Think FAAST - Think System Sensor


  • Q: Ethernet connectivity – what do you mean by integrating the device to the system it’s protecting?

    A:In addition to connecting FAAST into the traditional fire system for the communication of fire events and evacuation of the building if/when required, we also provide IP connectivity in FAAST so we can connect it to the IT or Telecoms infrastructure that it is protecting. By integrating the device into the IT system we are able to support the 100% uptime goal by communicating with the datacentre and telecoms managers as though the device is another node on the network. This level of remote management allows them to start managing the data on their network in advance of any real fires as part of making sure a fire event doesn’t cause any loss of data or downtime.

  • Q:How is FAAST backwards compatible with other Aspiration devices?

    A:FAAST has been designed to allow connection into the existing pipe network systems of other devices in its class whether using the standard 25mm pipe diameter or the imperial 27mm. We do this by making sure that the approved combination of pipe length and number of holes is greater than or equal to equivalent devices in its class, as well as supporting the same physical types of pipe and providing adapters to go from imperial 27mm pipes to the current 25mm standard. This is to facilitate the easy swap out of devices which have different configurations of pipe inputs and outputs at the top and bottom of the device. When combined with flexible pipes this can avoid having to alter any of the existing pipe network.

  • Q:Is FAAST approved to Class A, B & C?

    A:Yes, FAAST is approved to EN54-20, and sensitivity classes A, B & C. Approval to Class A, B & C is granted based on the detector’s sensitivity and fan power to several different test fires which are defined by EN54-20. With 0.00095% obs/m sensitivity FAAST XM™ easily meets EN54-20 Class A sensitivity requirement ‘better than .8% obs/m’ as defined in the standard. FAAST can also be specified for Primary and Secondary Detection or where Localized, In-cabinet or Duct sampling is required.

    FAAST Approvals

    Class A: Very Early Warning - Better than 0.8% obs/m.

    “For the earliest indication of smoke so that evasive measures can be initiated before any significant damage is incurred in areas containing high value, critical or strategically important artefacts or operations.”

    Class B: Enhanced smoke sensitivity - Between 0.8% obs/m and 2% obs/m.

    “For reliable smoke detection in applications where smoke is difficult to detect (e.g. to combat smoke dilution where there are high air flow or where the ceiling is higher than normal).”

    Class C: An alternative to point or beam type smoke detectors - Protection over 2% obs/m.

    “As an alternative to point or beam type smoke detectors for a variety of physical reasons e.g. maintenance access, building deflection, dilution of smoke, and obstructions to line of sight.”

  • Q:How many replaceable parts does FAAST have?

    A:One integral filter.

  • Q:Is the IP server built into FAAST?  Can I interrogate FAAST over the network or via the internet?

    A:Yes there is an IP web server built into FAAST. This allows the interrogation of FAAST remotely through an internet browser, through the PipeIQ™ software and allows the device to send e-mails via the corporate network’s e-mail system. To facilitate the communication, FAAST must be connected to the network inside the firewall just like a PC and would communicate by e-mail through the e-mail infrastructure. Interrogation of the device from remote sources would need to bypass the corporate network’s firewall through connectivity to a VPN or another system.

  • Q:How does FAAST communicate with the fire alarm control panel?

    A:FAAST includes a number of relays to allow communication of events to the fire alarm control panel. The following are available:

    • Alert
    • Action 1
    • Action2
    • Fire1
    • Fire2
    • Urgent Fault
    • Minor Fault
    • Device Isolated

    In addition to the capability to communicate to the panel, the user interface provides real time information at the device level as follows:

    • 5 alarm levels Alert, Action 1, Action 2, Fire 1, Fire 2
    • Particulate levels (10)
    • Air flow (10)
    • Power
    • Faults – low flow, configuration, sensor, external monitor, time, communication, aspirator, filter, isolate, high flow, low voltage
    • Test, reset, isolate buttons
  • Q: Does FAAST offer any improvements against the typical false alarms associated with aspiration systems?

    A:Yes. FAAST XM™ uses a unique dual source smoke detection technology designed to provide decision making capabilities superior to other aspiration smoke detectors (ASDs) currently on the market. A blue LED detects smoke from a wider range of fuels that traditional IR LEDs. An infrared laser* is used to detect dust and other typical sources of false alarm. FAAST combines these dual detection sources with advanced algorithms to discriminate smoke from dust and drastically improve both smoke detection and false alarm immunity.

    *Note that most competitive ASDs rely solely on an infrared laser for detection.

  • Q:My Data Center is required to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year. Can FAAST accommodate the environmental changes that often occur in this type of application?

    A:FAAST XM™ includes System Sensor’s proven Acclimate™ mode, which enhances performance by automatically adjusting sensitivity based on environmental conditions. An allowable range of sensitivity levels are user defined and FAAST XM™ makes necessary adjustments to provide the most sensitive setting while accounting for environmental baseline conditions to further reduce false alarms. Additionally, the Acclimate mode allows FAAST to become operational in a mere 24 hours rather than the 15 days required by competitive ASDs.

  • Q:What patented technology does FAAST include?

    A:Several patents have been submitted for FAAST. The following has been granted, others are in process:

    • Wing filter particle separation - GRANTED
  • Q:What is the typical interface to a Fire Panel?

    A:FAAST XM™ is a conventional device with 8 dry contact relays corresponding to the 5 Alarms (Alert, Alarm 1, Alarm 2, Fire 1 and Fire 2), 2 Trouble (Minor Fault, Major Fault) and Isolate conditions. Therefore, connectivity to a fire panel would be achieved by connection of the individual relay contacts to individual modules or the addressable multi modules (10 way) .

  • Q:Does System Sensor offer design support for pipe network layout?

    A:Yes. FAAST’s PipeIQ™ software has integrated Pipe design functionality. A wizard feature helps lay out the pipe network for standard room configurations. For more complex layouts, the software allows the user or designer to lay out the network pipe by pipe if required.

    PipeIQ™ provides the following comprehensive assistance:

    • Design the pipe layout, confirm transport times, balance the system, and obtain layout, bill of material and text reports in a pdf format
    • Configure the FAAST unit, including specify sensitivity levels, configure relays, and establish action plans with customizable e-mail notifications
    • Monitor active units either remotely via the software or globally via any Internet browser through FAASTs integral TCP/IP connectivity
    • PipeIQ™ is included with each FAAST shipment

    System Sensor also has a design and technical support team who can offer more personalized assistance for designers and those writing specifications.