Notifier Ontario Science Centre Case Study

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Project Pro le Ontario Science Centre SCIENCE CENTRE ONTARIO on the edge of a ravine the 540,000 square foot Ontario Science Centre is size of a large airport with three separate buildings on different elevations they descend into the valley Nearly 1.4 million people visit the Centre annu to take in everything from the science of electricity and space exploration how the body works Centre drive to have its visitors get in science wandering from to building level to level is a great premise However this theme be a detriment to life safety when a re alarm is triggered somewhere the massive complex er com WORLD HEADQUARTERS Clintonville Road cid 129 Northford CT 06472 USA 203 484 7161 cid 129 Fax 203 484 7118 er com needed a system that would be user friendly it easier for security staff to pinpoint where alarm was One that would allow us to zone out area during private parties said John Bradshaw of facility operations and services at the Science Centre of that combined that we wanted develop a exible life long solution to replace the aging re alarm system consultants and managers came together with the provincial which owns the property to design a to meet the Centre myriad of re protection knew we needed a new system that would go in future for a minimum of 10 years And we needed to address the needs of the multiple operations have here have the public coming into building we rent our facilities out in daytime and there shop people and of ces in the Bradshaw exclaims group settled on an ONYX Series re alarm and evacuation system from NOTIFIER Engineering Morrison Hersh eld speci ed a network of NFS2 3030 re alarm control panels These were throughout the three buildings and networked with two ONYXWorks graphic workstations extensive monitoring and control of the network Control with a Birds Eye View speed of emergency assessment and response a critical factor in the system design The Cen new network of re alarm control panels smoke sprinkler monitoring points and even gas and aspirating detection devices are to the two ONYXWorks workstations Provid immediate information on the location cause progression of re alarm events these detailed layouts of the Centre and its major re alarm help facility and security of cials quickly on the appropriate response to Frank Detlor of Robinson Solutions the that engineered and installed the NOTIFIER Series system several weeks of work went designing the oor by oor graphics that would in the workstations to accurately represent the mix of odd shaped buildings levels and sub that make up the Ontario Science Centre to have an intuitive interface ONYXWorks identify system alerts by magnifying the location and device s in alarm while providing a graphical and written description 02 12 with addressability on all inputs they can right into where the problem is and deploy their faster says Detlor addition to accurately pinpointing where a problem the new re alarm monitoring system operators with a whole new level of control any part of the network The exibility of simply icons to temporarily deactivate certain will help the Centre practically eliminate alarms exibility is necessary because the museum in a lot of temporary exhibits each year and them in and setting them up would often to false alarms of one sort or another states events held in different areas of the Centre historically led to increased false alarm a dilemma Bradshaw believes the new workstations can cure allows security operators to turn off alarms in speci c areas of certain build if for example they are being rented out for a party or a corporate function The strobes still ash but the event isn disturbed by what likely a in another part of the building says there is a problem security staff can sound alarms in the rented sections a building containing its own shops for paint car and other trades aspiration detection systems a signi cant role in quickly and unequivocally true smoke emergencies Although not by code these air sampling systems provide early warning smoke detection a necessity for and critical facilities such as museums data centers and more Life Property and Investment options of using third party contractors to per service and maintenance with parts available a handful of authorized distributors in the were big bene ts of utilizing this line of tech in the minds of the property management NOTIFIER Engineered Systems Distributors as Robinson Solutions having factory trained well versed on the proprietary equipment handle higher level programming or additions Centre failing public address system was also need of help but its replacement was estimated to more than 100,000 Following a few software programming enhancements made by Robin Solutions Centre staff were able to utilize the re alarm system to broadcast routine messages English and French through its 1,124 speakers the facility Robinson Solutions repurpos the NOTIFIER system intelligible audio capabili in this way saved the Centre close to 90,000 to Rowe protect its life safety investment the Centre made its new system had both the capacity and capa to be easily expanded to accommodate future expansions Additional nodes and devices can easily added if needed though the Centre claims have no plans to do so at this point Fire Response Technology consultants who wrote the project spec were proponents of including a unique emergency assessment tool made for and designed by re ghters The FirstVision tool from NOTIFIER is touch screen display prominently located at the main doors for easy access The unit helps rst responders determine the origin and migration a re and locations of emergency alerts poten hazards or areas of refuge within the affected Interactive oor by oor layouts of the Centre activated re alarm components water re barriers emergency shut off valves and site speci c details enable emergency of cials make fast effective response plans wanted FirstVision because it cutting edge appropriate for use at a Centre that about the state of the art and exploration says facility employed a single integrated re alarm to improve the speed of its emergency and reduce false alarms while bene ting some cost saving features Ultimately the tech chosen to protect its visitors and properties many of the same cutting edge attributes by the Ontario Science Centre own c exhibitions over 60 years NOTIFIER has been a leader in the re alarm industry Today we are the largest of engineered re alarm systems with over 400 distributors worldwide and regional operations on every continent for the exibility and options your business needs Leaders in Life Safety Technology

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