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Stopping fires before they start

Electrical fires claim countless lives around the world every year. The Fidepro Intelligent Smoke Alarm is designed to combat the numerous potential electrical fire hazards that can be found in our homes and other buildings by simply switching off the power supply in the specific area affected in the event of a short circuit or similar event – a unique Fidepro capability.

The number of electrical fires is growing all the time, not least because of the growing volume of electrical appliances in people’s homes and in offices and other buildings.

Unlike conventional systems, which simply set off an alarm when smoke is detected, the Fidepro Intelligent Smoke Alarm goes further by cutting off the power supply from an appliance that is defective or has accidentally been left on, causing a fire to begin smouldering. By doing so at this critical early stage, fires are prevented from developing and possibly beginning to burn out of control.

Fidepro technology can do this thanks to a patented relay unit. If a television, PC, or other device begins to smoke, a Fidepro Intelligent Smoke Alarm will send an impulse through a building’s electrical wiring to a relay unit, and the fault current safety switch inside will then cut off the power supply.

The Fidepro Intelligent Smoke Alarm protects people and property against fires and electrical shocks resulting from defective appliances.

As the system is backed up by battery power, it will keep running even if a building’s main power supply is cut. The system can also be configured to switch off power only in specific rooms or spaces, such as a kitchen or bedroom, ensuring that lighting remains on in other rooms, to aid fire fighting and rescue work.

Comprehensive protection

Fidepro technology is equally suitable for both new and old buildings, as well as apartments, offices, holiday homes, and other locations – as is very easy to install and highly reliable. It is also very cost-effective, as it uses existing electrical wiring and requires no separate transmitters or receivers.

The technology can also be applied to gas detectors, temperature detectors, and radiation detectors.

What makes Fidepro technology so unique?

  • No other system exists providing such simple and effective protection
  • Stops fires in their early smouldering stage before flames begin to develop and they begin to burn out of control
  • Is a proactive solution compared to traditional fire detectors, which simply sound an alarm
  • Always online 24/7, unlike many battery-operated detectors
  • Easy to install and uses existing mains wiring
  • One unit can cover around 60 m2
  • Low costs are quickly recouped through lower insurance costs
  • As any type of fire can be detected, not just electrical ones, Fidepro technology could be the only detection system needed in a building.
> Antti Kaarnamo
(Published in HighTech Finland 2008)