Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Byron Bay Firm Sets Standard in Industrial Design

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Byron Bay Firm Sets Standard in Industrial Design

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Byline: MEGAN KINNINMENT

A BYRON Bay industrial design firm has been awarded for developing a high-tech fire sensor that is being used to secure the Vatican and the White House and is also being marketed to Moscow.

Katapault Design director Nathan Pollock has returned from the Vivid Festival in Sydney where his design firm won the prestigious Good Design Australia Commercial and Industrial Design Award for a complex smoke detector and early warning system.

The VESDA-E system, a first-warning sensor for large buildings, is already being used in some of the largest buildings in the world.

The industrial design for the VESDA-E product was prepared by Katapault for client Xtralis Global which specialises in detection and remote visual verification of fire, gas and security threats.

The Byron Bay firm worked on the design and development of the product including the outer hardware and fittings to encase the technology developed by Xtralis.

The product was released worldwide earlier this year.

Mr Pollock said winning the Good Design Australia award was a "feather in the cap" for his small firm of six designers and engineers who work from offices in Byron Bay, Melbourne and Sydney. …

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