Innovative Residential Fire Sensor
Department of Commerce
National Institute of Standards and Technology
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Southwest Sciences, Inc.
1570 Pacheco St., Suite E-11, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
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AbstractSouthwest Sciences proposes development of residential fire sensing systems based on low cost optical imaging sensors combined with newly introduced highly miniaturized, low power CO sensors. Sensor modules will also include temperature sensors. The modules will be part of a low power wireless network. Each module will be about Â½ the size of a business card, a few mm thick, and will operate for at least a year using a lithium battery. Volume production will keep prices low enough (we aim for $10) that it will be practical to install at least one in each room of a residence. Sensor modules will be unobtrusive and can be optimized to detect smoldering fires by attaching directly to furniture particularly for high risk residents including young children, the elderly, and the physically handicapped. Our approach targets the types of residential fires that are difficult to detect using conventional smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors.
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