UK fire prevention specialist Southern Fire Alarms was selected by Ricardo to provide reliable and resilient fire prevention at the landmark facility Xtralis VESDA VLP and VLC aspirating smoke detectors are providing very early warning smoke detection for the Ricardo Vehicle Emissions Research Centre (VERC), a new facility for the development of next-generation clean, low carbon vehicles located in Shoreham, UK. Ricardo is a global engineering, strategic and environmental consultancy, founded by Sir Harry Ricardo in 1915, sharing his vision for maximising efficiency and eliminating waste. VESDA by Xtralis is the world's leading brand of aspirating smoke detectors (ASD). Safe environment for vehicle research The new Ricardo VERC features a brand new building with two vehicle test cells capable of testing passenger cars and light trucks of up to 3 tonnes, including advanced technology hybrid electric vehicles. The facility is climatically controlled with a temperature range of -35 to +55 Celsius and helps Ricardo test new vehicles for a global market to far more extreme limits than would previously have been possible. Xtralis provides a wide range of safety and security solutions for vehicle research and retail applications. UK fire prevention specialist Southern Fire Alarms (SFA) was selected by Ricardo to provide reliable and resilient fire prevention at the landmark facility. While extreme temperature changes posed a huge challenge for reliable smoke detection, SFA delivered Xtralis VESDA VLP and VLC detectors. Detectors operating in extreme temperatures "This project was the most technically challenging I have ever worked on," commented David Fell, sales director at SFA. "The vehicle test cells needed to be protected by detection which could not only operate effectively in extreme cold temperatures, but also extreme heat as well. We deployed VESDA detectors and worked closely with the construction team to ensure the installation was faultless and a technically challenging project was delivered successfully," Fell added. VESDA VLP is the world's most deployed aspirating smoke detector. VESDA VLC is a compact version of the same detector. Xtralis has a full range of very early warning smoke detectors for every application in every market.