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Multi-protocol Fire Alarm Control Panel


The ZX5Se is an intelligent analogue addressable fire alarm control panel. It has been designed and is constructed around proven and reliable microprocessor technology. This simple approach has produced a modular, scaleable fire alarm platform suitable for protecting all types of premises. The ZX5Se control panel supports a total of five industry leading protocols, allowing fire detection devices to be independently selected based on performance or aesthetic appeal. The ZX series control panels seamlessly integrates with Apollo (Xplorer, XP95 & Discovery), Hochiki ESP, Nittan, Morley-IAS and System Sensor detection device protocols. Designed for maximum flexibility, the ZX5Se control panel is supported by a complete suite of peripherals and software tools. Information on the location of fires, faults and system status can easily be displayed or printed in multiple locations. Integration to Voice Evacuation Systems, paging systems and third party control systems is supported through a range of peripheral interface units.

Key Features

  • Multi-protocol
  • Modular concept
  • Simple, robust design to EN54
  • Intuitive to use
  • Easy to maintain
  • Easy to expand
  • Easy to network
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to configure

System Design & Planning

The ZX2Se control panel forms the heart of the fire detection system. A steel enclosure contains all the required components – microprocessor, power supply plus a clear LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), system status indicators and the control buttons that form the user interface.A quick glance enables users to assess the condition of the fire alarm system. Alarm and Fault conditions are highlighted by LEDs and supported by enhanced text descriptions on the LCD display. Clearly labelled buttons allow users to quickly manipulate the system providing both audible and tactile feedback of successful operations. Accidental operation is prevented by user pass codes that are required to gain access to functions. Basic functions (Evacuate, Reset, Mute, Accept, Silence) are available at one access level whilst more advanced operations are protected by a secondary level pass code. Individual device isolations, test modes and configuration data are all protected by these secondary access levels.


The initial installation of the system is aided by sophisticated features like AUTOLEARN. An internal routine that will automatically detect all the devices on the detection and peripheral loops saving the time of entering all the devices individually. Basic programming is also configured during the Autolearn process resulting in only fine tuning of the system being required to complete the system configuration. An off-line Windows™ configuration tool is available to further enhance the process, making text entry and specific device programming easier. Complex cause and effect programming is simplified through clearly designed user interfaces. Once completed the configuration of the Morley ZX2Se Data Sheet 10.08_Morley ZX2Se Data Sheet 19/01/2010 16:05 Page 2 panel can be saved for future reference. Enhanced features allow the complete archiving of the control panel history log and a Virtual Panel Interface enables all control commands to be entered using the computer.


The Morley-IAS network is unique. A clever protocol allows for the propagation and distribution of all messages and control signalling. A robust protocol that can be used over long distances, even on MICC mineral based fire resistant cabling. The ZX2Se can be networked with other ZX series control panels using Master/Slave architecture. Up to a maximum of 99 control panels can be networked together using the standard control panel operating system. The network can be configured in two ways: For single sites or large buildings the network is normally configured as one large system. Each networked control panel shares information. Alarms and communications are reported to each individual display. If the fire alarm system is to provide cover for multiple buildings or multiple sites it is normally configured to operate in a report and control mode. The fire alarm panels act individually or as sub-systems only reporting information to the master on the level above.