The production of electric or hybrid cars is increasing. Consequently there is a growing need for transferring them from the production sites to their individual storage and sales warehouses.
Transport is an increasing issue: units dedicated to vehicle transport (Car Carriers) are used for new cars and RoRo units for the transport of passengers travelling with electric cars.
Frequent and potential fires caused by the malfunction of the car batteries are a risk and therefore they generate a need for greater control and safety of the “load” carried on board.
Immediate intervention in these cases is crucial to avoid damage to cars and people and to the vessel itself.
In an effort to optimize systems, Tefin has developed its software: Amplified Fire Detection System. It interfaces with the fire-fighting control units on board, detecting and signaling in advance any increase in temperature in the “car parking areas” or vehicle transportation decks.
The system increases the power of the thermal sensors in the selected decks. This provides real time detection and processing of the temperature variations measured by each sensor.
It is useful and essential for all vessels/ships carrying vehicles, including hybrid or electric cars.
The system limits the potential danger of water pollution linked to any battery explosion.
RISKS IN CAR
Transport is an increasing issue:
Currently units dedicated to the transport of vehicles are:
- Car Carriers: used for new vehicles
- Ro-Ro units: used for the transport of passengers travelling with cars (including electric ones)
The risk of frequent and potential fires caused by the malfunction of the batteries there present, especially on electric and hybrid vehicles, is high.
The need for greater control and safety of the load carried on board is evident.
MONITORING, SAFETY, PROMPTNESS
Immediate intervention is crucial to avoid damage to vehicles, people and to the vessel itself and of course to limit marine pollution resulting from any fire.
HOW TO SECURE GREATER CONTROL AND SAFETY OVER THE TRANSPORTED LOAD?
TEFIN AMPLIFIED FIRE DETECTION SYSTEM
The system is innovative, functional and simple to use. It provides greater safety to the ships that also transport electric and hybrid vehicles. It is a product developed in-house by Tefin’s R&D Division.
WHAT IS IT
The Amplified Fire Detection System is software that by cross-checking the data received from the sensors installed in the “transport areas” can promptly assess the temperatures developed indoors. This is thanks to a higher capacity and a sophisticated monitoring system. It immediately signals any increase in temperature well in advance of power centers on board.
The Fire Detection System increases the effectiveness of the thermal sensors in the selected areas and allows the detection and processing in real time of the temperature changes monitored by the sensors.
HOW IT WORKS
The software, by crossing-checking the data from the sensors installed within the predefined areas, is able to:
- Monitor temperatures with accuracy
- Identify and promptly evaluate any irregular and abrupt localized temperature increases
In fact, any “suspicious” signals can be the warning / indication of a fire, even with a temperature below the alarm threshold set by default on the sensor from the fire control unit.
INTUITIVE AND INTERACTIVE INTERFACE
The interactive monitoring graphics will show the operator the area affected by temperature deviations and this will facilitate and speed up all checks and possible safety measures necessary by the emergency personnel, before the standard alarm signal is triggered.
The graphics available on site will indicate to the operator the affected areas where to intervene.
The intuitive interface facilitates checks and promptness of intervention, facilitating emergency operations.
IN CASE OF SMOKE
The graphics will be an added value in all emergency situations and particularly in the event of an area filled with smoke. In fact, the system, thanks to temperature monitoring and graphic representation, will be able to promptly locate the origin of the fire and the areas involved.