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Cambridge’s Chesterford Research Park enhances fire system with Nimbus solutions

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Nimbus solutions deployed at Chesterford Research Park

Chesterford Research Park, located near Cambridge, has added six innovative Nimbus remote fire alarm management units to its fire alarm systems across the campus.

The park plans to incorporate an additional seven units in the forthcoming weeks.

Collaborative effort for safety

Chesterford Research Park, known for its hi-tech research specialisations in Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology, and other advanced scientific disciplines, continuously aims to provide an optimal environment for creativity and discoveries.

In line with this commitment to excellence, building managers, Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), collaborated with Smart Managed Solutions to upgrade the park’s fire systems.

Their combined efforts culminated in the selection of Gem Fire Solutions to install the new Nimbus Fixed Gateway units, aiming to streamline fire system monitoring and maintenance.

Richard Weinling, Projects Director of Smart Managed Solutions, stated: “The Nimbus gateways met a clear requirement for real-time remote monitoring of the diverse fire systems installed in various buildings at Chesterford Research Park.

“The units were straightforward to install, and each system is connected using a wired internet connection with integrated failover to cellular data, ensuring uninterrupted safety surveillance.

“This marks a significant step forward in fire safety management for the site, and also showcases our commitment to employing cutting-edge technology for our clients.”

Jamie Dyer, Managing Director of Gem Fire Solutions, commented: “The synchronised monitoring, swift data communication, and flawless fusion of Nimbus with the current fire systems is genuinely impressive.

“These attributes empower the on-site teams to act promptly and adeptly to any fire risks or malfunctions.

“In a Research Park setting, where innovative developments and cutting-edge experiments are a norm, this is more than just an advancement in technology; it’s a commitment to the building safety and assurance of researchers, staff, and the broader scientific community and its developments.”

Nimbus’s approach to fire safety

The Nimbus platform aims to simplify tasks for fire installers, maintenance engineers, and end users.

Whether it’s with new systems or existing ones, Nimbus’s approach seeks to replace conventional methods with an efficient, automated solution.

Peter Martin, UK Business Manager at Nimbus, remarked:
“Seeing our Nimbus solutions in action at such an esteemed location like Chesterford Research Park solidifies the growing need for innovative fire safety management in hi-tech environments.

“Collaborations like these, with forward-thinking organisations such as Cushman & Wakefield, Smart Managed Solutions, and Gem Fire Solutions, underline our commitment to revolutionising fire safety across diverse sectors.”

Steve Nichols, Technical Services Manager for Cushman & Wakefield at Chesterford Research Park, added:
“The Nimbus units have completely transformed our fire system testing procedures, eliminating the need for paperwork when testing manual call points.

“This is invaluable for audit and compliance reporting. Moreover, our site Security Team greatly benefits from the Nimbus Control Room Monitor system, which offers real-time monitoring of each building’s fire system status.

“This ensures 24/7 visibility and also delivers significant time savings for potential incident seek & search activities.”

IFSJ Comment

Chesterford Research Park’s integration of Nimbus solutions underlines a broader trend towards leveraging technology to enhance fire safety.

Collaborative efforts, as seen with Cushman & Wakefield, Smart Managed Solutions, and Gem Fire Solutions, demonstrate how technology can streamline processes, improve efficiency, and ultimately protect individuals and assets in high-risk environments.

The move by Chesterford not only reflects its commitment to its occupants but also sets a benchmark for other institutions in the field.

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