Apollo Technology Protects EU President

Apollo fire detection technology has been chosen to protect Grassalkovich Castle in Gödöllő, Hungary, the central venue of the Hungarian rotation of the Presidency of the European Union. Hungary holds the EU Presidency from January to June 2011, and up to 250 events are scheduled to take place in the riding hall and stable wing of the recently renovated castle. The contract to equip the castle with world class fire detection was awarded to Elektrovill Ltd, who have represented Apollo in Hungary for 22 years.

Apollo Fire Detection Technology installed at Grassalkovich Castle

Apollo Fire Detection Technology installed at Grassalkovich Castle

The baroque castle, with its white and gold richly painted rooms, red marble bath, riding school and theatre, was built in the middle of the 18th century and is second only to Versailles in terms of its footprint. In the 19th century it was purchased by the Hungarian state and was given to the Emperor Franz Joseph as a coronation present, so it is also known as the Royal Palace of Gödöllő. During the Second World War the castle fell into a state of disrepair, until large-scale renovation works began to take place 15 years ago. During the last two years these activities have been geared towards making the venue suitable for hosting events relating to the Hungarian EU presidency.

Part of the renovation involved bringing the castle’s building services up to modern standards. Elektrovill won the contract to design, supply, install, commission and maintain the fire detection system. They recommended a system that is based around Apollo’s XP95 analogue addressable technology. Apollo’s open protocol and extensive XP95 range allows freedom of choice for the fire system specifier, installer and end user. All XP95 detectors are fitted with Apollo’s XPert card, which ensures that the detector address remains assigned to one location and will not need reprogramming if the detector head is removed for servicing, maintenance or replacement.

Around 70 XP95 smoke and heat detectors were arranged in three zones. Apollo interfacing devices, such as Input/Output units and Switch Monitor units, were used to enable the Apollo fire detection system to link with other critical equipment including aspirating detectors. The fire detection system meets OTSZ standards, Hungary’s national fire safety regulations, which are in accordance with EN54.

Ákos Kürti, Managing Director of Elektrovill Ltd, said: “Apollo technology was chosen to protect this venue because of its reliability. When you are protecting a venue as historically important as this one, that will be home to many high-powered European officials for several months, it is important that your fire detection can be trusted.”

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Apollo Fire Detectors Technology Protects Australian Army Barracks

Apollo fire detection technology has been chosen to protect a major Australian Army base; Blacktown 200 Man Camp at Robertson Barracks near Darwin, Australia. The contract for the fire detection was awarded to Ampac Technologies Ltd.

Blacktown 200 Man Camp forms part of Robertson Barracks in Australia’s Northern Territory. Built in 1995, the Barracks are home to the 1st Brigade and the 1st Aviation Regiment. The 1st Brigade is the Australian army’s light armoured brigade, consisting of more than 3400 civilian and military personnel, and its soldiers are at the forefront of Australia’s commitments around the world. The 1st Aviation Regiment is a unit of mixed-wing aircraft and helicopters, including the $31 million Tiger Armed Reconnaissance Helicopter, which can use the helicopter airfield at the Robertson Barracks.

Apollo Fire Detectors protects Australian Army Barracks

Apollo Fire Detectors protects Australian Army Barracks

The barracks includes 100 accommodation blocks. The 5000m2 Blacktown camp required a fire detection system that could reliably protect personnel occupying its large number of accommodation rooms, amenities and common rooms. As the camp includes sleeping accommodation, it was important to minimise false alarms.

Ampac supplied a fire detection system based around its FireFinder 10 loop panel, incorporating 270 Apollo XP95 smoke and heat detectors and 220 integrated sounders. The fire system is configured into zones made up of eight or 16 rooms. In the event of an emergency, each zone and will sound individually and not cascade, whilst the amenities and common rooms are also zoned and sound individually.

The client required that each room was fitted with an Alarm Acknowledgement Module (AAF). In the event of a non-fire alert, the occupant has 30 seconds to press the AAF, providing a further 90 seconds to clear the source of alarm. If the source clears within this period the alarm will reset. If it is not cleared, the alarm will continue and the building is evacuated.

Apollo technology was chosen as it has the flexibility to meet the customer’s requirements. XP95 addressable devices make for easy identification of alarms and any faults, allowing a safety officer or technician to gain access to the specific area quickly and without confusion. Cost benefits can also be achieved, as the addressable sounders and AAFs save money on additional devices, cabling and installation labour.

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Apollo Protects Strawberry Hill’s Gothic Revival

Strawberry Hill, a historic house internationally recognised as Britain’s finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture, is being protected with thoroughly modern fire detection based on Apollo technology. The contract to supply and commission the fire detection system was awarded to Apollo’s long-term customer, Technical Alarm Systems Limited of Southampton, as part of the first phase of a £9 million restoration project.

Strawberry Hill Historic House Protected by Apollo Fire Detectors

Strawberry Hill Historic House Protected by Apollo Fire Detectors

Photo by Richard Spires, Friends of Strawberry Hill.

Strawberry Hill was created by Horace Walpole, the son of Britain’s first Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole, from an original building dating back to 1698 and quickly became internationally famous. Walpole called his Gothic castle a ‘plaything house’, with his designs based on the architecture of the great gothic cathedrals and abbeys of the era. The fireplaces, windows, doors and ceilings of its 25 rooms are based upon the medieval tombs of saints and kings. During his tenure, the house became home to a vast collection of art, antiquities and curiosities that reflected Walpole’s social position and aspirations as an innovator of style.

The contents were sold off in 1842 and the house gradually fell into a state of disrepair; so much so that the World Monuments Fund included it among the 100 most endangered heritage sites of the world. In response the Strawberry Hill Trust was formed and, with restoration grants from both English Heritage and the Heritage Lottery Fund, they initiated its repair. The Grade I listed building reopened to the public in October 2010 after a two year restoration process.

Like any other public access building, Strawberry Hill needed a modern fire detection system to protect its fabric and contents, its visitors and staff. The fire system was designed by M&E consultants Martin Thomas Associates Limited and installed by contractor Multiserve. Technical Alarm Systems won the contract to supply and commission the fire system in competitive tender.

Apollo’s analogue addressable XP95 range was specified to meet the main fire protection requirements, with aspirating fire detectors used in some rooms to preserve the historic décor. XP95 isolating sounder bases were used to minimise the number of devices required and to provide staff and visitors  with adequate warning in the event of an emergency. The fire system is configured around an Advanced Electronics MX4404 control panel and interfaces with other critical equipment.

The house became a tourist attraction during Walpole’s life-time, with many people trying for one of the four visitor tickets that Walpole allowed per day. Strawberry Hill is just as popular today, with public interest being so high that it was fully booked for the first couple of months after its reopening.

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Professional Quality Fire Detectors for 12V Security Systems from Apollo

The 12V Relay Base from Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. allows the company’s Series 65 range of commercial-standard smoke and heat detectors to be easily incorporated into 12V home security installations.

New 12V Relay Base for non-latching home security systems from Apollo Fire Detectors

New 12V Relay Base for non-latching home security systems from Apollo Fire Detectors

The base uses a single volt-free changeover contact, and can operate over a range of 9V – 15V DC, making it ideal for use in 12V applications such as non-latching security systems. In order to operate, the base requires a Series 65 detector. Options from this range include the Optical and Ionisation smoke detectors, and various Heat detectors.

A jumper on the base’s PCB can be set to ‘latching’ for fire systems, and ‘non-latching’ for security systems. In latching mode, an alarm state will continue until it is manually reset, whereas in the non-latching mode it will automatically reset both the base and the detector in order to integrate with a security system. As with all Series 65 bases, a ‘one way only’ fit system is in place which makes it both easy and safe to correctly fit the detector to the base.

Apollo is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of conventional and analogue smoke and heat detectors. Popular throughout the world, the company’s products are used in over 100 countries in various commercial and industrial applications. The Series 65 12V Relay Base now brings the high quality and refined design that the company’s products are known for in the commercial sector to the home security market.

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Apollo Launches Auto-Aligning Beam Detector with Laser Alignment

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of the conventional Auto-Aligning Beam Detector with Laser Alignment to their extensive range of fire detection products. With a range of 8m to 100m, it has been specifically designed to be easy to install and maintain, and excels in detecting smoke in large, open areas such as warehouses, hangars, theatres, churches and sports centres.

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. launches new auto-aligning beam detectors with laser alignment

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. launches new auto-aligning beam detectors with laser alignment

During installation, a visible laser is used for initial alignment of the beam. An automatic, motorised auto-alignment feature then makes sure that the beam remains on target, counteracting the effects of building movement. Automatic optimisation technology also compensates for dust buildup on the lens, ensuring false alarms are avoided and the system continues to work effectively over time. Up to four detectors can operate from one single low-level controller, minimising installation costs and allowing full control of the detector heads without the need for expensive lifting gear.

The product has worldwide approvals including EN54:12 and can be loop powered using a Switch Monitor or Mini Switch Monitor, enabling it to be easily added on as an extension to existing Apollo analogue addressable systems.

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New Olympic-Standard Sports Park Is Protected By Apollo

Surrey Sports Park, a new £36 million sports facility built to international standards, has been equipped with an Apollo-based fire detection system. Designed by internationally renowned architects Faulkner Browns, Surrey Sports Park has already been selected as a training venue for the Paralympic and Olympic Games and is part of the University of Surrey. 

Apollo Fire Detectors Protect Surrey Sports Park

Apollo Fire Detectors Protect Surrey Sports Park

Fire Bright Solutions Limited, based in Cheshire, won the contract to supply and install the BAFE certified fire detection system for Surrey Sports Park. The high specification, multi-purpose sports venue presented a complex set of challenges from a fire safety perspective; demanding the expertise of the Fire Bright team to fulfil the strict BAFE design requirements. 

Surrey Sports Park contains both wet and dry sports facilities, including a 50m swimming pool, a health and fitness centre for cardio and weight training and three multi-purpose sports halls. In addition, there are six international standard, glass-backed squash courts (including two show courts with seating for 160 spectators), an indoor climbing centre and exercise studios.

As well as the main sports facilities, Surrey Sports Park offers consultation and treatment rooms, team meeting rooms and dedicated changing facilities for the wet and dry indoor sports, as well as changing facilities for outdoor sports which include football, rugby, cricket, tennis and hockey. With regard to post-exercise facilities, Surrey Sports Park is the first sports centre to incorporate a Starbucks Café and also has the Bench Bar, which serves meals and can be hired out for private functions.

Fire detection requirements
Given the complex nature of the new sports complex, the client required a fire detection system that was reliable in a diverse range of environmental conditions. Surrey Sports Park also has ambitions to become a leading centre for disability sport in the UK, so meeting the requirements of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was a critical part of the brief.

In addition, the construction programme was run to very tight deadlines. Fire Bright Solutions therefore had to work closely with other contractors on the site to co-ordinate access and working times so that the project could be completed on time and to budget.

Fire solution
Fire Bright Solutions recommended a fire detection system based on Apollo analogue addressable technology and designed around a Morley ZXe four-loop control panel. A combination of XP95 optical and heat detectors was specified to meet the main fire protection requirements, with Apollo Discovery multisensors being used in the changing room areas to reduce false alarm incidents caused by transient levels of steam from the showers.

Angela Atkin, System Designer for Fire Bright Solutions, said:
“Apollo’s analogue addressable technology gave us the product choice and flexibility to meet the client’s requirements on this demanding project. Its open protocol also enabled us to select specialist products like self-aligning beam detectors and carbon monoxide detectors where necessary to meet localised conditions, such as high open spaces and confined spaces like the beer cellars.”

The audio visual alarm requirements for Surrey Sports Park were met using a mixture of Apollo integrated base sounders and integrated sounder beacons, so that detection and warning functions could be combined at a single point, with wall-mounted sounder and beacon equivalents used where necessary.

Apollo interfaces were used to enable the fire detection system to link with other essential plant and equipment as part of the cause and effect strategy for the complex.

Evacuation procedures
A phased evacuation was agreed upon through a series of strategy meetings between Fire Bright, the client, the building control officer, architect, main contractor and local fire officers. The evacuation sequence has two phases: one for the wet area (which is defined as the swimming pool and its associated changing rooms and plant rooms) and one for the dry area (the rest of the complex).

The dry area evacuation sequence follows two stages. If a single fire detector is activated, a pre-alarm stage activates a buzzer and visual indicator on the control panel and a pulse sounder in reception. There is an option for other staff areas to receive the pulse sounder indication as well, should this be deemed desirable in future. The pre-alarm will also send a signal to security via the building management system, as well as releasing magnetic door holders and the door access system.

If the system is not reset within five minutes, or should a second fire detector or a single manual call point be activated in the dry area, the fire system will proceed to raise a full alert by activating all sounders and beacons continuously. Sounders in the wet area will be pulsed as a stand-by signal and shut-down sequences for critical plant and equipment will also be initiated.

The wet area evacuation follows the same pattern, with sounders in the dry area being pulsed as a stand-by signal if there is a full alert in the wet area.

Surrey Sports Park opened on 19th April 2010 and is already attracting first class sports interest. It is now the official training ground for the Harlequins rugby team and has been designated as the London and South East Centre for Squash and Racketball.

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Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. Boosts Commitment To International Markets

Apollo Fire Detectors, the world-leading manufacturer of commercial and industrial fire detection solutions, has further demonstrated its commitment to international markets with two key appointments.

Simon Flavell has been promoted to a new position as Business Development Manager for the company’s Marine and Offshore product portfolio. Simon was previously Technical Sales Supervisor and has been instrumental in establishing Apollo’s presence in the marine and offshore market.

Simon Flavell and Keith Bowler of Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Simon Flavell and Keith Bowler of Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Keith Bowler has joined Apollo as International Sales Manager – North and South America and will be based in Phoenix, Arizona. He takes full responsibility for sales activity within North, Central and South America and will spearhead further growth in the territory, which is one of the world’s largest fire detection markets.

Commenting on the appointments, Gary Craig, Apollo’s Sales Director, said: “These key appointments are a clear demonstration that Apollo is committed to growing its reputation and influence, both at an international level and in specialised areas like the marine and offshore markets. Keith and Simon bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to their respective roles and we are confident that they will make a major contribution to the company’s continued growth.”

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Apollo Launches New Range of Base-Mounted Flame Detectors

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. is bringing a range of eight new base-mounted flame detectors to the market, combining high performance with a compact design into a unit suitable for most land-based and marine applications.

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. has launched a new range of base-mounted flame detectors that combine high performance and a compact design into a unit suitable for most land and marine based applications.

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. has launched a new range of base-mounted flame detectors that combine high performance and a compact design into a unit suitable for most land and marine based applications.

The devices’ Class 1 performance allows them to quickly detect 0.1m2 flames at a distance of 25m (EN54-10), and they can rapidly detect all types of flames – including those from a hydrogen source, which are invisible to the both the naked eye and some alternative flame detection systems.

The devices are available in intelligent and conventional versions which fit into Apollo’s popular Discovery, XP95 or Series 65 bases, and are suitable for use in both marine and land-based fire safety systems. A choice of detection methods is available to suit the application, with single UV, UV/IR2 combined, and IR3 variants on offer. Single UV distinguishes between flames and most other sources of radiation, which the combined UV/IR2 also does in addition to filtering out most sources of false alarms such as arc welding and flickering sunlight. The IR3 is typically unaffected by dust, dirt and other sources of false alarms, as the detector can still operate effectively even with the lens partially obscured.

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. has launched a new range of base-mounted flame detectors that combine high performance and a compact design into a unit suitable for most land and marine based applications.

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd. has launched a new range of base-mounted flame detectors that combine high performance and a compact design into a unit suitable for most land and marine based applications.

Installation is made quick and easy with a special bracket and integral Deckhead Mounting Box, and full compatibility with the Discovery and XP95 protocols ensures that this range of high-quality flame detectors is suitable for almost any situation where flame detection is important – such as: aircraft hangars, recycling centres, manufacturing and chemical production plants, ships’ engine rooms, fuel handling areas and power generation facilities.

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Apollo Makes A Splash At New Indoor Waterpark, Bahrain

The combination of lots of water and a constant temperature of 30ºC might be the perfect recipe for rest and relaxation, but even in these ideal surroundings Apollo is hard at work. Its fire detectors are busy protecting visitors and staff at the the Wahooo! Waterpark in Bahrain – the Middle East’s first ever indoor-outdoor waterpark.

The contract to supply and install the fire detection system was awarded to Khayber Trading, who have represented Apollo Fire Detectors in the kingdom for many years. In addition to the fire detection system, Khayber also supplied a drowning alarm system to alert staff to any potential safety incidents.

Apollo Fire Detectors protects Wahoo! Water Park in Bahrain

Apollo Fire Detectors protects Wahoo! Water Park in Bahrain

Wahooo! in detail
Covering an area of 15,000 square metres, Wahooo! includes a whole new world of thrilling rides called Master Blaster, Sidewinder and Matt Racer and attractions such as a Multi Level Rain Fortress, wave pool, toddler pool and the Lazy River. It also contains Flowrider, the world’s first full-size surfing machine within an indoor waterpark.

In addition, Wahooo! offers first class amenities such as a restaurant, large party rooms and Wave Pro – the retail outlet selling swimming apparel and souvenir merchandise. With 70% of the pool deck area planned indoors and 30% outdoors, the waterpark is well-equipped to welcome guests all year round with its temperature controlled pools. In the centre of the complex is a pristine white, moored schooner offering panoramic views of the waterpark.
 
Fire and safety

The fire detection requirements were therefore quite varied. In addition to a variety of local environments, ranging from commercial kitchens to large open areas, the fire system had to take into account the range of people in the waterpark at any one time. As Wahooo! is aimed at the entire family, visitors could include the very young and the elderly.

Khayber Trading recommended a fire system based on Apollo’s XP95 analogue addressable range. Arranged over four loops and controlled using an Advanced Electronics control panel, the fire system includes three hundred multisensors and heat detectors. Almost one hundred ancillary devices, including manual callpoints and open area sounder beacons, are also installed throughout the complex.

An alert is raised if any two or more detectors go into alarm, or a manual callpoint is operated. This pre-alarm will also activate the sounder beacons on the relevant floor.

The drowning alarm system comprises 14 separate posts equipped with an addressable manual push button, sounder and amber beacon. It is controlled by three networked control panels. Operation of a local push button activates the local sounder and beacon and the location is shown on the three control panels so that lifeguards can proceed to the correct part of the site immediately.

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New Technical Director For Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Apollo Fire Detectors Limited, the world-leading manufacturer of fire detectors for industrial and commercial applications, has appointed Stephan Sommer as its new Technical Director. Stephan joins the company from Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (BSH), where he was R&D Director for processing technologies.

Stephan Sommer is appointed as new Technical Director for Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Stephan Sommer is appointed as new Technical Director for Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd.

Stephan intends to bring his previous experience of international markets – notably in Germany, the US and China – as well as extensive technical expertise to the role of Technical Director. His stated aim is to make Apollo more efficient and responsive than ever.

Commenting on his new role, Stephan said:
“Although Apollo is a global market leader in fire detection, it needs to continue to respond swiftly to market influences. I want to build on the company’s current success by developing much more interaction between the Technical team and other parts of Apollo’s business, including Marketing and Quality. Greater integration and more opportunities to develop and exchange ideas will help to drive product innovation in the future and keep Apollo ahead of the competition.”

Stephan has relocated from Germany to the UK with his wife and daughter and now lives on the Isle of Wight.

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