A well known and respected Dutch yacht building company – together with two partner companies – has developed a wireless fire warning system which is applicable in metal hulls. The new system uses a wireless protocol that is able to build up a network between each of the sensors/transceivers and the controller in a very clever way. The system is launched by its Industrial Technical Supplies based in Heiloo, the Netherlands under the name Spectafire+.
The ‘+’ indicates that the system can do more than just detect smoke. Depending on the type also humidity and temperatures can be monitored. One can also choose for the option of Alarm buttons on the measuring poles: one for to activate the fire alarm and one to request for medical assistance. Emergency lighting, which switches on after a power failure, is also avaialbale as an option. The distance between the last transceiver and the controller can be somewhere between 200 and 800 m.
When a direct connection from a detecting sensor and the controller is not possible, than the system searches for other sensors/transceivers and builds up a network with other sensors until a connection with the controller is made. In the event that following installation one or more sensors are not connected with the controller, an extra sensor/transceiver can be placed in between the missing sensor and one of the others. The system can also be used for offshore platforms and moored ships with an inflammable cargo in a harbour. From a building at quayside, the ship can be monitored. The distance between the last transceiver and the controller can be somewhere between 200 and 800 meter. When no connection is made due to the distance this can be fixed by placing an extra transceiver in between the ship and the controller.