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Firescape - Dynamic Exit

Wayfinding
Computer Monitored, Addressable Emergency Lighting System

AS/NZS 2293

 

Introduction

Efficient evacuation in an emergency can be constrained by the complex nature of buildings and its occupants.

Although emergency signage systems are widely used as a well-established means of facilitating evacuation, research demonstrates that only 38% of people ‘see’ conventional static emergency signage in simulated emergency situations. Conventional signage only conveys single and passive information, therefore they cannot be adapted to respond to developing evacuation situations and events.

FIREscape’s Dynamic X and way-finding capability automatically determines the best path of egress based on the location identified by a building’s fire detection and alarm panel and/ or other third party systems. This revolutionary system has been designed to ensure that all building occupants (self help/ assisted help) are not only directed from compromised routes but are given the best possible opportunity to escape, even if they are unfamiliar with the building layout.

Results
  • Increase occupant awareness of viable/alternative routes and paths of egress
  • Improve responder’s situation awareness
  • Reduce evacuation time by enhanced decision making process
  • Reduced casualties
Research based on FSEG Greenwich Uni.
Features
  • Complies and certified to Australian Standards AS/NZS 2293
  • Dynamic Exit Signs (Smart Exit Signs/Intelligent Exit Signs) & Escape Light activation capability
  • LED technology
  • Self-contained lithium back-up battery
  • Blade style fitting for aesthetics
  • Real time monitoring, testing and automatic reporting
  • Minimum 10 year luminaire and system life expectancy
  • Massive savings on ongoing running/operational costs (power, testing, maintenance etc)
  • Complete remote accessibility and system control (optional graphics package)
  • Utilises Hochiki’s world renowned Fire Systems Communications protocol
  • 127 luminaires per line, 254 luminaire per panel
  • Keypad interface, control, fault and diagnostic
Example Application
Fire engineering solution
2 BRIGHTER OR FLASHING
Positive
Enforcement
 
3 ACTIVATE
Highlighted
Escape Route
 
1 RED-X
Negative
Enforcement
 

 

EXAMPLE OF WAYFINDING – NON COMPLIANCE
1 RED-X
Negative enforcement

Normally the exit sign is illuminated and carries the AS2293 symbols of a running man, door and direction arrow. In the event of a fire affecting a specific escape route, the appropriate signage is switched off and replaced by an illuminated RED ‘X’ symbol

2 BRIGHTER
OR FLASHING
Positive enforcement

In the event of a fire situation, the AS2293 exit signs can be programmed to either increase brightness intensity, or flash to increase visual awareness and indicate positive paths of egress.

3 ACTIVATE
Highlighted escape rout

AS2293 emergency lighting can be programmed to activate and highlight paths and routes of egress in an emergency event.

 

Example Application
Increased visual awareness of viable paths and exits
Highlighted
Escape Route
 
Negative
Enforcement
 
Positive
Enforcement
 

 

Example Application
Security (CCTV), Graphics, Manual Intervention
MANUAL CONTROL

FIREscape Emergency Escape and Dynamic Exit Lighting can be activated via manual intervention (switch) or from the system’s graphics package (EL-GRAPH). Security or the building Incident Manager monitoring the evolution of an event have the ability to direct occupants to the nearest optimal evacuation route by activating the appropriate dynamic exits.

All occupants deserve a safe way into a building, and more importantly out from a building in an emergency event, including those that may have mobility disabilities in negotiating traditional egress routes.

FIREscape can provide appropriate Exit signage that directs occupants to refuge points of assisted help or accessible egress routes

FIREscape also provides early activation of emergency escape lighting illuminating critical areas, including points of emphasis like:

  • Fire assembly points
  • Disabled refuge areas
  • Examination / treatment rooms
  • Fire evacuation stairs
  • Paths of egress
  • Hazardous area

 

Installation Example
Intelligent Dynamic Exit Sign (Smart Exit Sign/Intelligent Exit Sign)
Deactivated AS/NZS 2293 Exit Sign
Luminarie = escape luminarie
Emergency lighting panel
EL-IO Input/Output interface module
Fire detector
Fire detection panel
Luminarie circuit* IF to fire detection Fire detection cable

* Only specific areas shown due to simplification

 

Wayfinding System Overview
Interfacing with third party system

NOTE: Dynamic Exit incorporation may be specified by a fire safety engineer as part of a Fire Engineered performance-based solution to satisfy the requirements of the NCC. This fire engineered solution may result in the Dynamic Exit component now forming part of a critical life safety, and essential service measure to a buildings occupant warning and emergency evacuation procedure. With this in mind, consideration should be given to continuous monitoring of Dynamic Exits for faulty / incorrect operation that may otherwise compromise system performance much like any other critical component of a life safety system ie detectors, sounders etc. FIREscape can achieve this by providing indication either at the FDCIE, Emergency Lighting Control Panel Graphics, PC and / or Interface, Dynamic Exit Luminaire etc

  • FIREscape’s entire addressable system is continuously monitored (real time). This ensures system integrity by providing notification should any Dynamic X Exit signs be compromised or tampered.
  • FIREscape requires one single input from the fire panel to activate any chosen number of Dynamic X Exits via “Cause & Effect” programming logic.
  • Quick installation of 1 x pair 1.5mm twisted screened cable (power & data) for entire system, as opposed to power & input command potentially 5 cable system (240V Pos, Neg, Earth – Command Pos, Neg)
Features
  • AS/NZS 2293 Compliant (normal state)
  • Real time monitoring and testing of Dynamic Exit
  • Recessed blade option (EL-REC24)
  • Hinged to fit any surface
  • Interface with any third party systems; fire detection, emergency evacuation building management systems
  • Flexible, simple cause and effect programming activation
  • Single input can activate multiple Dynamic Exit and/or Emergency Escape Luminaires
  • Accommodate up to 64 different event types and scenarios
  • Provide fault indication of system via FDCIE, Emergency Lighting Control Panel Keypad, Graphics, PC and/or GSM
The FIREscape System:

EL-2 Addressable Control Panel

The EL-2 emergency light control panel features two lines, each line can accommodate 127 exit signs, route lights or I/O units.

The EL-2 supplies the operational voltage to the light units during normal conditions, whilst also completing the continuous testing and monitoring of the equipment on the system. All monitored event information is saved in the memory of the control panel, and this can be accessed by a connected EL-KP key pad.

EL-KP Lighting System Keypad

EL-KP is an emergency lighting control panel keypad for use with the EL-2 panel. The control panel is operated and interrogated through the compact backlit LCD graphical display of the keypad, which can show system status of the lighting units including battery charge and LED faults.

One EL-2 control panel can support a total of 8 EL-KP keypad units and up to a max of 48 panels per graphics package.

EL-DL2-AS Corridor Down Light

EL-DL2-AS is an LED-based, addressable corridor down light featuring one high-powered LED with a specially engineered dual surface free-form optic. The unit’s body contains the electronics and the stand-by battery and features a bicoloured status LED indicating charge/fault status (green for charging, red for fault).

The unit has been designed to easily fit onto Hochiki’s test switch base (EL-TSB).

EL-DL3-AS Open Space Down Light

EL-DL3-AS is an LED-based, addressable open space down light featuring one high-powered LED with a specially engineered dual surface free-form optic. The unit’s body contains the electronics and the stand-by battery and features a bicoloured status LED indicating charge/fault status (green for charging, red for fault).

The unit has been designed to easily fit onto Hochiki’s standard test switch base (EL-TSB).

NF89-C-AS High Power Corridor Down Light

The NF89-C-AS Corridor luminaire is an addressable processor controlled device using modern LED technology and is equipped with a battery. It uses one conductor pair for both power and communication. The conductors are connected to a separate round mounting base onto which the luminaire is mounted. The luminaire uses a bigger battery than standard and needs a battery spacer NFW/BS.

The battery is mounted into the spacer and the spacer is connected to the luminaire with a bayonet fix. The package is then mounted onto the base.

NF89-0-AS High Power Open Space Down Light

The NF89-0-AS Open Area luminaire is an addressable processor controlled device using modern LED technology and is equipped with a battery. It uses one conductor pair for both power and communication. The conductors are connected to a separate round mounting base onto which the luminaire is mounted. The luminaire uses a bigger battery than standard and needs a battery spacer NFW/BS.

The battery is mounted into the spacer and the spacer is connected to the luminaire with a bayonet fix. The package is then mounted onto the base.

Dynamic Exit Signs (Smart Exit Signs/Intelligent Exit Signs)

Dynamic Exit Signs (Smart Exit Signs/Intelligent Exit Signs) are available. Please contact us (sales@hochikiaustralia.com or 02-9738-5566) for further information.

24M Addressable Exit Sign

An LED-based, addressable 24m viewable exit light with a flexible ‘flex it’ hinge solution. The exit light’s hinge cup contains the electronics and stand-by battery and allows the unit to attach to the Hochiki EL-TSB mounting base. The cup also features a bicoloured status LED indicating charge/fault status (green for charging, red for fault), approved to AS2293.

NFW68/89-RA Recess Adaptor

The NFW68/89-RA is a mounting adaptor for the Emergency Lighting product range and their associated mounting bases. It allows a base and light combination to be flush mounted by providing a recess fixing in the ceiling. (shown with luminaire fitted – not supplied)

Allows all current FIREscape luminaires to be flush mounted: EL-DL2-AS, EL-DL3-AS, NF89-O-AS, NF89-C-AS.

EL-REC24 Recess Adaptor

These recess adaptor brackets allow a semi-flush fitting of the Dynamic Exit Signs and EL-24 exit signs. The brackets need to be fitted with an exit sign and a mounting base (not supplied) and are equipped with spring loaded clips for secure fixing to most suspended ceiling materials. The brackets feature a small inspection hole in the ceiling plate which allows sight of the bicoloured status LED on the exit sign cup within the ceiling void.

Learn More

We have a range of FIREscape® literature which you can download for free, see the PDF icons below:

Dynamic Exit Sign System Catalogue Dynamic Exit Sign Leaflet Dynamic Exit Sign Specification