Senseco Systems are delighted to confirm they have recently completed phase one of a significant fire system upgrade for a major blue chip client at their UK Headquarters in London.

The consultant recently tendered the system upgrade to replace the existing Siemens Algorex Closed Protocol as it was now reported as approaching obsolescence. The project was tendered to a number of contractors with the clear requirement for an Open Protocol system to be installed.

Senseco were delighted to propose the Siemens Open Protocol Cerberus Pro solution as this met and exceeded all the requirements of the specification.

Senseco has successfully installed many Cerberus Pro systems over the previous 3 years as a Siemens Value Added Partner (VAP) and so it was the obvious product choice. It also mean’t it retained the site as a Siemen’s product rather than being replaced with an alternative manufacturer which would have been a far greater

Old Existing Legacy Algorex System

Old Existing Legacy Algorex System

New Cerberus Pro System c/w Firemans Plant Panel, Sprinkler Panel

New Cerberus Pro System c/w Fireman’s Plant Panel, Sprinkler Panel


The unique benefit of this solution was the ability of the new Siemens Cerberus Pro product having backward compatibility with the old legacy Siemens Algorex system. This meant that the system replacement could be carried out in phases, enabling Senseco to replace the Algorex control panels and retain the existing Algorex loop devices (Sensors, Callpoints and Interfaces) These are now operating on the new Cerberus Pro system and the loop devices can now be upgraded to the new Cerberus Pro loop devices one loop at a time and removes all the risk, commercial expense and system downtime of a complete product replacement to an alternative which was the clients intended route.

The client now has a fully Open Protocol system that can be maintained and fully supported by any of the trained VAP’s (value added partners) throughout the UK.

Our client also invested in the latest detection capability with the upgrade and will have the Cerberus Pro ASA smoke detection throughout ensuring false alarm immunity. The product and technology is so advanced that Senseco Systems offer their unique FAITH (False Alarm Immune Technology Harnessed) Guarantee for the life of the system, guarantees the system against false alarms and backed with a financial commitment.

Senseco are delighted to have completed this phase of the project successfully thanks to weeks of prior planning and successful off site software and factory acceptance testing. We changed over a network of control panels including a total of 9x Control Panels incl Repeaters, MM8000 Graphics Panel, Special Build Fireman’s and Sprinkler Monitoring panels on a system size of nearly 3,000 loop devices. The team completed this critical first phase in a single shift over a weekend. No faults, alarms or negative affect to this large fully occupied building.

We now look forward to working on the next phase of loop changes and achieving completion in the coming months. This first phase couldn’t have gone better and the feedback from both our client and main contractor has been fantastic – Well Done Senseco Systems Projects Team, all delivered with in house capability.