System Sensor announces FAAST fire detector

New fire detector can sense fires before they damage high-value assets and data


St. Charles, IL (June 7, 2010) – System Sensor announced today that its new very early warning fire detector, the FAAST Fire Alarm Aspiration Sensing Technology, will protect mission critical facilities and high-value assets from the faintest traces of smoke — even in highly challenging environments.

As an aspirating detector, FAAST draws air samples into its sensor through a pipe network. This allows the detector to provide accurate detection in challenging environments, such as those with extreme conditions or with tampering or aesthetic concerns.

FAAST’s smoke detection performance is built around its unique Dual Vision sensing technology. This sensor utilizes an extremely sensitive blue LED to provide Very Early Warning Fire Detection? up to 60 minutes before combustion. The sensor also uses an infrared laser to identify nuisances like dust that can cause false alarms and downtime. The detector interprets signals from both sources to provide the earliest and most accurate warning of the widest range of fires available.

"Mission critical facilities can’t have any downtime because there can be huge financial consequences," said Kris Cahill, senior product manager with System Sensor. "We designed FAAST to provide facility managers with the most levels of alarm at the earliest stages of a fire so they can take appropriate action to maintain business continuity and protect valuable assets before disaster strikes."

The FAAST sensing technology is also extremely accurate, so it avoids nuisance alarms that can cause costly downtime and unwarranted activation of connected suppression systems, which can damage high-value assets.

For communications, FAAST provides an onboard Ethernet port for easy connection to a computer, a network, and the Internet, enabling facility managers to actively monitor and protect their environments from any Internet browser, smart phone, or mobile device. The detector can also e-mail status notifications to multiple addresses.

Finally, FAAST enables a fully customized detection strategy. The detector includes five programmable alarm levels, the most of any aspiration detector, and 10 pre-alert particulate levels, so thresholds can be set to meet specific site requirements. In addition, an Acclimate mode can automatically adjust FAAST’s sensitivity within specified parameters. For example, if usage for a protected area varies, the detector will adjust itself to provide the appropriate sensitivity to suit current environmental conditions. Sensitivity levels can also be programmed based on a schedule. This precision enables facility managers to mount an appropriate response to any situation.

To learn more about FAAST, contact System Sensor at 800-736-7672 or visit systemsensor.com/faast.