Supporting Efficient Building Evacuation
A new Evacuation and Alert Control Indicating System (EACIE) developed by Kentec Electronics supports fire and rescue team staged evacuation events (SECs).
The made-to-order ‘Evac-Point’ system utilises user-defined zone reference labelling to enable Fire Services to sound alarms in targeted areas of a building, such as a specific flat or floor, so that the public can be evacuated in line with how an incident develops. It is being delivered through Kentec’s Special Applications bespoke engineering department, which has a long-established pedigree for manufacturing evacuation control panels. The modular design allows for greater flexibility and site customisation for the installer and end user and reduces lead time availability.
The solution was developed following the Grenfell tragedy and putlication of the 2019 BS 8629 Standard which seeks to ensure residential buildings over 18m are provided with an effective means to help the fire brigade evacuate efficiently and effectively, regardless of the manufacturer or specific design.
It is available in two and three loop versions (expandable to four loops) with a modular design where banks of five can be added to increase capacity if required.
Derrick Hall, sales director, comments: "Other products on the market are only available in the largest sizes, meaning paying for functionality that is not required.
“Another differentiation is its in-built LED control panel illumination, provided as standard. The BS 8629 Standard recommends a lit environment, so this additional feature saves installing dedicated lighting separately. Our role as life-safety manufacturers is, as ever, to make the lives of our installers and the end users easier and safer.”
The Evac-Point is available with a flush bezel so that it can be set into the wall, providing a secure and robust, two-point locking, steel enclosure. It is based on the reliable Syncro AS technology, with an open protocol architecture that it is compatible with Hochiki and Apollo protocols to provide maximum system design flexibility.
Kentec is hosting a webinar on the 29th of October, 2020 between 10.15am and 10.45am GMT, where Derrick Hall will discuss the product’s key benefits, functionality and how it provides peace of mind that the BS 8629 recommendations have been met.