Babraham Research Campus Cambridge

Babraham Research Campus is part of the wonderful University of Cambridge. The research campus was first founded in 1948 and throughout its many years has made major steps in science. Particularly in molecular mechanisms that underlie normal cellular processes and functions. Currently located in a former manor house in the Parkland Estate. In 2011 planning began to improve the facilities and in 2014 the planned improvements were complete.

World Leading BioScience

The planned improvements were originally green-lighted thanks to a Government awarded BBSRC £44M investment. This investment has gone on to support cutting edge research into bioscience. The research campus project has also improved local business. With new opportunities for business growth and an increase in employment throughout the area.

Announced with the B930 development project was a new follow-on Laboratory Building (Biology). Secured by Leader Systems for the installation of a new life safety system.

The Fire Alarm System

Leader Systems needed to use a high-quality remote network system, due to the vast size of the project. To ensure the quality of the project Leader Systems’ entrusted Kentec for their time tested reliability and quality.

Kentec’s Syncro fire alarm control panel has the capabilities of joining multiple loops in one central location. This capability made the system perfect for this project. In fact, 6 looped systems were used within the project.

Who are Kentec?

Kentec are one of the global leaders in safety solutions manufacturing of control panels. Including conventional, analogue addressable fire detection and extinguishant control panels. With over 30 years of experience in the production of these systems, they are some of the best in the industry. This is why Leader Systems and Kentec work so closely on so many projects.

Control panel

Project Completion

As this project was quite large Leader Systems’ had to use a 6-8 looping Syncro system. A Syncro is a Kentec device that allows for multiple loops of fire alarms and sounders to come into one single control point. A typical Kentec Syncro system allows for the connection of 126 devices. Its ability to use various fire alarm detectors and sounders means that it is very flexible, perfect for projects like this. Here are some of the key benefits of using a Syncro system:

  • Available with 6 or 8 detection circuits, each capable of hosting up to 126 devices (Apollo), 240 devices (Argus Vega) or 127 devices (Hochiki).
  • Syncro uses the most advanced microprocessor technology. This provides a control system of extremely high integrity.
  • Syncro is configurable to suit all types of system, from the most simple, to the highly complex.
  • Its fully integrated and secure network provides comprehensive scalability.
  • A large area graphics display ensures that information is clearly displayed in plain language. With detailed extra help available by pressing a ‘help’ button.
  • Syncro supports three of the most widely used communication protocols. Protocols produced by leading fire detector manufacturers. Syncro employs daily calibration routines to ensure that the system is always at optimum performance.

Using this Kentec Looping Syncro system Leader Systems were able to install well over 600 devices.

Babraham Research Campus Project

The Babraham Research Campus project was a fantastic project for Leader Systems’ to work on. The system which used 6 loops and incorporated approximately 650 devices. Including 400 addressable devices and 250 loop driven sounders. All successfully installed in late 2014. The research campus’ Laboratory Building has gone on to successfully carry out its research as well as improve the local economy to which it lies within.

You can view the work carried out at the Babraham Research Campus on their website here. You can also find out more information on the Kentec systems used within this project here.