How Ukrainian Ajax security system protects a UNESCO World Heritage site in Norway

Ukrainian tech company of professional wireless security system Ajax that protects commercial and residential properties of any scale is the most award-winning in Europe in its industry. Founded in Kyiv 10 years ago, in 2011, by Aleksandr Konotopskyi, today, the number of users and industry professionals using Ajax products is over 900,000 in more than 120 countries across the world.

Ajax was awarded such titles as “Intruder System of the Year” by IFSEC (UK), “Best Innovative Product” by MIPS Securika, silver medalist at Expoprotection Awards (France), named the “Breakthrough of the Year” according to the Union of Ukrainian Entrepreneurs award 2020. MotionCam by Ajax Systems, a wireless motion detector with a photo camera to verify alarms, wins the “Intruder Product Of The Year” category in the PSI Premier Awards 2020 (UK), the best technologies and businesses within the security industry. 

With a high-level in-house team of engineers, IT professionals, designers, Ajax creates solutions that stand on the cutting edge of technology and science, putting their innovations into devices that combine the best components with conceptual design. 

The Ajax product line currently includes 33 gadgets for indoor and outdoor protection of premises. It features motion, fire, leakage detectors and control panels (hubs), range extenders, keyboards, smart sockets, relays, and panic buttons. Ajax detectors react to burglars, fire, and flooding. If trouble comes, the system immediately activates the sirens, alerts all users via mobile app, and requests help from the alarm response company. 

Here are some of the key technologies developed and patented by Ajax Systems:

  • Jeweller: a two-way radio technology that ensures communication at a distance of up to 2,000 meters and provides high energy efficiency – batteries in Ajax detectors live up to a record of 5-7 years thanks to it.
  • OS Malevich: a real-time operating system managing all Ajax’s control panels (hubs) and ReX signal extenders. OS Malevich is virus-resistant and has mechanisms to counteract software failure and cyber attack. The system updates automatically over the air.
  • SmartDetect: an algorithm processing the infrared sensor signal for threat detection implemented in Ajax motion detectors. SmartDetect reacts to human motion while ignoring animals and false alarms.

With convenient and powerful software that makes a complex system simple to manage, a reliable cloud with 99.9% fault tolerance, and advanced encryption, Ajax security system is ready to resist any threats, even in the most extreme conditions.

Ukrainian manufacturer has R&D centers across Ukraine – in Kyiv, Kharkiv and recently opened in Vinnytsya. The company expands regionally, looking for the best tech talents, and plans to gather a full-fledged team in Vinnytsia for developing new Ajax security devices independently of Kyiv and Kharkiv offices. 

Last year Ajax Systems, together with Safe Home Europe, launched a pilot project for fire protection of houses and neighborhoods in Ostrava (Czech Republic). Also, the team implemented the project, ensuring the protection of about 100,000 m² of one of the biggest agro firms in Ukraine, Myronivska poultry farm.

Case study: Ajax protects a UNESCO World Heritage site in Norway

In autumn 2020, jointly with a Norwegian distributor of security systems and manufacturer of wired fire alarms Elotec, Ajax won a tender from the municipality of Bergen to protect the wooden architecture of the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wireless Ajax detectors will provide an opportunity to protect the city center without disturbing the buildings’ interior.

What was the challenge?

Bergen has been affected by multiple fires over centuries, but the city is still one of Europe’s most prominent historical centers with wooden architecture. The city has 12 districts with old wooden buildings located close to each other and about 11,000 residents. 

Every resident or business owner in the protected area of Bergen had an opportunity to apply for installing a fire alarm system and connecting to the fire monitoring station free of charge. 

What is the solution?

Ajax fire detectors have a synchronous alarm function (interconnect) — when one detector is triggered, all fire detectors within the system are activated. Following Elotec’s initiative for the Bergen project, the Ajax R&D team needed to implement a delay in interconnect distribution and transmitting alarms to the fire monitoring station to minimize fire brigades’ false calls.

Hub control panels, FireProtect fire detectors, and Button panic buttons (with the new alarm interconnect delay function) will be provided for every house.

If the owner of the premises simply overcooks a meal on the stove, they can press the Button within 2 minutes from the moment when smoke was detected, thus postponing alarm transmission. In this way, they will have another 10 minutes to air the premises out, prevent the alarm from spreading to other detectors, and prevent false calls to the fire brigade. However, if the Button is not pressed within 2 minutes, the alarm will be directly transmitted to the fire department. 

What are the final results?

In total, 13 street fire detection cameras and 640 Ajax indoor systems (Hub control panels, FireProtect fire detectors, and Button panic buttons) will be used to protect the areas. 

The installation of wired alarms entails laying cables, which is costly and not always possible, as is the case with securing the World Heritage Site. It was imperative to keep the exterior and interior of the buildings intact.

The Ajax security system is reliable as wired solutions, but its installation requires much fewer resources. Considering that not all residents of the houses could agree to installing cables, installing Ajax was the ideal solution for the municipality.

Wireless fire solutions are becoming a trend in the security industry. Ukrainian Ajax is the world trendsetter of the sphere providing the best solutions for industrial and cultural sectors globally.

Special thanks to the Ajax Systems team for comprehensive support and assistance!

The project “Boosting local traditional industries with IT capacities” is implementing by TechUkraine in partnership with APPAU – Association of Industrial Automation of Ukraine, International Association Culture&Creativity Association with the financial support of the German government through GIZ that aims to increase the competitiveness of traditional industries in strong collaboration with Ukrainian IT companies. 

Kudos to the team:

  • Editor: Iryna Supruniuk
  • Creative Producer: Inna Stelmakh
  • Ajax team: Amina Yepisheva
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