Can there be smoke without fire?

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Author: Toyah Hunting

Solution Certification

Araani SmokeCatcher® now Milestone Certified Solution

“We are very pleased with our SmokeCatcher solution being fully certified for the world’s leading VMS solution,” says Pieter Claerhout, CEO of Araani NV, a Belgian video analytics company and the developer of SmokeCatcher.

“Our SmokeCatcher software has been thoroughly tested and documented and easily met all the performance certification requirements from Milestone. We are sure that this certification will deliver confidence to anyone who is specifying, implementing and operating our SmokeCatcher Video Smoke Detection solution.”


How it works

SmokeCatcher is a reliable early warning system for smoke detection in critical indoor environments. By adding the SmokeCatcher video analytics to a visual security camera, SmokeCatcher offers superfast smoke detection in places where traditional smoke detection systems fail due to slow detection or too many false alarms.

Araani SmokeCatcher can spot initiating fires directly at the source, practically from any distance. This is a huge speed advantage compared to conventional smoke detectors that need to make physical contact with the smoke. With SmokeCatcher, there is no need to wait until the smoke has reached the ceiling. Since it is so fast and since it allows for visual verification, SmokeCatcher provides the operator with valuable time to make a well-founded decision. That decision could be calling the emergency services and avoid further damage or human suffering. Or it could be ignoring the alarm and if possible isolating and containing the fire in order to prevent the entire operation to close down and run into costs.

SmokeCatcher will feed the video captured by SmokeCatcher compatible cameras into the Milestone XProtect VMS. When the SmokeCatcher video analytics system detects a smoke incident, users will receive event notifications and metadata, including bounding boxes over the live and recorded video. Also, pre- and post-event recording of smoke incidents is fully integrated into the Milestone environment.


The potential

Araani and Milestone co-exhibited at IFSEC in June. ”Quality integrations are essential to the Milestone community. The ever-growing number of certified add-ins to XProtect gives our joint customers the benefits of best-in-class solutions enabling perfect solutions for our joint customers,” says Maria Laue Christensen, Strategic Alliances Manager EMEA. Milestone Systems.


“From a technical side, we are really happy with the integration into Milestone”, Claerhout says. “The costs of fire alarms are huge – evacuation, down-time, automatic extinguishing, you name it, it’s pricey. That’s why remote visual verification and metadata adds value to customer. The camera sees better than human eye and puts eyes inside a building. And there’s great commercial potential in that. If video technology players like Milestone, Axis and Araani work together like we do, we can reduce the need for man hours and save the customer money while providing peace of mind.”


Milestone Solution Finder: More about SmokeCatcher® by Araani

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Check out SmokeCatcher in action via Araani’s Vimeo channel.