In the age of redesigning safety components for efficiency, accuracy, and aesthetical appeal, one key feature of building management is improving, thanks to a new system from Xtralis. VESDA-E VEA uses aspirating smoke detection technology that requires smaller sampling points. The device is therefore less obtrusive and can be fully concealed behind walls and inside venting systems.
“The VEA aspirating system is able to detect minor particles in the air much faster than a spot smoke detector, even before a fire starts to flame and burn,” says Bob Pritchard of Convergint Technologies. “In many instances, this ability to get a very early warning of a fire in one area can help prevent it from spreading to other areas.”
Additional benefits of an aspirating system are its ease of maintenance, installation, and servicing. Since it collects data in a central location for easy access, it also eliminates the need to enter each room to test individual alarms.
“Testing from the central unit also means you can perform the inspection at any time of day, and the building occupants don’t even have to know about it,” Pritchard adds.