Bosch connects fire alarms at Brazilian hospital

  • May 3, 2022
  • Steve Rogerson

Bosch has installed a connected and integrated fire alarm system to provide safety coverage for Hospital Centro Médico Campinas in Brazil.

Designed by Bosch and implemented by Brazcamp Tecnologia installers in Campinas, Brazil, the system secures the entire city hospital campus around the clock. All fire detection devices are connected via Bosch’s 5000 series modular fire panel, offering improved response times and better maintenance options – for the first time including remote maintenance – to the healthcare facility.

To succeed, the project required retrofitting of legacy fire prevention equipment and smart connectivity to accommodate for the unique layout of the premises.

Founded in 1973, Hospital Centro Médico Campinas is one of the most important general practice hospitals in São Paulo. The hospital campus underwent significant expansions over the past five decades to add buildings and specialised healthcare services. Ultimately, this resulted in the installation of eleven different, incompatible fire alarm panels across the sprawling campus that required individual monitoring, cleaning and maintenance.

For seamless, around-the-clock fire safety of the entire premises, clinic operators wanted a unified and future-proof system.

Bosch addressed the situation by installing one customised system covering the following milestones:

  • Fixed compatibility. Integration and consolidation of all data from connected devices on the modular Bosch 5000 series. Thanks to retrofitting of legacy detectors, a cost saver, devices communicate seamlessly.
  • Decentralised round-the-clock access. Direct access for personnel via remote keypads connected in three desked areas: main reception, on-site fire department, and operation and control centre.
  • Entire campus on one network. Five loop modules cover all areas of Hospital Centro Médico Campinas with panels and detectors, including sensitive environments such as ICU, operating theatre, patient wards and the hospital laboratory.
  • Increased safety response and situational awareness via full integration with gas detection, sprinklers and access control. As a result, personnel can pinpoint the location of a fire and unlock doors and gates to speed evacuation.

The system was installed fast and without disruption of vital clinical services. To avoid future disruptions, smart connectivity of the network allows maintenance by technicians with little disturbance.

“Excellent specification and design work was carried out by the integrator and the Bosch engineering team,” said Eduardo Riguetti, safety manager at Hospital Centro Médico Campinas.

As the hospital continues to grow, the flexibility of the Bosch installation is open to future integrations, such as access control and voice alarms.