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GENT BY HONEYWELL - The Wallace Collection To Install New Gent by Honeywell Plexus System

The prestigious national art museum, The Wallace Collection, will be one of the first buildings to install the Gent by Honeywell new hybrid radio fire alarm system. The leading fire detection and alarm specialist will supply its new Plexus system as part of the museum’s ongoing refurbishment programme.

Kent based fire specialist D Tecta Fire - part of the Gent 24 approved network - will supply, install and commission the Plexus system for this four storey historic building. The solution put forward by D Tecta Fire includes a hard wired Gent Vigilon analogue systemin none public areas, linked to loop powered radio transceivers supporting wireless devices in public areas. The flexible solution allows for the least disruptive installation of a replacement fire system in the fully operational building.

Managing Director of D Tecta Fire, Greg Godden, said: “It was important that we chose the right system as The Wallace Collection is a national treasure and houses one of the world’s greatest collections of French eighteenth century art. Integrated systems such as Plexus are ideal for projects like this because they are flexible and do not interfere with the aesthetics of the building.”

The site’s radio signal strength is limited due to the nature of the building which is why the technology of the Plexus system lends itself perfectly to this project. The unique design of Plexus enables each wireless device to act as a transceiver and create the opportunity for multiple transmission paths with other nearby devices. Therefore, the longest radio linkis never more than one device away which forms a network built up of varying lines of communication. This reduces the risk of loss of device communication due to radio dead spots in the building.

Moreover, Plexus has a single common panel as the point of control for hard wired and wireless devices which enhances operational control and management of the fire alarm system. Sensing technology developed for the Gent S-Quad sensor range means that once the system is installed, it will minimise unwanted false alarms - an essential element for a public building.

Gary Elson, London and South East Business Manager of Gent by Honeywell said: “We were delighted to offer our support to D Tecta Fire for the engineering of the fire system at The Wallace Collection. Everything in the museum is priceless and the building reflects the grandeur of the paintings it contains. The new Plexus system will provide them with a complete solution.”

Plexus will be installed in The Wallace Collection early next year and the installations will be phased with the hardwired core element being installed first. A successful radio survey was carried out using the Plexus equipment within the exhibition areas in the museum prior to the planned installation.

Plexus is EN54 part 24 standard and is approved and is BS5839 complaint.

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