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Termografía infrarroja avanzada para la detección inteligente de incendios en zonas exteriores


Oferta Tecnológica
Una pyme austríaca ha desarrollado una tecnología para detectar incendios de forma segura en zonas exteriores de más de 10.000 m2 mediante la aplicación de cámaras de infrarrojos y un software avanzado. Este sistema no necesita personal y evita falsas alarmas causadas por otras emisiones. Las áreas de aplicación incluyen industria primaria, automatización de procesos, transporte e infraestructuras y otras áreas en las que es crucial la detección temprana de incendios. La empresa busca socios con el fin de desarrollar el producto y establecer acuerdos de cooperación técnica, comercialización o licencia.


Automated smart fire detection for outdoor areas using advanced infrared thermography
An Austrian SME has developed a technology which securely detects fire in outdoor areas of more than 10,000 sqm by applying infrared cameras and advanced software. The system does not request any personnel and securely eliminates false alarms e.g. caused by other heat emissions. Partners are sought for developing a product series in form of commercial or technical cooperation or license the technology.
Up to now automated fire detection is only possible for limited, mainly industrial applications coming along with expensive equipment and/or high personnel costs. Existing equipment based on infrared (IR) cameras solely measure "hot spots" to detect fire threats. Such systems are still vulnerable to interferences e.g. caused by reflections of sun light or diverse emissions of heat e.g. by engines. Therefore persons still need to verify and confirm alarms triggered by such standard systems. This instance causes a timeframe of several minutes between fire detection and alarm.

This advanced system, developed by an Austrian SME, uses polarization effects of light and its short time changes as recorded by camera sequences. Special algorithms identify potential sources of fire and minimal changes at theses points. The system compares these measurements with characteristic values for fire. It carries out multiple measurements and interpretations in a short period of time. Hence, only a multiple match will trigger the fire alarm. Per implemented infrared camera and the attached lenses an outdoor area of approx. 1,000 square meters can be monitored safely. Arraying several cameras the detection area can be adapted to customer needs up to more than 10,000 sqm.

The smart system consists of robust standards components. The IR-cameras is connected via LAN-network to the software based fire detection application. The fire detection application works with original image information provided by the IR-camera. The local signal evaluation contains a real time input/output module as logic connection to the fire alarm system. The software is Windows-based and is equipped with a failure detection system.

Technical details of the smart fire detection system are:
- IR-cameras with a fire detection temperature range between 0 and 1000°C
- real-time interface to achieve safety requirements and the connection to the fire alarm system
- Fire detection application windows based with an update rate of 2 FPS (frames per second)

Application areas:
- primary industry (minerals, oil, coal, wood, pulp-Y-paper) with large outdoor storage areas
- process automation (conveyors, dosing systems etc.)
- transport and infrastructure (cable cars, tunnels, railroads, harbours and airports)
- other areas where fire prevention and early fire detection is crucial

In order to develop a product series with this technology, partners are sought for license agreements as well as technical cooperation or commercial cooperation with technical assistance.
Advantages and Innovations:
The early fire detection system offers distinct advantages in respect to secure automated fire detection as well as easy and robust function. The USP is the extrem short time (under 1 minute) between detection of factual fire and alarm, compared to non-automatic systems (several minutes).

Advantages of the system are:
- automated real-time monitoring of large outdoor areas
- fire detection within 20-40 seconds secured by multiple sequence image recognition
- secure elimination of false alarms e.g. caused by reflections of sun light or diverse emissions of heat e.g. by engines.
- no need for personnel for operation or confirmation of alarms
- robust function of stand alone system

The system is offered for a broad range of applications in industry and infrastructure projects and can be adapted according to the client´s specific application. Moreover it´s planned to develop a modular series product for standard applications.
Stage of Development:
Prototype available for demonstration
Secret Know-how
CommeR Statunts Regarding IPR Status:
- secret know-how
- coded software

Partner sought

Type and Role of Partner Sought:
Partners are sought with
- profound technical knowledge e.g. providing engineering services in the area of fire prevention and early fire detection or
- with a well established network of clients in the areas of primary industry, process automation, transport and infrastructure or fire fighting organisations
- background in developing and manufacturing electronic products for a modular series product

Partners can either be active in project development, engineering services, sales or development of a series product.

Potential forms of cooperation:
Technical cooperation:
Jointly adapt and optimize the prototype to a market-ready product.

License agreement:
Aquire the software and know-how to set up the technology under one´s own brand.

Commercial agreement with technical assistance:
Buy the technology as a user and receive training on how to maintain the smart system.


Type and Size of Client:
Industry SME <= 10
Already Engaged in Trans-National Cooperation:
Languages Spoken:


Technology Keywords:
01004016 Gestión de análisis de riesgos
01004017 Gestión de la seguridad e higiene en el trabajo
01004011 Sistemas de gestión de mantenimiento
10001003 Tecnología de seguridad contra incendios