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Securitas UK mitigates spontaneous combustion with Axis

Securitas UK has announced a new solution in partnership with Axis Communications, to mitigate one of the biggest risk factors for spontaneous combustion, combining a series of thermal temperature cameras, optical cameras, IoT sensors and offsite monitoring.

Above: AXIS Q86 thermal cameras allow for wide-area coverage and long range detection.
Courtesy Axis Communications

Often taking place overnight, when there is no one at the premises, spontaneous combustion is a major cause of laundrette fires which results in large amounts of damage to businesses at a high cost.

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Securitas UK, in partnership with Axis Communications, has provided a solution to the issue, in the form of a combination of thermal temperature cameras, optical cameras, IoT sensors, offsite monitoring and remote support services. The end-user or business is then alerted to any unexpected temperature hotspots and the potential risk of fire.

The camera is pre-programmed with a series of analytics to measure a ‘maximum’ room temperature over a pre-defined timeframe. Should the analytics pick up a higher than ‘normal’ temperature, then an alert will automatically be sent to the Securitas UK Alarm Response Centre (ARC). Operators have a separate optical camera installed at the laundry premises to allow for real-time visual verification of spontaneous combustion or fire and subsequently, the capability to dispatch the appropriate response.

The camera for visual verification can be set up in a business’s premises with a direct view of the storage containers where laundry is transferred to cool after its heat cycle – which is typically the location where most fires start. The Securitas operator’s response is set out and agreed with a client in their SLAs, which will either include alerting the emergency services upon confirmation of a fire or require a response from the Securitas mobile guarding team to attend the site directly to assist.

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Businesses within the laundry industry face huge risks to their operations from spontaneous combustion which can lead to significant difficulties in obtaining adequate insurance coverage, in the event of a fire. This solution not only mitigates the initial fire risk but also provides scope for additional services that could further lessen risk factors for a business. These include providing fire risk assessments, fire training, fire extinguishing equipment and the installation and set-up of IoT temperature sensors across all laundry premises.

Nadine Matthews, Country President, Securitas UK said: “We are proud to bring to market a solution that solves a very real and fundamental problem for the laundry industry which sufficiently protects businesses when staff are off-duty and premises are empty.

“As adequate services to mitigate fire hazard risks in laundrettes remain a valid concern, the solution we have developed and the additional services we can offer, have the potential to save UK laundry businesses huge costs in damages.”

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