The Hampton Inn & Suites in Moline, Illinois is known for its cleanliness and comfort. Conveniently located near the Quad City International Airport, this newly constructed hotel boasts of 98 guest rooms, a fitness center, indoor pool, business center, and a breakfast area among its other services. With the help of Heartland Fire and Fike Alarm Systems, this Hampton Inn can add safety to its long list of amenities. Due to local fire codes, and the facility’s large number of rooms and common gathering areas, this hotel needed notification devices, long wire runs, and remote power supplies that could be monitored and controlled by a completely addressable fire control panel. CyberCat 1016 fire alarm system The CyberCat fire alarm panel is a digital, peer-to-peer, bi-directional communication systemHeartland Fire and Security, a Fike Alarm Systems distributor, won the project with a unique offering, which included the fastest intelligent fire alarm system available, Fike’s CyberCat 1016. The CyberCat fire alarm panel is a digital, peer-to-peer, bi-directional communication system, revolutionary in its speed, intelligence and flexibility. Victor Obertance of Heartland Fire and Security said, “With a lot of competition, this was a tough sell. We know we have a high-quality product, and the architects liked what they saw in CyberCat. The ability to easily program the CyberCat to relay information and/or perform process management tasks pushed this panel, and Fike, to the forefront.” For example, after initial construction of the Hampton Inn was completed, executives from the company did a walkthrough of the facility, deciding at that time to include door holders on all the fire doors. Because of CyberCat’s flexibility, addressable relays were easily added to control the door holders. Improving safety levels for occupants These sounder bases allow for specific room/occupant event notification, eliminating the need to evacuate entire floorsThe Cybercat also features unique sounder bases. These sounder bases allow for specific room/occupant event notification, eliminating the need to evacuate entire floors when not necessary. This is an important benefit for hotels, and other multi-occupant dwellings that wish to improve safety levels while preserving the highest quality experience for their patrons. Kevin Montgomery, Senior Product Specialist with Fike, said, “Scenarios like this are what CyberCat was made for! The ability to program the panel to fit individual needs, while not losing any functionality or speed, elevates CyberCat to a classification all of its own.” Fike has long been known for being a leader in service, support and delivery in the fire protection industry … with easy, convenient access to trained, knowledgeable Fike fire protection representatives. Combine that with the most advanced fire alarm technologies competitively priced to meet all your application needs, and you have the total solution for all your fire alarm and fire protection needs.
Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, VA, is committed to providing quality education within a Christian environment. They are proud to represent more than 15,000 students from all fifty states and over seventy countries around the world. Their campus spans across 5,000 acres making it the largest evangelical higher educational facility in the United States. Because of the size of the property, the campus employs their own emergency response team, responsible for monitoring over 80 buildings for fires, crime and the overall safety of students and staff. Fire Alarm System Liberty University contacted Greer’s Supply, a local Fike distributor, for a consultation Due to the number of buildings on the property, Liberty’s emergency response team wanted the ability to supervise all of their fire alarm systems simultaneously. However, none of the previous systems were networked and there was no way to manage them at one time or from one location. Liberty University officials decided to re-evaluate their current systems hoping to find one fire alarm system that could protect the entire campus and be monitored from a single location. When Liberty University evaluated the Fike Cybercat® panels, they were impressed by the user-friendly ability to install new devices to the system, and to do all programming in-house. Liberty University contacted Greer’s Supply, a local Fike distributor, for a consultation. To all parties knowledge, there was no prior history of protecting a campus of this magnitude with the requirements that Liberty University requested. Building Communication Greer’s Supply worked closely with a team of Fike engineers to find a solution. “The challenge was that the campus had no interconnecting copper or fiber communication lines that would help provide a backbone for a networked fire alarm system,” said Kevin Montgomery, Product Manager for Fike Alarm Systems. Using Fike’s Ethernet Module, the control panels are able to communicate via the internet “The university also utilized voice over IP for phone service. This created additional challenges for using digital alarm communication transmitters (DACTs) in the fire alarm panel for off-premises or out of building communication and monitoring.” After some investigative research and testing, Greer’s Supply presented a solution to the university. Using Fike’s Ethernet Module, the control panels are able to communicate via the internet, linking over 80 buildings to one central location. Eliminating Polling Delays Additionally, Fike’s CyberCat fire alarm system is designed to eliminate polling delays and nuisance alarms around the campus. The system delivers information simultaneously from the intelligent sensors to the alarm panel and other devices within the system without any dedicated phone lines or the need for fiber or copper to be networked. “The Fike CyberCat system has met our needs giving us a reliable system that allows us to network the buildings together,” said Michael Holmes, Liberty University Fire Alarms official. “Our police department can easily monitor the campus for fire alarms allowing our emergency response team to react quickly during an emergency situation.”