Case study

Cygnus brings wireless fire safety solution to museum retrofit

  • 27th Apr 2023

Cygnus, the leading manufacturer of fully compliant, wireless fire detection and alarm systems, has supplied its SmartNet Wireless Alarm System for installation at the Rural Life Living Museum in Farnham, Surrey as part of a major retrofit project on the site.  

The Rural Life Living Museum tells the story of the countryside. Its unique collection of re-located historic buildings, agricultural implements and objects allow visitors to explore this important aspect of British history. The open-air museum is set in over 10 acres of open space and woodland and also features an arboretum containing over 100 trees. 

Fire protection equipment installer, Evolution Fire & Safety, selected the EN 54 compliant SmartNet system for this project thanks to its performance and reliability. The company fitted a 16-zone SmartNet Control Panel, smoke detectors, manual call points, fire alarm call points with sounder/visual indicator, and sounder modules to allow for maximum coverage. Designed to deliver a reliable and safe solution, the SmartNet wireless network is run by battery powered radio devices as part of a robust, self-forming and self-healing mesh network, giving a minimum of two communication paths to each wireless device for maximum reliability. 

By eliminating the need for cabling during installation, a SmartNet system greatly reduces engineering time and the overall project cost. It also minimises occupant disruption and reduces the cost of rewiring on retrofit projects, such as, the Rural Life Living Museum. The wireless mesh network requires no gateway expanders or loop-powered translating devices to speed up installation further.

“We’re really excited about SmartNet and the benefits it brings to our clients and our business. This particular installation was quick and easy, only taking one day to complete, and the system can be easily extended or adapted in the future. Cygnus offered high quality customer care throughout the process, and we look forward to working with them again on future projects.”

Ian Cookson


Evolution Fire & Safety

About Cygnus

Cygnus is an independently owned developer, manufacturer and importer of life-saving fire protection equipment, specialising in wireless fire alarm technology. The company began with its original Cygnus radio evacuation systems for construction sites, which became renowned for their range, reliability and performance. Combined with world class technical and customer support, Cygnus is spearheading the increased deployment of wireless fire alarm technology by delivering viable, user-friendly wireless options for every hard-wired application.

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