Addressable fire alarm systems use “loop” wiring, which terminates at the panel and allows for more advanced communication between devices. Each device, such as a smoke detector, manual break point, sounder or beacon fitted in a loop is given an address and a descriptive text, which can be displayed on a screen on the fire alarm control panel.
The devices can be grouped into zones via programming or configuration in order to satisfy the requirements of BS 5839-1, but an addressable fire alarm system also offers powerful features such as cause-and-effect rules which are not available on conventional systems.
This can provide features like staged evacuation, alerting certain devices when an area goes into an alarm condition and many more scenarios.
Addressable systems are also often capable of manipulating configurable options of loop devices directly from the control panel, such as the sensitivity of a sensor or the tone used by a sounder.
These fire alarm systems are more expensive than conventional fire alarm systems due to their more advanced features but provide much more flexibility and control.
This often depends on the requirements of your premises and the outcome of your risk assessment. Usually addressable fire alarms are more suited to larger commercial premises, as they provide accurate and detailed information as to the location of a fire, which isn’t necessary in smaller buildings.
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