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What are the Benefits of Smart Technologies in Fire Protection Systems?

By Enterprise Technology Review | Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Smart technologies employing sensors can efficiently address the challenges in fire-prone areas.

Fremont, CA: Smart technology is finding its applications everywhere. By employing smart technology, any electronic device can collect data and can communicate with other similar devices or systems when connected to the internet. A smart device typically has an operating system that will connect with other information services, entertainment services, or apps. As fire safety is integral for industries, residential places, schools, and others, investing in fire protection systems can earn significant benefits for businesses. Existing fire protection systems include fire suppression systems, smoke detectors, and sprinkler systems assisting fire detection and protection.

The need to sweep away the ineffective practices for inspecting, testing, and maintaining fire protection equipment is growing with the emergence of smart technologies. By incorporating smart devices, the fire protection system can monitor the temperature and immediately send an alert to the facility manager. The system is more accurate and reliable. Smart devices drastically reduce the workload of inspectors of fire and life safety building systems enabling them to monitor remotely from a laptop in more than two job sites.

 Sensors are the most potent and pervasive components installed in buildings that provide opportunities for smart fire fighting. These sensors can track both the environmental condition and the occupants’ status. Similarly, these sensors in firefighters' personal protective equipment (PPE) as well as in equipment and apparatus detect and characterize exposure hazards while monitoring the firefighter hydration and other health parameters to minimize associated risks.

Smart fire protection systems can be created using cyber-physical technologies that reFire Protectionquire collecting vast quantities of data, processing, analyzing, and predicting utilizing that information, allowing fire departments and firefighters to make appropriate decisions.

Depending on the business needs and considering the facility requirements, choose the appropriate fire protection system. Thus, when selecting and installing a system, hire a company with a brief understanding of the organization’s needs to customize the fire protection options.

All fire protection systems have a common goal to detect fire and protect occupants and save lives. The integration of smart technology to fire and life safety building systems will present many benefits with minimal risk. The system is activated when smoke is detected, causing the sprinkler system to operate. The water prevents the spread of fire. Although it is an effective method, automatic fire suppression systems employing clean agents are a better choice as they leave no residue. Some types of fire protection systems enable the automatic dispatching of emergency services that in turn, will immediately suppress the fire while notifying the authorities to send emergency professionals to specific locations. The water sprinklers can also be monitored to ensure fire control.

When the above-mentioned systems can be used for commercial applications, there are many technologies developed for use in homes. Smart home technology, in case of fire, connect to the internet, alert homeowners of an alarm sounding via their smartphones. Even when a fire starts and nobody’s home, the fire department can get a call and take the necessary steps potential preventing a total property loss. The devices also provide the homeowners with real-time information about the battery life in a smoke alarm.

Recently a developed smart smoke alarm sends speedy alerts of smoke or carbon monoxide to phone. They can detect both low and fast-burning fires. It uses voice alerts to warn before it triggers the siren, and when the siren triggers, it informs about the room about the danger. The alarm is available in both hardwired and battery-powered versions, and so it can work in any home.

Any industry will be regarded as a safer place to work only if they integrate fire protection systems in their buildings that can readily address the risks due to fire.

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