An interview with Frank Ackland, Managing Director, Eaton Middle East
Why Intersec 2019
Eaton was absent from Intersec 2018, therefore it was imperative for us to be amongst the exhibitors in 2019. Intersec is one of the leading fire safety exhibitions in the region with institutions from across the world participating and it is a perfect fit for Eaton to be amongst these organisations.
Our plans for the show in 2019
We will be showcasing a wide-range of products from our fire and emergency lighting divisions. One product that will be showcased at Intersec is Eaton’s adaptive evacuation exit luminaires which provide commercial buildings with the potential to redirect building occupants to safety by adjusting the directions displayed according to the threat – such as a red cross to indicate that a particular exit route has been blocked.
Our unique Adaptive exit luminaries
Eaton is proud to unveil the Adaptive exit luminaries, a unique life-saving technology. Safety is at the absolute core of what Eaton offers and we believe that this new technology will move the needle for how evacuation in commercial buildings is viewed.
Our recent case studies
We have recently installed a number of fire safety and emergency lighting systems at the new Riyadh Metro system in Saudi Arabia. This is one of many iconic projects where we have provided and installed our products across the region.
Life safety across industries
Eaton’s Life Safety Division has a fantastic reputation for producing next-generation products globally and providing iconic projects with our state-of-the-art products. From stadiums to residential, public transport systems to commercial buildings, we believe every industry has a want and a need for safety; therefore all industries are important to us.
Market trends shaping the future of fire safety
Eaton provides emergency lighting and fire detection systems for buildings and we have noted an increase in the levels of regulation that are being adhered to – not only to the set standard but also above in some cases.
The regulations set out by Civil Defence offer a much higher standard of regulation than has ever been seen before. All those involved in the construction process are placing greater importance of meeting, and exceeding, the standards set out.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t more work to be done, and this is where we see a significant investment in retrofitting also taking place in the UAE, in order to make older buildings safer and in line with current regulation.
The performance of our life safety business is consistent and we spend a lot of time with our customers helping them to understand the way to make a building safe from a number of different perspectives.
All our solutions are designed with safety at the core. This is not limited to our life safety division products. We have noticed that there is a much greater emphasis being placed on how power solutions can keep a building safe and mitigate risks caused by power fault or failure.
Our uninterrupted power systems (UPS), for example, provide vital peace of mind to buildings, specifically those where critical power is a necessity: hospitals, military bases etc, and also to ensure the continued safety of data and information that can be lost to public cyberspace within a split second of a power failure.