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Fast and reliable detection of smoke and flames

Video-based fire detection AVIOTEC from Bosch optimized for tunnels

  • Early and reliable detection of smoke and flames in dark environments
  • Parallel traffic surveillance minimizes the risk of accidents
  • Additional lenses increase detection range

Munich – Bosch’s video-based fire detection solution AVIOTEC IP starlight 8000 can now also be used in tunnels to ensure reliable and early detection of smoke and flames. Therefore, it is a quick and cost-effective addition to the linear heat detectors commonly used, which react only to noticeable increases in temperature and are unable to detect smoke either. In addition, the viewing of incidents also enables immediate verification of alarms and is a valuable aid for the emergency services.

Reliable fire detection even in challenging lighting conditions

The new version of AVIOTEC is based on smoke and flames detection algorithms specially developed for use in tunnels, which have been optimized in comprehensive tests in real environments. The cameras require only seven lux ambient light to reliably detect smoke and flames using the integrated intelligent video analysis. For use in tunnels, Bosch has also more than doubled the detection range from 50 to over 100 meters by using new lenses. This corresponds to the usual distance between cameras for video surveillance in such environments. Thus, AVIOTEC allows the same cameras to be used for video surveillance as well as fire detection and thereby reduces investments and operating expenses.

Minimizing of accident risks through simultaneous video surveillance

In such scenarios, video surveillance also benefits from the intelligent video analysis in the cameras. By continuously tracking movement curves, they can automatically detect stationary vehicles as well as drivers driving the wrong way or people on the road. As with the detection of smoke or flames, a message is also generated in these cases so that the safety personnel can immediately take appropriate measures and minimize the risk of an accident. Intelligent video analysis is implemented in the cameras themselves and therefore does not require a central server, which could represent a so-called "single point of failure". AVIOTEC also records machine-searchable metadata of all scenes, thus enabling very rapid forensics when investigating the cause of a fire or an accident.

Even before this update, AVIOTEC was the first solution for video-based fire detection to pass the demanding test procedure of German VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH. VdS had conducted the test procedure in accordance with the VdS guidelines 2203 "Requirements for fire protection software" and the "Specifications for testing flame detectors". In April 2019, AVIOTEC IP starlight also received certification according to the Australian standard CSIRO TS010 for video-based fire detection systems.

Apart from tunnels, as a VdS and CSIRO certified solution, AVIOTEC is suitable to improve early fire and flame detection in almost every building with large dimensions as it avoids the need of smoke or heat to migrate to the sensor. AVIOTEC can thus be used in large warehouses, hangars, extensive shopping centers, generator halls and similar structures.

Operators who are already using an AVIOTEC solution can upgrade to the new version with a free firmware update. In existing applications where a longer range is required, an upgrade can also include a purchasing of the new lens.

About Energy and Building Technology

The Energy and Building Technology business sector accounted for 4.6 billion euros, or roughly 9 percent, of total Bosch Group sales in 2014. It offers a wide range of products, solutions, and services for heating, hot water, ventilation, air conditioning, security, and building management, power generation, and energy storage. Bosch Energy and Building Technology encompasses the Thermotechnology and Security Systems divisions. The former is a supplier of resource-conserving heating products and hot-water solutions. The latter provides solutions for video surveillance, access control, voice evacuation systems, intrusion control and fire alarm systems, professional audio and conference systems, and services for remote surveillance and business process management. The business sector also includes Bosch Energy and Building Solutions GmbH, which specializes in services designed to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings, and Bosch Energy Storage Solutions, a provider of modular energy storage solutions.

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). The company generated sales of 77.7 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs some 72,600 associates in research and development at 126 locations across the globe, as well as roughly 30,000 software engineers.

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