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Intelligent Directional Fire Sprinklers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000242037D
Publication Date: 2015-Jun-15
Document File: 2 page(s) / 33K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a system for intelligent directional fire sprinklers that use autonomous nodes and target only the areas afflicted by fires, avoiding extraneous damage to the surrounding area.

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Intelligent Directional Fire Sprinklers

Many buildings have overhead fire sprinklers installed. However, the sprinkler systems are usually activated in groups that cover a wide area when a fire is detected, causing unnecessary water damage to many parts of the building and its contents. The systems do not act in a dynamic nor individual way when the system is activated. In addition, current sprinkler systems are not as effective at putting out a fire as a direct stream of fluid, especially when the fire's source is prevalent.

The system disclosed herein directs sprinklers to target only the areas afflicted by fires.

Advantageously, the disclosed system reliably eliminates fires with minimal extraneous damage caused by the firefighting system. The disclosed system can target a localized fire, prevent large-spread damage to an infrastructure or logistical damage, and efficiently eliminate the threat of fire.

According to the present invention, a device is interfaced in a way similar to a conventional sprinkler system. The device replaces each sprinkler with an autonomous node. Upon activation, the node tracks and eliminates the threat of fire. The system includes event monitoring in real time to retain data pertaining to each incident.

The system, when triggered by the presence of fire, directs fire retardant onto the perceived threat. Components of the system monitor the threat as it is combatted, and identify the best course of action to continue (i.e. identify the next target for extinguishing). This process continues until the threat is removed, whereby the system disarms.

Figure: Components and Process for Intelligent Directional Fire Sprinklers

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101 Activation is triggered when the system is called upon to put out flames beginning

with real-time 102 Monitoring of the event, as well as triggering 103 Threat Assessment to evaluate how best to put out the fire.

102 Monitoring tracks meta-data relevant to the node, including but not limited to pressure, stream direction, and visual/infrared obse...