Complete hospital security installation

August 2012 Fire & Safety

The new Cascais hospital, located just outside Lisbon, Portugal, is being built to replace the town’s older facilities. The rebuild will enable the hospital to improve the delivery of medical support services to a resident population estimated at nearly 200 000 inhabitants.

The hospital occupies a surface of over 45 000-square-metres, has six operating rooms, 10 delivery rooms and a total of 272 beds. Annually, over 235 000 appointments are made, of which 10 800 result in surgeries.

When the Cascais hospital was built, a team of consultants was put together, to ensure that the hospital complied with the latest security regulations and that its security systems were future proof. The hospital required access control, intrusion detection, video surveillance and fire detection systems.

The Portuguese UTC Fire & Security sales team worked in close cooperation with the specifiers of the rebuild to design a suitable security system. After several meetings regarding product specifications, drawings and catalogues, the specifiers were convinced that the quality of UTC Fire & Security’s equipment could certainly meet all requirements. After a two year process, the installation could begin.

UTCFS’s solution

The system provided by UTC Fire & Security’s local installer consists of fire detection, video surveillance and integrated access control and intrusion detection capability. The fire system is operated by the FP2000 control panel, operating close to 1900 optical detectors, 22 thermal detectors, 50 optical-thermal detectors, 120 call points, 40 sirens and 570 fire indicators.

Video surveillance is supported by over 150 high resolution dome cameras and an additional 43 brick cameras, all linked to 17 digital video recorders. Access control and intrusion detection is provided through an integrated ATS control panel package, covering over 30 access points and several carefully placed intrusion detectors.

The total system is managed by the Alliance software interface, which provides the hospital’s security management with a fully integrated management package.

For more information contact UTC Fire & Security, +27 (0)11 579 7300,,


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