EMTECT Is Proof That Fire Alarm Systems Alone Are Not Suited To Control Smoke Ventilation

By Matt Holness, CEO LYFE

The development landscape for new, large-scale residential buildings has changed dramatically in recent years.  Whilst construction methods have remained much the same, the industry has put far greater focus on fire safety. Recent disasters, exasperated by confusion around evacuation procedures and applicable standards, has shone a spotlight in this area, and rightfully so. 

With the UK searching for ways to create affordable housing to meet demand from a rising population, and for a population living longer, we are urgently regenerating city spaces with large-scale and ambitious residential builds, forecast to be on the rise so for some time to come.

How is it then, that, as a sector, people are still pondering how we can deliver adequate fire protection solutions?  Recently, I have even heard talk about whether traditional fire alarm systems can control smoke ventilation. And, of course, the answer is no; The fire alarm protocol structure has a binary function: a “yes there is a potential fire”, and is designed to simply react and record.  A smoke ventilation system requires a more dynamic performance and variable programming to play its vital part in compartmentalising its programmed response to any potential fire.

As a company, we recognised some years ago the weaknesses in this traditional approach, and saw the benefits of an intelligent, combined approach bringing together expert systems and custom programming.  In that time, we have worked to design and manufacture a combined emergency control system that can control emergency procedures for every scenario.  

That is why we named our company LYFE; we believe that our combined, compliant and connected system, EMTECT, can save more lives, especially those threatened in complex scenarios.

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