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OpenConnect from Apollo achieves full integration of Fire Detection with BMS in a single device

09 June 2011

Apollo Fire Detectors Ltd has developed a new product that allows fire detection to be fully integrated into building management systems (BMS) without the need for complex bespoke solutions or the use of multiple interfaces.

OpenConnect Gateway® is effectively a ‘plug and play’ device that can be incorporated into a fire control panel by the manufacturer. It takes the information from the control panel and relays it to the BMS using standard protocols such as BACnet™, Modbus® or LonWorks®. This brings system specifiers and end users all the benefits of inter-system communication; such as faster response times, co-ordinated strategies in case of emergency or failure, and pre-planned and pre-programmed evacuation procedures. Because it is an integral part of the fire control panel, it is also simple to install and reduces associated time and costs.

This integration solution has been developed in conjunction with Tridium and uses their well-established Niagra AX software framework, on which many building monitoring, automation and control applications are based. Apollo has also worked closely with leading fire panel manufacturers through its Panel Partnership and the OpenConnect protocol will be available to participating control panel manufacturers under licence. The licenced manufacturer will be able to develop their own software to incorporate this protocol and will provide a suitable physical connection between their panel and the OpenConnect Gateway.

The new integration device is being made available in four base model options: 200 BMS points, 1,600 BMS points, 12,000 BMS points and 25,000 BMS points. For maximum integration, each OpenConnect Gateway includes as standard two Ethernet ports, an RS232 and RS484 port, a 15V dc input and two spare comms card slots.


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