Universal Security Instruments MIPS Report Validates Performance of New Smoke Alarms
Universal Security Instruments Inc. has submitted a final report for their MIPS project with fire protection engineering professor James Milke.
The report describes the test methods, results, and analyses used for the project. The intent of the project was to investigate the nuisance alarm immunity of a new smoke alarm technology (IoPhic). It was completed by the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland with the sponsorship of the Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) and Universal Security Instruments.
The project tested 10 smoke alarms representing all the technologies available to the American consumer. Residential bathrooms and kitchens are the most common locations for nuisance alarms. The nuisance sources used in this project were chosen for their likelihood to occur at these locations. Based on the results of this test series, IoPhic-based smoke alarms are observed to have nominally equivalent nuisance alarm immunity to photoelectric smoke alarms in kitchen scenarios, and are more resistant to nuisance sources near bathrooms than photoelectric smoke alarms. They are more resistant to nuisance alarms than all other smoke alarms utilizing an ionization sensor.
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April 12, 2012