Liverpool John Lennon Airport

A leading UK airport has installed P4’s M-Web self-testing emergency lighting monitoring system as part of a recent £12m development programme.

The equipment , which also comprised 6 data collection boxes covering 276 converted fittings, was installed within the new passenger security screening area and the expanded departure lounge at Liverpool’s John Lennon Airport (LJLA).

The airport, one of the 10 busiest in the UK, chose the state of the art M-Web monitoring system from P4 as the most proven, reliable, cost effective and flexible self-testing computer addressable solution. It was also favoured for its scope in reducing labour costs through its fully automatic self-testing capability, low maintenance and rapid fault identification. The consulting engineers on the project were RPS Gregory, and the equipment was installed by Shepherd Engineering Services.

“We were satisfied that it would provide us with the safest, fully compliant, most accurate and convenient remote monitoring capability,” says then LJLA Engineering Manager Shaun McAteer.

M-web is an ideal system for large public and commercial buildings with its unique addressable location, which would identify a faulty fitting immediately without having to sift through all the drawings and send technicians all over a large complex to locate it. “With simplified fault finding, and, because the test procedures, such as the weekly function tests and the deep discharge battery test, are fully automatic, it enables our in-house team to run the maintenance operation very efficiently,” explains Shaun McAteer.

LJLA can use leading emergency lighting self testing company P4’s FASTELink software embedded in the M-Web to receive an individual report on the performance of each fitting, and when it last did a self-test and a current status report.

“It’s British standards we must work to for emergency lighting so it has to be failsafe, it has to be tested regularly and the system here is web based so it’s all automated and checked on a weekly basis” says LJLA Operations Director, Colin Swaine.

The Airport has been at the forefront of low cost air travel since the mid-1990s, when this growth sector of the airline industry started to develop. Airlines at LJLA include two of Europe’s largest low cost airlines, easyJet and Ryanair, both of whom have large bases offering a comprehensive network of point to point services. The security screening area is equipped with the latest generation equipment to help reduce passenger security processing times. The expanded departure lounge includes a number of new and exciting retailers.

The P4 video which formed part of the 2015 AOA ‘Airport Matters’ Programme, filmed in association with the Airport Operators Association and ITN Productions, can be found in the video section on the Lighting and Interiors Online website. The entire Airport Matters  1 hour programme can be found on the AOA website.