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Life Safety Solutions for the Corrections Industry

Correctional facilities serve to protect communities. The protection they provide goes far beyond the use of cells and prison walls. Correctional facilities must monitor against a multitude of threats from security breaches to fire compounded by cunning inmates and harsh building environments that risk the safety and security of inmates, staff, facilities and the public.

OVERVIEW

How can they be protected?

CAUSES

The Causes

  • Intentional lighting of clothing, mattresses and trash
  • Faults with electrical equipment
  • Cigarette smoking in cells
 

CHALLENGES

The Challenges

  • Vandalism - Detectors that are visible and accessible invite vandalism and tampering
  • Maintenance - Accessing secure and restricted areas to test and maintain detectors is costly and challenging
  • Nuisance Alarms - Dust, dirt or other airborne contaminants affect detector reliability and performance
  • Dilution - Smoke tends to dilute in large open spaces, challenging the poor sensitivity of conventional spot-type detectors
  • Evacuation - Orchestrating a controlled and secure evacuation during a fire event requires sufficient time and planning
  • Monitoring - Obtaining accurate and useful information about smoke levels can be a challenge
  • Stratification - In areas with high ceilings smoke can stratify and fail to reach conventional detectors
  • Tenability and Egress - meeting the tenability and smoke control requirements of International Building Code (IBC

Vandalism

  • Traditional smoke detection systems within cells, although covered with mesh, leave themselves open to vandalism
  • A VESDA system has the option to use a tamper-proof sampling point, reporting fault if it becomes blocked
 

SOLUTION

Why Use a VESDA ASD System?

VESDA detectors buy time. Time to respond to a fire threat, minimizing damage and maximizing the time available for a safe and orderly evacuation.

The key advantages are:

  • Tamper-proof sampling points which deter vandalism
  • Sampling pipe can be located behind vents, invisible to inmates
  • The ability to locate sampling holes where smoke will travel and to position the detector in a location that has easy access for maintenance
  • The high sensitivity range of a VESDA detector allows alarm thresholds to be set for the earliest possible warning of a fire in a large open space
  • Multiple configurable alarms provide, for example, very early warning allowing time for investigation, security management and subsequent warnings to initiate automated fire department notification, evacuation and suppression
  • Remote monitoring and configuration of detectors improves control and cost of ownership in unmanned or secured areas
  • VESDA systems maintain an event log which allows analysis of smoke and detector response trends for forensic incident analysis
 

PRODUCTS

Products to Solve the Challanges

 
VESDA-E VEA
VESDA-E VEP
VESDA-E VEU
XAS
OSID
Cells
       
Dayrooms
 
Control Units
 
 
Infirmary
 
 
 
 
Kitchen & Dining
 
 
 
 
Visiting Rooms
 
 
 
 
Library
 
 
 
 
Recreation & Fitness
 
 
 
 
Classrooms
 
 
 
 
Supply & Return Airducts
 
 
Maintenance & Electric Rooms
 
 
 
 
Laundry
 
 
 
 
Garage
Elevator Shaft      
Admin & Office Spaces        
Courthouse & Holding Areas    
Isolation
 
 
 
 
 
 

OVERVIEW

How can they be protected?

CAUSES

The Causes

  • Intentional lighting of clothing, mattresses and trash
  • Faults with electrical equipment
  • Cigarette smoking in cells
 

CHALLENGES

The Challenges

  • Vandalism - Detectors that are visible and accessible invite vandalism and tampering
  • Maintenance - Accessing secure and restricted areas to test and maintain detectors is costly and challenging
  • Nuisance Alarms - Dust, dirt or other airborne contaminants affect detector reliability and performance
  • Dilution - Smoke tends to dilute in large open spaces, challenging the poor sensitivity of conventional spot-type detectors
  • Evacuation - Orchestrating a controlled and secure evacuation during a fire event requires sufficient time and planning
  • Monitoring - Obtaining accurate and useful information about smoke levels can be a challenge
  • Stratification - In areas with high ceilings smoke can stratify and fail to reach conventional detectors
  • Tenability and Egress - meeting the tenability and smoke control requirements of International Building Code (IBC

Vandalism

  • Traditional smoke detection systems within cells, although covered with mesh, leave themselves open to vandalism
  • A VESDA system has the option to use a tamper-proof sampling point, reporting fault if it becomes blocked
 

SOLUTION

Why Use a VESDA ASD System?

VESDA detectors buy time. Time to respond to a fire threat, minimizing damage and maximizing the time available for a safe and orderly evacuation.

The key advantages are:

  • Tamper-proof sampling points which deter vandalism
  • Sampling pipe can be located behind vents, invisible to inmates
  • The ability to locate sampling holes where smoke will travel and to position the detector in a location that has easy access for maintenance
  • The high sensitivity range of a VESDA detector allows alarm thresholds to be set for the earliest possible warning of a fire in a large open space
  • Multiple configurable alarms provide, for example, very early warning allowing time for investigation, security management and subsequent warnings to initiate automated fire department notification, evacuation and suppression
  • Remote monitoring and configuration of detectors improves control and cost of ownership in unmanned or secured areas
  • VESDA systems maintain an event log which allows analysis of smoke and detector response trends for forensic incident analysis
 

PRODUCTS

Products to Solve the Challanges

 
VESDA-E VEA
VESDA-E VEP
VESDA-E VEU
XAS
OSID
Cells
       
Dayrooms
 
Control Units
 
 
Infirmary
 
 
 
 
Kitchen & Dining
 
 
 
 
Visiting Rooms
 
 
 
 
Library
 
 
 
 
Recreation & Fitness
 
 
 
 
Classrooms
 
 
 
 
Supply & Return Airducts
 
 
Maintenance & Electric Rooms
 
 
 
 
Laundry
 
 
 
 
Garage
Elevator Shaft      
Admin & Office Spaces        
Courthouse & Holding Areas    
Isolation
 
 
 
 
 
 


VESDA-E VEP
VESDA-E VEP Aspirating Smoke Detector (Mainstream ASD)
VESDA-E VEA
VESDA-E VEA Addressable Aspirating Smoke Detector (Pinpoint ASD)
VESDA-E VEU
VESDA-E VEU Aspirating Smoke Detector (Highest Sensitivity ASD)
Xtralis XAS Air-sampling Smoke Detection
Xtralis XAS Air-sampling Smoke Detection
OSID-DE
OSID-DE (Dual Ended) Smoke Beam Detector
ICAM IFT-P
ICAM IFT-P ASD
ICAM IAS
ICAM IAS Point(s) in a Box ASD
ICAM ILS
ICAM ILS Point in a Box ASD
ICAM ASPIRE Pipe Network Design Software
ICAM ASPIRE Pipe Network Design Software

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