Case study

University of Bath

One of the UK’s leading universities has been equipped with a state of the art self-testing emergency lighting system to provide the safest, most accurate and convenient remote monitoring procedure through its Local Area Network.

The University of Bath chose the M-Web monitoring system from P4 as the most proven, reliable, cost effective and flexible self-testing computer addressable solution for the refurbishment of a section of its Westwood buildings, located behind the western end of campus. Richard Hughes, Electrical Services Manager at the University of Bath, had heard some positive reports about the system’s performance in one of the main hospital buildings in nearby Bristol.

M-Web computer addressable self emergency lighting system has been installed in Westwood’s Quarry and Mendip quarters, linked together by a central stairwell. It was specified by the University for its scope in reducing labour costs through its fully automatic self-testing capability, low maintenance and rapid fault identification.

“We saw the benefits of the system’s self reporting on faults, which automatically generates an email directly to operational personnel,” observed Richard Hughes, adding: “and this allows us to make maximum utilisation of our limited workforce for rectification of faults.”

Commenting on his relationship with P4, he concluded: “During the two years the system has been running P4 have provided excellent back up service and rectified within this period component failures, all as part of the service. They continue to monitor the performance of the system ensuring contact is maintained between P4 and the University operations and maintenance section. The system itself has been reliable and has performed exactly to our expectations.”

MWeb is an ideal system for universities 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 the Centre 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 estates managers to run the maintenance operation very efficiently.

Furthermore, with FASTELink M-Web software, they receive an individual report on the performance of each fitting, and when it last did a self-test and a current status report.

The University of Bath is currently engaged in an innovative research project under Dr Andy Shea, from the University’s Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. His team are undertaking an in-depth, two-year examination of the exact way both buildings are used, the functions performed in them and the equipment that is used.

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