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Cutting Edge - Fire detector 'will toast' its rivals


ELECTRICAL specialist Siemens has developed a system that can help building owners improve fire detection and reduce unnecessary call-outs.

The sensor can work out the difference between a real fire and commonplace kitchen accidents.

Siemens claimed that its Sinteso fire detector can tell the difference between burning furniture and the causes of common false alarms such as burnt toast, insects, steam and dust.

By using a 'fuzzy logic' problem solving control system the detector can sense changes in temperature, see smoke particles in the air and analyse the input data before weighing up the likelihood of the occurrence being a real fire.

According to Siemens fire safety manager Andrew Morgan the Sinteso will be suitable for most applications when it is launched in the New Year.

He said: 'It has initially been developed for businesses such as hotels, restaurants, factories, hospitals and nursing homes.

The technology is so superior to what is currently available though it will inevitably be introduced in domestic fire detectors in time.' So confident is Mr Morgan in the detectors ability to see past false alarms that Siemens is offering a guarantee against it going off by mistake.

He said: 'The Sinteso detector is guaranteed not to give false readings and so can reduce the amount of public money and manpower wasted every year by false alarms.'

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