Library system replacement

by Mark Rowe

The Bulgarian National Library in the capital Sofia has had work on a new fire safety system completed in June 2018. Sectron Ltd, a security installer based in Sofia, was tasked with replacing the 20-year-old fire safety system which was no longer fit for purpose.

Historic buildings often pose a challenge at install, and the library was no exception. Sectron could not compromise the aesthetics of the building. It was also necessary that the new system had the functionality to network a range of devices, as multiple solutions were required.

Sectron specified Hochiki Europe’s hybrid, wireless fire detection range, FIREwave. It uses radio technology for fire detection. The FIREwave products integrated with the cabled fire system, as they too operate on Hochiki Europe’s Enhanced Safety Protocol (ESP). This allowed Sectron more choice when it came to selecting the appropriate field device for the site.

Georgi Kolev, Product Manager at Sectron said: “The Bulgarian National Library is a jewel in the crown of our capital city. When specifying a new life safety system for this project, we had to address a number of different challenges, from the age and structure of the building, to the need for simple installation and ongoing maintenance. Working closely with our design and engineering team, Hochiki Europe was able to recommend and supply a range of solutions to meet these specific project requirements. This means our national relics are now protected with the highest standards of life safety equipment.”

Petia Simeonova, Regional Sales Manager at Hochiki Europe, added: “FIREwave is one of our most flexible product ranges when it comes to architecturally-challenging installations. By removing the need for hard-wired cabling in our life safety systems, we’re able to provide a solution that is ideal for a wide range of buildings, from busy hotels to heritage buildings like the Bulgarian National Library. The new installation looks fantastic and I’m delighted that we were able to support in a project of such national importance.”


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