Solution for Gas Detection and Environmental Monitoring

VESDA Systems expanded to provide protection against other airborne threats.


XtralisVESDA ECO by Xtralis uses new or existing VESDA pipe networks to reliably detect smoke in addition to hazardous/combustible gases to ensure air quality. It also integrates with other building management systems for real-time situational awareness and intelligent emergency response, including the activation of demand-controlled ventilation to control costs and save energy.

Invisible hazards can originate from the release of toxic gases, oxygen deficiency, or the presence of combustible gases/vapors. With an ECO detector installed on a VESDA pipe network, air can be conditioned or filtered to remove moisture, dirt and other particulates that can cause traditional gas-detection systems to false alarm or become contaminated. As with fire detection, early warnings of gas leaks or build-up enables countermeasures to be taken to protect personnel, property and business operations.

Each VESDA ECO detector can house up to two gas sensors, and additional detectors can be added easily to the pipe network to monitor more gases if required. In its initial release, the solution can be configured to detect ammonia, carbon monoxide, hydrogen, hydrogen sulfide, methane, nitrogen dioxide, oxygen, propane and sulfur dioxide.

VESDA ECO provides point, zone, or total-area coverage to suit different applications in a wide array of environments, including  battery-charging rooms, underground utility tunnels, boiler rooms, manufacturing facilities, parking garages and transportation centers. The systems easily integrate with fire alarm control panels (FACP), programmable logic controllers (PLC), HVAC systems, and building management systems (BMS) to provide real-time situational awareness for intelligent emergency response. No construction or electrical conduit is required.

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