ADT establishes Fire Systems Division

June 2003 Fire & Safety

ADT has established a Fire Systems Division to complement its armed response and guarding services and to meet a need for worldclass fire services in South Africa.

The new division, which started operating in March, draws from the company's international link to Tyco Fire & Security, which has extensive international experience in this field, to offer South African clients the latest in fire protection.

Says Danna Strydom, managing director of ADT (South Africa), "South African consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the risk from fire and this fire risk can be managed through well-designed and installed systems."

ADT's Fire Systems Division provides customised engineered fire risk solutions as well as a 24-hour technical support service and a standby team of technicians. Turnkey fire solutions are offered in the commercial, industrial, mining and mining vehicle markets, and include design, supply, delivery, installation and commissioning of fire related projects. The local team has access to international teams of professional engineers at short notice.

A large range of equipment is at ADT's disposal, including the Simplex Fire Detection product range, Minerva MX technology and Nursecall and Care Communications technology. Also on offer are Special Hazard detection products, institutional timekeeping solutions, voice evacuation and public address systems.

New products

Tyco has also developed a number of products in the fire protection industry. These include a unique low profile carbon monoxide (CO) detector, which can detect the early release of CO, and therefore provide early warning of a fire condition, and is suitable for hotels, apartment blocks, hospitals and schools. There is also a CO detector specifically designed for private homes, which can be connected to the ADT alarm system that will alert the call centre to any potential fire, so that the fire brigade can be contacted.

The company has also made breakthroughs in the field of special risk fire detection and has been at the forefront of developing infrared and ultra-violet flame detectors. In addition, ADT can also supply gas detection products that are suitable for most industrial fixed gas detection applications including flammable gas, toxic gas, oxygen enrichment and oxygen deficiency detection.

Extinguishing products

As well as fire detection products, ADT is able to offer a wide range of fire extinguishing products, such as Inergen gas, FM200 and CO2 gas. Tyco has also developed Novec 1230, a low toxicity product that exists as a liquid at room temperature. Super pressurised with nitrogen to 25 bar, it rapidly extinguishes fire through a combination of heat absorption and chemical interference with the flame.

Alarm monitoring plays an essential role in the new division, with fire alarms being linked to the permanently staffed Alarm Receiving Centres, which will notify the fire brigade immediately on the receipt of any alarm activations.

The company has recently been selected to supply a number of key installations, including Star City, Europe's largest commercial leisure complex, in Birmingham, UK. The contract, worth £420 000, includes supplying, installing and maintaining a sophisticated system for the whole complex.

Says Hennie Barnard, general manager of ADT Fire Systems: "The future looks very promising indeed. By using the existing ADT Security client base and backed up by an extensive product range, ADT Fire Systems will become a major role player in the local fire industry. Our ability to supply a timeous and effective service to our clients will enhance an already strong ADT brand."

For more information contact Matsibela Monnakgotla, ADT Security, 086 12 12 420.





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