The Irish Naval Service operates in a unique environment. In the tight quarters of a naval ship a fire can spread quickly. In this scenario, reaction time is critical.
The Irish Naval Service previously relied on manual fire announcements but this method of passing on accurate information, quickly, was subject to human stress, and could potentially lead to delays and misinformation. The Naval Service required a system they could rely on to react immediately to deliver the necessary, accurate, information to the right people.
Sigteq’s AlertNet was initially installed on the LE Samuel Beckett, one of the Navy’s Offshore Patrol Vessels. During a one-year trial period AlertNet streamlined the Naval Service’s emergency response system: the emergency response team (ERT) was equipped with radios that were capable of receiving text notifications, and all alerts were automatically forwarded via this radio channel.
The new system enabled the Navy to reduce its first responder time by 1 minute, vital seconds in a ship environment. In addition, all information received by the team included accurate location data enabling them to react more efficiently to any incident.
A future-proofed system was a key factor in the Naval Service’s decision to work with Sigteq. Over time the Navy has plans to connect its multiple fire alarms located around Cork Naval Base. All of its legacy fire alarms currently operate independently of each other, with different equipment makes, models and configurations. This means oversight can be a challenge. By linking all non-standard fire alarms and integrating all fire panels into the AlertNet system, the Navy can gain complete control over its fire alert and notification process across its base.
In addition, the Naval Service has plans to introduce a Man Overboard system where buttons located on the decks of its ships would be linked into the AlertNet system. Each button would be associated with a specific location on the ship, allowing for crew members to react quickly, at the right location to a man overboard situation.
“Working with Sigteq, we’ve been impressed by the can do attitude the team display. For each scenario we have discussed they have been quick to suggest a solution. And then they have the expertise to make it all work,” concluded the OIC CTS.