Advanced fire protection for international student college
Goodenough College in central London has carried out a major upgrade of its fire-protection system using intelligent control panels from Advanced Electronics. The college has 650 post-graduate students from over 90 countries.
The system was designed and installed by Erif UK and covers the whole site — including function rooms, study areas, libraries and student accommodation.
Four Mx-4404 multi-loop control panels and a repeater panel are inter-connected by Advanced’s fault-tolerant network and interfaced to over 1200 Apollo fire detectors and devices.
The extensive cause-and-effect feature of the Mx-4404 panels can be used to provide block-by-block phased evacuation of the building and activation of door holders and plant shutdown in the event of a fire. The status of any of the Apollo devices is available to all the panels, so any one can act as a master for the whole system.
Denis Kelly of Erif UK explains, ‘Advanced’s Mx-4404 panels were chosen for this project because of their excellent networking capabilities and programming features. The network Ad-NeT+ network is capable of withstanding a single fault between nodes without loss of communications to any single panel. Up to 200 nodes can be connected on the network with a total length of 20 km, using standard 2-core fire-resistant cable.’