A sophisticated Taktis panel supplied by life safety control systems manufacturer Kentec and installed by DPJ Fire and Security Ltd is helping to protect visitors, staff and performers alike at Maidstone Studios in Kent, one of the UK’s largest independent broadcasting facilities.
The location plays host to state-of-the-art studios, production offices, dressing rooms and green rooms. Indeed, it’s home to some of the nation’s favourite TV shows including Take Me Out and the ever-popular Later… Live with Jools Holland.
DPJ Fire and Security Ltd was approached by Maidstone Studios to advise what they could do with the existing fire alarm and control panel that was showing signs of degradation. The business duly turned to Kentec’s product suite to upgrade the studio’s existing fire control panel located in the studio’s entrance and reception area.
Steve Bidmead, senior project manager at DPJ Fire and Security Ltd, said: “We met with the client and discussed the current fire alarm requirements and future plans. The customer is forward-thinking and technology driven and wanted a future-proofed solution so the Taktis panel from Kentec was an obvious choice.”
Bidmead added: “The flexibility of Taktis is such that it can be re-configured to realise multiple control and indication applications. It offers excellent functionality, while the touch-screen full-colour 7” display provides an intuitive and easy-to-use interface. The studios also have a number of Kentec Syncro panels onsite covering various areas. The long-term plan is to network these to the new Taktis panel.”
In conclusion, Bidmead told Risk Xtra: “Since being installed there have been no issues with the system and the customer is very happy with the end result. DPJ Fire and Security Ltd has built a lasting professional relationship with the customer, secured the maintenance contract and carried out various refurbishment works over the studio’s premises.”
Kevin Swann, managing director at Kentec, explained: “With its enhanced integration and capability to network up to 128 panels, Taktis is able to meet both the current and future needs of even the largest of buildings. It represents the perfect fit for Maidstone Studios.”