Aspirating Smoke Detection systems have been available for well over twenty years. Advances in technology have allowed aspirating smoke detection to evolve from a niche, and very specialist, detection solution to a staple in the fire alarm industry.
Aspirating smoke detection (ASD) is one of the quickest and most reliable detection types on the market today. Based around a central detection unit, it uses powerful fans to draw samples of air from the protected area into a detection chamber, via a network of sampling pipes.
The air is typically filtered by a series of filters to remove any contaminants before it enters the chamber and is processed.
Once the smoke reaches the detection chamber, highly sensitive and precise detection elements, combined with a string of complex algorithms, analyse the sampled air for smoke particles.
Due to the unique ability of aspirating smoke detection to actively monitor samples of air, it can detect the presence of smoke even before it is visible to the human eye and is impervious to unpredictable airflows. Furthermore, its ability to differentiate between smoke and potential contaminants makes it one of the most reliable detection types available.
Real Fire Evacuations
Peace of Mind
- Primary Fires Attended by Fire and Rescue Services in the UK 2018 44% 44%
- Businesses haven’t factored headcount growth into evacuation plans 73% 73%
- Fire as Cause of Liability Claims (of total Claims made across UK businesses) 10% 10%
- Number of fire safety audits rated satisfactory (2018) 68% 68%
Commercial properties vary in size but can be simple single room properties to larger buildings spanning multiple floors. Either way, they often contain valuable equipment and/or stock and can regularly welcome staff and visitors onto the premises. Therefore, it is essential that an efficient and reliable fire alarm system, that is suited to commercial properties, is installed.
Many industrial applications have many fire detection challenges including dust, dirt, water, corrosive chemicals, extreme low temperatures, high electromagnetic interference or vibration, or hazardous locations.
Many industrial applications use processes that involve the use of chemicals and these chemicals can cause an environment to have corrosive properties. The contaminated air in these types of applications can cause a number of challenges when it comes to providing reliable smoke detection.
IT operations are crucial to business continuity. Thefore, they use facilities such as data centres and server rooms to house redundant or backup components and infrastructure for power supply, data communications connections, environmental controls and various fire and security devices.