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New from Tyco Integrated Fire & Security is PROFILE Flexible, a range of modular fire alarm panels. An addition to the ZETTLER PROFILE family of touch screen panels, the new controllers are for all typical building engineering applications according to the manufacturers.

Its modular format means it can be expanded, matching changes in fire safety with the evolution of smart buildings, for example.

Peter Lackey, UK Fire Product Manager at Tyco said: “Speed and accuracy are critical in protecting people, assets and valuable infrastructure from fire. Our customers demand an alert system that is reliable even in the harshest of environments but also cost effective to run. They need a system that can intelligently identify if an incident is real or a false alarm to minimise disruption to their day-to-day operation.

“In PROFILE Flexible, Tyco has developed a fire control panel that controls and manages the environment, which the installed system is protecting. By investing in advanced, future proof technology, instead of cables and labour, customers can enjoy state-of-the-art fire safety and reap significant savings in operational and maintenance costs.”

The panel’s slot card arrangement offers up to 50 design options. It’s claimed to be the first fire alarm that enables the use of every address and all available power across all loops, through a power and address shared transfer. Until now, any remaining power is wasted once all the available device addresses have been used up, and vice versa. With PROFILE Flexible, spare power and address capacity can be shared across other loops in the same building, the firm says. Engineers can mix panels to suit high and standard power loops, each running up to 2km in length.

Networks of up to 99 panels is possible, it is claimed, with distances in excess of 50km between panels possible using fibre optic connections, according to the product company.

Each high-power loop carries one amp of power to support visual alarms alongside traditional audible alarms. This is fully compliant with the EN54-23 visual alarm standard designed to provide light output for hearing impaired persons and noisy backgrounds.

The range contains two core panel options with the capability to support 16 or 32 loops, and up to 4,000 addresses from a single control panel. This offers the makers say cost savings, as a single panel can replace multiple units.

The panels can also be used as part of a network or as a standalone product. The network capacity supports a potential 396,000 addresses. The colour touch screen and multilingual user interface enables one-touch operation. The user panel clips into a lightweight back frame and requires a single engineer to install. Visit


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