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SigniFire Video Flame, Smoke and Intrusion Detection System

SigniFire Video Flame, Smoke and Intrusion Detection System

 

SigniFire is ideally suited for applications that are housed in large volume structures and/or contain high valued assets. Traditional fire detection methods are impractical and/or ineffective in these types of facilities. SigniFire’s advanced early warning detection capabilities can dramatically reduce the loss a business would sustain in the event of a fire.

Some typical applications where SigniFire Video Flame, Smoke and Intrusion Detection can be installed include:

  • Warehouse/Distribution Centers Education
  • Energy Aircraft Hangars
  • Marine Transportation
  • Manufacturing Museums

Warehouse / Distribution Centers

Warehouses and distribution centers are ideal candidates for SigniFire. The large open areas and high ceilings associated with these facilities make traditional fire detection methods impractical and/or ineffective. However, the high volume of assets per square foot make it imperative that these facilities closely monitor day-to-day operations, provide security, reduce shrinkage and theft, deter arson and detect fire and smoke during the incipient stages.

SigniFire would be located on the loading docks, packing areas, battery and forklift maintenance areas and high hazard areas such as aerosol rooms. In addition, increased security and reduced theft are improved through the use of video image detection technology.

Warehouse Fire Statistics:

  • 30% of total non-residential structure fires are in storage facilities
  • 23% of storage fires are arson
  • 60% of fires occur between 6:00 pm and 6:00 am

Annual Risk Expense – Probability of Fire X Single Loss Occurrence:

  • 1% chance of fire that requires fire brigade intervention Avg. cost $590,000
  • 0.25% chance of warehouse fire that causes roof collapse Avg. cost $6,000,000*
  • Average annual risk expense = (.01 X 590,000 + .0025 X 6,000,000) = $20,900

*The Probability of Fires in Warehouses and Storage Premises, Hymes & Flynn, 1992

Application Guides

Application Guide for Warehouses

 

Education

Schools and universities are particularly susceptible to the threat of arson. Large corridors, open entry ways, arenas, gymnasiums, auditoriums, labs and libraries are all ideally suited to the protection offered by SigniFire.

With the growing implementation of cameras and mass notification in educational institutions, SigniFire is a vital technology in providing situational awareness, as well as intrusion, smoke and fire detection — all in one system.

 

Energy

Within coal, hydro, and nuclear power plants, most fires originate at the lube oil system on large rotating turbines and generators. Early detection and video verification through use of SigniFire can limit loss of valuable assets as well as avoid costly plant shutdowns. SigniFire cameras have been installed in turbine halls, battery rooms, tripper rooms, compressor stations and over nuclear fuel rod pools.

Costs of a Turbine Fire
Although the likelihood of a fire involving a turbine generator is low, several such fires have caused property damages upwards of $30 million, and forced plant outages exceeding six months. (Business interruption could mean another $4-6 million in losses)* In two cases, permanent decommissioning of plants was necessary. The EPRI study concludes that based on a 30-year plant life there has been one fire in roughly 200 unit-years. This means that one out of seven turbine generators in operation will experience a fire. (0.5% probability)**

Annual Risk Expense – Probability of Fire X Single Loss Occurrence:

  • 0.5% chance of turbine fire that causes substantial damage – Est. cost $5,000,000
  • Average annual risk expense = (.005 X 5,000,000) = $25,000

*Gas Turbine Fire Protection, Dominique Dieken – Power Engineering
**Steam Turbine Fire Protection will Reduce Repair Costs, Dow Drewry – Power Engineering

Application Guides

Application Guide for Power Generation

White Papers

Turbine Generators: A Recipe for a Very Large Fire

Success Stories

SigniFire™ Protects South African Power Station

 

Aircraft Hangars

While the loss of an airplane hangar due to fire may be costly, it is minimal compared to the potential loss of the aircraft inside. Hundreds of millions of dollars, plus loss of revenue due to disruption of service, can devastate a business. SigniFire provides early detection and the opportunity for early suppression or nuisance rejection before an expensive AFFF dump.

Application Guides

Application Guide for Hangars

 

Marine

Ship applications consist of generator rooms, propulsion rooms, turbine rooms, pump rooms and other general machinery spaces. SigniFire has been tested by the U.S. Navy and Royal Navy, and is implemented on large ships using a networked systems to provide command and control with video and alarm information.

White Papers

Shipboard Intelligent Fire Suppression Systems

Naval Research Laboratory Video Image Detection

 

Transportation

Tunnels, subway and train stations are ideal candidates for the SigniFire Video Flame Detection technology. The large open areas and high ceilings associated with these facilities, make traditional fire detection methods impractical and/or ineffective. However, they often house expensive equipment and technology that must be protected from theft and fire.

SigniFire video image detection does all that and has been successfully installed to protect areas where expensive machinery, vital to day-to-day operations, is located.

 

Manufacturing / Industrial

Manufacturing facilities are ideal candidates for the SigniFire Video Flame Detection technology. Plant fires spread quickly when combustible material is readily available. SigniFire has been installed in areas where expensive machinery that is vital to day-to-day operations is located and to cover entire facilities that could not be covered by conventional methods.

Application Guides

Application Guide for Manufacturing Facilities

 

Museums and Cultural Property

Priceless, irreplaceable contents of cultural facilities are easily damaged by smoke, and the water associated with sprinkler fire protection. In addition, many museums have high ceilings that reduce the effectiveness of conventional fire detection. It is imperative that these facilities closely monitor day-to-day operations, provide security, reduce theft, deter arson, and detect fire and smoke during the incipient stages.

SigniFire Video Flame Detection technology is ideal for protecting these types of facilities from intrusion, smoke and fire hazards. In addition, motion zones can be placed around door and artifacts to provide an added layer of security.
Application Guides

Application Guide for Cultural Properties

White Papers

The Cultural Property Protection Manual