Fire Prevention
trying to catch issues before they could result in smoke/fire

Fire detection and suppression systems are designed to contain and limit data from a catastrophic event
The application of such systems is simple: detect smoke as quickly as possible and try to contain the catastrophic consequences of a fire.
When smoke is detected it is already too late.

What if you could detect an anomaly that could lead to fire and early enough so that you can mitigate that risk?

When looking at a fire, then it is often preceeded by 2 stages that we are all familiar with:
- Stage 1: Anomaly phase - the ""it feels hot" phase
- Stage 2: Gas venting phase - the "it smells funny" phase

The Infrasensing sensor platform is the only solution on the market that enables you with the right sensors to detect most Stage 1 anomalies and Stage 2 gas events.

The sensors do not replace fire safety systems. They complement them. The sensor system has to be completed with adequate monitoring, alerting, operational procedures to mitigate the risks and safeguard the infrastructure.

For critical systems, redundancy of monitoring should be implemented.

Current fire systems will try to limit damage. With the right sensors it's about early detecting to try to avoid damage.
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Stage 1: Anomaly detection
thermal, environmental & power abuse
Thermal Runaway Infographic
Environmental Anomalies
Power Anomalies

Stage 1 is the most important stage to monitor. Why? Because this stage typically gives you ample time to react and fix the problem before it results into a catastrophic event.

Fires could be have multiple origins like UPS issues, short-circuits, eletrical overloads, water, corrosion, earthing/grounding.
All those risks are unmonitored. Yet they only cost a fraction of the fire detection and suppression system.

Thermal or temperature sensors are used to detect if equipment is running abnormally hot. This can be done using contactless sensors like our thermal imaging sensors. Or it can be done using our contact based temperature sensors.

Environmental sensors monitor for any conditions that could result in failure of the equipment. As an example, short circuits can be caused by water, dust deposits or even corrosion from gasses such as H2S. With the right sensors you can mitigate those environmental risks.

Power sensors check for electrical conditions that could cause equipment to malfunction. Think of issues like earthing/grounding, power voltage surges, harmonics or over-current. But not just your AC power source, also your DC batteries and UPS systems are a fire risk. Those power related risks can be monitored 24x7.

Risk Stage Sensor(s)
Li-Ion UPS Stage 1 Thermal Imaging, Shock / Vibrations, Power Quality, Current, Humidity, Water
Stage 2 CO2, VOC
Lead Acid UPS Stage 1 Thermal Imaging, Shock / Vibrations, Power Quality, Current, Humidity, Water
Stage 2 H2
Electrical Cables Stage 1 Thermal Imaging, Cable Temperature Sensor
Stage 2 CO
Computing & Network Equipment Stage 1 Temperature, Corrosion (H2S), Humidity, Water
Stage 2 CO
Switchgear Stage 1 Thermal Imaging, Shock/Vibrations, Corrosion (H2S), Humidity, Water, SF6 leaks
Stage 2 O3 (Arc Flashes)
HVAC equipment Stage 1 Thermal Imaging, Temperature, Shock/Vibrations (Bearings), Noise Anomaly, Corrosion (H2S), Humidity, Water, Refigerant leaks
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Stage 2: Off-Gas detection
from smoldering to overheating components
Smoke sensors are deployed to monitor for fires and try to catch them quickly.

Prior to smoke and fire, there might be a release of gasses. The type of gas depends on the type of equipment that has an abnormality.

Using a gas sensor abnormal gasses can be sensed to trigger an alert before actual smoke is detected by the fire safety system.

An example are batteries. Lead acid batteries may release Hydrogen gas. H2 at more than 4% reaches the LEL and may become explosive. For Li-ion batteries CO2 and other gas sensors can be used.

Learn more on our gas sensors
Gas Release Infographic