A greater degree of fire safety at University of Hertfordshire
19th April 2012
Fisk Fire implements Morley-IAS by Honeywell system in university halls of residence as accommodation is used for the 2012 Olympics.
The University of Hertfordshire has chosen a Morley-IAS by Honeywell fire detection and alarm solution at its main halls of residence on the Hatfield campus. The University's halls of residence will be used to provide accommodation during the London Olympics this summer.
Designed and implemented by Morley-IAS distribution partner, Fisk Fire, the new system include 16 ZXSe fire panels, extending an already extensive Morley network that covers well over 25 buildings across the campus. These new systems are linked to smoke detection devices in more than 600 bedrooms at the Hatfield site, ensuring the University students benefit from the highest level of protection in the event of a fire-related incident.
At the same time, Fisk Fire has installed the latest Morley-IAS Visualeyez graphics workstation, replacing an older product and provides scalable state-of-the-art support for staff managing the entire campus. Fisk Fire managing director, Mark Fisk confirms: "The system is strongly intuitive and presents important ‘what has happened and where' information in a clear and simple graphical and textual format.
"This enables University staff to quickly locate, understand and respond to any fire-related incident that arises. In addition, it provides management tools which ensure effective maintenance planning and false alarm prevention, as well as analysing key information on alarms, faults and other non-fire events. This is especially important in environments such as halls of residence where there may be a higher than average risk of false alarms."
The flexibility of the Morley-IAS solution will prove especially valuable later this summer, during the Olympics. "This will involve a large number of different people using the hall for the first time," says Fisk. "This increased demand will require additional temporary staff, typically working shifts and who may have limited expertise in managing fire safety systems. The easy-to-use Morley-IAS solution will ensure that these staff quickly become fully operational, providing maximum protection for everyone on-site and ensuring rapid and effective evacuation in the event of any fire-related incident."
Established in 1992, the University of Hertfordshire has been described as ‘the flagship of the former polytechnics' as a result of its academic achievements. In 2010, The Times Higher Education declared it the Entrepreneurial University of the Year, and today it has more than 27,000 students and 2,500 staff.
Morley-IAS business manager, UK & Ireland, Keith Minster says "Hertfordshire University offers yet another prime example of how our open protocol approach offers the resilience and flexibility essential for such busy educational environments with multi-purpose facilities to the general public."