Multi-sensors Gaining Share of Fire Detector Market
According to Texas-based information company, IHS, the trend in North America and Western Europe is toward the increased use of multi-sensor detectors. In its latest publication, the World Market for Fire Detection and Suppression Products, IHS forecasts the global multi-sensor detector market to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of seven percent from 2013 to 2018.
The report highlights that multi-sensors are slowly replacing the common optical detector. The most popular combination of technologies is smoke and heat, mainly because of the competitive price point. An added benefit is that end-users can save on installation costs. One product can provide the coverage of multiple detectors, so fewer detectors need to be installed. In high labour wage areas, this can offer real savings.
Also contributing to growth in the multi-sensor market is the increasing awareness of carbon monoxide (CO) detection in residential and commercial applications. Parts of the United States and Europe have passed legislation that requires CO detection in single- and multi-family homes, and some healthcare facilities. Instead of installing individual smoke and CO detectors, combination units are becoming a popular choice to meet the legislative requirements.