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UNIVERSITY OF SUDAN TACKLES HEAT AND DUST WITH HOCHIKI LIFE SAFETY SOLUTIONS

One of Sudan’s most prestigious education institutions, Sudan University, has completed the development of its Faculty of Pharmacy with the installation of an innovative and adjustable fire alarm system. To guarantee the upmost safety for students, staff and visitors, the university chose devices with the ability to withstand the harsh Sudanese environment – turning to a series of tailormade solutions from leading life safety manufacturer, Hochiki.

Combining both Arabic and African culture, Khartoum is a unique and diverse city with many popular tourist attractions. At the heart of the city lies Sudan University, boasting beautiful architecture, the university is an essential part of tourists’ sightseeing agendas.

However, as part of the desert climate, temperatures frequently soar to 40 degrees and above and the city is often threatened by dust storms. Finding a life safety solution that could endure these high temperatures and remain unaffected by the storms, was therefore essential for the university, as exposure to dust can often cause severe interference to devices and result in false alarms being raised or device malfunction. Taking these requirements into consideration, the university enlisted the support of Hochiki, a favoured supplier in Sudan due to its solutions’ high tolerance to extreme dust and heat conditions.

Understandably, educational structures like Sudan university require robust and controllable life safety systems, with safety being paramount concern when large groups of people are coming together constantly. High traffic areas, therefore, like the faculty, where different types of activities such as lectures, meetings and assemblies are constantly taking place require the highest quality fire detection.

As such, the university selected Hochiki’s HFP system. Known for its versatility and dependability, the system offers complete solutions for all the university’s life safety requirements.

Full connectivity

A key concern for the faculty, which comprises three separate buildings, was that the fire detection system installed allowed for full connectivity throughout the premises. With this in mind, the university selected fire alarm control panels from Hochiki’s complete fire detection system (HFP) range. The networked HFP panels form a complete fire alarm system that allows for site wide ESP fire device monitoring of the university buildings and early evacuation of personnel in the event of a fire condition.

Hisham Abuzeid, Manager at Sorouh Advanced Works, Hochiki’s partner in the Sudan region said: “We recommended Hochiki HFP control panels for the faculty because they are ultra-reliable and can be networked. Since installation we have received positive feedback from the client that the panels are extremely user friendly providing them with peace of mind.”

The fire alarm devices in the HFP range feature all the benefits of Hochiki’s Enhanced System’s Protocol (ESP) including reduction in false alarms, fully compliant to world recognised standards and long-term reliability of performance. The fire alarm system was chosen because of its ability to perform in even the most demanding environments – an important benefit when considering the extreme weather conditions Sudan faces. A further vital feature of the HFP range is the inclusion of a high-performance chamber which allows for adjustable sensitivity settings, reducing the likelihood of false alarms. This makes the system the perfect choice for the university to avoid unnecessary disruption to classes and meetings within the faculty.

Hisham said: “Despite several external challenges to the project, once it was finished the university was very happy with the final result. Hochiki devices are extremely popular in Sudan thanks to their high tolerance to dust, durability and reliability. They were the perfect choice for this project and we’re pleased that, since completion, representatives from the university have told us that there have been no false alarms since installing the product.”

For more information about Hochiki Europe’s HFP range visit: https://www.hochikieurope.com/hfp

About Hochiki Corporation

Hochiki Corporation is a wholly independent, multinational, publicly listed company located in Japan with over 1,700 employees working across six manufacturing plants, 36 sales offices and 13 subsidiaries.

For over 100 years Hochiki Corporation has led the way in the design and manufacturer of innovative life safety solutions. Its leading edge commercial and industrial fire detection and emergency lighting products have acquired global acceptance as the benchmark for high-integrity and long-term reliability.

Hochiki’s European headquarters were established in 1993 in the UK. Operating under Hochiki Europe, the business provides advanced fire detection and emergency lighting systems across the UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa and India.

At present, Hochiki Europe builds in excess of 1 million conventional and intelligent detectors and ancillaries per year at its purpose-built production facility. To find out more about the full range of Hochiki Europe products, visit: www.hochikieurope.com

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