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A new ASDA distribution centre at Lutterworth, part of a ?200m investment in the company?s distribution network, is now protected by an intelligent fire detection system. The Apollo-based fire detection system was designed and installed by Contract Fire Systems to protect merchandise and staff and includes over 400 Apollo Discovery intelligent fire detectors. The Magna Park centre at Lutterworth required a high level of protection but unnecessary interruptions caused by false alarms was unacceptable. The Discovery range includes ionisation and optical smoke detectors, a heat detector, a multisensor (combined smoke and heat) and manual call -point. The five panel-selectable bands available with the range are useful in warehouse environments, where high ceilings mean access to fire detectors for setting and maintenance would be difficult. Programming from the panels enables an installer to stay at floor level during commissioning. The networked, five-panel fire detection system, containing in excess of 400 Apollo Discovery devices arranged over 17 loops, offers a multi-stage evacuation sequence to ensure the safety of the site?s staff, and also has a four-hour fire wall.

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