Homelift installer integrates Aico RadioLINK smoke alarms
Published by Julie Richards for Aico Ltd in Housing and also in Care and Support, Health, Local Government
Wessex Lifts is installing Aico mains powered smoke alarms with RadioLINK wireless interconnection technology to work with its domestic lift, VM Homelift, to meet The British Standard BS 5900:2012.
BS 5900:2012 covers the behaviour of homelifts in the event of fire and requires the lift to be connected to a smoke alarm system.
Wessex Lifts, which has been manufacturing, installing and maintaining home lifts for over 35 years, has specified Aico’s 160RC series mains powered alarm for its VM Homelift. The alarms are fitted on Aico’s RadioLINK bases for wireless alarm interconnection. These communicate with the lifts’ controls via Aico’s Ei413 RadioLINK Panel Interface Modules. The lift circuitry has been modified by Wessex Lifts, so if the smoke alarms are initiated the lift will disengage if already parked or immediately after the journey has been made if the lift is already in use, in line with BS 5900:2012. In addition, the lift’s direction can be changed to avoid the source of the fire.
Wessex Lifts decided to use Aico 160 alarms exclusively because, according to Wayne Parker, Product Manager, “they are very good, reliable alarms with excellent technical literature and product support.”
Wessex Lifts currently fits around 800 homelifts every year in both social and private housing, all are integrated with Aico 160RC alarms.
In properties that are already fitted with Aico 160RC alarms, the simple addition of a RadioLINK base and Ei413 RadioLINK Panel Interface Module allows for swift integration with the lift.
The 160RC Series is one of Aico’s best selling alarm ranges and features 10 year plus Lithium cell back-up for complete peace of mind. Optical, Ionisation and Heat alarms are available in the range and all work with Aico’s RadioLINK technology. RadioLINK allows Aico alarms and accessories to be wirelessly interconnected by Radio Frequency (RF) signals rather than cabling, which saves time and disruption when installing systems in existing properties and makes interconnection with lift controls considerable easier.
Aico is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ei Electronics. All Aico alarms are designed and built in Europe specifically to meet UK standards and regulations.