Luxury hotel “The Chedi Andermatt” sets high standards for complex fire detection technology
Since its grand opening in December 2013, “The Chedi Andermatt” has enjoyed increasing popularity. The five-star deluxe hotel received the “Gault Millau Hotel of the Year” award in 2017. In addition to attention to detail, great attention has been placed on protecting the luxury resort in a special way against fire hazards.
Alpine, Asian, different. The Chedi Andermatt seduces and touches with its otherness, the unusual interplay of Alpine chic and Asian expression. Perfectly formed harmony that only a master architect such as Jean-Michel Gathy is capable of. A place that bears his signature. Located in the heart of the Swiss Alps, 1,447 meters above sea level, a five-star deluxe hotel captivates guests with 123 elegant rooms and suites, four excellent restaurants and bars, and a modern health club and a spa, that is likely unique for Switzerland, an oasis of calm and relaxation – on 2,400 square meters. The Chedi Andermatt offers insights into another world and views of an incomparable piece of Switzerland.
Comfort and safety
With a great sense of beauty, however, the safety aspect should not be forgotten. Great attention was paid to protecting the luxury resort in a special way against fire hazards. The prestigious building technology expert Alpiq Energy Services Switzerland AG, headquartered in Zurich, took over the implementation of this complex task. The long-time partner company Novar has extensive expertise in the field of Security. As part of this project, the security specialists at Alpiq relied on products from the traditional brand ESSER. In the first stage of development – due to the different requirements and environmental parameters – a large number of fire detector variants were installed, from manual call points to multi-sensor detectors, to multifunctional fire detectors with integrated alarms. The nearly 2,500 peripheral elements are spread across 39 rings that are connected to six servers. O²T detectors were used in the underground garages area. This type of detector uses the optical scattered light principle with two different measuring angles and offers two key advantages: It increases the safety in the detection of smoke significantly and at the same time reduces the false alarm rate to a great extent, as it can reliably distinguish fire smoke from other types of smoke. The lowest possible false alarm rate of the installed fire protection system is an essential aspect for hotel operators in order to avoid false alarms and the associated use of the fire department. Through the differentiated observation and evaluation of different smoke particles, the O²T detector recognizes disturbances such as water vapor, which can occur in the hotel rooms during extensive showers or exhaust emissions from vehicles, which are common in underground garages. In order to disturb the ambience as little as possible, the entire ground floor is also monitored comprehensively with a total of 35 aspirating smoke systems.
More than just a fire alarm
Many hoteliers attach importance to reliable fire protection measures, which protect against far-reaching consequential damage, even for their own business interests. Increasingly complex technical equipment and increasing numbers of guests in turn increase the risk of fire in hotels. Today, operators are faced with effective, custom-made, and economical solutions. It’s long been about more than meeting complex fire safety regulations. The increasing internationalization of guest structures not only leads to adaptation to the higher international security standards, it also causes, for example, a change in the requirements of modern alarm systems. The multifunctional IQ8Quad, among others, was developed against this background; It is the only fire detector in the world that combines detection with the optical function of a flashing light, the acoustic alert of a warning sounder, and a multilingual voice alarm device in a single housing. The additional option of wireless operation of the detector considerably simplifies subsequent integration into an existing installation. In an emergency situation, people seldom respond to abstract alarms or purely visual signals, but act quickly and correctly with clear voice prompts. With IQ8Quad, the targeted evacuation can start at the same time as the alert. The ability to output the announcements per detector in five different languages in turn allows international visitors to a building – as is the case in international hotels – to be reliably alerted and led out of the danger zone. “In our hotel, we don’t just attach great importance to our exclusive ambience and exceptional design. The safety technology also has to meet the highest requirements in order to have a good feeling at all times,” says Christian Simmen, Director of Engineering at The Chedi Andermatt. Michele Waldeck, Head of Security at Alpiq, which is responsible for the installation, concludes: “It is a reassuring feeling to be able to sit back and relax after the complete system has been taken over, knowing that the complex technology with its high-quality products will ensure smooth operation and that it guarantees the necessary safety for employees and hotel guests in the event of an incident. ■
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