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The range is EN54-25 approved (the European standard for fire detection and fire alarm systems, components using radio links), and RED (Radio Equipment Directive) compliant. Using radio networking, the hybrid system provides an ‘always on’ network of devices which can automatically adapt to changing site conditions. The wireless devices are not tied to specific expanders; instead, each device instinctively chooses its parent expander based on the strength of the signal pathway back to the translator, with expanders automatically forming a bi-directional mesh network for delivering information to the main control panel. In the event where an expander’s signal is compromised, the wireless field device will automatically find and connect to an alternative expander with the next strongest signal pathway – providing end-users with enhanced safety benefits. The range gives sensor types, as well as I/O units, a sounder, a sensor/voice-sounder/VAD and a manual call point. A faster commissioning process, which can be carried out off-site, saves installers time on projects, according to the manufacturer.
Using hybrid wireless negates the need to install cables and so means minimum disturbance at install, suitable, the firm suggests for historic buildings, remote or temporary sites and any project where fire cabling is too difficult, overly expensive or prohibited.
Mark Jones, export manager at Hochiki Europe said: “The digital age has affected every part of our lives, and life safety is no exception. Our Ekho product range offers wireless solutions to a range of what can be complex project challenges. As with all Hochiki Europe products, the range is intelligent and ultra-dependable, offering users a future-proofed life safety system.”