Earlsdon Retirement Village – Fire Alarm Monitoring

Earlsdon Retirement Village – Fire Alarm Monitoring


Earlsdon Park Retirement Village

Albany Road




Job Details:

To design, supply, install and commission various systems including Fire, Intruder, CCTV and Warden Systems in new build apartments, communal and public spaces.


Contract Start/End date: April 2015 – Present through continued annual rolling all-inclusive service and maintenance contract.


Project Particulars:

The new £44m Retirement Village in Coventry is a unique housing scheme providing purpose-built facilities for the over 55s, to help them stay living in their own homes for longer. Earlsdon Park Retirement Village is a partnership between Coventry City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency, which contributed £1.45m.

TIS were awarded in the £1.1 million project to design and install building wide communications, security and life safety systems along with our ‘Smart Building Converged Infrastructure’ into a new build retirement village.


Earlsdon Park Retirement Village site consists of 262 apartments, the apartments are broken down into more than 90 one bedroom apartments and 150 two bedroom apartments.

A host of health and leisure facilities are available in the village centre including:

  • Village Hall
  • Library and IT Suite
  • Fitness/Well-being Suite
  • Shop/Bistro and Bar
  • Residents’ Lounge
  • Hair/Beauty Salon
  • Hobby/Games/Craft Rooms
  • Enriched Opportunities Suite®


TIS designed, installed and integrated; Fibre TV Distribution, Fire Alarm, IP Door Entry, IP Access Control, IP Telephony System, Hybrid (IP/Analogue) Emergency Call System, Fibre Data Network Infrastructure, UPS Power Backup, Mobile Phone Repeater System, Digital Signage, IP CCTV, Wi-Fi, BT Openreach Distribution and Bespoke Alarm Reporting Software, all integrated with an Android handset deployment and custom apps.

Our bespoke designed converged infrastructure provides simple and efficient operation for the staff and future proofing for the building owners. This flexibility and ease of use allows the building operator the ability to individually customise each resident’s package; from multi-media & broadband provision to emergency call and healthcare monitoring, thus allowing increased revenue opportunities for the operator, and increased desirability amongst the residents.

Further to the installation of various systems in this bespoke retirement village, and following the success of previous monitoring installations at other retirement villages, TIS were instructed to install an integrated Fire Alarm Monitoring Solution, which was discreet, un-obtrusive, effective and reliable.


The Solution:

TIS again utilised our cloud-based Fire Alarm Monitoring system previously installed on other Retirement Villages. This solution has proved to be unobtrusive and requires minimal disruption to install and commission as it operates over the internet.

Our Fire Monitoring solution comprises a secure centralised cloud-based database, which receives data from fire alarm systems either over the internal IP network or by utilising a roaming GSM SIM.

Due to the complexity of the building layout it was decided that in this instance we would utilise the GSM SIM option which would allow an unobtrusive installation to the newly completed project as we wouldn’t have the need to install the necessary network cabling.

The primary application of our Fire Alarm Monitoring Solution is to log, manage and administer the commissioning, servicing, maintenance, testing, performance and day-to-day use of the connected fire alarm systems. Data is stored in a secure database and accessed via a standard web browser on any internet enabled device.

Utilising this solution allowed TIS to centralise all fire alarm system activity through a single cross-platform management tool which provides a detailed electronic history of the system throughout its life. The database can provide an infinite log of all data, thereby overcoming the memory limits of fire alarm control panels, with the facility to download all events, or filtered events, as and when required.

TIS listened to our client to ensure that the system would be as discreet as possible while providing a flexible monitoring solution that allowed access to event logs by site maintenance staff and the clients Facilities Manager.