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Mass Notification App AmISafe to hit the UK Market

Drax Technology has been working hard to improve its product offering. The current AMX and complimentary SMaRT Cube and SMaRT Watch products continue to serve us well but like any business we need something fresh to ensure Drax Technology remains on the customer’s radar.
 
To this end, Drax Technology have, for the last 6 months, been developing it’s cloud services to further enhance the products mentioned above and provide users with new ways to access and view data harvested from the sites/systems they are responsible for.
 
“Cloud Connect” will comprise several different products. AMiSafe is a mass notification solution providing large organisations with the ability to effectively and accurately manage the evacuation of a large premises by making use of smart phones carried by most occupants. The product is aimed at students on campus, fire marshalls and staff located across large buildings or establishments such as hospitals, airports or large industrial complexes. All Drax Technology Cloud Connect related products require the existing AMX or SMaRT Cube to be connected to the internet.
 
AmISafe will require level 1 users (staff or students) to download an application on to their smart phone and register. Notifications can then be pushed to users when a life safety incident occurs such as a fire or even a terrorist attack. Notifications will only be sent to the registered users either in the building or close by the building affected to avoid complacency. Clear concise messages will direct personnel to leave the building (or maybe even stay where they are). Messages for most events will be automatically generated from Drax Technology’s proven AMX alarm management system and advise personnel to leave the building by a specific fire exit, further improving safety. Additionally, a map detailing the location of the appropriate muster point will be displayed by the app reducing the time taken to carry out the all-important roll call. AMiSafe also has the facility for the emergency services to override any automatically generated message with a manually created message should the situation require.
 
AMiSafe also provides the opportunity to distribute statutory notices such as “What to do in the event of a fire” and gain confirmation electronically that the notice has been read and understood by the user. This would normally take place as part of the registration process. Additionally, it’s also possible, if required, to push a notification to registered uses warning them of a weekly fire alarm test, just before it occurs. A further option exists to gather feedback following the weekly fire alarm test by using a message and simple on-screen buttons that ask the question “Did you hear the fire alarm sounders?”, “Yes/No”.
 
More detailed information (level 2 users) can be provided to key staff or fire marshall’s, to reduce search times. Information such as maps, COSH reports and manually generated instructions. All designed to help the emergency services and security staff manage a major incident more effectively.
 
Fire alarm bells or sounders have been used to evacuate buildings for years, but that’s all they do. As more and more people carry smart phones why not use the technology to improve their safety and the communication with them in the event of a major incident. How many times have we heard on the news following an incident like Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena or the London Bridge terrorist attack, “we didn’t know what was going on”, “nobody told us what to do or where to go” or even when it was safe to move. AMiSafe addresses all these issues by significantly improving communications in these circumstances.

Cloud Connect has the added benefit for the end user that all events that have occurred on site are also automatically stored off-site should there be an unlikely but catastrophic failure or loss of the AMX PC or SMaRT Cube. None of the above affects the existing AMX or SMaRT Cube on site in any way. Connecting them to “Cloud Connect” simply provides an additional level of security for the data collected, further improving the system’s integrity.
 
If you would like Drax Technology to carry out a live demonstration of any of Drax Technology’s new “Cloud Services” based products then call us on +44 (0)345 459 3005, we would be pleased to hear from you.
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Drax Technology to exhibit at Healthcare Estates 2018

Here at Drax Technology we are thrilled to announce that in addition to the current events we have on our (very busy) calendar for the year we have now added the Healthcare Estates exhibition and conference to the list!

​Held at Manchester Central from 9-10 October 2018, the event will see an unrivalled platform for Estate Managers, Directors, Facilities Managers etc to network with industry colleagues while sourcing and specifying the latest healthcare products and services.

​Drax Technology will be situated in the Fire and Security theatre, this newest zone aims to present and promote the most recent solutions to the ever growing demand to ensure fire safety and security in the public sector, following numerous unprecedented disasters in recent times. We will be delivering a presentation alongside other speakers from a wide variety of fire & security companies/associations who have first-hand experience in tackling the complex issues faced within healthcare estates, including active & passive fire protection.

​To register to attend this event please click here.

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AMX on the Telly


Did you see Paddington Station this week on Channel 5? Transport Police were called after a passenger urinated in a carriage on a train pulling into the station, a low bridge had to be assessed after it was hit by van, a train's brakes failed in Reading causing widespread delays and Drax Technology’s AMX alarm management system was spotted in the Paddington Station Control Room! 
 
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! Hence how excited we were to spot AMX on the TV this week! You can see how effectively our technology is utilised.

There are so many important and significant premises which have our software to manage thousands of fire sensors that populate modern buildings. Every commercial building has fire detection and alarm systems, in the main to warn the occupants of the need to evacuate 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 becomes more onerous. This is great for the safety of the building and its occupants but brings 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.

As Paddington Station highlights 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 3005 or email, sales@draxtechnology.com.
 
You can watch the episode here.
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Asset Tracking

Drax Technology is to broaden its product offering with the launch of our new Assetwhere range of products designed to help locate life safety related assets using the latest wireless and GPS technologies.

Drax Technology has strong relationships within the NHS, education and commercial sectors built over many years through the monitoring of fire detection sensors and other life safety critical equipment both on and off site.

“As a result of our long-term relationships with these bigger institutions, using a reliable product, we are now being asked to do much more”, says Drax Technology’s sales director Alex Cother. Alex goes on to say that, “These institutions are now beginning to see that there are financial and productivity benefits as well as enhanced compliance by investing in new technologies”.

To meet customer’s demands, Drax Technology are looking to launch several new products. The first uses a small discreet battery powered wireless transmitter capable of transmitting more than 500,000 times before a replacement is needed that can be affixed to normally static items such as fire doors, fire extinguishers and escape chairs. The low-cost sensor, about the size of a 50p coin, will show whether a fire door is open or closed or whether a fire extinguisher is on its bracket or has been moved. Used proactively the data collect on each asset can be used not only to identify and locate the asset but to notify when a service is due or a replacement needed.

For those items that get moved around site, hospital beds, wheelchairs, keys, tools, ladders and vehicles there will be a range of wireless and GPS transmitters suitable for both internal and external use. To locate assets, transmitters are plotted on to detailed AutoCad drawings overlaid on to Google maps to show their precise location. Additionally, rules can be created for individual transmitters to provide notifications or alerts on mobile devices and if required, reports generated for analysis.

As for cost, always a consideration, the solutions are all scalable and apart from a small initial set up cost, are subscription based. Generally, dependant on the size of the building and the quantity of sensors installed. When compared with the cost of replacing mislaid equipment the money spent on tracking assets is small. For example, a bunch of keys, not a high value item but if their loss presents a security risk, the potential costs to the business or organisation are enormous and the disruption significant.

For larger more valuable items of equipment, knowing where the equipment is located, when you need it, is probably just as significant. It’s difficult to put a value on the time wasted by staff trying to find equipment that has been discarded by another user. Identifying where the equipment is quickly, will certainly be important to the smooth running of the operation and to the level of service provided to the customer.

 
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