Hochiki Europe, a leading life safety manufacturer, has launched a new range of hybrid wireless fire detection and alarm equipment
Using the latest technology in radio networking, the Ekho hybrid wireless system provides a robust ‘always on’ network of devices that can automatically adapt to changing environmental conditions – offering installers an unparalleled level of reliability.
Unlike other systems, Ekho’s wireless devices are not linked to specific expanders. Instead, each device instinctively chooses its parent expander based on the strength of the signal path back to the translator, with expanders automatically forming a bi-directional mesh network to deliver information to the main control panel.
If an expander signal is compromised, the wireless field device will automatically locate and connect to an alternative expander with the next strongest signal path – providing enhanced safety benefits for end-users.
The range is extremely versatile, offering a choice of types of wireless sensors as well as I/O units, a sounder, a sensor/voice sounder/VAD and a manual call point. The simplified design ensures that the products in the series are easy to install. While the faster commissioning process, which can be performed off-site, saves installers time on projects.
Utilising hybrid wireless systems negates the need to install cables, therefore, guaranteeing minimum disturbance to surroundings during installation – making the range an ideal choice for historic buildings, remote or temporary sites and any project where the installation of fibre cabling is too difficult, overly expensive or prohibited.
Mark Jones, export manager at Hochiki Europe, said, “The digital age has affected every part of our lives, and life safety is no exception. Our Ekho product range offers wireless solutions to a range of what can be complex project challenges. As with all Hochiki Europe products, the range is intelligent and ultra-dependable, offering users a future-proofed life safety system.”