Eaton’s BiWire Ultra fire alarm system reduces cabling by up to 50%

The detectors, call points and notification devices all share the same zone wiring

 Power management company Eaton today announced the launch of its new BiWire Ultra fire alarm system, which is designed for fast and efficient installation. Unlike standard conventional systems, the detectors, call points and notification devices all share the same zone wiring, reducing cabling requirements by up to 50%. Simple to operate and quick to install, it’s ideally suited to small hotels, offices, primary schools, restaurants and retail stores as a means of protecting people, property and business continuity.

Peter Regan, product marketing manager at Eaton, said: “Our new BiWire Ultra system has been designed with simplicity in mind. It is quick and easy to install, reducing cabling costs and the time spent programming and operating the system.”

BiWire Ultra comprises a central panel alongside fully compatible detectors, sounders and EN54-23 approved beacons, all of which are designed to identify fire hazards and notify occupants as quickly as possible in order to ensure safe and controlled evacuations. The range is the latest addition to Eaton’s comprehensive suite of life safety solutions, which aim to help building owners and managers meet their safety obligations in the most effective and efficient manner.

Available in two-, four- or eight-zone variants, the system can support up to 52 devices per zone, wiring faults are easily spotted and indicated by flashing the detector LED nearest the fault.

Supplied with a back-up battery to ensure the correct ratings and to reduce complexity, the central panel has an attractive appearance and a simple user interface. Conforming to the requirements of BS5839-1, commissioning and maintenance is straightforward, making it easy for one person to carry out testing and ensure the healthy state of the system, as required by the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order of 2005.

Additional functionality of the system includes a class change facility for schools which automates the class change bell via the fire alarm, expansion card support for fire alarm routing equipment (FRE) and fire protection equipment (FPE) and an Interlink relay for connecting two panels together.

Peter Regan added: “The BiWire Ultra range is the first of its type to offer EN54-23 approved beacons, so whatever the risk assessment, premises fitted with a BiWire Ultra system comply with the latest standards for fire notification. However, the legal and moral obligations of fire safety are not only concerned with installation but also ongoing maintenance and testing, and the BiWire Ultra has been developed with the objective of making that process straightforward. With all of this in mind, we believe this range will appeal to a diverse cross-section of small and medium-sized premises where owners need protection without problems.”

Augmenting the range are a number of complementary devices including call points, a five-in-one fire detector plus a range of EN54-23 approved sounder beacons and sounder beacon bases.

For more details on fire systems from Eaton visit, e-mail , e-mail or call +44 (0)1302 303200.

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