Technology

An Evolution in fire suppression technology

The patent pending Phoenix fills the gap between fire detection and fire suppression systems, offering full suppression capabilities at a price point that nearly rivals that of fire detection systems. Equipped with an array of onboard sensors and an advanced infra-red targeting system, the Phoenix is capable of suppressing or extinguishing any nearby fires by directing its onboard suppressant towards the fire.

The Phoenix offers maximum flexibly for any application. Its standard ABC fire suppressant is capable of handling almost any fire, but can easily be exchanged for specialized applications. Its software-based system parameters that determine every operation from what ceiling temperature to activate at or what baseline infra-red levels to ignore, can easily be updated from their standard defaults to fit any unique background environment.

System operation

Monitor Mode: Under normal conditions, the Phoenix remains in monitor mode. Silent and out of sight, the Phoenix continuously monitors for increased absolute temperate, high rate of rise, or smoke - all possible signs of fires.

Scanning Mode: Once the Phoenix detects signs of a possible fire, it switches to its scanning mode, where it quickly pinpoints the fire's exact location or determines that no fire is present

  • Targeting Gimbal: The targeting gimbal is the heart of the Phoenix. Containing both the infra-red (IR) sensor and housing the suppressant nozzle, the targeting gimbal is responsible for moving the IR sensor, allowing it to scan the entire environment. Once the fire is located, the targeting gimbal nozzle directs the suppressant flow onto the fire
  • Fire Locating: If the targeting gimbal is the heart of the Phoenix, the fire-targeting algorithm is the brains. As a wide angle, high resolution infra-red camera can be prohibitively expensive, the Phoenix uses a much cheaper, off-the-shelf infra-red sensor. Combined with the targeting gimbal, the Phoenix can quickly scan the environment, reading infra-red levels from the entire room, making up for its reduced resolution and field of view. Based on the infra-red levels from across the environment, the Phoenix can accurately locate the potential fire.
  • Fire Verification: Once the fire-locating algorithm has pinpointed the potential fire's location, the Phoenix checks the current environmental conditions against known fire conditions. Based on ceiling temperatures, rate of ceiling temperature increases, and infra-red levels and signatures from the potential fire's location, the Phoenix determines if the hot spot is a fire or just an overcooked chicken.

Activation Mode: Once a fire is located and verified, the Phoenix switches to activation mode. Like advanced smoke detectors or fire alarms, the Phoenix alerts any bystanders and the first responders, but in addition, it delivers an onboard fire suppressant directly at the fire.

  • Alert: The Phoenix offers a multitude of alert options. Audible alarms, warning lights, text or email alerts, or outside emergency notifications can easily be integrated. Notifications occur in the event of activation to warn bystanders and ensure timely arrival of first responders, or even sooner during monitor mode to let you know that something is not quite right.
  • Suppressant: The Phoenix uses an onboard supply of three gallons of fire suppressant. The current prototype uses a standard ABC dry chemical suppressant, offering maximum flexibility, reduced clean-up, and completely eliminating any chance of water damage. Although currently based on a dry chemical suppressant, the technology behind the Phoenix is independent of the chemical, allowing any streaming based suppressant such as water, foams, or CO2 to be utilized.
  • Tracking: Unlike standard fire sprinkler systems, the Phoenix continues to monitor the fire while releasing suppressant. The Phoenix continues to release suppressant until the infra-red levels indicate that the fire is extinguished, reducing clean-up without endangering effectiveness. The Phoenix also continuously adjusts the targeting nozzle based on the infra-red readings to ensure the suppressant stream is always centered at the hottest point in the fire; a useful feature if the fire is spreading or climbing up a curtain.