Waking Watch Alternatives:
Wireless Fire Alarm System
The wireless fire alarm system has been around for several years now. In the early days, these systems did have their issues, but as time and technology have advanced, they have become an alternative to a hardwired system. These systems benefit from being quick and easy to install.
Suppose the existing building contains asbestos. Wireless systems are a great solution to a fire alarm system where installation can be an issue. These systems benefit from installation methods that cause little to no dust. A wireless fire alarm system can negate the need for additional costs of removing asbestos. It makes the installation process cheaper than that of a hardwired system in a building that contains asbestos.
A downside to wireless fire alarm systems is the cost of devices and equipment is more than a traditional hardwired system. A wireless system also requires batteries in each device which is a cost to bear in mind. Traditionally the batteries were a primary concern for wireless systems. However, over recent years battery technology has progressed. It means wireless systems offer suitable lifespans with some devices lasting up to five years before battery replacement. If you need to install a completely new fire alarm with a little disruption to residents, then the wireless system is the way to go.
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Hardwired Fire Alarm System
A Hardwired system is the traditional type fire alarm system with the system cabled throughout. Should a high-rise building have, a fire alarm system already installed. The most straightforward way of including additional detection to new areas would be just a simple extension of the existing fire alarm system. Suppose the current system is an addressable system with the capability for expansion. In this case, this is a relatively simple procedure with detection added to new areas and linked onto the existing fire alarm loops.
Some fire alarm systems can introduce localised control modules (such as the Protec 6000 LCM). These are perfect for residential blocks which offer a localised control of an apartment/flat fire detection. It means residents can prevent false alarms from toasters or cigarette smoke, causing a full-scale evacuation of a building. But the method still offers the landlords’ fire alarm system to have the ability to identify a fire in that apartment or flat.
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Hybrid Fire Alarm System
A hybrid fire alarm system combines both radio and wired fire alarm technologies. The fire alarm system contains a hardwired backbone with wireless devices linking to the system via hardwired transponder units. It means all the control equipment is hardwired, with most field devices such as sounders, manual call points and detectors all being wireless. These systems’ advantage is connecting onto an existing hardwired fire alarm system like a Protec 6500 fire alarm system.
It proves advantages, as in residential scenarios, access to peoples flats and apartments may be limited. Wireless detectors can be installed with little fuss in a small amount of time, reducing residents’ inconvenience and negate the need for a whole new system.
To see the official press release from the UK government regarding the Waking Watch Relief Fund you can read more here