Global Fire Equipment launches OWL – an advanced ‘plug and play’ fire alarm management and monitoring software

Global Fire Equipment (GFE) has launched OWL, an advanced ‘plug and play’ fire alarm management and monitoring software for its CHAMELEON Network range of intelligent control panels.

Thanks to its high-quality graphical user interface, OWL users can monitor the status of their fire alarm panels and receive real-time information and complete visibility of their entire fire detection alarm system (FDAS).

Intuitive, user-friendly and very easy to set up and operate, OWL is the ideal solution for all sizes and types of installations – supporting everything from a single panel system to multi-panel and multi-site applications with up to 64 systems.

In three simple steps, customers can use OWL to import their configuration files from the panel to the OWL monitoring software:

  • Step 1 – export the configuration files from the fire alarm control panel to a PC
  • Step 2 – import the configuration files from the PC to the OWL software
  • Step 3 – commission the system with a simple click, drag and drop

OWL is fully compatible with GFE’s CHAMELEON Network range of intelligent control panels; G-ONE, GEKKO and OCTO+.  As it’s a PC-based platform, OWL can be accessed simultaneously from different PCs wherever they are in the world as long as they are on the same network. The software can be backed up in case of a main PC outage and a customer’s configuration file can also be restored.

OWL’s sleek and easy to use graphical user interface displays all of the system’s devices and alarm events, along with information about the state of the panel. Arranged in a simple and logical way using a floor plan, the graphics and icons allow users to identify in real time any fire alarms and faults and then quickly respond.

Each panel can be displayed on the screen as though the operator was standing in front of it, and basic command actions such as ‘activate sounders’, ‘silence sounders’, ‘silence buzzers’ and ‘system reset’ can be achieved in an intuitive way from the software’s main menu. Simple control buttons allow the user to enable and disable field devices, and analogue values can also be obtained from all field devices via a menu selection.

OWL software records every individual alarm, fault, user access and interaction on the FDAS, providing complete system visibility. The affected area of the building is highlighted, and the icons indicate the exact location of an alarm event or fault. Every system interaction is logged, and the log can be exported where required, for example, to provide an insurance company with a log of alarms/warnings in the event of a fire or to provide a fire brigade with fire detection logs for weekly fire testing.

There are two levels of control of the OWL software: administrator and operator. Up to four administrators can have full access to the system and can use the software to make any changes to the system’s cause and effect configuration. Programming for administrators is password protected. An unlimited number of users can be granted operator control and can receive email or SMS notifications – or both. Once users are defined, each individual user can be given specific instructions.

Fernando Oliveira, Director at GFE, comments: “We’re very excited to launch our new OWL software which has been a year in development. OWL fills a gap in the global market for a user-friendly alarm management and monitoring software programme which is easy to assemble, connect and operate. This launch is the first of three planned phases in the product development for OWL and with a number of installations of this software now underway across our global customer base, the next phase is to develop an OWL App and a connective tool in the near future. Eventually, our plan is that OWL will evolve to be a cloud-based system whereby our customers will be able to control centralised systems and keep track of their panels wherever they are located in the world.”

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Global Fire Equipment (GFE) awarded EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 approval, demonstrating compatibility and connectivity of its systems

Leading fire detection equipment manufacturer, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has been awarded EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 system compatibility approval, demonstrating the company’s ongoing commitment to offering its customers best-in-class fire detection and alarm solutions.

An international third-party accredited laboratory awarded GFE the EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 approval for its entry level and high-end addressable fire detection and alarm systems.

EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 is one of 23 standards for fire detection and alarm (product) systems (FDASs) in the EN54 series of standards. The European standards define the requirements, test methods and performance criteria required by various individual components making up FDAS.

EN 54-13 differs from the other standards because it is a system performance standard rather than a product standard.  It is a particularly important standard as it confirms the compatibility and connectivity of all the individual components of a FDAS to work together. EN54-13 was first published in 2005 and has since been adapted with a number of technical revisions. As such, the 2005 edition is recognised as being outdated and will soon become obsolete.

João Paulo Ajami, Managing Director of GFE, comments: “We are delighted to have been awarded the latest EN 54-13 approval. When specifying fire detection and alarm solutions it is always advisable to specify that the system approval should be the latest version and, as such, this announcement brings GFE right up to date. This is a significant achievement and further demonstrates our commitment to compliance and innovation. Our customers now have the added reassurance that each individual component of our fire systems will work in conjunction with the other components which, in turn, conform to the relevant standard for that particular component.

“We have witnessed a marked increase in the number of authorities, specifiers, installers and end users requesting EN 54-13 compliance, and we’re also seeing EN 54-13 compliance being stated in the approval requirements for commercial installations in several European countries.  Now, with the full EN 54-13:2017+A1:2019 approval in place, we can guarantee that our entire systems and fire control panel networks offer compatibility and connectivity.”

Global Fire Equipment appoints new Technical Support Engineer for the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and the Middle East

Leading European-based fire detection manufacturer, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has appointed Sudeep Dalvi as Technical Support Engineer to cater for the company’s growing customer base in the Indian subcontinent, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and the Middle East.

Sudeep will be responsible for providing advanced technical support for GFE’s partners’ installation and service teams, developing and delivering technical training, as well as writing technical specifications for GFE’s product ranges and strengthening the company’s existing pre- and post-sales technical support for customers in these key regions.

Sudeep has extensive experience in the fire detection industry having worked across project planning, installation, commissioning and maintenance roles for two leading international suppliers to the fire detection and safety industry.

Based in Mumbai, India, Sudeep will report to Vikrant Patil, GFE’s Regional Director for India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Paul Pope, Global Fire Group’s Business Development Director Worldwide, comments: “We are delighted to welcome Sudeep to the company. His vast experience in providing technical support for fire detection solutions across commercial, industrial and marine sectors make him ideally placed to further strengthen our offering for both existing and new customers in India, Sri Lanka, South East Asia and the Middle East, all of which are strategically important regions for GFE.”

Commenting on his role, Sudeep adds: “It’s an exciting time to be joining GFE as the company has a very strong product offering and is experiencing substantial growth. There are a number of large-scale projects in the pipeline in the regions I’ll be covering, so I know my skillset and technical expertise will add value as these projects come to fruition. I’m very much looking forward to this exciting challenge and collaborating with my new colleagues at GFE.”

Global Fire Equipment launches the G-One, a versatile addressable single loop fire control panel with advanced connectivity

Innovative manufacturer of fire detection equipment, Global Fire Equipment (GFE), has added to its product portfolio with the launch of G-One, a versatile addressable single loop fire control panel with advanced connectivity.

The G-One has been designed with affordability and flexibility in mind. Thanks to its sophisticated design, easy installation and intuitive commissioning, it is an ideal solution for a wide range of single loop applications, from offices and restaurants, to shops, schools and more.  The control panel can be either surface or recessed mounted.

CPR Certified to EN54-2 and EN54-4, the G-One offers advanced Chameleon peer-to-peer multi-master network communications and is capable of being networked with up to 32 fire control panels from the GFE range. The control panel has a high-integrity digital protocol for resilient high- speed monitoring and data communication with up to 250 devices on a single loop. Powerful cause and effect programming capabilities, along with enhanced system diagnostics performance, are also offered by the panel.

One of the unique benefits offered by the G-One panel is its installer-friendly dynamic, automatic self-learn facility, which continuously auto-learns, without human intervention, bypassing the traditional manually initiated auto-learn process.  The G-One also features a unique high resolution back-lit blue graphical LCD display, which ensures a clear and effective user interface.

The G-One is fully compatible with all GFE-manufactured digital analogue-addressable loop devices and its menu structure is identical to existing GFE panels, ensuring familiarity and ease of operation for users.

Paul Pope, Group Business Development Director Worldwide, at GFE, comments: “We are delighted to bring to market this highly versatile fire control panel. The G-One incorporates sophisticated peer-to-peer multi-master network communications and powerful cause and effect programming capability, the panel is easy to install, programme and operate, making it the ideal choice for a wide range of single loop applications. We are confident that G-One will be well-received by our international customer base.”