The priceless collections of the new National Library of Romania, a landmark building in the heart of Bucharest, will be kept safe thanks to an array of ExGo suppression control panels from global intelligent fire systems manufacturer Advanced.
The new library building, which contains more than 13 million individual items, was started in the 1980s but work was halted after the 1989 revolution, only starting again in 2009. Completed and opened in 2012, the building has now been fully equipped with the latest technology, including the ExGo system.
ExGo, Advanced’s ultra-dependable extinguishant release system, was configured and installed in the National Library building by Helinick, a key player in the Romanian fire and safety market. The suppression control system comprises 47 inter-linked ExGo panels with LCD displays, LED indicators and manual release buttons.
Etienne Ricoux, sales manager for Advanced, said: “This is the sort of project where the quality, ease of use and flexibility of Advanced’s fire systems really deliver. ExGo offers leading performance, installation and configuration features. It can be used as a standalone or can interface with any fire system via a number of programmable inputs and outputs.
“ExGo is suitable for almost all single-flooding area applications and comes with a wide range of control options and devices.”
The ExGo panel integrates with the Library’s fire system, which includes over 600 optical smoke detectors, 100 sounders and 200 call points. The ExGo panels monitor and control the valves that release up to 20 tonnes of NOVEC 1230 fire protection fluid.
Gabriel Traian, sales manager at Helinick, said: “We selected an Advanced system for the Romanian National Library because we knew that the equipment would be of the highest quality, as required in such a high-profile building. Advanced always deliver on time and offer support to our teams when they need it, plus we also knew that the system offered the flexibility and expandability to meet current and future requirements.”
Daniel Voicu, spokesperson for the National Library of Romania, said: “With more than 13 million items in our care, many of which are totally irreplaceable, we needed to ensure that the new building offered the safest possible environment for our collections. After working with Helinick we realised that Advanced were the obvious choice, providing a system that offers maximum possible defence against fire and the option for enhancement as technology develops.”
The ExGo range from Advanced has been developed specifically for sensitive and strategic assets such as server rooms, historic and cultural attractions and control rooms. The patented ExGo Extraction Software also allows users to download system status information and event logs, providing a quick and customisable data solution.
The main control panel can be supplemented remote terminals and up to seven remote status indicators per panel. The system is fully compliant with relevant EN54 fire standards (Parts 2, 4 and 13) and EN12094-1 extinguishing standards, backed up with Advanced’s renowned customer care and technical support. More details can be found on Advanced’s website at www.advancedco.com.