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.
A pan European consortium including Volvo and Dafo Brand from Sweden asked Estonian Innovation Institute (EII) to develop a fully automated response systems for buses and coaches, combining heat and aspirating smoke detectors and fire extinguishing.
EII developed the control system for this next generation of fire suppression systems for buses, coaches and other heavy vehicles, integrating up to date smoke detection sensors with existing detection technologies. In addition the system is able to communicate via CAN Bus with the vehicle, allowing for different responses in terms of alarms and fire suppression actions based on the situation.
Combining state of the art sensor as well as communication technologies is a big step forward in the traditional firefighting industry. The system was well perceived by the transport industry during the first introduction at the BusWorld 2015 in Belgium. For more information please contact us.