Kentec launches bridge functionality to support phased upgrades and minimise system downtime 13 Mar 2019
Kentec Electronics, a leading life safety systems control manufacturer, has released a unique solution for migrating Syncro panel networks to the latest Taktis technology protecting the end user’s long-term investment.
With the new Syncro/Taktis bridge functionality customers can upgrade their existing networks from legacy Syncro fire panels to the new highly-sophisticated and scalable Taktis control panel. Upgrades can be carried out on a panel-by-panel basis, with reduced capital expenditure and minimising essential system downtime.
The bridge functionality enables customers to replace a Syncro panel with Taktis within a Syncro network. On a mixed network Taktis panels will function as a Syncro, but once the network is replaced, the full functionality of the feature-rich Taktis will become available. This also enables customers to expand their network in line with Taktis’ scalable capabilities.
Kevin Swann, Managing Director of Kentec Electronics, says the company is committed to developing solutions that make the lives of its customers easier:
“We understand that budgets do not always allow our customers to upgrade their systems all in one go. This bridge capability means our customers can plan and develop their fire system in line with their fire safety requirements to the latest product range, without causing budgetary difficulties. Importantly this can be done with minimal disruption to the occupants with less cost, stress and risk for all involved.
“It is our belief that this provides a unique opportunity within the fire industry, enabling a compatible path to complete system upgrade.”
Taktis Vision repeaters can also be installed on a Syncro network using the bridge feature, providing an easy-to-use, full-colour, touch-screen interface that delivers information on the status of the fire alarm system to single or multiple locations.
“In addition to the end-user benefits, because the Syncro Taktis bridge is a firmware feature no additional hardware is required, making implementation a simple process. It also helps installers to forge long-term relationships with end-users over the period of the upgrade,” Kevin concludes.
The Syncro panel was first released in 2000 and has been sold in over 35 countries.