Kablefree Systems/Northumbria University

KABLEFREE SYSTEMS installs radio-based fire systems in buildings such as government
and council offices, hotels, and listed structures.
All premises used by employees or the public are required by law to have emergency
lighting which, when the electric

KABLEFREE SYSTEMS installs radio-based fire systems in buildings such as government and council offices, hotels, and listed structures.

All premises used by employees or the public are required by law to have emergency lighting which, when the electricity supply to the normal lighting fails, helps people to leave the building safely.

Normally emergency lighting requires either a complete duplication of cables or an extra set of cables for control and information. By producing a radio-based, standalone system no additional cabling would be required, a development that Kablefree realised would be of great interest to its clients. It decided to place a contract with Northumbria University, based in Newcastle, to design such a system in a joint project that also included two leading emergency lighting companies.

Kablefree wanted two systems. One is a completely stand alone radio-based emergency lighting system powered by batteries that would require no cabling and would be of great benefit to the market. This would be the first system of its type available worldwide and would enable systems to be easily installed at great speed, without affecting the building’s users and without causing damage to the structure.

Initially, Kablefree also wanted a system that would automatically monitor and test existing intelligent emergency lighting systems. All design work and technical activity was carried out at Northumbria University. The main task of the university team was to develop the radiocommunications system and ensure its compatibility with the emergency lighting units. The initial product was successfully designed and is now being produced, with the first system installed in a leading London hospital.

For more information go to www.kablefree.co.uk