Bosch Security Systems has supplied all security technology for the Serdika Center in Sofia. The systems were installed by local partners. The new complex became one of the largest shopping centers in Bulgaria when it opened in March 2010. Besides 51,000 square meters of retail space on three levels, the Serdika Center also includes an eight-storey office complex with 30,000 square meters of office space, which should be completed at the end of the year, as well as 1,600 parking spaces.
In the shopping center, two modular fire panels from Bosch receive signals from around 2,400 fire detectors; another panel and more than 1,500 detectors are to be installed in the office complex. The redundantly designed panels not only monitor areas accessible to the public, but also critical areas like substations and ventilation shafts via special detectors. In addition, the panels control the smoke extraction and fire extinguishing systems in the entire building as well as escalators and lifts in the event of a fire alarm.
The public address and evacuation system, which has a total of 39 digital audio channels, is closely connected to the fire detection system. Announcements and evacuation instructions are issued via 2,200 loudspeakers in the shopping center and 1,400 in the office building. The system is set up redundantly and continually monitors amplifiers, microphones and loudspeakers as well as the corresponding lines to guarantee faultless operation at all times.
Bosch and its partners also implemented a video monitoring system, an intrusion detection system as well as a system for access control in the office building. The video monitoring system works with more than 100 cameras and a total of 14 monitors for service personnel. It covers the entire premises including the shopping center, the office building and the parking spaces and ticket machines.
”When planning this project, the security concept played a key role from the very start,“ said Vassil Jilkov, Technical Manager of Serdika Center Sofia. ”We set great store by reliable and integrated systems and thus decided to obtain all security technology from one source at an early stage. With Bosch and its local partners, we covered the entire range of security technology both in terms of products and expertise and can be certain that the systems will work together smoothly in an emergency. High level on safety is a standard for all ECE Shopping Centers.”