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Hotel fire protection that doesn’t get all steamed up!

The Evolution fire alarm range, from Nittan (UK), has been installed into the new Brooklands Hotel in Surrey by NBE Fire and Security.

Located within the legendary Brooklands motor racing circuit, the Brooklands Hotel boasts beautiful art deco inspired interiors, restaurant and cocktail bar and contemporary conference and spa facilities, all with a knowing nod to the legacy of the world's first purpose built real race track.

To provide the fire protection for this luxury new hotel, NBE Fire and Security installed an Evolution Analogue fire detection system, featuring EV-DP dual optical detectors, EV-P optical detectors, EV-H-A1R heat detectors, call points and interfaces. The system runs on eight loops, controlled by two Advanced Electronics control panels networked together on a fault tolerant network.

The fire system is directly interfaced to the hotel's own network via the RS232 output, from which information, including faults or fires, are immediately converted to voice announcements distributed to the relevant staff via DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology) phones. As the fire detection system has an 'investigation delay' fitted, staff can quickly inspect any alerts and react accordingly.

Neil Birch, Director of NBE Fire and Security, chose to use Nittan's Evolution system as he has installed it successfully in hotels across the UK and has found it to be extremely reliable. He said: "A common problem in hotels is steam from the bathrooms which sets off detectors in the rooms. We use Nittan's EV-DP alarm as it is designed to reduce false alarms caused by steam. We did think about using multi sensors but the rooms at Brooklands are large (even the smallest rooms start at 31m

² - almost 20% bigger than the average) we would have to use two devices per room; the dual optical alarm on the other hand allowed us to cover the entire room with just one device."

The EV-DP alarm is designed using Nittan's own Dual Optical Technology which allows it to effectively measure the actual particle size in the chamber via its combined IR and blue LED technology. As steam and dust are much larger particles than smoke, the detector won't false alarm.

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