Conventional fire alarm systems consist of manual call points, fire detectors, sounders, beacons, and other devices grouped into zones. Each zone is a single wiring circuit which represents a physical area within a building.
Communication between devices and the control panel is limited and typically only has three states: standby, fault, and fire. Conventional panels can only narrow down the location of a possible fire or fault as being somewhere within one or more zones.
These fire alarm systems usually have very basic options for expansion, such as repeater panels which mimic the display and controls of the main panel and relay connections to link for example with security alarm systems. Being the oldest and simplest technology it is certainly still reliable. Conventional systems are usually much cheaper than Addressable systems.
This often depends on the requirements of your premises and the outcome of your risk assessment. Usually conventional fire alarms are more suited to smaller commercial premises as they can be very limited to detailing the location of a fire which is extremely important in larger buildings. For example if a fire was to start on within the first floor office, the fire alarm system may only indicate that it is somewhere on the first floor (zone size dependant). Where as an addressable system would tell you on the panel the exact location of the fire.
Conventional fire alarm systems can often be found in small commercial units with a small ground floor office, small first floor office and a small warehouse space for example. 2 wire conventional fire alarm systems are a very cost effective way in protecting your business. Of course, the type of fire alarm system installed is important to get right and we’d strongly advise talking to a fire risk assessor or our experienced design team before making a decision.
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