Over recent years, the high number of Fire Brigade call outs to false alarms combined with the ever increasing pressure to cut funding budgets has led many Fire Service Authorities to implement policies that now require verification of Automated Fire Alarms, specifically at commercial and municipal properties. This presents a real problem for business and commercial property owners alike who need to ensure their investment is adequately protected against fire.
D-Tec's FireVu Dome provides a two-part solution to the above problem. Firstly it provides early warning of the presence of smoke and flame and secondly,visual verification of the alarms it generates - a growing requirement in the light of the new response policies created by Fire Service Authorities.
Resolving acknowledged detection problems such as smoke stratification, varying air flow and temperature layering, the FireVu Dome can detect smoke or flame anywhere within its field of view, including at any height or direction. Due to its powerful Video Smoke Detection (VSD) technology the FireVu Dome is faster than traditional forms of detection which rely on smoke or heat reaching the detector and acts as an early warning system.
In addition, 'real-time' visual verification of an alarm by an on-site operator or RVRC/ARC not only actively minimises the number of false alarms generated but also satisfies the requirement of Fire Authorities for a visual verification of an alarm from commercial premises before responding. Visual verification also has other uses in that it can assess the risk presented to personnel entering a premises and be an aid in determining the required response.
In terms of practicality, the FireVu Dome can be conveniently fixed in accessible places rather than positioned in out of reach areas as is the case with conventional detectors. Support for Modbus allows full integration with existing fire alarms and building management systems whilst the inclusion of security alarm inputs and relay outputs further enhances the FireVu Domes' capability. With its video surveillance pedigree the FireVu Dome can be integrated into existing security systems, incorporated into secure Closed IPTV surveillance systems, or treated as a separate, secure, network solution that does not rely on other network infrastructure - a critical feature for any fire detection system.
D-Tec's FireVu Dome provides a straightforward solution to the very real problems that fire can cause. Its early warning detection capability and visual verification technology could provide those extra few minutes that could make a difference.