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Gent Protects Luxury Country House Hotel
Gent by Honeywell has supplied its innovative fire detection and alarm (FDA) system to a new luxury hotel in the Scottish Highlands. The system was installed by long time Gent system integrator, Northern Security Alarms.
The hotel, Links House at Royal Dornoch, overlooks the first tee of the Royal Dornoch Golf Course and incorporates a fully restored nineteenth century manor house alongside a newly built addition.

“The main requirement for the project was a flexible and comprehensive alarm system that would cover both buildings and integrate with the hotel’s other systems, and we selected the Gent Vigilon Compact system for the installation,” says Graeme MacDonald, Director, Northern Security Alarms.

The detection system features the Vigilon main control panel that is located in the hotel, a secondary control panel located in the manager’s flat adjacent to the hotel, and a series of approximately 50 intelligent S-Quad detectors placed throughout the hotel.

“The S-Quad detectors are ideal for this type of installation because they combine a heat detector, smoke detector and a sounder in one device. Not only did this save on installation time, it also ensured the detectors were as unobtrusive as possible and fitted in to the décor of the luxury establishment,” says MacDonald.

The programmable Vigilon control panel was integrated with the hotel’s other fire safety components, such as the air pressurisation system that is activated by a fire alarm and blows smoke out of rooms and stairwells to aid in an evacuation. It also works with other cause and effect systems and ensures, for example, that once a fire alarm is triggered, the gas flow to the kitchen is shut off, emergency lighting is switched on and fitted magnets in the sash windows release and allow them to drop in order allow smoke to escape.

“The use of Gent products definitely made the project easier for us as the products are extremely versatile and flexible, and with the use of the Gent software and configurator tools, the system can be configured to handle just about any demands. It also makes working with and integrating with third party systems a lot simpler and efficient,” concludes MacDonald.