VESDA-E by Xtralis recently won the prestigious Good Design Award at the 2014 Good Design Festival in Sydney, Australia.

Presented by Good Design Australia, the award was announced on May 28 at a gala event as part of the 2014 Good Design Festival, in association with VIVID Sydney. Established in 1958 by the Industrial Design Council of Australia, the awards (formerly the Australian International Design Award) are the country's only national honours that recognise industrial design excellence and innovation.

The latest honour puts VEDSA-E by Xtralis among the world’s very best in design and innovation. VESDA-E was recognised in the Commercial & Industrial category, and was the only life safety product to secure the honour. Famed director James Cameron won the top award last year for the Deep Sea Challenger submersible, and the 2014 top prize went to a collection of products by renowned industrial designer Marc Andrew Newson, CBE.

According to Rajiv Singh, General Manager of Xtralis’ Safety Division, the Good Design Award is acknowledgement of the company’s prowess in industrial design, which includes form as well as function. VESDA-E is elegantly designed to not only provide the best smoke detection, but also has an outstanding human interface, efficient maintenance and serviceability, as well as excellent connectivity options to provide the earliest of notification of a potential fire threat.

In addition to the Good Design Award, VESDA-E was one of 17 products to be honoured as a Powerhouse Museum Selection. The selections are displayed in the Success and Innovation gallery at the Powerhouse Museum for the next year.

While the current-generation VESDA was considered the benchmark for ASD systems, VESDA-E surpasses that with 15x greater sensitivity to smoke and double the longevity, with 8% less power consumption. Unique to fire protection, VESDA-E can quickly add remote monitoring, servicing, and detection capabilities with the addition of bolt-on hardware modules called VESDA Stax, including a version of its award-winning VESDA ECO gas detection solution.

VESDA-E can be remotely and wirelessly monitored and managed using an iVESDA mobile app available on IOS and Android mobile devices. iVESDA mobility provides intelligent situational awareness for local and emergency personnel, vastly improving response time and effectiveness.