Fire detection & prevention

Fire detection & prevention

What is fire detection & prevention?

Only in the US 1.240.000 fires are reported each year. These fires result in 3.240 casualties and 15.900 injuries. Combined these fires result in $11 billion direct property losses. For Europe similar figures are valid. Due to the increased insulation of houses the escape time is reduced from 11 minutes to 3 minutes nowadays.

In Europe there are more than 600 car tunnels with a length longer than one km, with more than 1800 km of tunnel in the planning phase. Accidents like the Mont Blanc tunnel (1999) or the Channel Tunnel (1996, 2006 and 2008) are still fresh in the memory.

These two examples make it very clear how important it is to detect fires as soon as possible. In addition we need to equip our firefighters with the best tools available to save lives and valuable assets in the future.

There are two things very important when it comes to fire detection & prevention.

  1. An early detection of fire
  2. A fast and easy way of clearing the building

Thermal cameras not only help to detect sources of fire in a very early stage, but also to determine if people are present. This saves valuable time during search & rescue operations.

Outdoor fires are more complex. Visible cameras can efficiently detect smoke, but are not capable to locate the source of the fire. SWIR and uncooled LWIR cameras can locate fire sources and are extremely helpful in assisting firefighting planes and helicopters to extinguish the fire.

In tunnels thermal cameras help determining heat sources. They are able to locate the heat source even before a real fire arises and can prevent dangerous vehicles entering the tunnel.

What do we offer?

For the integration of SWIR and LWIR camera into fire detection and prevention systems we offer our XenicsCores. These small, lightweight and low power consuming infrared cores are available with various interfaces in both the shortwave (XSW-Series) and longwave (XTM-Series) wavelength range. They are equipped with a number of image enhancement routines for the best image quality and earliest detection of fires.

What features are needed?

  • Easy connectivity
    We offer several different interfaces for an easy integration into your system
  • Rugged and small cameras
    The ruggedness and size of our infrared cameras are important features for an imaging system. The smaller the camera, the easier it is to integrate. Rugged cameras withstand harsh environmental conditions
  • Low power consumption
    Power consumption can be an issue when integrating cameras into a (fusion) system. Our infrared cameras consume very little power and therefore easy to integrate
  • Superior image quality
    Our cameras are equipped with several image enhancement algorithms. This results in a superior image quality under all weather and light conditions

Are you looking for more information? 

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The protection of archeological treasures by infrared cameras within the EU Firesense project. Thanks to the EU Firesense project, various visible and infrared cameras have been tested for the early detection of wildfires to protect archeological treasures.

Versatile infrared analysis and reporting software

The Xeneth user interface is common to all the Xenics cameras. This makes it easy for customers to apply their familiarity with this comprehensive product to any new applications, covering wide ranging capabilities in various parts of the IR spectrum.

Learn it once and apply it over and over again.

Karl Niedermeyer, President, Spectro Associates, Inc.