Comprehensive fire detection and alarm system safeguards Turkey’s leading health university

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Biruni University selects advanced fire system

After a competitive bidding process, Biruni University in Istanbul, Turkey’s premier comprehensive health and public health educational institution, selected the Global Fire Equipment (GFE) Turkey’s proposal.

The fire and security company was tasked to design, supply, commission and install a fire detection and alarm system across the university’s vast campus. The university was founded under the auspices of the World Education Foundation and currently has a diverse student population of 6,000 students, with more than 400 from overseas.

Wide-reaching system to cover expansive campus

Biruni University’s campus, located in the heart of Istanbul, spans a staggering 70,000 m2. The new fire detection and alarm system has been designed to safeguard 20,000 m2 of structures on this campus. Key locations include a 153-bed hospital, dental healthcare facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories, computer rooms, and the campus library. On an average day, the campus population is around 800 people.

Robust and responsive fire protection system

GFE Turkey led the design, installation and commissioning of the fire detection system. The sheer size of the campus and the variety of structures that required protection necessitated an addressable system with high-capacity loop panels, ensuring optimal fire detection for all individuals and buildings within the university.

State-of-the-art equipment deployed

The system consists of more than 1,100 GFE devices. These include 1,000 ZEOS addressable smoke detectors, 20 ZEOS addressable heat detectors, 150 addressable manual call points and two addressable gas detectors. The operation of all these devices is coordinated via two of GFE’s addressable fire alarm control panels.

Overcoming design and installation challenges

Throughout the project, GFE Turkey faced and overcame several challenges. These included managing elevators, pressurising fans, dampers and photocell doors. The ever-evolving nature of the project also required expanding the number of zones covered by the fire detection and alarm system due to significant distances between some of the buildings.

Praise for GFE Turkey’s technical expertise

Levent Aydın, the Head of Support Services Directorate at Biruni University, said: “We were very impressed by the expertise and technical support provided by GFE Turkey. Their team clearly understood the unique demands of protecting an expansive university campus, and we are confident in the system they designed. It meets our present needs and can accommodate future expansions should we add new buildings.”

A significant achievement for GFE Turkey

Murat Efir, Regional Director at GFE in Turkey, who is based at GFE Turkey’s headquarters in Istanbul, remarked: “We were thrilled to be chosen for this project, not only because we could fully comprehend and meet our customer’s requirements, but also due to our technical expertise. Our fully addressable system is a perfect fit for the vast campus and buildings at Biruni University.”

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