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Notting Hill Genesis selects Hyfire wireless devices for fire system renewals

04 March 2021

WIRELESS FIRE detection and alarms manufacturer Hyfire has supplied over 550 detectors and other devices to ABCA Systems for installation in social housing developments across London. The devices are designed to protect the residents of five landmark tower blocks.

Notting Hill Genesis, one of the UK’s largest independent housing associations with more than 65,000 properties in and around London, was looking for a fast and sustainable solution to upgrade the fire systems at its properties. The objective was to ensure as little disruption to residents as possible.

On that basis, and after careful consultation and extensive research, ABCA Systems specified Hyfire wireless devices. These can be programmed and installed in a matter of minutes to offer maximum protection with no need for wiring or redecoration.

Anthony McKinnon, contracts manager at ABCA Systems, informed Fire Safety Matters: “With rapidly evolving fire safety regulations and the need to adhere to Best Practice, social landlords are adopting a ‘no compromise’-style approach towards fire safety, recognising the need to offer protection and reassurance to occupants of all properties. Wireless is the fastest and most flexible way to deliver fire safety. We knew that Hyfire’s wireless detectors and other devices could offer the reliability and quality demanded by Notting Hill Genesis.”

Hyfire offers 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 are fully compliant 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. This arrangement affords total flexibility for specifiers and installers.

Intense pressure

Robert Bruce, regional sales manager at Hyfire, commented: “Social landlords like Notting Hill Genesis are under intense pressure to deliver rapid enhancements to the fire systems installed in residential properties. It follows that they need the very best professional commercial fire protection. By working with innovative installers such as ABCA Systems, they’re beginning to realise the benefits that wireless can offer. In fact, professionals working with Hyfire wireless products no longer consider wired devices unless they have to.”

Bruce continued: “Whereas many people think of wireless devices as being best suited to large industrial sites or historic buildings, in truth they can also offer logistical advantages in the social housing sector. Simple and hassle-free installation can offer cost savings on redecoration, cabling and labour. It’s possible to be in and out of a given property in minutes, minimising the upheaval for residents and offering long-term reassurance, while also limiting contact during the current pandemic.”

Introduction of EvacWireless

All Hyfire products are developed in Trieste, the “global centre” for wireless fire device design. The Hyfire range encompasses all those devices required to build a fully wireless commercial fire system, including manual Call Points, remote indicators, visual indicators, sounders, sounder bases and output/input modules. Addressable translators and expanders are available, processing up to 32 devices each, with the scale of the system limited only by the number of devices that the fire panel can handle.

Recently, Hyfire has also introduced EvacWireless, a rapid and scalable solution designed to meet the stipulations laid down by BS 8629 when it comes to evacuation alert systems in residential buildings taller than 18 metres.

Sarah Leahy, contracts manager for Notting Hill Genesis, explained: “In high-rise social housing blocks, where there are currently many residents shielding from COVID-19, the benefits of wireless installation are clear. Our tenants want peace of mind, but many are elderly and they don’t like upheaval. Instead of creating cable channels in walls and ceilings, wireless installers only need a few minutes in each apartment to fix and test the Hyfire devices. The tenants are then reassured that they have long-term and sustainable fire protection, but with none of the inconvenience that a wired system installation would have caused.”

Hyfire devices are available for Advanced or Kentec panels and are supplied with a five-year warranty backed up by a dedicated partner programme to ensure the best survey, installation, commissioning and after sales service in tandem with ongoing technical support.

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