UMIA is an all-round waste processing/recycling company that provides and waste collection and disposal service to municipalities, companies and individuals in the Netherlands. When the company owners wanted to provide maximum fire protection, they sought the help of Dutch security specialist Obsafe, who built a solution using Hikvision thermal technology.
Fire in waste facilities is a serious concern. The nature of the processes and materials found at the site lend themselves to being flammable. For example, certain types of waste give off gases like methane. There’s also a lot of dry ‘shredded’ or broken pieces lying around, which could catch fire more easily.
The build up of temperature inside a waste pile, called ‘scalding’, is a very large threat in the waste disposal industry. There’s no perceptible smoke, although the temperature could have risen to dangerous levels. Smoke is usually the main indication of danger, but in this scenario the fire could build, or start to form, hidden away in the center of a massive waste pile.
Smoke detection using conventional solutions in huge indoor waste storage buildings becomes ineffective or completely stops working due to a build-up of dust on the sensor. This means they needed a solution that is immune to this dusty environment, and can be eaisly maintained to maximize effectiveness.
The site owners needed to provide real protection 24/7 to protect their personnel and their premises; and to reduce any environmental impacts caused by waste fires. There were also insurance company demands to take into consideration.