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Effective wireless fire system pays for itself 

by Geny Caloisi

A fire risk assessment revealed numerous non-compliances in Wellington College’s existing fire alarm system. In a facility with sleeping quarters, these non-compliances posed a significant risk. Inns of Court shooting lodge frequently hosted house shooting parties, so the college needed to upgrade its fire alarm system without downtime.

Clevedon-based installers, Raw Fire & Security recommended the 100% wireless, EN 54 certified, Cygnus SmartNet-100 fire detection and alarm system due to its fast installation capabilities and the minimal disruption it would cause as there would be no need for extensive ground works, such as duct installation to remote buildings. It also ensures reduced false alarms. The Cygnus SmartNet-100 system allowed the two systems to run ‘side by side’ until the new system was fully commissioned, removing the now redundant, unsightly cabling and avoided disruption, maintaining the school’s aesthetic standards.

The most significant challenge was the need for a swift installation process. Downtime would lead to revenue losses from cancelled bookings at Wellington College. Thanks to Cygnus’ flexibility and rapid installation, the new fire alarm system was commissioned and installed in just two days. One Cygnus SmartNet-100 Control Panel and 43 devices were installed.

“The 100% wireless SmartNet-100 system met and exceeded our customer’s expectations. They were very pleased with the minimal disturbance to the property and the ability to continue renting out the building during installation. By removing the need for wires and avoiding any downtime, they prevented a potential loss of revenue equivalent to more than the cost of the wireless system,” stated Harvey, Project Manager at RAW Fire & Security. “The wireless system paid for itself. We’ve since used Cygnus SmartNet in other installations and will be looking to use more in the future.”

Designed to deliver a reliable and safe solution, the SmartNet-100 wireless network features patented Cygnus technology and is run by battery-powered radio devices as part of a robust, self-forming, and self-healing mesh network. For maximum reliability, each wireless device has a minimum of two communication paths.

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