Fire alarm system and digital locking technology – the perfect solution in the event of a fire
Every second counts if there is a fire in a building. The sooner fire and smoke are detected, localised and reported, the faster reactions can take place, people can be evacuated, fire fighting started and material damage can be limited. If a fire alarm system only works in conjunction with mechanical security components, this may take a long time (or too long). Digitally supported fire alarm technology reacts in a fraction of a second and opens doors centrally and immediately, for example.
The chain reaction triggered in the event of a fire by a fire alarm system and central fire alarm system as the most important component is decisive for avoiding personal injury and material damage. The message is followed by the alarm, then the system starts extinguishing systems, sprinklers, smoke extraction systems, etc. At the same time, the fire alarm system distributes the necessary information to all important locations. It is very important that this also includes digital locking systems. Providers of electronic access control technology such as SimonsVoss integrate both worlds – fire detection technology and access control – into an effective and fast-responding overall solution.
Fire alarm systems and fire alarm centres in combination with mechanical building equipment (e.g. door locks) often require the involvement of people. Continuous training is required for their professional training, incorrect operation cannot be ruled out in the hectic of an alarm. The problem then affects not only those escaping from the building, but also the rescue forces returning to fighting the fire, who may not be able to get everywhere and quickly into the building. This scenario results in a hazard potential that is significantly lower in the automated control processes of digitally supported fire alarm technology.
The key concept of digitally supported fire alarm technology is networking. When a fire occurs and the fire alarm is triggered, this signal is sent directly to the fire alarm system, in parallel to the fire service and at the same time to the digital locking systems in the building. The command programmed in the event of an alarm is "Unlock doors“ – and this is how it happens. This also gives rescue personnel direct access.
However, digital-based fire alarm technology also works offline. For this purpose, a fire service key depot with digital locking technology is set up either indoors or outdoors in a protected area. Emergency services open the key safe in the event of a fire or emergency and remove the digital locking medium (card, transponder) for which access authorisation has been programmed for all doors.