Intelligent Fire Detection For Eskom Power Station

Eskom Holdings which generates 95% of South Africa's electricity, has begun equipping their coal-fired power station, Arnot, with Fike's state-of-the-art SigniFire video, smoke and flame detection technology.

C3 Shared Services, a video, fire and security specialist with a long and successful history of providing high-tech integrated security solutions to both the South African and African markets, is installing the camera-based SigniFire detection system, which can visually determine the source of fire or smoke. It can also detect the presence of flames within the field of view of the camera, reflected fire light when flames are obstructed, and the presence of pluming smoke clouds and ambient smoke.

This commitment to safety of not only their facilities but their employees, contractors, the public and the environment, is what lead Arnot and C3SS to the use of the innovative SigniFire technology. UL Listed, FM approved and CE marked, SigniFire represents a critical advantage for early warning fire detection, identifying and reacting to fire situations in their earliest stages in challenging environments which often can't be protected with traditional fire protection systems.

"The on-screen display in the system highlights the flame, smoke or reflective heat with either a blue or red line, signaling a warning, while pinpointing the specific location of the fire," Brendon Cowley, C3SS Business Development Director explained. "Once a fire has taken place, you need to find out what caused it. With visual-based fire detection, you can go back and use the recording from the system to find the cause of the fire, even if the camera is destroyed in the blaze. As a bonus, it also can be used for the detection of intruders."

In fact, each SigniFire IP camera can be configured with multiple detection and/or exclusion zones within the field of view. These zones are set to either detect specific events (fire, smoke and motion) within the zone, or detect events outside the zone. The activation of each zone can also be linked to time schedules, so the system won't interfere with special events or circumstances. "The challenge for conventional systems, such as smoke detectors, is that the smoke needs to interface with the device, which can be a major drawback, especially in large-volume areas, such as warehouses with high roofs. High air flow also makes it difficult for sensors to detect smoke in some cases," notes Cowley. "The SigniFire technology was the perfect solution to get past these issues for the Arnot facility.