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Taurus from Hyfire takes wireless fire protection to next level

20 July 2021

WIRELESS FIRE safety systems developer Hyfire is in the process of “revolutionising” the fire industry thanks to the introduction of Taurus, a range of high-performance wireless detection, control and alarm devices based on a new protocol that offers “unprecedented” capabilities, quality and reliability.

Combining “unrivalled” performance with TauREX – a user-friendly survey, installation, commissioning and maintenance software – Taurus brings a step-change to the wireless fire detection market.

Tom Crane, Hyfire’s business unit director, commented: “The popularity of wireless fire technology has grown exponentially over the last decade and, with the launch of Taurus, we’re effectively putting to bed the wireless versus wired debate. Put simply, the Taurus range offers all of the advantages traditionally associated with wireless, such as convenience, rapid installation and simplified system specification, and adds performance that will not only equal traditional wired systems, but exceed them in most areas.”

The Taurus wireless platform can easily answer the needs of both small-to-medium or large-scale sites. The solution is capable of handling up to 128 devices per wireless translator and 240 per hybrid loop, with a ten-year battery life on input and five years on output devices.

Taurus also uses Hyfire’s NetworkOptimiser technology, with 60 communications channels helping to avoid interference and channel collisions, regardless of the extent of the fire network or, indeed, the scale of the building. NetworkOptimiser checks and confirms that every packet of data has been sent and received as expected, ensuring absolute confidence in safety signalling for the end user.

Every Taurus device also features Hyfire’s SafeSwitch dual redundant channel technology. If one channel fails then the other automatically takes over, ensuring unprecedented levels of reliability and performance.

Power management

“With maintenance schedules and long-term reliability very much in mind, we’ve optimised Taurus’ power management,” added Crane. “Not only is wireless better for the environment in the first place given that it uses up to 90% less cabling, but it’s also worth bearing in mind that Taurus’ battery management is among the best available. There’s a ten-year battery life for sensors, call points and inputs and five years for outputs, sounders and VADs.”

The key to any successful wireless fire system is design and specification, which is exactly why Hyfire has developed the bespoke TauREX software, which features an easy-to-operate graphical user interface and innovative new functions – among them EasyScan and ConfigWizard – to help specify the optimum Taurus system for each site in a simple and intuitive fashion.

Taurus delivers unprecedented system reliability and performance using SafePath Mesh Expander technology. If any expander in the chain fails, the transmission path uses an alternate route, in turn ensuring communication continuity. Every Taurus translator supports up to 15 network expanders. The best possible redundant communication paths are identified and tested automatically during commissioning procedures to provide the most reliable and robust communication pathway possible.

Optimised technology

Developed in Trieste, the global centre for wireless fire design, Taurus 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. In essence, this means that Taurus can do the job with less equipment and less batteries, thus saving on costs.

Hyfire was launched back in 2007, bringing to market some of the first commercial wireless detection and alarm devices fully certified to EN54. Since then, the Hyfire brand has become synonymous with quality, reliability and innovation in the commercial fire sector.

Hyfire devices are suitable for addressable fire panels, such as those developed by Advanced, and come with a five-year warranty, all backed up by a dedicated partner programme to ensure the best survey, installation, commissioning and after-sales service as well as exceptional technical support.

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