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Drax expands their product offering - looking at Faast from Gent

In a constant desire to expand the products and services Drax can offer we spent last week looking at Aspirating Smoke Detectors.

aspirating smoke detector (ASD) is a system used in active fire protection which commonly draws air through a network of pipes to detect smoke before it is visible to the eye.

If an environment has a requirement for highly sensitive and rapid smoke detection then ASDs are often a good option.Most ASD products can accommodate a broad range of environments and applications – from both confined and open spaces to the cleanest or dirtiest environment, including telecomm, control rooms, waste treatment, mining and more.

Gent have recently produced a system call FAAST. An enhanced generation of smoke detection and Neil Towers and Kevin Dennis kindly came over to Drax HQ to demonstrate this product. An overview from their website can be read below with a link for further info.

FAAST Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology™ is a new generation of smoke detectors from Honeywell, which uses advanced technologies and software to deliver the earliest and most accurate smoke detection. 

The FAAST device range is designed to protect people and assets in even the most challenging environments where standard detection methods fail or are prone to false alarm, or in areas which may not previously have been protected


Find Out More Here.

Hyfire Wireless Fire Solutions

Great to meet with Paul Parkes from Sterling Safety to discuss Hyfire their wireless fire solutions. In an ever going desire to bring excellent service and provide a fully independent opportunity to our clients, we are now an authorised Hyfire partner:

The Hyfire wireless system offers unique solutions to the most demanding of applications. To ensure that you get the most from this innovative product and that the resulting life safety system is of the highest quality and integrity specialist installation is essential.

The Hyfire network of accredited partners is made up of independent, specialist fire companies. These companies cover the whole of the UK and are all trained by us to provide system design, installation and commissioning and ongoing system maintenance and support.

We look forward to informing you of further developments but until then you can find out more about Hyfire by visiting their website.

Gain control, save money and reduce false alarms with your Gent system

Back in July Gent by Honeywell announced the introduction of their ViginSite tool. What does this mean for Facilities Managers?

Basically, with the ViginSite tool you are able to quickly identify how old each different piece of fire safety equipment is. This allows more control over budgets and planning with less likelihood of unexpected costs. More importantly you maintain control over compliance, essential to every business.
This is always about life safety. Too often we read yet another news story of a business with a hefty fine for non-compliance that has greater consequences far beyond what you read in the news and tragically these news stories don’t always have such a positive outcome of a simple £75000 fine.

According to Simon Foulkes, Gent Product Manager, ‘There are many thousands of Gent legacy systems all over the UK and Ireland and some will inevitably contain devices that, due to their age, are no longer fit for purpose. These products can cause high numbers of unwanted alarms or, more importantly, fail to detect fire in its early stages.’

Drax recognise if you are reading this you are one of many outstanding facilities managers who feel passionately about their role and what they give to their fellow colleagues by maintaining safe, suitable and secure buildings.
This is why we constantly seek to thank, reward and make your job easier. The VigInSite tool from Gent does exactly this.

Gent first undertook an extensive research programme into the lifespan of their products and components and found these range from 7 years for a Carbon Monoxide detector, 14 years for a smoke scatter light emitting diod and 20 years for equipment such as control panels, interfaces and other field devices.

As a Gent 24 Approved Systems Integrator, Drax can now plug ViginSite directly into a Vigilon control panel and allow its advanced software to identify the age of each device.

You then receive an inventory which uses a traffic light system to provide instant visual guides as to what action should be taken.

This saves time and money and gives you the peace of mind which should be taken for granted dealing with safety within your buildings.

Call the team at Drax 0345 4592300 to book a free visit or email Kelly on for further details.

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