2020 SOLUTIONS For FM: Signature Optica Smoke Detector By Edwards

The Signature Optica Smoke Detector from Edwards is certified to the new UL 268 7th Edition requirements A talk with Jon Hughes at the company elaborates on this fire safety product.

Facilities leaders and their teams are in the market for innovative solutions to meet their evolving needs. The recent issue of Facility Executive magazine included a selection of SOLUTIONS 2020, and featured below is the Q&A with Edwards from that December 2019 article. We continued the conversation on new lighting from the company with a brief podcast, which you can listen to by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Signature Optica Smoke Detector

Facility Executive: What is a notable product your company will introduce to facility management professionals in 2020?

Edwards: Introducing the Signature Optica smoke detector from Edwards™, part of a next-generation detection system engineered for modern materials and environments.

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The Signature Optica smoke detector from Edwards™

Already certified to UL 268 7th Edition requirements, Optica’s state-of-the-art sensor technology differentiates between burning food, steam, or multiple types of fires, and responds appropriately. Delivering smart detection that alarms faster and more accurately than ever before, Optica sets the standard for intelligent response to today’s threats.

Facility Executive: How is this product designed to help facility management professionals achieve their goals?

Edwards: The new UL 268 7th edition standard includes 250 technical changes, including increased immunity to sources that result in nuisance alarms, and all new system-connected smoke detectors must pass new standards by May 2020. (Update: In December 2019, UL released a bulletin announcing that the effective date for ANSI/UL 268, Standard for Smoke Detectors for Fire Alarm Systems, 7th Ed. had been extended from May 29, 2020 to June 30, 2021.)smoke detector

The most important part of managing any facility is keeping the building safe and compliant with safety standards. That’s why the Signature Optica™ from Edwards is the best choice: It’s a cost-effective, maintenance-friendly solution for all building types.

The Edwards Signature Optica™ works by implementing state-of-the-art technology that measures the shape, size, mass, reflectivity, and density of particles—only reacting to those that pose a serious threat. The result is a drastic reduction in nuisance alarms.

In a follow up interview, Jonathon Hughes, vice president of marketing and product strategy at Edwards, provided further insight into the company’s high bay lighting solutions and related facilities trends. Click below to listen.