Turnkey intelligent video, fire and perimeter security specialist C3 Shared Services (C3SS) has secured a business partnership with US-based solutions provider Fike to supply the latter’s camera-based SigniFire range of video, flame, smoke and reflective flame detection technology to the Southern African market.
The turnkey SigniFire solution, which was developed and manufactured in the US, provides early warning fire detection by visually detecting the presence of fire and smoke at the source, while also acting as a video surveillance system to detect intrusions, says C3SS business development director Brendon Cowley.
The SigniFire system is unique in that it is visually able to detect the presence of fire or smoke at the source through the use of the camera system, independent of the airflow in the area. This enables the early detection of and immediate reaction to the fire by the appropriate response team to protect lives and property.
The visual verification is an advantage over the traditional method of using sensors to detect smoke or fire, as the camera can often be used to pinpoint the cause of the fire immediately, instead of having to wait for the smoke or fire to reach the sensor.
The SigniFire system is an authorised initiating device, as is required by the US National Fire Protection Association 72 National Fire Alarm and Signalling Code. It has been tested and approved by FM Global, a global commercial and industrial property insurance provider and is also UL- and CE-approved to ensure the product complies with the relevant US and European health and safety requirements.
The scaleable SigniFire system can be used as a standalone video, smoke, fire and reflective flame detector for new installations or can be integrated into an existing video management system, says Cowley.
The system is suited to applications in large-volume areas, in applications at facilities where fire and flame are high risk and at facilities or commercial properties where people are proactively involved in complying with the applicable laws and regulations, he adds.
The complete SigniFire line of products includes Internet Protocol (IP) network cameras with built-in flame, smoke and motion-detector capabilities; finite-state machine-IP (FSM-IP) network video recorders (NVRs), with management software; the SpyderGuard Video Flame and Smoke Detection Monitoring software tool used to access multiple FSM-IP NVR’s; the SpyderPanel Video Flame and Smoke Detection Monitoring touch screen user interface software and the fast responding CyberCat Fire Alarm Control Panel.
He says a SigniFire IP network camera can detect and recognise smoke and flames from great distances. “Usually a 1 m fire can be detected from a distance of 100 m, depending on the camera lens, which is available in 2.8 mm and 8 mm,” he says.
The SigniFire’s onboard analytics also enable a high probability of detection and a low unwanted-alarm rate.
Cowley says there has been significant interest in the SigniFire system since it was made available in Southern Africa, in September; however, C3SS feels there is a need to educate the end-user on the value of video content analysis in fire detection systems.