SmokeVu
SmokeVu

The most serious threat to commercial aircraft safety is fire, but Airlines and Freight Carriers are plagued by costly false alarms from traditional smoke and fire alarm systems. SmokeVu provides a cutting edge visual form of smoke verification / detection to be used in conjunction with conventional smoke and fire detectors. AD Aerospaces SmokeVu camera systems were first fitted on Swiss Air MD-80 aircraft in 2001 to enable the pilots to see into inaccessible areas of the aircraft such as cabin overheads and the avionics bay. This allowed the pilots to verify any smoke alarms triggered in these areas and check on the effectiveness of fire and smoke suppression operations.

The system uses high sensitivity monochrome video cameras and Infra-red floodlighting to view inaccessible areas of the aircraft where smoke could not normally be seen, such as cargo holds, avionics bays, above the ceiling panels in passenger aircraft, and far into the rear of combi-freighters. Following an alarm flight crew can verify visually if smoke is present using a monitor on the flight deck. SmokeVu is compatible with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology, allowing the flight crew to have complete control of the systems and view both live and recorded video.Moving to the next stage

AD Aerospace has under development a Video Smoke and Fire Detection and Analysis system, based on the tried and tested FireVu technology used for ground based systems by AD Aerospaces sister company D-Tec. This system, called SmokeVu, uses intelligent software to identify smoke and fire and can differentiate between smoke and false alarm triggers such as haze/humidity, even under the high vibration environment of a Freighter airliner. This software is installed on the state-of-the-art digital video processor, which can then alert the Fight Deck Crew to the presence of smoke or fire.

As the SmokeVu detection method does not rely on smoke particles travelling to the detector, detection can take place long before conventional smoke detectors that rely on detection of particle matter. SmokeVu is able to identify smoke and flame generation at the source. This leads to better decision making and a more timely and safer diversion.The system uses high sensitivity monochrome video cameras and Infra-red floodlighting to view inaccessible areas of the aircraft where smoke could not normally be seen, such as cargo holds, avionics bays, above the ceiling panels in passenger aircraft, and far into the rear of combi-freighters.

Following an alarm flight crew can verify visually if smoke is present using a monitor on the flight deck.SmokeVu is compatible with Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology, allowing the flight crew to have complete control of the systems and view both live and recorded video. Smoke detection zones can be placed anywhere within the camera view, on or around specific items or areas to be protected.

The ability to visually verify the alarm condition from the front-end processor screen or CCTV surveillance monitor represents a powerful new tool in the very early detection of fire.The SmokeVu System is a world first in delivering early warning of fire, using cost effective tried and tested aerospace equipment combined with leading edge image processing technology.

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