Why and where do we need alarm management
You’ll be amazed at where our AMX alarm management software ends up being installed. What’s more because of the way we go to market we don’t always know who the end user is either!

However, there are some important and significant premises that utilise our software to help manage the thousands of fire sensors that populate modern buildings. Every commercial building has to have a fire detection and alarm system, in the main to warn the occupants of the need to evacuate the premises in the event of a fire. However, as buildings get bigger, more complex and the level of occupation increases the requirements for a comprehensive fire detection and alarm system become more onerous. This is great for the safety of the building and its occupants but brings about a number of challenges for the premises management. Firstly, it’s important to know where all the fire sensors and manual call points are located, are they working and most importantly of all when were they last tested.

Take a building like The Shard, one of London’s tallest. The building has a range of tenants with different requirements such as a hotel, offices, bars, retail and members of the public to its upper floor viewing gallery.  Ensuring the safety of everyone in the event of a fire is paramount. And whilst this was a new building with a new fire detection and alarm system, standard off the shelf fire detection and alarm control panels only provide a limited amount of information with respect to the device in alarm and its location and no information to operational staff as to what to do in the event of a fire in a particular location. Drax Technology’s proven AMX software can add a significant amount of additional detail to help in the event of an unforeseen emergency event.

Many of the organisations that purchase our AMX alarm management software buy it to integrate numerous fire detection alarm systems that have been installed on a piecemeal basis over many years. As a consequence these systems have been supplied by different fire specialists using equipment from different manufacturers. Fortunately for Drax Technology this is not an issue as our AMX alarm management software can be equipped with different network managers capable of communicating via a serial port with virtually all the major fire alarm control panel manufacturers control panels.

The NHS is an end user that uses our AMX alarm management software extensively to protect patients and staff and help the trust comply with the requirements of their fire risk assessment by recording every event that occurs. Universities have similar requirements to hospitals with a large sleeping risk often on a sprawling campus comprising many buildings with disparate fire detection and alarm systems.

Railway stations, airports and shopping centres are another group of users that utilise the Drax software. There are many similarities with these three. Large numbers of people often unfamiliar with the buildings pass through every day. These establishments usually include a large number of retail units again with fire detection and alarm systems of different manufacture. Keeping a close eye on maintenance and the constant changes that regularly occur to the building's infra-structure is invaluable and our software adds a level of detail available to operational staff, that cannot be provided by a standard fire detection and alarm system.

As you can see, the requirements of these larger establishments are not exclusive due to their size. Many smaller buildings can benefit from our alarm management system by delivering a cost effective way of providing an electronic log book, asset register, and audit trail as well as detailed additional information to key staff in the event of a serious fire incident. For more information or a chat about your particular requirements just give us a call on 0345 459 2300 or email, sales@draxtechnology.com.