Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology
Changes in technology are constant. We know this first-hand as it seems Apple comes out with a new iPhone every month. As technology changes, keeping up with each and every technological advancement is nearly impossible. Staying up to date with the ever-changing iPhone is hard enough! This means many other industry progressions are often overlooked or unseen.
The fire alarm industry is among those that are experiencing major change.
The development of the aspirating smoke sensing system is a new method of detection that increases accuracy and decreases detection time.
The FAAST system (Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology) is a type of smoke detection that is relatively new with Notifier fire alarm systems. These patented, high-sensitivity smoke-sensing pipe networks are used in a variety of facilities – from data centers to horse barns, and even tobacco factories. Because of its increased detection accuracy, false alarms are reduced, making the FAAST system better for dusty locations. FAAST systems are also capable of three types of highly accurate fire detection – Standard Detection, Early Warning Fire Detection, and Very Early Warning Fire Detection, each meeting the needs for specific environments.
So, we know what FAAST is, but what makes it different, and how does it work?
The FAAST system operates by drawing air through a pipe system. Once the air is drawn through the pipe and reaches the detection unit the air goes through the chamber, filtering out the non-smoke particulates. The non-smoke particulates are then dropped out of the bottom of the unit. The filtered air then travels through a 90 micron filter to remove more particulates before entering the detection chamber. Once the air enters the chamber, the unit uses a blue LED light and an infrared laser to analyze the air sample moving through the chamber. This combination of processes allows FAAST’s detection range to start at 0.00029% of obscuration, this is before smoke can be smelled or even seen. A standard smoke detector’s range begins at 2% obscuration. That’s a huge difference!
With the FAAST unit’s quick smoke detection capabilities, earlier fire detection may not only reduce the amount of facility and asset damage, but could also save lives.
If you would like more information about the FAAST systems, additional information is available at http://www.systemsensor.com/faast. Or, give us a call – we’d be happy to answer any questions about the new FAAST technology.