Fire detection solution across three campuses at university

Thursday, 02 May, 2013

With over 42,000 students, Deakin University comprises three separate campuses in Melbourne, Geelong and Warrnambool, which are over 260 km apart. The Wormald team installed advanced MX Technology fire detection systems at each of the three campuses, which are interconnected using the university’s intranet. Applying the MX fire detection systems across such a vast area is claimed to be a first for the industry.

The comprehensive fire detection solution includes 17 MX1 fire indicator panels. Wormald provided 4000 high-performance analog addressable detectors, including MX814H heat detectors and MX814P smoke detectors.

The system provides staff with improved control over potential fire risks on the university’s campuses, which include multiple disconnected buildings. The system’s graphical interface instantly displays the status of the fire detectors at each building. University employees now have the ability to monitor the fire detection systems from any computer with an internet connection. They can also investigate or deactivate alarms without physically visiting the building. By receiving information from each individual detector, the location of a fire can be easily identified and an appropriate response devised quickly.

Russell Ormston, Building Services Engineering Manager at Deakin University, said, “The Wormald MX system has given us control over the fire detection systems at multiple campuses from a single point. I was very happy with Wormald’s project planning and management. The team completed the work within a very tight time frame and minimised disruptions by completing the installation during university holidays.”

According to Tony Antoniou, Business Development Manager with Wormald, “While the installation at Deakin University presented some challenges, the advanced capabilities of the MX system made it an ideal solution. To help control costs, our team re-used much of the original fire detector wiring and integrated the system through the university’s existing intranet.  Furthermore, the system’s flexibility means it can be expanded or reconfigured as new buildings are added or existing buildings change function.”

The MX Technology system complies with Australian Standard AS 1670.1-2004 - Fire detection, warning, control and intercom systems - System design, installation and commissioning - Fire.

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