Eaton leads the way for safer evacuation systems

At IFSEC & Firex 2015

Power management company Eaton will provide advice on evacuation technology and best practice during IFSEC / FIREX 2015 as part of a drive to help improve safety standards in commercial buildings. Visitors to the show, which runs from 16 to 18 June at London ExCeL, will have an opportunity to experience Eaton’s comprehensive range of life safety solutions installed into simulations of real life applications.

The company’s key focus is to help building owners and managers understand the strategies and systems that must be in place to promote safe evacuation in the event of an emergency. Visitors to stand G180-200 will be shown the latest technology that can support regulatory compliance and protection of people, property and business operations against the potentially catastrophic impact of a life-safety emergency.

John Robb, segment manager, commercial buildings EMEA for Eaton, said: “Businesses have a moral and legal obligation to ensure life safety, which not only means having the right systems in place but also ensuring they are properly maintained so that, if the worst happens, they switch into action. It is a complicated area of concern, but as an organisation with vast expertise across many areas of safety, we can help businesses understand their obligations and meet them in a way that is cost-effective and tailored to the way a building is structured and used. We work as a partner to make sure that the right solutions are installed and maintained so that people, property and business continuity are protected.”

New products on show will include the CGLine+, an intelligent and cost-effective monitoring system for emergency lighting that runs regular tests to ensure they are in full working order, as required by law. Also on display will be a market-leading range of conventional and addressable visual alarm devices (VADs) that comply with the recently-introduced EN54-23 standard. The new VADs will be among a range of fire notification devices connected to both addressable and conventional control panels offered by Eaton. These solutions will help professionals select the solution that best serves their budget, building size and operational considerations, as well as regulatory requirements that can differ between countries and global regions.

Alongside fire detection and notification systems will be mass notification solutions, including Eaton’s Emergency Evacuation System, a distributed public address & voice alarm (PAVA) system designed for the fast evacuation of a building. Mains and emergency lighting will also be on the stand and visitors will have the opportunity to view Eaton’s Micropoint 2 high output, a recessed IP20 LED emergency luminaire designed to provide a higher light level to specific locations and high risk task areas. Additionally, power management technologies along with access control and intrusion detection, also make a vital contribution to the safety of buildings and will be available to see on the Eaton stand. Eaton will also be showcasing its new two-wire fire system, ‘BiWire Ultra’, which delivers significant savings in both cable and installation costs as it allows detection and alarm circuits to share the same cable.

The evolution of new technologies and changing regulatory requirements globally have presented business owners, facilities managers, specifiers, consultants, installers and system integrators with a new set of challenges to overcome in choosing how best to ensure life-safety in both new and existing buildings. Experts from Eaton will be on hand to discuss the development of tailored solutions. Drawing from its vast experience and insight into the life safety market, Eaton now offers an array of systems and devices that can be configured to meet specific needs across varied industries and applications.

The combination of detection, notification and control is at the core of Eaton’s life safety offering, and all are designed with ease of installation, maintenance and daily usage as high priorities. Being scalable, modular and backwards-compatible, components can be configured within complete solutions that optimise safety, as well as energy efficiency and regulatory compliance.

Highlighting the importance of ongoing technical support, experts will be available and equipped with tools, resources and sample equipment to discuss individual challenges, the potential of a safer future and demonstrate the versatility of Eaton’s approach.

In addition, fast and efficient detection and notification of fire can dramatically reduce the impact upon business operations. Visitors to the stand will also be able learn about Eaton’s capabilities in power distribution and back-up power solutions that help protect assets, supporting business continuity.

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