When the University of Central Florida, the largest university in the U.S., looked for a flexible fire alarm architecture that could grow with a continually expanding campus, they picked the Honeywell Gamewell-FCI E3 Series.
The project involved fitting three new dorm buildings as well as a fourth building for administration and maintenance staff. The E3 Series focuses on reliability and survivability – these life-safety systems need to keep working even when components suffer damage due to fire or tampering. They’re also intuitive to use, minimizing time spent by the university’s maintenance department.
Since code and university standards require both fire / smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in any sleeping area, combination units were installed which can sense both. This simplified the system and maintenance. Also, HVAC control was integrated as well, shutting down air flow in case of fire to prevent the spread of smoke.
Responding to the preference in the mass notification system for voice alerts as opposed to loud alarm horns, the E3 Series uses pre-recorded audio messages to notify occupants and direct them to the nearest exits. A microphone on each control panel can also be used to broadcast additional voice instructions in real time.
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