EMS are soon to release an exciting new product to their wireless fire alarm range called the “SmartCell”. The product is featuring the latest in wireless technology and is targeting the small systems market.
The Smartcell will be targeting the small systems market and with its, styling and compact features will allow it will start competing directly with the Zerio Plus from Electro Detectors.
At present, EMS have one compliant wireless product called the Firecell. This system is designed and can compete with the big addressable wired systems.
The Firecell has the ability to network eight control panels without any wires and can handle up to 4,032 devices. However, there is a big market for small systems of around thirty devices, and having such a powerful system is a waste of the available technology that is not being used, but is being purchased by the buyer.
EMS, have realized that this wasted technology is making them less competitive when pricing for small systems.
For this reason, Smartcell is being designed to give EMS a foothold in the small systems market.
Smartcell has a fire alarm control panel that is manufactured by EMS and not a third party panel manufacturer, as is the case with Firecell whose panel is from Kentec Electronics. This allows the panel and the devices to be considered as one complete wireless system, similar to the Zerio Plus by Electro Detectors. In fact, the Zerio Plus is currently the only wireless system on the market that can be considered as completely wireless.
The Smartcell is designed to only accommodate thirty addressable devices. The devices are a lot slimmer and therefore, aesthetically more pleasing to the eye.
You would also think that due to the Smartcell being designed as a smaller system that it would have less technology; however, from what I have been told, this system has the latest and most advanced technology and is considered the next generation.
Following a visit to Firex 2016 we visited the EMS stand and Gareth Brand, Commercial Support Manager provided us with an overview