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IFSEC fire award

AD Network Video – part of AD Group and sister company of Dedicated Micros – won the Integrated Security Product of the Year category at the IFSEC 2012 Security Industry Awards for its FireVu integrated VSD Solution which provides detection and visual verification of smoke and fire for commercial buildings.


We are extremely pleased the FireVu Solution has received recognition at the IFSEC Awards,” said Pauline Norstrom, Group Director and Director of Worldwide Marketing. “Commercial premises need early detection and visual verification to ensure rapid and proportionate response to fire alarms thus ensuring minimum disruption to business continuity and FireVu can provide this.”


Award judges commented “The judges thought that this refined product had been introduced in a timely manner to address an increasing problem regarding the need to verify the presence of a genuine fire alarm.”


To provide some background to the issue for commercial property owners – some 95 per cent of fire alarms automatically generated from systems owned by UK businesses, turn out to be false – 337,300, in 2010-11. Commercial premises, at night or weekends, run the risk that their fire authority will not respond unless they have confirmed visual verification that there is a fire. This can lead to an increased chance of smoke and fire damage due to the potential delay incurred while someone verifies the alarm and resulting greater interruption to business continuity. It has been reported that 80pc of business which suffer a fire never actually recover and fold as a result. Fire Authorities are also threatening fines for repeated false alarms under the new powers they gain through the new Localism Act and as a result of government spending cuts.


AD says that FireVu domes solve the problems business owners face and help to save public funds by combining integrated video smoke and flame detection video analytics in a day/night IP camera with on-board recording. This provides alerts to the presence of smoke and flame anywhere within the field of view. Visual verification of the source of the smoke or flame can therefore be confirmed much earlier than conventional detectors either by the business owner directly, using a hand held device, remote viewer, graphical display annunciator or remotely by a control room operator. This means that a rapid and proportionate response can be actioned for the building/business owner, and the responders enabled to receive enhanced situational awareness of what to expect when they arrive.


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