Multitone’s EkoSecure system deployed at a sewage treatment plant in Germany

Based upon Multitone’s EkoTek technology for wireless staff safety and nurse call applications, EkoSecure provides the means to summon rapid assistance to your location inside and out with fixed call-points and portable alarm units. This made it the ideal choice for a staff safety system at a sewage treatment plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

The sewage treatment plant includes a computer system, a sand trap, several clarifiers, the sludge disposal and a building for the plant operating technology. Some of the facilities are interconnected via underground maintenance corridors. Every year, the facility cleans several million cubic meters of wastewater and rainwater and feeds it back into the water cycle.

The safety of the plant’s employees is a top priority for the facility’s manager. In order to guarantee this, the employees of the operating technology were equipped with EkoSecure Messengers: small, handy and user-friendly personal emergency signal devices. Several EkoSecure radio repeaters ensure extensive radio coverage throughout the entire premises. This also includes the underground maintenance corridors.

In an emergency, an employee with a signal device triggers a manual or automatic alarm. The alarm is transmitted to the alarm system’s administration interface within seconds via the network of EkoTek Repeaters, together with a location. The entire radio network is extremely reliable and has been implemented without complex cabling.

A special requirement was solved with the Multitone i-Message alarm server: Using the ESPA-X protocol, it forms the interface between the EkoSecure system and the control technology of the sewage treatment plant. This means that fault messages from the plant’s systems can be shared with the EkoSecure system. This allows employees to react immediately to malfunctions.

ESPA-X supports future alarm requirements. Decentralised, remote structures are increasingly being networked using modern and structured network cabling with modern TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol) based network protocols, and this is replacing old telephone copper cabling. VoIP with SIP replaces the previous ISDN telephone connections. Alarm messages are increasingly routed to a central location via the alarm server in order to centralise services.

We are pleased to be able to offer the Multitone i-Message alarm server with the ESPA-X protocol. This enables a flexible communication and alarm platform to be set up, which enables the standardised implementation of a large number of systems. “The end user benefits from long-term investment security”, explained Frank Rotthoff, Managing Director of Multitone Elektronik International GmbH. He added, “With the combination of certified EkoSecure personal emergency signal system and an IP-based i-Message alarm server, we can offer our customers an extremely efficient system that enhances security and provides time-critical message transmission.”

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