Apollo Protects Centea Bank, Belgium
Apollo's intelligent fire detectors have been specified to
protect the premises of the Centea Bank in Antwerp, Belgium. The
contract to supply the fire system was won by Limotec NV, Apollo's
longstanding representative in the country.
The Centea Bank was formed in 1999 through the merger of two
finance companies and is part of the KBC Group. Its premises in
Antwerp are extensive, occupying six different buildings - one of
which is of historical significance. The new fire detection system
therefore needed to be flexible enough to offer comprehensive
protection in both modern and listed building environments. The
client also demanded a fire system to meet Belgian (BOSEC)
Jan Herreman, General Manager, Limotec commented: "This was a
complex project due to the multiple buildings involved and the fact
that we were unable to use hard wiring in one of the premises.
Having worked with Apollo for 25 years, we were confident that its
fire detection technology would deliver on every level."
Limotec supplied a fire system that included more than 1000
Apollo devices, including over 900 XP95 multisensors and 87 manual
call points. For areas where hard wiring was not appropriate due to
the historic nature of the building fabric, XPander wireless fire
detectors were used.
Each building has its own Limotec MD2400 control panel
(master/slave configuration) and any alerts are fed back to the
main security centre so that they can be investigated. The final
decision to evacuate rests with the security team.
Jan Herreman concludes: "The recent introduction of the wireless
range of XPander fire detectors made the Centea Bank project much
easier, especially as these devices are fully compatible with
Apollo's existing XP95 range. In addition, Apollo makes sure that
its fire detectors are certified to all major international
standards, so meeting BOSEC requirements was easily