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Compliant fire doors at vulnerable adults care home in Hampshire saved the day this month.

A fire this month at a Hampshire care home, which caters for vulnerable adults, could have caused fatalities had the fire doors not been firmly secured, according to firefighters called to the scene.

The fire started in a tumble dryer in the home’s laundry room. Fire doors, which had been installed and closed correctly, ensured that the fire did not spread throughout the property and was contained to the room of origin.

The Fire Station Watch Manager said: ‘The incident could have been a lot worse if fire doors either end of the corridor had not been firmly secured. The fact the fire doors did their job meant no smoke or flames were allowed to travel out of that area. If they had been open, we could have been looking at a much different situation . . . we could have been looking at fatalities as well.’

According to the Fire and Rescue Services in England, care homes are considered to represent the highest risk from fire. Since January this year there have been three fatal fires in UK care homes, and this latest incident highlights how important the proper management of fire doors is. Wedging doors open, even for a short while, is not only illegal but highly dangerous. Without question, fire doors play a critical role in fire safety. Yet, paradoxically, they can be seen as a barrier to the free flow of people in a building – a contradiction of their true function to prevent the spread of smoke and fire.

Geofire’s Agrippa range of wire-free fire door holders and ‘swing-free closers are the perfect compliant solution to the problem of holding open fire doors to ease access throughout a building, closing them in the event of a fire emergency to protect a building’s occupants.

The Agrippa range is the first of its kind on the market that uses proven digital wire-free technology to uniquely ‘listen and learn’ the sound of a specific fire alarm, so false activations are virtually eliminated. They are wire-free, compact and easy to fit. They can be programmed for timed daily release, and are approved to EN1155, and CE Marked.




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]]>Elpas is launching the new Infant protection Solution, Elpas Mother Bracelet 

Elpas, part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, expands its Infant Protection Solution with the introduction of the Elpas Mother Bracelet, a wearable electronic bracelet designed for ease of use by mothers and hospital staff in maternity departments.

The Mother Bracelet is used to ensure the accuracy and safety of mother-baby pairings, preventing mismatches or possible infant abductions within maternity, obstetrics, neonatal and pediatric departments.

The Mother Bracelet pairs with the RFID-enabled Elpas Charm. As part of the Infant Protection Solution, the Elpas Charm provides real-time indoor positioning data to determine the location of an infant. A simple local match test may be performed at any time after initial pairing between Mother Bracelet and Infant Charm, indicating to the nursing staff or the mother that there is a proper match between mother and baby. Once paired, a mother may use the bracelet to escort her infant through protected exits without alarming. The bracelet also has a wireless call button used to call for assistance as needed.


“Working in conjunction with the baby-friendly Elpas Charm and as part of the Infant Protection System, the Mother Bracelet adds peace of mind for new mothers and hospital staff, while dealing efficiently and unobtrusively with the very real issues of baby-mother mismatches or infant abductions,” said David Fensterheim, Vice President, Product Management for Elpas.




About Elpas

Elpas is part of the Security Products business unit of Tyco, the world’s largest pure-play fire protection and security company. Elpas is a global provider of scalable Passive & Active RFID/RTLS Safety, Security and Visibility Solutions designed to meet the needs of Healthcare, Government, Commercial, Institutional and Industrial sectors. Elpas delivers a complete line of real-time location based security solutions that help enhance individual safety, reduce property shrinkage, streamline operational workflows, protect the vulnerable, lessen negligence litigation and facilitate industry guideline compliance. Elpas currently serves customers throughout the Americas, the U.K., EMEA and Asia-Pacific. For more information, visit www.elpas.com.


About Tyco Security Products

Tyco Security Products is a unified group of the most comprehensive world-leading premium access control, video, location-based tracking and intrusion solutions in the security industry. Tyco Security Products conducts business in over 177 countries around the world, in multiple languages and employs over 2,800 employees globally, including research and development, marketing, manufacturing, sales, service and logistics teams in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific. Our products, built by developers from all product disciplines, consistently allow customers to see more, do more, and save more across multiple industries and segments including healthcare, government, transportation, finance, retail, commercial and residential.  Worldwide, Tyco Security Products helps protect 42% of Fortune 500 companies, transportation systems on five continents, 37% of the world’s top 100 retailers, over two million commercial enterprises, thousands of students in more than 900 educational facilities, and over five million private residences.

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]]>A new study from ESET reveals parents do not know how to face cyber bullying

A new study from ESET* has revealed that 54 percent of UK parents would have no idea if their child was being cyber bullied, highlighting that mo]]>Cyber bullying is rife on the internet and it involves using mobile phones or computers to intimidate, threaten or upset someone. Almost 45,000 children talked to ChildLine about bullying last year and most experts believe that the majority of young people will experience it at some point. However, despite cyber bullying being on the rise, ESET’s survey also revealed that 52 percent of parents would have absolutely have no idea what to do if their child was being cyber bullied.

In response to the findings of the study, Mark James, security specialist at ESET, said: “Cyber bullying is an increasing threat to children however it is relatively unknown territory for the majority of parents as many have no previous experience in dealing with the issue before. One of the most significant differences between cyber bullying and more traditional forms of bullying is that your child’s bully can follow them into their room. This ultimately can make cyber bullying even more daunting for a child as there is often no escape.”

Other findings from the study revealed that when parents were asked who they would target if their child was being cyber bullied responses were as follows:

  • 45 percent said their child’s school
  • 70 percent said they would contact the website involved
  • 38 percent said they would contact the cyber bully themselves

“The best way to deal with cyber bullying is to talk to your child and try to understand more about the situation. Parents should also advise their child not to respond to threats, however do not delete the messages as you will need these to verify that the cyber bullying is happening. There are a number of different ways to tackle cyber bullying, but they are all dependent on who is carrying out the bullying. If the cyber bullying is being carried out by another child at school, the parent should contact their teacher. If the bullying is being carried out by a stranger then contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) as they can then block the person from contacting your child further. Only in rare cases it is recommended that the parent actually approach the cyber bully themselves as this could ultimately cause further trouble,” continued James.

ESET’s seven golden rules for parents and children for online security:

  • Updated Antivirus and Security software is a necessity.
  • Updated OS as well as up to date installed applications is a necessity.
  • Be vigilant and monitor your child’s internet connection: set a password and allow children to surf the web only during the times when you can periodically check on their online activities. Set clear rules about the use of computers.
  • Instruct kids on internet privacy: they should never supply personal data and details to strangers on the web and social networks.
  • Control the web camera as it can be easily misused by criminals and strangers.  Unplug or cover your webcam when you don’t use it. There is malware that can access your webcam without you knowing about it or, if your machine is compromised, it could be turned back on remotely. Have children use camera only for approved communication: with known friends and family.
  • On social media, if you or your child shares the wall with “Everyone” or “Friends of friends” then you have lost control of who has access to all date
  • The information posted on the internet does not go away. Do not assume that when you delete a photo or even the whole social network account that you have automatically deleted all the data forever. Pictures and information might be already saved on someone else’s computer. Children and parents should think twice about which pictures and details to put on the Internet.

* This research was carried out by ESET and studied the attitudes of 971 parents and grandparents in the UK.

About ESET
Since 1987, ESET® has been developing record award-winning security software that now helps over 100 million users to Enjoy Safer Technology. Its broad security product portfolio covers all popular platforms and provides businesses and consumers around the world with the perfect balance of performance and proactive protection. The company has a global sales network covering 180 countries, and regional offices in Bratislava, San Diego, Singapore and Buenos Aires.



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A brand New HD Plate Recognition has been launched to the UK Market.

Access Control : New HD Number Plate Recognition in UK

ANPR HD Nortech

A new high definition automatic number plate recognition system (ANPR) for access control is being launched to the UK market providing vehicle identification even at a10m distance.

Introduced to the UK by access security specialist Nortech, the ANPR Access HD can be operated in standalone mode or combined with their Norpass PC-based access control software to manage admissions to sites.

Unique to the industry, Nedap’s ANPR Access HD offers dedicated capabilities for seamless access control without adaptation, unlike other products.

Nortech’s MD Stephen Blackler said “We’ve been supplying the standard Nedap ANPR system for two years and it has proved very popular for those access control applications where vehicles can’t be issued with electronic tags.”

The product has been proven to work with several leading access control systems, establishing itself as the ideal solution for vehicle access control and barrier-free entry applications. The HD sensor combined with powerful IR LED lighting enables it to read number plates, ADR hazard plates, etc. in challenging circumstances at distances of up to 10 metres.

It is suited to commercial car park facilities, corporate sites, visitor management applications, retail parking and airport parking.

While Nortech develops its own access control and vehicle management systems, the company has become the main UK distributor of Nedap’s ANPR systems, as it believes the system to be ahead of its field for tag-free vehicle access control.

“Stephen added: “The solutions that we provide using ANPR Access and ANPR Access HD don’t require the client to have access to a public vehicle registration database”

“We can also provide solutions that keep track of how long vehicles are on site and include exit control to provide added security and customer convenience.”

As a certified Nedap partner, Nortech also provides their other long-range identification systems such as uPASS Access, uPASS Reach and TRANSIT, which are already established as reliable RFID tagging solutions.


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]]>Monitorlinq and Somfy partner to offer new connected Services in Home Automation, Personal Safety and Tele-Care

New Connected Services in Home Automation, Personal Safety and Tele-Care

monitorlinq has just announced a strategic partnership with Somfy, expert designer of home automation solutions, to offer innovative new connected home solutions. 

Through the partnership, monitorlinq will enhance the Somfy TaHoma home automation system with its Enterprise-grade platform, adding services and alarms management.

This new Somfy offering, powered by monitorlinq, makes available a complete suite of solutions to satisfy the needs and expectations of consumers in home safety and wellbeing. A whole host of services are accessible from many devices, to simplify everyday life, improve personal safety, monitor family health and help elderly people live autonomously for a longer time in their homes.

All domestic equipment controlled by the TaHoma system, including critical energy-management devices; as well as devices connected to the monitorlinq service platform, such as activity trackers, personal alarms, weighing scales and blood pressure monitors; are converged to be a part of the new solution.

This convergence allows enhanced intelligence in managing the wellbeing of family members and elderly people. User possibilities include, for example:

  • Monitor an elderly person who wakes up in the night and wanders lost inside their home
  • Remotely monitor the correct administration of medication
  • Receive an alert when a child has not returned from school as normal
  • Remotely allow home access for an authorised care person

Powered by monitorlinq, the new TaHoma interface is intuitive and simple to use, offering modules dedicated to home comfort, personal wellbeing, safety and healthcare.

The monitorlinq platform allows several levels of connectivity for professional services offering immediate options to dispatch critical alarms to security or tele-care experts.

Its added value is to enable an authorised network to support and help thanks to intuitive permissions management given to a close environment such as family, neighbours and friends.

The converged Somfy and monitorlinq solution is a turn-key solution ready for integration with mobile network operators and insurance providers, as well as professional alarm and care centres encompassing security, intrusion, and telecare.

monitorlinq statement:

Jean David Miquel, CMO of monitorlinq comments:

Our co-operation with Somfy has been a real joint approach from the start and we are delighted to formalize this partnership. With the know-how of Somfy, a leader in home automation, and our background in managing connected services, especially in the dispatch of critical alerting towards professional help, we believe that this strategic alliance will improve the lives of people in their homes, in particular the elderly.

Somfy statement:

Emmanuel Joumard, Home Automation Director of Somfy:

       Our partnership with monitorlinq is a natural fit and we are pleased with the opportunity to bring together our expertise. This integration enables Somfy to offer a turn-key system of products and services, which are unique and innovative that will revolutionise the quality of life for the consumer and their close family network.

About monitorlinq

monitorlinq is an innovative start-up company offering on a SaaS basis its Enterprise grade platform converging services dedicated to home, as well as the safety and health of the consumers. The monitorlinq platform is turn-key prepared for integration to services in partnership with Mobile Network Operators as well as Insurance Providers. By cooperating actively with a growing number of leading manufacturers of connected devices, as well as with professional safety and care companies, monitorlinq proposes extremely reliable and cutting edge technology solutions which innovates by the intelligent converged management of connected objects, information, services and related critical alarm dispatch.

About Somfy

Somfy develops and markets since over 40 years home automation products related to the opening and closing of shutters and gates in houses and buildings. These solution help improving the life environment of consumers by responding to their needs related to comfort, security, and energy saving. Somfy motors and home automation controls are used in house, offices, shops and public buildings, and enable constantly new solutions for daily life. Somfy is world leader with a turnover of around one billion Euros, a local presence in 60 countries, and 8400 staff members. Somfy is also leading the domotic world with over 300 000 connected solutions.


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Zwipe CEO, Kim Humborstad explains how Biometric Cards Improve the Security and Extend the Life of Proximity and Smart Card Systems, even in HID and Allegion Card-Based Solutions.

Security improved by Biometric Cards

More and more, security professionals using card-based front ends for their access control systems have been worried about the security of their proximity systems. A convenient way to establish higher security within certain areas of a building is an appealing idea to many security directors. Whether it’s to more highly secure the pharmacy lab at a hospital, the laboratory at a government research facility or the tarmac at a small airport, some locations simply need to have more scrutiny paid to who is entering. They know, that for $200 or less, their proximity card system can be violated.

After all, proximity systems do not offer a challenge response; they only use passive authentication. The card simply sends the exact same 32 bits each time. A proximity card is easy to mimic. Just record an AM broadcast and replay it. An AM transmitter costs only $30 to build.

It is straightforward to read a proximity card from close range with standard lab equipment. The card can also be easily read from several feet away. Inexpensive card sniffing devices can be bought online that will effortlessly pull the card number and replay it at critical access points.

Meanwhile, your customer has a slew of proximity readers installed and the CFO is not going to be happy to hear they need to tear out all their proximity card readers to secure their facilities. Add a PIN, someone advises. Going beyond the card only – something they carry – and adding a PIN – something they know – many organizations employ multi-factor authentication at such locations. But, even that is done irregularly as this often means a different reader is needed. Yet, even when this is undertaken, somebody else can use still use another employee’s card and PIN.

Some suggest that this can be done with a smart card. After all, the multi-application flexibility of contactless smart cards lets a facility use them for logical/information access control, time and attendance and other applications in addition to physical access control. Each application gets its own memory space on the card or tag and security keys prevent one application from accessing another. For those considering biometrics at some of their access points, the card can even hold the biometric template.

Nonetheless, there still remains a problem with the smart card. Who is presenting the smart card to the reader? The system doesn’t know. All it can understand is that an authorized card has been presented to the reader. Thus, the door should open, respective of who is holding the card.

Only biometrics provides the solution for authenticating “who” is at the door. In the perfect world of large budgets, facilities would have a biometrics reader at every door that would need higher security. Of course, that would mean ripping out the present card readers and having to budget the money for new biometric readers plus the make the investment of making sure that the biometric integrates into their present access control system.

Adding Biometrics Will Help Secure the Facility – But, At What Cost?

What if the biometric was put directly on the card? The proximity or smart card credential with on-card fingerprint reading would provide all the assets of the proximity or smart card and eliminate its most glaring deficiencies, not knowing who is holding it as well as eliminate the problems of sniffing.

A biometric card quickly reads the user’s fingerprint in less than a second. Eliminating the problems of solely deploying proximity or smart cards, the wirelessly powered biometric card lets users authenticate themselves directly on the card through something they are, a fingerprint or thumbprint. Only then will the card system activate the lock. This is much more secure than simply using a standard proximity or smart card, which verifies only something the user carries and can easily be duplicated.

The precept is simple. An on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless card which has universal compatibility with all ISO 14443 readers (the standard contactless card reader) from the leading brands, including HID and Allegion readers. The biometric card is DESFIRE EV1 and MIFARE Classic compatible, meaning it works with proximity card readers as well as smart card readers. Without having to change out an organization’s existing readers, the biometric card provides an easy, low cost way for security manager to provide a biometric upgrade to access control systems using card readers.

Importantly, the biometric card is more secure to use than other available ID and authentication solutions on the market today. The fingerprint data is captured by the on-card fingerprint scanner and is stored only inside the card. No exchange of data is conducted with external systems. This provides secure template management since the fingerprint never leaves the card. It also eliminates user concerns with privacy issues. The card is unique to the user and only the authorized card holder can activate card communication with the reader. When a positive match occurs, the biometric card activates communication with the lock or reader in the same way as other ISO 14443 contactless smart cards.

Problem Solved – Keep Using Your Proximity/Smart Card System

Security improved by Biometric Cards

No longer do your customers need to worry about quickly replacing their proximity card or smart card readers to secure their facilities. With a biometric proximity card or biometric smart card, security managers and their integrators can use biometrics on high security openings, such as a hospital pharmacy, IT server room or special research lab, without having to switch out their card readers for biometric readers.

Biometric cards can be issued to key staff and personnel providing the enhanced security benefits of 2-factor biometric authentication without any changes to their existing access control system software or proximity readers. Administrators simply add the biometric card into their system in the same way they incorporate their present proximity or smart cards, all the while extending the life and return on investment of their installed proximity card systems.


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]]>Facebook has introduced a new payment facility allowing users to send money to friends free of charge.

Facebook Payment Facility and Security: Imperva comments

Mark Kraynak, chief product officer at Imperva comments :

“The security scenario seems to be most similar to paypal use.  So the main risk I see for users is that someone will take over their Facebook account and be able to transfer money.  At first blush, the Facebook approach seems on par security-wise with Paypal.  I would recommend using the additional transfer authentication features that Facebook offers.  There’s been a lot of talk recently about increased fraud via Apple Pay and this offering doesn’t seem to be subject to the same issues (which is that fraudsters in possession of a stolen card number can abuse it via Apple Pay).  I think the main impact of this offering isn’t security, but that Facebook will undercut Paypal on fees.”



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]]>Zwipe joins aptiQ® Alliance Program. aptiQ users can authenticate themselves directly on biometric card without adding biometric reader.

Biometric card : Zwipe Joins Allegion’s aptiQ]]>

Zwipe, a global leader in biometric authentication technology, today announced that it has joined the aptiQ® Alliance Program, a collaborative group of global companies that support Allegion’s aptiQ smart card technology to create an ecosystem of open, highly secure solutions. Zwipe can now provide aptiQ customers with biometric authorization using their presently installed aptiQ card readers. aptiQ users will be able to authenticate themselves directly on the Zwipe biometric card without adding a biometric reader to existing aptiQ® multi-technology card reader systems.

“Zwipe offers a unique credential-based biometric solution to the market that complements the aptiQ portfolio of products,” reports Allegion’s Director of Technology Alliances Diane Kehlenbeck. “Zwipe’s product allows aptiQ customers who are looking to enhance security practices with the ability to incorporate two-factor authentication seamlessly into their existing systems.”

“Using the Zwipe Access biometric card is yet another way that Allegion is bringing multi-factor verification and authorization to its large customer base,” adds Kim Humborstad, CEO of Zwipe. “Having been invited to join the great team of Alliance Program organizations shows how both Allegion and Zwipe are helping customers extend the life of their existing infrastructure while simultaneously increasing their level of security.”

The problems associated with PINs and passwords are eliminated through the use of Zwipe’s biometric authentication technology. With Zwipe’s patented on-card authentication, only the authorized cardholder can activate communication with the reader. This means no more lending or borrowing ID badges to access buildings, university labs, hospital pharmacies, data centers or networks.

The on-card fingerprint scanner with 3D capacitive technology resides on the contactless smart card which is compatible with aptiQ and XceedID® card readers as the Zwipe biometric card supports proximity and aptiQ MIFARE® and MIFARE DESFire® EV1 technologies. Without having to change out the existing readers, the Zwipe Access biometric card provides an easy, low-cost way for organizations to provide a biometric upgrade to access control systems.

By incorporating Zwipe’s biometric solution to access control, organizations can increase the security of their systems, their employees and their assets by changing the authentication from something they carry to something they are without any modification to their existing infrastructure. The issues associated with lost or stolen credentials are dramatically reduced.
About Allegion™

Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage® and Von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. Allegion is a $2 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.

About Zwipe

Starting in 2009, Zwipe challenged the status quo of identity verification by replacing PINs and passwords with fingerprint authentication. After developing the leanest, fastest, and most power efficient fingerprint algorithm in the world, Zwipe continued disrupting the industry through its patented energy harvesting technology. No longer dependent on batteries, Zwipe fingerprint readers harvest the energy needed from already existing access, transport, border control and financial infrastructures. With its already strong portfolio of patent applications, Zwipe continues to develop and refine its innovative technology.


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Enterprise users of Solid State Drives (SSD) have become increasingly vigilant about the health and longevity of the memory within their servers.

How to deal with servers memory’s endurance

There is a growing awareness among many datacentres operating commercially critical systems that the benefits of the fast speeds delivered by flash memory also has a ‘dark side’ that needs to be managed. At a recent launch of their new enterprise range of high performance SSDs, Integral Memory has called for greater awareness amongst corporate users and value added resellers to choose the right SSD drive for the purpose.
New generations of ever faster SSDs have demanded more from the flash architecture that delivers data at blistering speeds. However it is a critical mistake to use mainstream SSD products as “drop in” replacements for obsolete HDD drives. Users must specify SSD units that match the application the server is delivering. Failure to install sufficiently robust drives will lead to down-time, extra maintenance costs and ultimately creating a data loss ‘time bomb’ at the centre of a server installation.

“There is a growing realisation about this issue among our customers, yet there are many datacentre managers that seem unaware of the key specifications required of an SSD that will ensure against endurance issues” says Samik Halai, Senior Product Manager at Integral Memory. “The ideal product requires a balance between key factors of bandwidth, performance and latency in order to cope with intensive read/write workloads.”Integral SSD rangeAn awareness of the quantity of data to be written is essential to build a data server that is resilient. Typically, these performance issues are expressed in terms of drive write per day (DWPD) or terabytes written (TBW) over the expected lifetime of a drive. However these guideline can be difficult to apply as a benchmark to the ever changing demands on a corporate datacentre. Essentially, the use of mainstream SSDs undermines not only the endurance but also the consistent performance requirements of a datacentre due to the low latency or lag in the data write operations (IOPS) of a commodity drive that is destined for the consumer market.Integral Memory’s solution has been to launch a two-tier range of products that are both designed to perform under high, yet differing intensities. The higher tier Enterprise 1 SSD is a premium SSD with super-high endurance, geared for applications within mixed workload duties such as online transaction processing, as a drive within an email server and high performance cloud and data warehousing. The more cost-effective, entry-level Enterprise 2 SSD has been developed for servers that operate under high read-intensive workloads, suitable for video on demand, content streaming servers and webservers.

“By stating the application suitability on the side of the box – we hope to demystify the endurance issue for our customers and provide peace of mind for datacentre managers” commented Samik Halai. “These drives with reduced latencies and sustained IOPS are also covered by a 3 year warranty to give ultimate re-assurance to datacentre managers”.The Integral Enterprise SSD range are SATA 6Gpbs and are available as E1 (for mixed workload applications) in 120, 240, 480 and 960 gigabytes. The E2 range (for read intensive applications) is available as 240, 480 and 960 gigabyte drives.

About Integral

Integral was founded in London, England during 1989 and quickly became one of Europe’s leading DRAM specialists. Over the next two decades Integral expanded its product range as the solid-state flash memory market matured. Integral has long-term partnerships with leading component suppliers including Toshiba, Samsung and Hynix. International sales offices have been established in France, Spain, the Netherlands and the UAE..

Integral’s passion is to deliver the latest memory products built on quality, reliability and great prices.

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E2S has launched a new compact high output D2x explosion proof horn sounders and horn/beacon units.

New compact explosion proof horn sounders D2x


E2S, based in West London, England, designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of signalling products for industrial, marine and hazardous area environments.

The new D2x family from E2S Warning Signals is based on a high output 116 dB(A) SPL 64-tone 4-stage horn sounder, which can be combined with a powerful 5 or 10 Joule Xenon strobe in a compact 130 mm wide, 125 mm deep die-cast marine grade aluminium housing. Designed for use in Zone 2, 22 and Division 2 hazardous locations, the D2x is a truly global product range, with multiple approvals permitting use in regions covered by IECEx, ATEX, NEC and CEC regulations.

With four remotely triggered alarm stages the D2x can signal multiple safety warnings or process events. In the combined units, the Xenon strobe beacon and the alarm horn sounder can be activated individually via separate terminations or linked for simultaneous operation from a common power supply. The horns offer 64 internationally and nationally recognised alarm tones plus continuous, intermittent, sweeping and alternating tones with an effective range of up to 125m (410ft); multi-sounder systems are automatic synchronised. In combined audible/visible units the polycarbonate beacon lenses are user-changeable, with a choice of Amber, Blue, Clear, Green, Magenta, Red and Yellow colours.

The corrosion proof, marine grade aluminium die cast enclosure, available in either red or grey, is phosphated and powder coated with an ingress protection level of IP66 and NEMA Type 4/4X/3R and 13, ensuring resilience in the harshest of environments. Dual cable entries and duplicated cable termination provide the facility to loop in and out; minimising installation time and cost. For maximum compatibility, the devices can be powered from 24 or 48 VDC or 115 or 230 VAC.



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