Kentec and DPJ Fire and Security Ltd protect London Underground
London Underground Limited (LUL) is using sophisticated fire panels from Kentec, a leading manufacturer of life-critical control systems, to protect its network of Signal Equipment Rooms (SER) from the risk of fire.
Specified and installed by DPJ Fire and Security, the Syncro AS 2 Loop Panels were chosen because of their reliability, proven performance capabilities and ability to meet the stringent requirements laid down by LUL.
Each SER is a standalone building located nearby an underground station, consisting of rooms that house equipment for the control of driverless tube trains. The Syncro AS 2 Loop Panel features onboard relays that are used to send fault and fire signals to the local station control as the individual sites are unmanned.
A multi-protocol panel, the Syncro AS affords installers and customers complete choice and flexibility in system design. The panel can be networked to become part of a larger system as required and provides the programming power and connectivity normally associated with much larger systems.
Stuart Williams, Senior Project Manager, at DPJ Fire and Security, says LUL is an important client: “We have worked with LUL on more than ten SER projects, and the highest levels of safety, reliability and user-friendly functionality are required,” he says. “The Kentec Syncro AS fire alarm panel ensures that the critical equipment within the rooms is safely protected.”
Where SERs also require a damper control panel to control air inlet and outlet dampers, the Kentec 4-way Damper Control Panel has been used. “The panel provides control of up to four 230v AC or 24V DC motorised dampers and with a built-in interface all pre-wired, installation is very straightforward,” adds Stuart.
Kevin Swann, Managing Director at Kentec, says the panel is both easy to install and similarly easy to use: “A large graphical interface and ergonomic buttons provide clear and flexible controls, with high reliability and integrity. All systems are manufactured in our UK-based manufacturing facility and designed to make the lives of our customer easier and more convenient,” he says.
“Syncro AS is used around the world and has a long future as a leading 1-2 loop open protocol panel approved and certified to EN54, EN12094, available in UL, FM, NFPA and marine classifications.”
The Syncro AS has been approved and certified to EN54-2 / EN54-4.