With the full commissioning of the goods service centre of E. Breuninger GmbH & Co. in Sachsenheim (Ludwigsburg district), the deaf alarm system in the event of a fire was also put into operation by Multitone Elektronik International GmbH.
In Sachsenheim, conveniently located in the motorway triangle between the A8 and A81 near Stuttgart, E. Breuninger GmbH & Co. opened one of the most modern goods service centres for fashion in Europe in June 2020. On a gross floor area of around 76,000 m², up to 700 employees ensure that the fashion articles, which are sold via bricks-and-mortar stores or online mail order, are processed quickly. When the goods service centre opens, E. Breuninger GmbH & Co. will employ around 30 people who are hard of hearing or deaf.
Since the acoustic alarm is not sufficient for these employees in the event of a fire, the company decided to install a radio-based alarm system from the Multitone Elektronik International GmbH. In the event of a fire alarm, the deaf person receives the alarm message as a text message on the display on his or her personal paging receiver, and is also made aware of the alarm message visually via an LED and, above all, haptically via the vibration of the integrated vibration module ("two-senses principle").
The radio coverage on the entire company premises ensures that the alarm can be transmitted to the affected employees at any time and anywhere and that the appropriate evacuation measures can be initiated.
Fire alarms are implemented using the Multitone i-Message alarm server, which receives information from the fire alarm control panels, processes it and sends it to targeted groups of people via a radio transmitter infrastructure.
With the expansion of the goods service centre already planned for the following years, the radio infrastructure can be adapted and expanded to the new conditions at any time.
"With Multitone's deaf alarm system, we reliably protect our highly motivated employees even in the event of a fire," confirms Mr. Ralf Schubert, Head of Occupational Safety and Fire Protection at E. Breuninger GmbH & Co. and adds: "The cooperation with Multitone has proven itself in all phases - starting with the joint project discussion, through planning, to the handover of the system."
"We are pleased about the good cooperation with E. Breuninger GmbH & Co.", explains Frank Rotthoff, Managing Director of Multitone Elektronik International GmbH. "A quick fire alarm for hearing-impaired or deaf employees can save lives and is thus an indispensable part of the fire protection concept," Rotthoff continues.