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Bank fire case study

A case study of fire and suppression systems at the flagship branch of DSK, a Bulgarian bank, founded in 1951 and privatised in 2003.

After a recent refurbishment and upgrade of the flagship branch in the capital Sofia, long-time Advanced partner FireTech Engineering Ltd specified a new system that included Advanced’s Axis EN (EN54) fire system, three ExGo suppression control panels and an IP Gateway, for remote internet control and monitoring.

Stoyan Grozdanov, for FireTech Engineering Ltd, said: “We selected an Advanced system as Axis EN and ExGo set the industry benchmarks for fire alarm and extinguishant release. The panels are very reliable and, due to the importance of this particular branch, we needed a high level of protection and reliability, with assurance against false alarms and an intuitive interface for programming and monitoring.”

Axis EN is EN54 2,4&13 approved and its panels can be used in single loop, single panel format or configured into multi-loop panels in 200 node networks covering large areas. Advanced say that the product’s wide peripheral range make it customisable to almost any application; and supported by a range of wired and wired devices.

Advanced’s Axis EN fire systems support two new technologies, the TouchControl touch screen repeater and AlarmCalm complete false alarm management system. TouchControl is a ten-inch HD touchscreen that offers reporting and control via an interface that includes Active Maps and zone plans. AlarmCalm uses Advanced’s hardware, updated config software and optional loop verification devices to deliver a system that allows the false alarm strategy for any building to be programmed and managed, for reducing false alarms.

Advanced says that its ExGo extinguishing control panel range has been developed for sensitive and strategic assets such as server rooms and data centres, historic and cultural attractions and control rooms. It is suitable the developers claim for almost all single-flooding area applications, includes a range of control options and devices and includes a large LCD screen for programming and management.

About the product

ExGo is approved to EN54 parts 2, 4 and 13 and EN12094-1. It is among the industry’s first to combine these with EN12094 Part 3 in a single solution. EN12094-3 relates to the integrated manual release on the front of the panel. ExGo can be easily integrated into Advanced’s MxPro and Axis EN fire systems or any third party fire alarm system.

Etienne Ricoux, Advanced’s Export Sales Manager for Europe, added: “DSK Bank in Sofia is the latest high profile financial institution to be protected by Advanced and is the result of our product leadership and the expertise of our partners.”

About the firm

Advanced is a manufacturer of intelligent fire systems, from single panel installations to multi-site networks; fire alarm and detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. Visit


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