Advanced has recently launched a new device that makes its market-leading networking more flexible and configurable than ever. The PENN is a new card and network node that allows peripheral input and output cards to be placed anywhere on the network, and up to 1.5km from the nearest fire panel or next PENN node.
PENN stands for Peripheral Expansion Network Node. Up to 32 peripheral cards covering everything from input, interface and i/o cards to relay, sounder, LED and switch cards can be attached to a PENN, and 199 PENNs can be added to a network. This means over 6,000 peripheral cards can be placed almost anywhere around the network.
The PENN adds to the flexibility Advanced’s fire panel offering. Previously, peripheral cards had to be connected to a fire panel’s P-BUS (they still can be) and limited to 10m from the panel.
Aston Bowles, head of marketing at Advanced, said: “Advanced’s ease-of-use and the power and resilience of its networking are already well understood and admired. The PENN provides our customers with more freedom and even simpler installation and configuration that improve performance and reduce installation costs.
“Freeing the peripheral cards from the panel is a good idea, but the creative ways our customers are using the PENN and peripheral cards to solve installation and config challenges is genuinely surprising, and we’re seeing it used on all manner and sizes of projects.”
The PENN is currently compatible with Advanced’s MxPro multiprotocol panels and Axis EN fire systems.
The industry’s leading range of detector test equipment has expanded further with the arrival of an innovative new smoke tester. Solo 365 is an exciting new development which allows for faster, simpler and cleaner testing of smoke detectors.
Following in the tradition of all Solo products, it offers the quality and reliability associated with the Solo range and is approved by all leading detector manufacturers. It offers a wide range of features which make for the ultimate user experience when testing detectors on a wide range of sites.
Among the unique features is an auto-LED torch which automatically activates when light levels drop – making for easier locating and testing of detectors in dark areas. Also included is a built in clearing-mode which ensures smoke is rapidly extracted from the area around the detector and eliminates nuisance repeat alarms. The unique slim-line design of the Solo 365 means it can easily access tight spaces and an optional ASD adaptor also allows for functional testing of aspirating smoke detection systems.
With smoke generated on demand via cartridges and no reliance on pressurised aerosols cans, Solo 365 is unaffected by upcoming regulation changes offering a fully compliant solution to smoke detector testing.
Solo 365 is available now – for more information visit
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