Aico alarms connected to council warden call systems for max safety

South Cambridgeshire District Council is upgrading its 1400 sheltered housing properties with new warden call systems connected to Aico mains powered Multi-Sensor, Heat and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms.


s the South Cambridgeshire Council was already planning to replace the

existing hard wired Warden Call systems in its sheltered housing, it decided to also upgrade the Smoke and CO Alarms. And Aico was able to offer a bespoke solution to wirelessly connect its alarms to the new Warden Call systems using its Ei414 Fire/CO Alarm Interface. This solution provides maximum tenant safety and convenience, as Eddie Spicer, M & E Surveyor for South Cambridgeshire District Council, explains: “The integration ensures that there is one system in each property, reducing costs and maintenance visits. We have two providers of call systems and one of them has expressed great interest in the system we are using as they have not seen it used on their equipment previously.” The Ei414 Interface can also be used to

interconnect Aico Alarms to Sprinkler and Part 1 Fire detection systems. The new Smoke Alarm systems are being installed to Category LD2, with a Heat Alarm in

the kitchen, a Multi-Sensor in all circulation spaces and entrance halls and CO Alarms in properties that are not fully electric. Properties and tenants that need extended protection from risk will see their alarm systems extended to include additional rooms for added safety. Eddie was impressed with Aico’s award winning AudioLINK data extraction technology, which is built into the Multi-Sensor and CO Alarms. AudioLINK enables real time data to be extracted from each alarm using its sounder directly to a smartphone or tablet via a free App to create an Alarm Status Report. The Report displays useful information about the alarm, such as alarm sensors status, number of times tested and removed and any alarm activations. Eddie adds: “The service provided by Aico is impeccable. The stock provision and minimal failure rate has ensured that this project is running smoothly and to time. We have also integrated an online monitoring trial into the project and the ongoing support from Aico has

Sheltered housing upgraded with

Aico radio frequency alarm The Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT), a registered housing association and care provider in York and north-east England, has completed the first phase of an upgrade of the Fire Alarm systems in one of its retirement communities using Aico’s advanced alarms and accessories.


artrigg Oaks, near York, is home to around 250 over 60s, living in 152

bungalows and a care home on a 21-acre site. The aim is to empower residents to remain independent. Aico’s RadioLINK+ based Fire Alarm systems fit

well with this philosophy, being simple and cost- effective to adapt to meet the differing needs of residents. The first ten bungalows completed at Hartrigg

Oaks are home to hard of hearing residents meaning extra care needs to be taken in developing an appropriate alarm system. Their Fire Alarm systems have been upgraded with Aico’s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarms in the hallway, landing and living room; Ei164e Heat Alarm in the kitchen; and Ei170RF Alarm for the Hard of Hearing in the bedroom (with an additional strobe light in the lounge). Aico’s Multi-Sensor Fire Alarm is particularly beneficial in this setting due to its fast response time, which provides residents with more time to evacuate. Two sensor types, optical and heat,

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constantly monitor smoke and heat levels which are processed through intelligent detection software to provide the best response to all fire types, as well as reducing potential false alarms. The Multi-Sensor also comes with data extraction technology which provides JRHT with information to help keep residents safer. A range of Aico accessories has also been installed, all interconnected wirelessly using RadioLINK+ technology. A wall mounted Ei450 Alarm Control Switch in each property allows residents not only to test all alarms on the system, but also silence them and locate the trigger alarm from a safe, accessible location. Aico’s unique Ei414 Fire/CO Alarm Interface has also been installed to connect the Aico Alarms and Warden Call system. JRHT Modernisation and Planned Maintenance

Manager, Ross Tolmie-Loverseed, comments: “The Aico detectors offered a fully compliant, whole house RF detection system and once installed and commissioned could be logged and downloaded onto a software package which

Warden call systems connected to Aico mains powered Multi-Sensor, Heat and Carbon Monoxide (CO) Alarms, are maximising safety for sheltered housing residents in South Cambridgeshire.

been really useful and has made the system work for us.” South Cambridgeshire District Council is a long standing Aico customer and uses Aico alarms across its 5700 housing stock.

Aico’s RadioLINK+ based Fire Alarm systems are meeting the differing needs of residents at Hartrigg Oaks,near York.

JRHT could monitor. The RF detection system also provided a competitive, VFM solution, by removing the need for highly disruptive, hard- wiring between detectors in occupied properties. The system could also be linked in to the existing Tunstall warden call system at our sheltered accommodation where there was a need for an upgrade.”

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