Temporary events are happening all the time. Whether they are sporting events, music festivals or summer fetes, these events all require proper security and fire safety solutions in place.
Some events are completely temporary and rely entirely on mobile staging, stalls and facilities. However, events such as International football tournaments, cricket competitions, tennis championships, the Olympics and other sporting events are often based around permanent locations and buildings that require additional support from temporary structures.
The Championships, Wimbledon is the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. For two weeks every year, Wimbledon is transformed to cater for the large attendance that the competition receives. A whole village of temporary buildings is erected to provide refreshments and other amenities for guests, visitors, athletes and personnel. Once the event is over, the temporary structures are taken away until the next big event.
Fire Detection for Temporary Events
Fire detection for temporary events such as Wimbledon can be tricky. Due to the large volume of people in attendance, a clear and reliable warning of fire is not only a legal requirement but essential for the safety of visitors, staff, athletes and performers.
While temporary fire alarms would provide a simple solution, interconnectivity is limited, and integration with existing systems in the permanent buildings is impractical.
Integrating with existing fire alarms using hardwired fire detection devices would mean lengthy cable runs, drawn-out installation time and an overall costly exercise.
Hybrid Fire Detection for Temporary Events
Wireless fire detection is the obvious choice for temporary events as it eliminates the need for time-consuming and costly cable runs and can easily be uninstalled at the end of the event and reused at the next one. However, replacing already installed hardwired fire detection systems in permanent structures with a fully wireless system is not cost-effective.
This is where a hybrid fire detection system such as Wi-Fyre comes into its own. Hybrid fire detection systems allow hardwired and wireless devices to co-exist as part of one, complete fire detection solution. This means that wireless devices can be used where necessary – in this instance, the temporary structures brought in for an event – and hardwired devices can be used where practical, such as in permanent structures.
Wi-Fyre can be installed as part of a new system, or to replace or extend an existing system. Wi-Fyre has six user-selectable modes of compatibility allowing it to be combined with virtually any existing hardwired system:
- Addressable (Collective)
- ProFyre 2-Wire Addressable
- ProFyre Addressable
To integrate Wi-Fyre with a hardwired system, a Wi-Fyre transponder is installed into the fire alarm wiring via a compatible interface module. Each transponder can then communicate with up to thirty wireless field devices such as detectors, sounders, manual call points and I/O modules.
A Wi-Fyre survey head is then used to ensure the signal between the installation point of the required device and the transponder is strong enough to operate efficiently.