Fire is a massive safety concern, especially in large areas with combustible 'elements', such as charging units, waste and battery storage areas. Often these areas are unmanned at all times, and traditional monitoring methods do not always see a fire in time. The speed at which a fire can take hold is frightening, and so the earlier a warning is given, the better the outcome. Thermal technology is coming down in price and is being used increasingly to detect abnormal heat rises, effectively offering a fire prevention solution, rather than a fire reaction one. Thermal imaging security camera is the solution to prevent fire and act quickly.
A serious problem smoulders
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) the US suffers an annual average of 1.3 million fires resulting in 3,190 civilian deaths, 16,225 civilian injuries, $14.7 billion in direct property loss. It is a great concern to industry too, especially in large buildings with combustible or electronic contents, like warehouses, fulfillment centers, dispatch centers, and datacenters. Even battery charging stations are higher risk, with Lithium-ion batteries being a particular concern.
Existing methods of detection can prove useful, but have limitations with regard to verification and warning time. Smoke detectors will give an alarm when they detect smoke in the air. However, this is only after the fire has already started. The same applies to air sampling devices, which tests the air for particulates, although these can usually detect smoke before a smoke detector.
Optical cameras are also used as a security solution, but they can only give a warning when flames are visible – in other words, when the fire has already started.
Monitoring temperature before flame