New fire detectors can see the flames
Thousands of preventable fires each day in Europe cause losses in lives and cultural and natural heritage. But they are not detected in time. Commercial fire detectors go off when it is too late to intervene and control the fire. The EU-funded FIRESENSE project will develop a new sensor. Compared to incumbent vacuum tube technologies, it will be 1 000 times more sensitive, 100 times faster in response and five times lower in price, operating at lower voltages. It will use ultraviolet and infrared detection to maximise accuracy and eliminate false positives.
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