Smart fire evacuation system integrates LoRa technology

Smart fire evacuation system integrates LoRa technology

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By Rich Pell

HEX SAFETY’s Dynamic Evacuation System offers an intelligent evacuation system for inhabitants in buildings and public places.

“Emergency data transmission is extremely important in a fire scene and Semtech’s LoRa Technology helps us to build a more stable solution,” says Hsiao-Mei Lin, General Manager of HEX SAFETY. “LoRa Technology not only brings a new vision of fire prevention to the industry, but also creates an innovative IoT application use case that better serves cities and communities. We hope to use this technology to make public space and large-scale buildings safer and more comfortable.”

The company’s Dynamic Exit Signs are integrated with LoRa Technology to help people navigate complex hazardous zones in real time by indicating the quickest and safest direction out of the premises. Conventional – static – exit signs only signal where the closest exit is, which may mistakenly lead people into hazard zones, says the company.

The HEX Dynamic Evacuation System communicates with the building’s existing fire alarm system and sends the safest direction to every HEX exit sign in the building. By enhancing people’s decision making and shortening the egress route, the company says, its system significantly increases chances of survival. Since power outages are common during a fire, LoRa Technology provides the long-range and low-power capabilities in an IoT platform that is needed for operating HEX’s exits signs.

Vivek Mohan, Director of IoT for Semtech’s Wireless and Sensing Products Group adds, “With its flexibility and easy deployment, Semtech’s LoRa Technology is ideal for emergency evacuation solutions. HEX’s innovative application is a perfect example of IoT technology solving real-world challenges that create a smarter planet.”

Semtech Corporation

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