|The use of Fike’s fire detection technology has resulted in significant cost savings for the project|
Fike Safety Technology Ltd, the UK-based manufacturer of intelligent fire detection solutions, has supplied its popular Quadnet analogue addressable system for a large residential building complex in India. The Wembley Estate in the Gurgaon District of Haryana has 8 tower blocks with 13 floors in each. The use of Fike’s fire detection technology has resulted in significant cost savings for the project, whilst providing superior fire protection capability.
The initial tender specification required the installation of 575 conventional detectors, 600 manual call points, 120 sounders and 8 conventional panels, one for each tower, and one repeater panel for the security control room. The total cabling requirement was in excess of 50,000 m. Spectrum Safety Solutions Pvt. Limited, one of FST’s approved partners in the region, proposed a different solution using a single Quadnet panel and Fike’s unique multi-criteria addressable detector.
“It was the use of Fike’s addressable detector that enabled us to completely re-design the solution and offer the client significant cost savings and the advantages of analogue addressable detection compared to the specified conventional system,” said Mr Vijay Arora, Spectrum Safety Solutions’ General Sales Manager. “The Fike multi-criteria detector offers multiple modes of operation combining smoke and rate of rise heat detection, with a built-in input module, fault isolator and optional integral sounder. This allows the detectors to be matched to the environments in which they are installed and reduces the amount of cable required as no separate sounder circuit is needed.”
The final installation consisted of 5 conventional manual call points on each floor being wired to an input module in an addressable detector. A single 4-loop Quadnet panel communicated with all 575 addressable detectors in all 8 towers. No additional sounders were required to be installed, as the built-in sounders in the detectors were used where required. The single Quadnet panel replaced the originally specified 8 conventional panels, thereby reducing the proposed 8 manned stations, one in each tower, to one for the whole complex. The total cable installed was less than 15,000 m, another significant saving compared to the original 50,000 m specified in the tender.
“The project was so successful that the client has since used Fike solutions in many other of their projects in India,” added Vijay Arora. “Spectrum Safety Solutions has also embraced the flexibility of the FST fire detection technology and has installed nearly 130 systems throughout the country - it provides unique features that are not available from other systems in India. We have also recently attained approved status for the Fike equipment with the Indian Government’s Central Public Works Department.”