Nobel Fire Systems has launched a new range of fire suppression control panels which is designed to feature a simplified user interface providing easy to interpret warnings and communications. The guiding philosophy behind these new panels is to combine the compliance requirements of BS EN 12094 with cutting edge components and advanced functionality.
The Avantis range is said to modernise the area of critical fire protection applications for the catering industry. Whilst still meeting the demands of the standards, the panels and their accessories are claimed to offer new levels of intelligence, interaction and user friendly programmability.
Starting at the user interface, users will encounter touchscreen technology that provides a range of pictorial command prompts in a similar way to mobile devices. These commands lead through a simple set of menus to allow an engineer to complete the initial set up of the fire system bespoke for the site’s control level demands.
The user interface then provides both audible and visual indications of fires and fault conditions in what is claimed to be an easily understandable format regardless of the local personnel’s language or understanding of what function the control panel is for. This is designed to facilitate easier and faster decision making, removing some of the pressure people can feel in the heat of the moment.
Throughout 2017 there will be new add-on functionalities aimed at increased usability. These modules should enable multi area protection systems with a single intelligent point of information. All events are recorded into the unit’s non-volatile memory so a history of connections and changes form a complete service history for the system.