Apollo Orbis conventional smoke and heat detectors have been installed at The Panthea Village, a resort with over 190 guest suites based in one of Cyprus’ busiest tourist hubs, Ayia Napa. The fire detection system has been supplied, installed and commissioned by Dragon Advanced Technology Systems, who will also maintain the system.
The resort is designed around a main building that houses the reception and amenities, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias, and sports and conference facilities. Guest accommodation is arranged in 30 two-storey blocks, each of which contains four suites.
Andreas Charalambous, Managing Director of Dragon Advanced Technology, comments: “Our client approached us to replace the existing fire alarm system with a new one using the same configuration. They specified that Apollo fire detectors should be used since the resort’s parent company had used them on other sites and had found them to be very reliable.
“We are very proud of our professional reputation, quality of work and customer service at Dragon and we know that Apollo works on the same principles. Having been pleased with the high standard of Apollo products in the past, we were in full agreement with the client’s specification.”
Dragon Advanced Technology recommended Orbis, Apollo’s new generation of conventional fire detectors, for use at The Panthea Village. The Orbis range incorporates some features more commonly associated with intelligent detection systems and has been devised specifically to provide high quality detection in small to medium sized installations.
With modern styling and the latest mechanical and electronic developments, the Orbis range is designed to speed installation, enhance reliability and reduce the incidence of false alarms. Features include DustDefy®, which uses advanced mechanical design to keep out dust while ensuring entry of smoke, new optics in both the optical and multisensor smoke detectors, algorithms for the rejection of transient phenomena and automatic drift compensation.
False alarm reduction is a particularly important consideration at holiday resorts, where evacuating large numbers of people who are unfamiliar with their surroundings can be extremely stressful and repetitive nuisance alarms can spoil an otherwise enjoyable stay. This, in turn, could adversely affect business: holidaymakers won’t return to a place where they have had a bad experience and they certainly won’t recommend it to others, which damages a resort’s reputation more widely.
The kitchenettes in the guest suites at The Panthea Village were identified as the most likely source of false alarms due to steam and smoke generated during food and drink preparation. Smoke detectors are inappropriate for such areas as they can be affected by transient high levels of vapour particles. Dragon Advanced Technology therefore protected these areas with Orbis rate-of-rise heat detectors, which change into alarm if the rate of increase in temperature exceeds a pre-set level. The rate-of-rise detector also responds at a fixed temperature if the rate of rise is too slow to trigger an alarm.
In total, 660 Orbis devices were installed to protect the buildings. The fire protection is arranged around a 32-zone master panel situated in the main building, while each of the 30 accommodation blocks has a two-zone control panel installed. Each control panel operates individually to sound the alarm locally at the villa block concerned. The fire signal is also transmitted to the master panel in the hotel’s reception where it triggers an internal buzzer so that members of staff are alerted and one of them can investigate the incident. In the event of a real fire, the hotel would be evacuated on a one-out all-out basis.