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University of West England


The project:

The University of West England, located in Bristol, offers over 400 courses to its 30,000 strong student population and is ranked 24th out of 121 UK institutions in the The Guardian League Table 2023.

The largest campus, Frenchay, utilises the OmniCarePLUS system which protects thousands of people every day. The original install by Defensor Life Safety, was of a 16-way OmniCare panel with eight refuge remotes on the loop. When the system needed to be extended to encompass more buildings and areas, the OmniCarePLUS system was then introduced. The flexibility of the original OmniCare system meant that the expansion was easy to reconfigure to suit the end users needs.

The system:

Adding to the existing system made the process simple and efficient and ensured that each building remained fully compliant with the requirements of BS5839-9. The site is controlled by a touch screen control panel which was added to the original panel to create a wider network across multiple buildings.

There are now three panels connected on the system, which is wired on a multimode fibre network. Each loop consists of multiple refuge call points and an emergency assistance alarm to facilitate calls, which are all answered at a touch screen control panel in a control room. The system is battery backed in case of a power shortage, to ensure a fully operational life safety system at all times.

Ian Newton, Northern Sales Manager at Baldwin Boxall said, “We were pleased to work with Defensor on this project and were able to provide the perfect solution for their project.”

The OmniCarePLUS system allows expansion over time, to accommodate a growing project at every stage. The user at the control panel is able to communicate with any of the refuge and call points on the system, making it suitable for both smaller and larger projects.

There is also the ability to connect up to 32 control panels, each with 64 outstations, making it possible to connect up to 2,048 remotes on one system.

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