This year, Bosch Security Systems was commissioned with bringing the Public Address and Voice Alarm systems as well as the fire detection systems at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport up to date.

Since its foundation in 1969, the former regional airport has developed into a commercial airport – today it can be reached by both charter and scheduled flights from almost every origin.

During the planning phase for the new security concept, Bosch not only had to guarantee a minimum risk of false alarms for the 1,100 fire detectors at the site, but also had to take into account the particular characteristics of the airport architecture.  

Announcements understood

The design of the arrivals hall at Paderborn-Lippstadt Airport made installing the digital Public Address and Voice Alarm system, Praesideo, particularly challenging.

The flat surfaces may look good, but they reflect sound, which can mean that important announcements are not always understood. For this reason, active Vari Array loudspeakers with an integrated power amplifier were fitted to the walls in this area.

This new system enables sound beams at a height of 1.2 to 1.7 meters to be directed straight to the passengers situated in the area, and prevents reflections against hard surfaces.

This solution not only makes the announcements in the terminal easier to understand, it is also very efficient: the Bosch solutions require only two active sound classes for an area of 1,200 square meters.

Rapid firefighting

In order to ensure that fires can be fought effectively, all alarm messages are transmitted directly as plain text via a digital system to the airport fire department’s pager.

The internal firefighting units located directly at the airport are contacted via a radio network installed by Bosch and can quickly reach the site of the emergency from wherever they are in the airport grounds.

The local fire department from the community of Paderborn is only alerted in a second step, if necessary.

Resistant to contamination

In the terminal's boarding bridges, kerosene deposits quickly form on the ceilings and walls, which could trigger false alarms with conventional fire detectors. To prevent this, Bosch installed 500 series fire detectors at these locations.

With these models, the cover plate is fitted flush with the ceiling, making the detector impervious to foreign objects, thereby minimizing the risk of a false alarm. Special carbon monoxide sensors ensure even higher levels of interference resistance.

The Public Address and Voice Alarm system as well as all the fire detectors are interconnected by the BIS Building Management System, which manages and controls them centrally via a user interface, and records all alarms.

Review ‘security essen’: Bosch successfully introduced integrated security solutions – in an airplane

Counting more than 39,000 visitors, the ‘security essen’ came to an end on October 28, 2012. With more than 1,000 square meters, Bosch Security Systems not only had an exceptional stand this year, but was the biggest exhibitor at the trade show. Following the motto ‘destination security’, visitors entered an airport-like scenery, including a ‘duty free shop’, different ‘gates’, an information hall with display board and a ‘first class’ section.

“With visitors from over forty countries, the ‘security essen’ is the most important trade fair for us,” says Gert van Iperen, Chairman of the Board of Management of the Bosch Security Systems. “With our stand conception similar to an airport scenery, we had the ideal setting to present our business segments with their product highlights as well as the section of integrated security solutions.” In the ‘forum’ on the booth, which was designed like the first class of an airplane, visitors were provided with background information on product highlights at the fair such as the new HD-solutions. The ‘monitoring center’ focused on the cross-linking of products and services. Using the example of the newly introduced ‘Cloud-based Security & Services’, visitors could experience right at the stand how the Bosch Monitoring Center protects the sites of clients via remote video surveillance service. Video surveillance, intrusion detection, fire detection and voice evacuation systems as well as access control and management systems were presented with all new innovations at the different ‘gates’ of the booth. Here, the Modular Fire Panel 5000 Series and the complete access control solution ‘MATRIX’ were, among others, demonstrated to the visitors. A ‘duty free shop’ was designed for the products of the Advantage Line, which Bosch developed specifically for small to medium-sized applications. At the ‘System Integration Wall’ visitors could get information on the integration of products and solutions of the different product sections.

Gert van Iperen believes that the success of this year’s fair performance is also a result of the consistent implementation of the stand motto. “With the airport-like scenery at our booth, we were able to demonstrate our great expertise by presenting example reference projects from all over the world and, at the same time, show our visitors our complete product portfolio in this area.