Leipzig and Dresden fire stations
Products: XJ-H1700 (Pro Serie), XJ-UT310WN (Ultra Short Throw Serie), XJ-A257 (Green Slim Serie)
Four years in continuous operation – Challenge for CASIO projector
When CASIO changed their complete projector range to a new Laser and LED Hybrid light source in 2010, the company promised: “Our projectors will be running 20,000 hours without lamp exchange and are furthermore tremendously energy-saving and completely mercury-free.” In 2012 the fire brigade of Leipzig took CASIO ‘s word for it and installed a projector XJ-H1700 in their former main fire station at Goerdelerring in order to monitor the gates of the vehicle halls. Now the users are confirming: CASIO projectors are running even longer than promised.
When CASIO launched their new projector generation to the market, the prototypes had already passed through many hundreds of hours of test operation and strict quality controls successfully. However, the developers could not simulate 20,000 hours of continuous operation – after all this corresponds approx. two years and three months. The fire brigade of Leipzig had the opportunity for a field test. “The projector was continuously in operation 24 hours a day from 2012 until 2016. There are just a few companies using projectors in such a way. Most of them are switching off the projectors from time to time. All the more we had high expectations of the results”, says Jürgen Ehrecke, CASIO key account manager in charge.
Today Ehrecke knows: The performance of this fire brigade projector has even exceeded the developers’ expectations. Four years, meaning significantly more than 20,000 hours, the projector was non-stop in operation in the fire brigade. Jörg Dähnert from the fire brigade’s systems technology division in Leipzig says: “During all these years neither service, nor any lamp exchange was ever necessary.” The specific purpose of the CASIO projector was a non-stop monitoring of the remote-controlled gates of the vehicle halls. By this the coordination centre could ensure that no persons were endangered when opening or closing the gates. “We are very happy with this result”, says Dähnert. “The CASIO projector was perfectly suited for continuous projection. In addition our coordination centre could profit from the low operation and energy costs.”
Only in 2016 the fire brigade stopped the operation of the projector when moving into a new building – in the new location a completely new control system for the gates is in use.
The technology must be realiable and safe during each rescue operation
The following figures show how important it is for the fire brigade to rely on technology: There are 2,000 emergency calls on average reaching the fire brigade of Leipzig each day – alltogether approx. 750,000 per year. So each movement has to be perfect and each technical device must be working smoothly.
Fire brigade of Dresden: Well prepared for an emergency case
Also in Dresden the fire brigade is using CASIO projectors since 2014. In their emergency control vehicle there is a projector XJ-A257 of the Green Slim series and an ultra short distance projector XJ-UT310WN, which is conntected to an interactive whiteboard. Thomas Wetzel, communication technician at the fire brigade of Dresden says: “Today fire brigade, rescue service and disaster control cannot operate successfully without using modern technology. Technological requirements are increasing steadily. Therefore it’s top priority besides the rescue team’s competence to provide
technology being as effective as possible.”
According to Wetzel the CASIO projectors have proved very well so far. “They stand out due to robustness, particularly long lifetime and low power consumption. We, as safety experts, welcome furthermore that the projectors do not have toxic mercury vapour lamps any longer, but eco-friendly Laser & LED Hybrid light sources”, says Wetzel.
The emergency control vehicle is always on the scene in case a wider danger zone has to be secured, i.e. for bomb deactivations, flood protection, large fires or similar scenarios. In such cases their CASIO projectors are helping on the spot to visualize all important information of the fire brigade’s software being used. This ranges from location plans and operation schedules for the rescue team to overviews of fire engines showing which vehicle is driving to the location with which loading. In case of bomb deactivations the residential areas which have to be evacuated can be projected on a map. In the event of flood protection the rescue team can see where sandbags are already stabilizing the endangered area and where there is still work to be done.