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Landmark London residential building protected by Taurus wireless solution

16 August 2022

A LANDMARK residential building in London’s Islington district is now being protected by cutting-edge Taurus wireless fire devices supplied by Hyfire. Installation and commissioning of the new set-up took around one tenth of the time that would have been necessary for a traditional wired installation.

Future Group has installed circa 100 wireless devices at the location, which is situated in an area familiar to Monopoly players close to the Angel London Underground Station. Working in conjunction with an Advanced MxPro fire panel, wireless heat detectors were specified in each apartment, while wireless smoke detectors are present throughout the communal areas.

“We used the Taurus specification app,” explained Jason Webb, operations and technical manager at the Future Group. “We worked closely with the Hyfire team to plan and install this system. For any new system, expansion or upgrade project in an occupied residential building, using wireless technology really is the way forward.”

Qualifying that last assertion, Webb noted: “Residents love this technology. The ability to pre-programme the devices means that engineers can be in and out of each apartment in just ten minutes or so, with no need to cut into walls or ceilings and ‘make good’ afterwards.”

After completion of the core system, Future Group was then asked to extend coverage to a second stairwell within the complex. The deployment of wireless devices made this a simple and straightforward addition.

Performance and reliability

Ollie Murray, national sales manager for the South at Hyfire, informed Fire Safety Matters: “Time and again, our Taurus wireless devices are being specified for multi-unit residential developments. Not only do they offer industry-leading performance and reliability, but they’re also so much easier to install, service and maintain. Future Group is just one installer that now sees wireless as its first choice, with wired devices only being used for niche applications.”

Murray added: “With a great deal of focus now being placed on maintaining compartmentation, and particularly so in high-rise residential blocks, wireless also offers the advantage of not requiring any interference with internal walls and ceilings, all of which would need to be professionally resealed and inspected if traditional wired devices had been installed.”

Wide range

Hyfire offers a wide range of commercial standard wireless fire devices, ranging from optical, multi-criteria and heat detectors through to notification, alarm, interface and control units, all of them fully certified to EN54. All products comply with BS 5839 Part 1.

Fire panels are wired via a loop to translators, from which wireless devices can then be used on their own to build fully wireless systems of virtually any size, or otherwise mixed with Hyfire wired products to provide seamless hybrid solutions. Total flexibility is afforded to specifiers and installers.

The Taurus solution features Pathfinder Technology, which allows the devices to communicate over 1 km, 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. Taurus can ‘do the job’ with less equipment and less batteries, in turn saving on costs.

Hyfire devices are supplied with a five-year warranty and underpinned by a dedicated Partner Programme to ensure the best survey, installation, commissioning and after-sales service in addition to “exceptional” technical support.

*Additional information is available online at www.hyfirewireless.com