Johnson Controls launches fire detection solution for small businesses

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A fresh addition to Johnson Controls’ Fire Detection Line

On June 22, 2023, Johnson Controls, renowned globally for its work towards smart, healthy, and sustainable buildings, released the latest addition to their FireClass line: The FireClass Essential fire alarm control panel. Noted for its cost-effectiveness, this new offering provides accessible and reliable fire detection solutions specifically tailored for small commercial properties such as schools, shops, restaurants, and medical clinics.

FireClass Essential Panel: Affordable, straightforward, and reliable

Tony Gryscavage, the Director of Product Management for Fire Detection Products at Johnson Controls, shared some insight on the design philosophy of the Essential Panel: “We designed the new Essential Panel with simplicity, functionality and affordability in mind. It’s the perfect product to round out our complete portfolio of conventional detection panels and devices.” It’s clear that the aim was to offer customers the latest in conventional technology at a competitive price, whilst ensuring fire detection compliance is simple to use and affordable.

Key features of the new FireClass Essential Panel

Sporting a compact, durable plastic build, the Essential Panel presents a straightforward interface that requires little to no training for installation and operation. To help reduce instances of false alarms, the panel offers a delayed alarm option and walk testing for reliable operation confirmation. Also included are useful features such as sounder and conventional zone disablement capabilities and buttons for silence, resound, and reset.

Versatile model options with compatibility across FireClass devices

The Essential Panel comes in two distinct models: a two-zone and a four-zone version. Each zone can support up to 32 devices, making it possible for the two-zone model to handle up to 64 devices, and the four-zone model up to 128. All FireClass 600 and 700 series conventional detectors, sounders, and devices are supported by the panel. Compliance with EN54-2, EN54-4 approvals, and the inclusion on the EN 54-13 system certificate list are additional advantages of this panel, surpassing the basic standards typically required of most conventional panels.

A drop-in solution for both new construction and retrofit applications

The FireClass Essential Panel, along with the other products in the FireClass conventional portfolio, is not only compatible with other products on the market but can also serve as a direct replacement in installed systems. It’s an ideal fire detection solution for both new builds and retrofit applications.

More information can be found at the Johnson Controls FireClass website:

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