Fire Alarm – Control Panel

Client's Overview:

A UK based leading and established Fire Alarm solutions provider having wide customer base and significant market share in UK.

Challenges:

The existing fire panel product was unable to interface with addressable detectors. The UI was not intuitive and was handling limited number of detectors with no networking capability between the individual control panels.

Solution & Approach:

The need was to upgrade and enhance the functionality of the existing Fire Alarm Control Panel Solution. The upgradable hardware platform covering integrated hardware and firmware solution along with the enhanced functions and panel networking was designed and developed with an option to use loop cards, addressing the need for looping detectors that could be retrofitted and hot fixed. Ensured the product compliance for the stringent EN-54 standards, required for a seamless release in the UK market.

Added Farsi language support and included compatibility with PC-based software to configure the device with ease. Also amplified the performance through integration with the third-party building management software. 

Results

The upgraded Fire Alarm hardware platform provided feature rich control panel focusing enhanced interaction with the users along with display of critical information related to fire and smoke detection. Hence, the implementation of these upgrades on the product, resulted into –

  • Significant increase in the system’s capacity and the ability for detection
  • Help the client achieve market leadership owing to product’s rich features and modern intuitive UI facilitating increased convenience and safety of users

Outcome:

The new and improved product provided wide-reaching panel networking covering upto 200 control panels, with each panel being able to control 800 detectors.

  • Addressable Detectors Connectivity
  • Machine Connectivity
  • Networking Capability
  • Fault Prevention & Analysis
  • Computer interface though USB
  • Third party Software Integration
  • Control board – double sided PTH
  • Loop Cardboard – double sided PTH
  • Schematics, BOM, Layouts & Gerbers: PADS from Mentor Graphics
  • Code in C
  • IDE: Ashling
  • Graphics Screen Design – Easy GUI