FAAST brings the benefits of earliest warning fire detection to Data Centre World 2015

February 16, 2015

FAAST, the latest innovation in early warning fire detection from Honeywell, will be exhibiting for the first time at Data Centre World 2015, which takes place on 11th-12th March at ExCeL, London. The company aims to inform visitors about how aspiration fire detection can protect people and assets and maintain maximum levels of uptime.

 Data Centre World 2015 will feature an exhibition of 300 leading international suppliers alongside over 200 experts in a conference programme covering all major technology and business issues. The event covers all aspects of the data centre infrastructure and with greater attention being given to fire detection within these environments FAAST is anticipating high levels of interest.

 Fire detection experts will be available throughout the event to answer any questions and Honeywell Life Safety’s EMEA Sales Manager, Speciality Products, Tim Checketts, will also present two conference sessions about the benefits of aspiration fire detection – on 11th March at 15.45 and 12th March at 13.15, both in the Critical Equipment and Facilities Management theatre.

 Aspiration detection has already proven to be the perfect solution for data centres, as it combines resilience, stability, a high degree of sensitivity, early event warning, minimal false alarms and remote monitoring capabilities. Tim Checketts commented, ‘Already used in data centres across the world, FAAST is a new generation of advanced smoke detection technology that provides the earliest possible warning of smoke coupled with market leading levels of false alarm immunity and resilience, thereby allowing far greater time to identify and manage an issue to prevent escalation. The unique aspect about FAAST is the use of 3 stage particulate filtration combined with a dual source blue LED and infrared laser to detect the widest range of smoke types at the earliest possible opportunity, typically before smoke particles become visible’.

FAAST’s pipework contains sampling holes at predetermined locations, including air handling return grills, through which the air is drawn.  This offers far faster detection times than point detectors that are usually sited on ceilings and are often outside the air currents created by data centre cooling systems. With a level of sensitivity 300 times greater than a traditional smoke detector, issues can be quickly dealt with before having to evacuate a data centre and activate a fire suppression system.

‘While the safety of people is obviously a priority, an early warning can also provide time to take corrective action and avoid damage to expensive mission critical data and equipment,’ concluded Tim Checketts. ‘Aspiration smoke detection systems are incredibly reliable and the way that they identify and react to smoke particles reduces the likelihood of false alarms – minimising the likelihood of unnecessary evacuations and avoiding data centre downtime and any associated costs. We look forward to welcoming visitors to stand G96 and explaining why FAAST should be part of every data centre infrastructure.’