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Notifier launches video smoke detection

32613Feb. 11, 2009 - NOTIFIER, part of Honeywell Fire Systems, introduces video smoke detection (VSD) as part of its line of fire and smoke detection products and technologies. The new video smoke detection offering has been made possible through an agreement with UK-based D-Tec.

February 11, 2009
By Carey Fredericks

VSD is based on the computer analysis of video images provided by CCTV
cameras.  It uses standard CCTV cameras (black and white, color,
infrared, existing or new) linked to a self contained processing system
which is capable of recognizing smoke and flame patterns within the
video image.  VSD uses sophisticated software algorithms to
automatically identify the specific motion pattern of smoke and fire
while ignoring other on-screen movement patterns from up to four
cameras simultaneously.  When fire or smoke is detected, the VSD system
alerts the operator both at the operating terminal and at an unlimited
number of remote locations.

VSD is used in applications where traditional smoke detection
technologies may be impractical or inefficient, such as large open
areas, very high ceilings, or high air flows that can prevent smoke
from reaching a spot-type smoke detector, thereby delaying alarm
activation.  Applications include industrial processing plants, power
generation plants, tunnels, aircraft hangers, mass transit facilities,
shopping malls, historic structures, or areas that are inaccessible or
unsafe for traditional detection technology.  VSD can operate in all of
these environments without any compromise to alarm response time.  It
can detect smoke and/or fire in any area visible to a standard video
camera, even through glass. For more information, visit: www.notifier.com