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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has impacted many businesses over the last couple of weeks, and Apollo is no different. The company has been closely monitoring it, evaluating the effect it has, and will have, on their people, customers and business operations. They wanted to make it clear that they are taking this situation seriously and have already begun to take appropriate steps to keep their business operational whilst ensuring the safety of their colleagues. First, Apollo has introduced social distancing to combat the spread of the virus. This policy is paramount in reducing unnecessary social contact, keeping it to a minimum within the government guidelines. Other strategies have been put in place, including additional shift patterns, working from home for those able, and the suspension of business travel. These temporary policies have been initiated to ensure that the business runs as normal. additional health & safety measures Their facilities already have robust hygiene standards and are closely following advice from Public Health England. As a precaution, all industry events and Apollo product training sessions have been cancelled or postponed at this time. Measures in place to ensure normal business operation: The processing and shipping of orders continue as usual with additional health & safety measures implemented in their warehouse and dispatch areas. Apollo is working with their logistics partners to ensure acceptable delivery schedules. The supply chain remains unaffected. They are holding additional stock of key components where available and appropriate. They are taking steps to manufacture additional buffer stock where possible. COVID-19 has presented difficult and challenging obstacles to overcome. It has affected multiple nations, disrupting peoples work and home lives significantly. In unfortunate times like this, it is Apollo's joint responsibility to take care of each other, to show kindness and to move forwards with compassion and strength. They are grateful to their people for continuing to serve their customers, their dedication and tenacity are why Apollo has been fighting fit for over 40 years.
Demand for XPander, the wireless solution from Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd., continues to grow year on year. The globally renowned fire safety solutions company said that the continued high demand of its popular wireless systems is a sign that there is growing acceptance among people in the reliability of wireless technology and solutions today. Bruce Ball, UK Sales Manager at Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. said, “The increase in demand reflects the growing popularity of wireless systems, and greater confidence in the reliability of wireless technology and solutions. In today’s high-tech world, wireless technology is the norm – from mobile phones, tablets and internet connection to even fire department personnel counting on their radios for responding to fire alarm triggers and communicating on the scene immediately.” XPander wireless fire safety solution Bruce further adds, “Wireless fire alarm systems are fast becoming the solution of choice for many applications and we expect the demand of our XPander wireless fire safety solution range to continue to grow. The enormous flexibility and endless combinations of wireless devices make them a sound choice not only for areas of architectural and structural sensitivity such as historic buildings but as a method of expanding and enhancing existing wired fire alarm systems in many different environments. Wireless systems are also great solutions used for temporary structures such as marques at festivals and other events, or for temporary premises whilst under construction.” This was the case at TwentyTwo, a 62-storey building in Bishopsgate, London, United Kingdom where XPander wireless solution was used to protect the construction management offices, marketing suites, changing rooms, and communal spaces for the workers in the building, while the building was still under construction. XPander proved to be a reliable temporary fire protection solution for these areas that was flexible enough to be moved easily when the project came to the final fit-out stage. Integration with Apollo fire control panels Wireless fire alarms are less intrusive, cause less disruption and are thererfore easier and quicker to install" XPander provides a wireless solution where individual detectors, manual call points, alarm devices and interfaces communicate with the Apollo addressable loop using radio signals. Each individual device is assigned an address which is recognized by the fire control panel in the same way as the address of any hard-wired device. Bruce Ball also said, “Since there is no cabling needed, wireless fire alarms are less intrusive, cause less disruption and are therefore easier and quicker to install, making them ideal for schools, hospitals and care homes. They are more cost-effective too and allow businesses to continue as usual throughout the installation." Enhanced fire safety solution He adds, “A good example of this was the installation of XPander devices in five care homes owned by family-run home care company, Care By Us, where carers look after young people and adults with learning difficulties. During installation, carers could carry on with their work and the residents were not distressed by the work.” Bruce further said, “An added benefit is that the devices in a wireless system can also be removed for any maintenance work or in case there are any modifications happening in the building or worksite. If any of the devices in the wireless alarm system require updating, it is very easy to replace the old one with a new device. This also helps to maintain the integrity of the fire alarm system. These are just some of the benefits of wireless systems and just some of the reasons why we are seeing increased demand for XPander.”
Apollo Fire Detectors is celebrating 40 years of business success, having expanded from a 13-strong workforce operating out of small commercial units on the south coast of England to becoming one of the world's pioneering manufacturers of fire detection solutions for commercial and industrial applications, manufacturing more than 5 million detectors every year, and exporting directly to more than 100 countries around the world. New Products And Protocols Charles Lombard, Managing Director of Apollo Fire Detectors, shares his views on the company’s strengths and its impact on the industry over the past 40 years. “We are extremely proud to be celebrating our 40th anniversary. It is a huge achievement and we are grateful to all our customers, partners, colleagues and suppliers, who are so integral to our business, and its past and future growth and success. Our quality, reliable products feature in some of the world's best-known buildings" “Over the years, Apollo has played a major role in the development of the industry: investing in R&D to innovate new products and protocols, working alongside industry bodies to enhance regulations and raise standards, providing training and technical resources, and creating a wide range of 'fit and forget' products that keep people safe from fire every day. Expert Advice, Technical Support “Our 40 years of experience mean that we can be relied upon for expert advice, technical support and innovative solutions. Our quality, reliable products feature in some of the world's best-known buildings including The Shard, Royal Albert Hall, Tower Bridge, Shanghai Harbour Passenger Terminal and the Statue of Liberty as well as many other office, retail, leisure, education, healthcare, industrial, marine and offshore locations. “Our UK office boasts our main manufacturing facilities as well as our unique in-house testing, research and product development facilities. We also have offices in China, Dubai, Germany, India and the USA, and a network of partners and distributors on five continents, with R&D facilities based across the world. Soteria Dimension A specialist version of the Soteria Dimension is also ideal for mental health and custodial environments" “We are constantly on top of new legislation, ensuring that we always have a compliant solution for our customers by testing over and above the standards in our in-house fire lab. Our latest example of this is our Soteria UL range designed to comply with the comprehensive UL 268 legislation for smoke detectors. “We will be celebrating our 40th anniversary with a series of events throughout the year including FIREX where we will be showcasing our latest innovation: Soteria Dimension. This flush-mounted detector is designed for high-end residential and commercial environments with high aesthetic requirements, and also for healthcare environments due to its flat, easy-to-clean surface. A specialist version of the Soteria Dimension is also ideal for mental health and custodial environments, where anti-ligature solutions are often required. Smart Building Technologies “Looking to the future, technology has had a huge impact on the development of the industry, and fire detectors will become even more sophisticated and intelligent going forward. We will continue to ensure our products are manufactured to the highest standards, embrace new technologies and evolve alongside other smart building technologies over the next 40 years and beyond.”