothly. The installation was quick and easy. We’ve left the customer with the confidence that the building is protected to the very highest standards.”

*For more information about Hochiki’s L@titude and FIREscape products visit www.hochikieurope.com