AlarmCalm False Alarm Management System Nominated for Tomorrow’s Care Award
Advanced’s AlarmCalm false alarm management (FAM) system has been nominated for the Tomorrow’s Care Awards 2017.
“We’re delighted to be nominated for this award by Tomorrow’s Care magazine,” commented Aston Bowles, Advanced’s Marketing Manager. “False and unwanted fire alarms are one of the big issues in fire safety and building managers today. The care home and social care industry in particular has unique needs when it comes to FAM.”
AlarmCalm’s growing reputation as the best-in-class FAM solution means it is now being specified and installed in care homes across Europe, where it is drastically reducing the scourge of false alarms on owners, staff and residents alike.
Available as free software on Advanced fire systems, AlarmCalm allows a site to be divided into FAM ‘zones’, called building areas (up to 200 per panel or 40,000 per network). These are virtual areas used for FAM programming that by default match fire zones, but can be set independently to cover multiple zones and points or individual points.
The use of building areas makes even complicated cause-and-effect easy to set up, and the system impacts both verification times and investigation delays to outputs. The false alarm programming can be managed down to point detector level or, more likely, by room type – even to meet the specific needs of the users in that room or area. Not only does this level of control reduce false alarms, it can build in more fail-safes and time for safe evacuations to be conducted.
Advanced has also developed an optional intelligent loop device for alarm acknowledgement called the AlarmCalm Button. This can be used by trained residents or staff to manually verify if an alarm signal is false, for example from cooking smoke or bathroom steam in a care home apartment, giving a little extra time for the signal to clear and resetting the system or evacuating the site.