The premium network
Integral WAN brings a new dimension to the networking of fire alarm systems: several locations and systems of different generations are connected to each other via IP technology
The premium network
With Integral WAN, Schrack Seconet presents a whole new networking concept that makes the linking of fire alarm systems a great deal easier. To achieve this, Integral WAN uses not only proprietary but also third-party, IP-based networks. “Even highly complex networks across site boundaries can now be cost-efficiently realised as no converters, power supply units or additional cables are required,” explains Alexander Schober, product manager for fire alarm systems at Schrack Seconet.
A safe investment and scalable
Networked fire alarm systems can therefore be set up efficiently, centrally administered and flexibly enhanced. “The various generations of control centre can be connected to each other without any problems; even an existing SecoNET can be incorporated. Integral WAN is state of-the-art technology and guarantees system operators a high degree of investment security and scalability,” clarifies Schober. Fire alarm systems can grow flexibly and be gradually modernised since old and new technologies can be used together.
An Integral WAN can connect up to 100,000 data points with each other, while 254 fire alarm systems can be networked together. A single system can therefore be associated with up to 16,000 data points - fire detectors, fire control systems, etc. This makes Integral WAN ideally suited for large areas, as well as for distributed locations - such as companies with a branch network, or the different public buildings of a municipality. “Even unmanned locations such as power stations can be perfectly managed from a central control station,” says Schober. The individual control centres are also configured conveniently from a distance: Software updates or shutdowns are simply performed remotely. Locations do not have to be visited specially.
Flexible networking solution
Integral WAN also provides a free choice of transmission method: Whether copper, fibre optic or Ethernet connections, the data can be transferred via all channels. Overall, the big advantage of Integral WAN is flexibility: The networking concepts can range from a ring structure, which can also be given a double redundant design, to a treeshaped network. The ideal architecture is therefore selected according to the requirements on site. Both the topology and the technology of the transmission channel can be freely selected between the individual fire alarm systems. Finally, Integral WAN also makes it possible to distinguish between management and information. regarding standard-compliance installation in accordance with specific national provisions, it is important that the control and the alerting continue to take place locally - in this case, Integral WAN only performs the forwarding of information.