Can your current security system prevent fire outbreaks? • Techpoint Africa



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Recently, a popular Nigerian supermarket in Abuja saw one of its stores set on fire by a suspected arsonist.

In shocking CCTV footage made available to the public, the suspect entered the section of the store containing lighters and gas cylinders and appeared to have started a fire. In no time, the fire spread rapidly. And by the time the fire department arrived, it was too late to save the day because the store was burnt to the ground.

Shortly after the incident, the investigation into what happened began.

People wanted to know:

  • What type of fire alarm system did the store have?
  • Has anyone watched the CCTV footage in real time?
  • Could something have been done to prevent this horrible situation?

The answer is yes, something could have been done.

If an artificial intelligence (AI) -based system processed CCTV footage, it wouldn’t have been necessary to have someone glued to a CCTV monitor. The AI ​​system would have intelligently detected the rise in temperature in the store and triggered an alert or alarm to notify the store manager. Also, if this system had been connected to the store’s emergency fire system, the result could have been different.

In today’s world, technology has made it easier to eliminate such situations. There are many companies around the world offering solutions that make CCTV cameras smarter. These solutions have become popular in the global trade space and in many cases have helped avert catastrophic disasters. But not many people know that these same solutions are also available here in Nigeria. Companies such as inq.Digital Nigeria, a provider of cloud and digital solutions, offers a range of video AI solutions. Their video analytics service takes your video surveillance system to the next level by using AI-enabled software to automatically examine your feeds in real time.

One of the main features of their solution is heat map analysis and fire detection. Thus, if the system discovers abnormal activity in your environment, such as the slightest fire, you are automatically alerted. You can also integrate this notification system with your emergency fire system for greater autonomy.

The good news is that this solution works with your existing CCTV camera (or any). To ensure high levels of accuracy, the solution uses deep learning and continuous updates from the data collected by your security devices.

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