FAAST on the Mission Critical Agenda in India

June 6, 2012

System Sensor keynote speaker sets out fire detection roadmap in India

The Fire and Safety Association of India (FSAI), in conjunction with the Architects’ Association ofIndia and the Builders’ Association of India, invited Stuart Ball, Head of Marketing for System Sensor Europe, part of Honeywell Life Safety, to be the international keynote speaker at their Seminar on Fire and Electrical Safety, Security and Automation. Held at Visakhapatnam on 20th May, Stuart’s presentation focused on emerging technologies in fire detection, including the future of aspiration devices.

Fire detector manufacturers have developed increasingly complex and sophisticated detectors that react as quickly as possible to the very early stages of a fire without causing disruption through false alarms. Recent developments in multi-sensor point detectors, managed by powerful embedded software, have achieved levels of performance that are a several orders of magnitude improvement over previous generations of devices. For buildings such as data centres where high value, enterprise critical equipment has to operate with a target downtime of 30 seconds per year - known as six nines - the newest aspiration detectors can provide up to two hours warning of a potential problem.

The FSAI General Secretary, K.P. Dominic, said, “With India’s rapid development of high quality infrastructure to support our country’s increasing presence in high technology industries, it is critical that these assets are properly protected against the danger of fire. As the 300+ delegates have heard from Mr Ball, the global leaders in the fire industry have risen to the challenge with innovative solutions that will provide the protection our people and property need.”

Whilst in India Stuart addressed more than 600 key end users, specifiers, consultants and fire system integrators, at further seminars, organised by System Sensor in New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore. The theme of the seminars, was with a focus on data centres, airports, warehouses and cold storage facilities, was how advanced aspiration systems such as FAAST will secure mission critical functions.

Commenting on the success of the System Sensor India Seminars, Harish Vellat, Business Leader, said, “At System Sensor we are committed to constantly educating our entire value chain. The seminars provided a great vehicle for presenting FAAST across 3 cities. The response was overwhelming with around 200 organisations participating, representing Consultants, System Integrators and Distributors. In the short period since its launch, FAAST has been widely accepted across various applications ranging from critical infrastructure such as airports to loss prevention sites such as warehouses. These seminars will go a long way in demonstrating FAAST as a best in class Aspiration technology and we will continue to invest in more events to spread the knowledge.”