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Upgrade Monitored ASE

Background?
Under Tasmanian legislation for building occupancy, it is a requirement that some classes of building must have monitored fire alarm signalling equipment (ASE) installed.
The ASE is attached to the building fire alarm to provide early notification to the Tasmanian Fire Service when an alarm is activated.

This has two main benefits:
  1. It alerts the building occupants that the detection and/or suppression system has picked up the possibility of a fire within the premise and to take action; and
  2. It provides early notification to firefighters who can then respond in the most efficient and effective way to initiate firefighting operations and undertake life rescue if required.

Over the next 3 years commencing December 2021 the Tasmanian Fire Service will be upgrading all currently installed Romteck 2118 ASE’s to a newer Romteck ASE 4G (dual sim) model.

Why the change?
In October 2019 Telstra announced the shutdown of the 3G Telstra network by June 2024.
The current Alarm Signaling Equipment (2118 ASE’s) in service are 3G only and will cease to work once the network is shutdown.

The 2118 ASE device is also end of life with the manufacturer Romteck having already introduced the replacement model 3118 Dual SIM 4G device.

What do I have to do?
Prior to the end of 2023 all premises will need to have upgraded to the newer model ASE to avoid being cut-off by the 3G shutdown.
In the event of equipment failure, change or failure any replacement device issued will be the newer dual-SIM model.

Building owners and managers are asked to start planning and budgeting for this change to occur prior to the June 2024 deadline to avoid over demand causing a shortfall of equipment and resourcing.

TFS will be accepting upgrade orders from alarm installers during this time, premise owners and managers should contact their Fire Alarm contractor for more details about what this will involve.
If you do not have a Fire Alarm contractor please email: Monique.Careless@dpfem.tas.gov.au

Cost involved?
The cost of the newer ASE required for the upgrade and associated additional parts including contractor fees is the responsibility of the monitored premise owner. 
The full costs are available on the TFS Website at www.fire.tas.gov.au.

Enquiries?
For further information on your upgrade requirements please:

Email: Monique.Careless@dpfem.tas.gov.au