In August 2018, a fire broke out at the famous Priya Cinema hall in Kolkata during the Sunday night show. A stampede-like situation followed as movie-goers panicked and tried to escape the smoke. Fortunately, no casualties were reported but such a situation could have been avoided had there been IoT tools for public safety in place.
We cannot rule out the fact that our human lives are wired to electric-powered technology. From the biggest industrial units in the city to the palm-sized wireless speakers at home, one simply cannot imagine life without a steady supply of power. This makes the protection of electrical power supply systems against anomalies or faults all the more important to protect human lives. Expensive equipment and machines could also get damaged/ destroyed because of lack of electrical safety.
SignGuard, a division of Machine Sense, implements IoT solutions for public safety. Preventing Fire and Electrical Safety is one of the top focus areas of SignaGuard. Did you know that electrical fires are one of the top six causes of fires in manufacturing plants? A few of the electrical hazards that eventually lead to short circuit are exposed wiring, overloaded outlets and circuits, static charge build-up and single-phase load tapping.
Other causes of fire and electrical hazards are lightning, smoking, combustion sparks, burner flames, overloading power sockets, etc.
SignGuard has different kinds of sensors that not only understand if an electric circuit can trip, causing a fire but also calls for immediate action like quick disconnection of power supply in the event of faulty cases like leakage, voltage fluctuations and electrical arcs.
Most industrial units have traditional electrical protection that offers limited protection and warning. With SignaGuard (MachineSense) sensors, this issue is addressed.
The SignaGuard sensor system enables real-time monitoring by sending data to a server where it is analyzed. Easy integration of these new-age IoT tools into existing infrastructure is another plus. It is as simple as reading color codes such as ‘Yellow’ for voltage imbalance warning, ‘Red’ for alarming distortion and ‘Green’ for healthy status.
Smart homes, smart cities are the future. ‘Smart’ power-system protection devices are the call of the day.