Fire Supression & Detection

Data Centre Fire supression

Fire detection and suppression is a vital element of all data centres and helps protect data centre assets and maximise up-time by suppressing fire before serious damage can be done.

TSI are specialists in the design and installation of both detections systems and fire suppression.

Detection systems detect smoke and heat using optical and ionisation sensors which are installed in zones that can cover separate rooms or voids. VESDA (Very Early Smoke Detection Apparatus) systems can be installed in addition to optical and ionisation sensors to give an independent very early warning of impending fire.

Fire suppression is by means of discharging a fire suppressant gas which quickly extinguish fire without damaging equipment or posing environmental or health risks. TSI recommend the use of Novec 1230 which operates by removing heat energy from the fire and interrupting the combustion process. Novec 1230 offers several advantages including fast discharge time, small storage volume and environmental friendliness (Novec 1230 has an atmospheric lifetime of only 5 days and a zero Ozone Deletion Potential). Where there is a requirement for alternative suppression solutions TSI is experienced in the installation of other fire suppressants such as FM200 or oxygen depletion technologies such as OxyReduct™.

The fire detection and suppression system is controlled by a battery backed-up fire panel which also interfaces with room sounders and beacons, and can interface with the data centre environmental monitoring system and the building management system.