Bus and coach fires are a global concern. According to reported bus fire statistics, around 1% of all buses are involved in some form of fire incident each year. These figures are also applicable for other kind of vehicles. Fire incidents in public transport is considered especially severe as loss of life is more likely to occur.
Project Vulcan is developing a fully automated response systems for buses and coaches, combining heat and aspirating smoke detectors and fire extinguishing.
EII developed the new control system integrating the latest generation of smoke detection with existing technologies. The system can also respond to other information from the vehicle, such as different driving conditions, permits the creation of a conditional matrix to provide different responses in terms of alarms and fire suppression actions.