Drax 360 wins national fire safety award

Posted: 04.07.2023

We’re excited to announce that we’ve won an Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA) industry award for our work with one of the UK’s leading postgraduate universities.

The industry-leading awards recognise the best businesses across the UK’s electrotechnical and engineering services sector, across 12 categories, with Drax 360, part of the Obsequio Group, winning the Best Fire and Security Project section at a glittering awards evening in London this weekend.

Our work with Cranfield University – involving several of our own high-tech pieces of software – caught the eye of the judges who looked for compelling examples of success in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance or monitoring of any type of active fire detection, life safety or security systems.

We’re installing our own technology – Drax AMX and Smartwatches – in a phased programme to replace failing and obsolete signalling at the Bedfordshire university, which specialises in aerospace technology, agri-food and energy. This is an incredible feat as the university’s facilities are housed in around 100 buildings, including a working airfield and hangars.

Additionally, our SafeVue management tool allows Cranfield security staff to view live data, direct to their mobile devices if required, enabling our compliance team to produce statistics needed for fire alarm maintenance progress and to eliminate unwanted alarm management.

Drax 360 director Glenn Grant was thrilled with the award.

“This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our amazing team here at Drax 360. It was a nail-biting evening – but our hard work paid off when our name was read out as the category winner! Never content with resting, we’re already looking forward to competing in 2024!

“As well as being a fire alarm installer and maintenance company, we have developed our own AMX PC-based Head End technology to help customers with multiple buildings centralise fire alarm device information.

“The system works even where buildings are not physically connected, with the Drax360 Smartwatch able to signal back in many ways, allowing a building operator to manage its stock across a campus, a city, across the UK or even worldwide.

“The university is delighted with this solution and during a recent fire alarm its security team was able to pinpoint the fire and attend to it far more quickly than was ever possible with the old signalling system.”

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