Advanced Consolidates Transportation Credentials by Joining Rail Industry Fire Association

Global fire systems business Advanced has recently become a member of the Rail Industry Fire Association (RIFA), reinforcing the company’s credentials in the transport industry.

Kings Cross Station in London, where Advanced fire systems are installed

“We have a long track record in the railway and urban transport industry,” comments Advanced’s Marketing and Communications Manager Aston Bowles. “Our EN54 and UL864 fire alarm panels and systems are installed in some of the UK’s and the world’s leading facilities, including Waterloo and Kings Cross stations in London, the Crossrail development, many stations across the London Underground, the Istanbul Metro, the Tyne & Wear Metro and many more.

“Joining RIFA is a natural step for Advanced and helps us consolidate our position in an industry with extremely rigorous fire safety standards. It will also allow us to learn more about a fast-growing and rapidly evolving sector,” added Aston.

Advanced is constantly developing new products to meet the needs of the transport and wider fire protection industry. The company’s recently-launched TouchControl touchscreen fire system repeater and remote control terminal is a 10” HD touchscreen with dynamic graphics and zone plans called Active Maps. Active Maps allow any image from a technical drawing, zone plan, photograph or even a Google map image to be used to display fire info. Multiple views allow users to interrogate the status of zones in a site from different angles or scales, while Map App software makes it simple and easy to add map images and associate them with a zone.

For more details please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit www.advancedco.com.

About RIFA
RIFA is a global association established to share information, experience and best practice in the management of fire safety throughout the railway industry. Fire prevention within railways involves special consideration that requires understanding of the operational railway and its users. Whether it’s a heavy haul goods operation, high speed rail, metro or light rail, there are impacts from fire that have to be considered. RIFA is an independent and authoritative source of fire safety information for rail industry best practice.

About Advanced
Advanced is a world leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent fire systems. The legendary performance, quality and ease-of-use of its products sees them used in prestigious and challenging locations all over the world, from single panel installations to large multi-site networks. Advanced products include complete fire detection systems, multi-protocol fire panels, extinguishing control and fire paging systems. Advanced is a Halma company.

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New PixelSensor with Electronics Board for OEM clients from PIXELTEQ Unveiled at SPIE Optics and Photonics

PIXELTEQ displayed its PixelSensor spectral sensor with new OEM electronics board at SPIE Optics + Photonics exhibition, booth 641. The show took place from August 11-13 at the San Diego Convention Center (California, USA).

PixelSensor, now partnered with a new OEM electronics board, is designed for easy integration into customers’ analytical equipment and provides a smaller footprint (45.72mm x 21.34mm) and faster time-to-market. This offers a cost-effective alternative to traditional sensor technology. The parallel channel design results in no moving parts and faster measurements than discrete optic designs and spectrometers.
PixelSensor provides spectral sensing in an integrated package design that includes up to eight photodiodes with optical filters. The number of channels, package type and filter characteristics may all be customized to fit customers’ specific application needs. PixelSensor with new OEM electronics board is ideally suited for in vitro diagnostic instruments, biochemical assays, imaging and colorimetry applications.
To learn more about the solutions offered by Pixelteq, please contact Marco Snikkers on marco.snikkers@pixelteq.com or visit www.pixelteq.com

About Pixelteq:
PIXELTEQ provides micro-patterned spectral filters, sensors, and cameras – helping users shrink multi-wavelength devices into a single package, enable new optical features, and deliver application-specific sensors and cameras. Leveraging comprehensive know-how in thin film coating, micro-patterning and electro-optical integration, PIXELTEQ’s specialists collaborate with client teams to provide expert design assistance and custom-engineered solutions from rapid prototyping through high-volume OEM production.

PIXELTEQ is a subsidiary of Halma plc., an international market leader in safety, health and environmental technology.

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Advanced Sets the Standard with Touchscreen Fire System – ‘TouchControl’

Global fire systems business Advanced has launched TouchControl, its new touchscreen fire system repeater and remote control terminal which features Active Maps and zone plans.

TouchControl uses its 10” HD touchscreen to deliver all the panel and network control and monitoring features you’d expect from Advanced, plus dynamic graphics and zone plans called Active Maps.

Active Maps allow any image from a technical drawing, a zone plan, photograph, even a google map image to be used to display fire info, with multiple views available allowing users to interrogate the status of zones in a site from different angles or scales. Advanced’s Map App software makes it simple and easy to add map images and associate them with a zone.

When not used in Active Map view, it features a unique, colour-coded interface that clearly displays device, zone and network information, using the large 10” HD touchscreen to facilitate easy control and interrogation. Users can immediately identify zones and devices in fire, fault, disablement, test or normal operation via colour-coded status buttons.

TouchControl is a network node in its own right, working in standard or fault tolerant modes. Designed to be recessed and flush fitting, its low profile design will enhance any architectural environment and can be used in areas from receptions to nurses’ stations where network control, aesthetics or simply communicated detailed information are required. The background image can be easily changed to show any image from site plans to logos or products. A surface mount option is also available.

Another feature for its use in public areas is the ability for users to add presentations, company introductions, visitor boards or safety information to run when the fire screen is not reporting fire system information. As soon as the screen is touched or a fire condition arises, it reverts back to fire operations.

John Newton, Advanced’s Products Manager said: “Advanced customers do not expect us to follow the herd, but deliver something innovative and more useful. TouchControl is absolutely unique and we think the right way to add touch technology to fire systems. We don’t compromise the touchscreen by reducing its size to fit in a panel and we don’t add cost to a panel that may be out of view. Instead we’ve developed a high quality touchscreen unit that has all the benefits a touchscreen can deliver plus more, such as Active Maps. We have invested significant time ensuring it is easy to install and configure, especially when it comes to adding maps and demand is already high.”

TouchControl operates with Advanced’s three levels of user control, accessed via passcode. Depending on the level of access users can: Evacuate/Mute/Silence/Resound & Reset; View fires/faults/disablements/alarms/inputs/outputs/supervisory and network via ‘instant filters’; View/enable/disable zones and devices; Enable/disable outputs by type; Enable Walk Test mode; Test display/zones/outputs/buzzer and LEDs; Quickly access all zones in fire/fault/disablement/test via ‘instant filters’ and where allowed change status; View 1,000 general and 500 Fire event log and set the network time and date.

TouchControl is compatible with Advanced’s MxPro 4 and 5 panels and Axis EN and Axis AU Fire Systems, with more to follow. Visit http://touchcontrol.advancedco.com for more information, ordering info or to book a demo.

For more details please contact Reji Mathew, India Business Manager, M: +91 98802 80326, E-mail: rmathew@advancedco.com and also visit www.advancedco.com.

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