COMBAT 360 – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

WILL THE SMOKE DAMAGE MY PROPERTY?

If the Combat 360 is installed and operated to the manufacturer’s specifications then the smoke is guaranteed dry and non-contaminating. This is due to the class leading particle size of fog produced by all Combat 360 generators. Basically the smoke evaporates to a sub-micron level before it can settle on a surface. Systems have been used to provide protection to a wide variety of sensitive property including high value clothing, consumer electronics and communication equipment.

IS THE SMOKE TOXIC?

The smoke is verified as safe and breathable by health authorities globally. Stealth Defence have a comprehensive tech-nical library, including independent reports analytical laboratories, research organisations and authorities (such as the Health and Safety Executive) to demonstrate that the smoke produced by our systems represent the safest in their class. If you have a specific query relating to the suitability of artificial smoke for your application, please give our technical department a call.

CAN I GET A DISCOUNT ON MY INSURANCE BY INSTALLING SECURITY SMOKE?

That will depend on the individual insurer. It is not unheard of for a discount to be offered, but you will need to discuss it with your own insurers.

WHAT ABOUT THE POLICE AND FIRE BRIGADE?

In general the Police see the use of security smoke emitters as a positive move against intrusive criminals. Many Crime Prevention Officers throughout the country are happy to recommend the system. The new ACPO guidelines make provision for the use of a security smoke generating system. Fire Brigade personnel appreciate the need for such systems and have stated that, as long as systems are installed as per the code of practice, they have no objection.

WHAT HAPPENS IF SOMEONE OPENS (FOR INSTANCE) A LARGE ROLLER SHUTTER DOOR IN ORDER TO VENT THE SMOKE, AND THERE IS NO RESPONSE FROM THE POLICE OR KEYHOLDERS?

Even in these conditions, a properly specified system can maintain protection for up to an hour after an attack on a site. This is because the smoke chemical used produces the most persistent security smoke available. Additionally, the generators are capable of re-triggering.

CAN YOU SEE THROUGH THE SMOKE WITH NIGHT VISION GOGGLES OR THERMAL IMAGING CAMERAS?

You cannot see through the smoke with night vision goggles as these work by amplifying existing light – they would actually make it worse. Thermal imaging cameras will be able to identify sources of heat within a building, but not to any sufficient detail to operate in.

WHAT IF THERE IS A FALSE ALARM?

The systems all carry support for fail-safe measures such as “hold-off” detectors. Measures such as these minimize the chance of false alarms, but it is important that the system is designed to be as robust as possible from the outset. Staff training on operating the alarm system is essential. The smoke generators will always do what they are told to by the triggering detection system. In the event of a false alarm, simply disarm the alarm then wait until the smoke has cleared and it is safe to continue.

WHAT ABOUT COMPUTERS?

Combat 360 units are used extensively to protect computer equipment. The dry nature of the smoke ensures that no deposition occurs on computer equipment. In addition, the liquid itself is non-conductive and non-corrosive. Tests have been conducted by ourselves and a major international electronics manufacturer, which show that LCD modules and PCBs with surface mounted ICs are unaffected even when the pure smoke fluid is literally poured over them.

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DOES THE SMOKE AFFECT CLOTHING OR FOODSTUFFS?

Again the answer is no. A number of high-end menswear shops use Combat 360 and we have not had a single instance where clothing has been affected at all by the operation of Combat 360. The glycerine used to create the smoke effect is also used in the food preparation industry as well as other sensitive products such as cough mixture.

WHAT DOES THE TEST BUTTON ON THE EXAGON KEYSWITCH DO / HOW DO YOU TEST THE SYSTEM?

When the Exagon is in the ISOLATE position a short is put across the TEST (Trigger) terminals. Pressing the TEST button simply removes the short from these terminals for as long as the button is held. This performs the same operation as turning the keyswitch to READY and back to ISOLATE. In the READY position there is no short across these terminals. To test the system we recommend that the system is ISOLATED then the alarm SET and INTRUDER relays are opened. The TEST button can then be pressed to activate the system. If any Hold Off PIRs are fitted these must be activated whilst holding the Test button. Releasing the TEST button will stop the system.

HOW DO I CLEAR LOW FLUID PROBLEMS?

Aerosols are pressurised – an aerosol may seem to be full of fluid but could have lost pressure. Bladder units must be refilled whilst powered up to reset their internal fluid timers. Remember that ALL generators must be full of fluid to clear a low fluid on the Exagon keyswitch.

IS COMBAT 360 LEGAL?

Yes. In 1994 Home Office Minister Baroness Blatch confirmed the legality of ‘security smoke’ in a reply to a parliamentary question tabled by the Shadow Cabinet. Two pieces of legislation provide for the ‘concept’:

The Occupiers Liability Act, 1984 and The Offences Against The Person Act, 1861.

Two installation factors are, however, extremely important. The system should not be installed in such a way as to constitute a ‘mantrap’, and the presence of the system should be clearly advertised with warning signs. A Combat 360 installed to our specifications complies with both requirements.

ARE THERE REGULATIONS TO COVER THE USE OF COMBAT 360?

Not specifically. However, there are guidelines that have been formulated for the manufacture, installation and operation of Security Smoke Systems.

  •  British Standard BS7939: 1999 on smoke security systems.
  •  British Security Industry Association Code of Practice for the manufacture, installation and maintenance of security smoke systems.
  •  Association of British Insurers Guidelines for smoke security devices.
  •  European Standard EN50131 part 8. An IEC International Standard is now imminent.

The French Government Centre National de Prévention et de Protection (CNPP) has also produced a set of technical requirements for a European Standard.

IS COMBAT 360 GUARANTEED?

All users of Combat 360 are provided with the following warranties, guarantees and insurance:

  • Standard 12-month parts and labour and extended 36-month parts warranty.
  • Absolute guarantee that no contamination would occur provided the Combat 360 has been installed and operated to specification.
  • £10 million product and public liability cover with provision for efficacy.

To date no claim has ever been made against Combat 360, or any company fitting it, with respect to any adverse consequence of installing or operating the system.

IS COMBAT 360 COMPATIBLE WITH EXISTING INTRUDER ALARMS?

Yes. Combat 360 has been designed specifically to interface with conventional intruder alarm systems. Each device has a number of inputs (from the alarm control panel) and outputs (to monitor the state of the machine). These use conventional switches or changes of state and can be terminated either in the main alarm panel (the preferred choice for systems using a modern type of panel) or via a dedicated interface (useful for installations using older panels).

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DOES COMBAT 360 REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT?

The only item required by Combat 360 that does not form a normal part of an alarm installers toolbox is a 13 Amp fuse. Standard 8-core cable is suitable to link the device with the panel. All fixings and mounting brackets can be supplied by us.

CAN A VOICE MODULE BE FITTED?

Yes. The Combat 360 has a switched 230-volt output that can be used to ‘drive’ a number of additional accessories including a voice module.

HOW DO I TURN THE SYSTEM ‘ON’ AND ‘OFF’?

The system is controlled by your intruder alarm. Setting and unsetting your main alarm panel will switch the Combat 360 on and off line.

HOW LONG DOES THE SMOKE LAST?

If the premises is not vented then the smoke will remain in concentration for hours. However, we recommend that it be vented as soon as the keyholder can gain access (60 – 90 minutes).

HOW DO I VENT THE SMOKE?

Simply by opening doors and windows and waiting. The basic concept behind the smoke is to delay thieves making it impossible for a speedy entry and exit.

DO I HAVE TO INFORM THE AUTHORITIES ABOUT MY INSTALLATION?

No. We will, as part of the service, send installation notifications to the Fire Safety Officer and Alarms Administration Officer in your area. We will also liaise with Crime Prevention Officers, Insurers and Monitoring Stations as and when necessary.

CAN A THIEF SABOTAGE THE COMBAT 360?

The Combat 360 has an integral tamper circuit that will inform the alarm panel if an attempt is made to remove the casing. Similarly a ‘Ready State’ indicator will report if any of the operation aspects of the machine are interfered with. A thief may try and block the passage of the smoke. However, in order to do so he has first to locate the machine. The majority of Combat 360 systems are installed ‘covertly’ hidden above suspended ceilings or in suitable concealed locations. Assuming he knows where the machine is, he has to actually reach it. The system produces smoke at the rate of 10 cubic metres per second. It takes a brave man to enter the smoke and an extremely lucky one to locate the vent that is a mere 50mm in diameter and often located on the ceiling.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RUN COMBAT 360?

The electricity used is roughly the same as that to power a 60 – 100 Watt light bulb.

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