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ASFP takes first steps with RIBA-based Work Plan for Fire Protection

Niall Rowan CEO of ASFP, introduced a FIREX panel session about improving passive fire protection, recapping the progress made by the ASFP panel of experts with the development of an overarching Construction Strategy. Since its inception at FIREX in 2016, the panel has convened at a number of meetings and a roundtable to improve collaboration across silos in the construction industry with the aim of engaging fire safety engineers at an earlier stage in the construction process. This has resulted in the first steps being taken to deliver a RIBA-based Work Plan for Fire Protection to combat the fragmentation with regard to best practice in the world of construction, from building contractors to insurers.

The ASFP panel of experts was set up to include stakeholders from across the construction industry and represents the views of the following groups: architects/designers, criminal regulatory lawyers, fire engineers, tier-one contractors, passive fire protection manufacturers, passive fire protection insurers, the PFP trade body, fire service, building control, insurers, building owners. A number of these experts were present at the panel session to discuss the new Work Plan and answer questions from the audience. Present: Paul Bussey architect RIBA committee; Damian Ward Technical Compliance manager; Colin Wells Aviva; Glenn Horton consultant fire engineer; David O Reilly ASFP Ireland; Carl Atkinson Chairman.

7 Work Stages of Fire Management Architect Paul Bussey (AHMM) introduced the Fire Risk Identification, Evaluation, Reduction & Communication Process by RIBA work stages the panel has been working on. This new work plan proposal investigates the possibilities for introducing a sign off process as construction progresses, with all information reaching the end-user to support adequate fire risk management. The RIBA work stages method was chosen to identify each of the stakeholders and to define their roles and responsibilities at each stage, specifying who would contribute, inspect and sign off. Bussey explained: Building regulations do not have a good process throughout architects are trained as general practitioners and cannot be expected to be expert in every field. So we are trying to work with other specialists and bring them in the process at the right time The RIBA work plan methodology is used by UK architects to manage and plan the building design and construction process. Bussey introduced the 7 work stages of fire management that have been added to this: (Stage 0-1) Fire Risk? L,M,H; (Stage 2-3) Fire Design Strategy; (Stage 3-4) Fire Design & CDM; (Stage 3-4) Contractor Fire Plan; (Stage 4-5) Specialist Fire Input; (Stage 6-7) Fire Management. As Bussey explained, Stages 2&3 are the early stages in which big decisions need to be made about risk assessment. As architects progress through the stages, more detailed performance criteria are required and collaboration with technical fire experts and engineers becomes key.

At the early stages obtaining the right information about interfaces between one material and the other is an important aspect of the fire risk assessment, but details about requirements are often lacking. Simplifying the whole process will make it clear at the tendering stage how far the design has been developed. The next hurdle to overcome is the prescriptive stage: here a lot of specialist input is required and the input has to be coherently integrated. In the Fire Management stage the project is handed over to the client who has to start maintaining the building and has to know what exactly has to be maintained. The panel is working towards a document that captures all of this process with details about installation and certification resulting in a manual that can be used to check the process. The aim is to encapsulate key information and identify the role of each of the stakeholders for each of the RIBA work stages. Currently a discussion is underway to see whether inspection sign-off should be a regulatory sign-off as it is in Ireland. Ensuring there is a paper trail of sign-offs is an important part of the improvement proposed. But who exactly is responsible for carrying these out has not yet been established.

David O Reilly explained that the current code of practice in Ireland gives the owner paramount responsibility for appointing competent designers, certifiers and contractors. These assigned certifiers must be registered architects, chartered engineers or chartered surveyors. Colin Wells (Aviva) also pointed out that insurers would like to be involved at the earliest possible stage of design. However, this can often result in a discussion about costs and a discussion about risk needs to be had at this stage to assess whether the building should itself be protected once everyone is out of the building. During the Q&A the question was raised why no one from local government was represented on the panel. However Rowan explained that a representative from a local authority is on the panel but could not attend the session, noting that they are one of the most important stakeholders for sign off. Another point of interest raised was the problem that approved inspectors are paid by the client and that this can cause a conflict of interest. The panel acknowledged this is a problem that needs to be addressed. Professional standards need to be raised and attitudes need to change to ensure standards.

The work stage plan formalises the process. It explains a very complicated system and perhaps a plan of work is also required for refurbishments. But it needs to be simplified into a usable document. Also more complex building will require more complex solutions but ultimately it is important to ensure collaborating on every project is coordinated. The challenge is to get the right people involved at the right time. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry. It is the perfect place to get your product in front of thousands of buyers, across a multitude of featured areas.

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IFSEC News: European debut of veracity s end-to-end security system integration set for IFSEC 2017

As new and varied threats drive rapid change in the security industry, IFSEC International 2017 is set to play host to more product launches than ever before. Veracity will be at the show launching their end-to-end security system to the European audience for the first time. Meanwhile, FLIR will be debuting four new security products for professional security and perimeter protection.

There are also new launches for; Genetec, Hikvision, Linx International Group and more. IFSEC International takes place 20th- 22nd June 2017 at ExCeL London. See the first issue of IFSEC news below.

How network video can support suicide prevention on the rail network

It describes some current suicide counter-measures and details the size of the challenge which the rail industry faces. This paper explains how IP network video can support existing measures in order to provide an effective overall suicide prevention solution. This paper does not attempt to find broader resolution to the questions around suicide and refrains from exploring the personal and tragic circumstances surrounding many of the individuals who find themselves attempting or committing this act.

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TDSi and Litestar announce Singapore partnership

Asian markets UK-based integrated security products manufacturer TDSi has entered a partnership with Singaporean installer Litestar Technologies to increase its foothold in the region. Litestar supplies integrated electronic security systems to small and mid-sized firms, as well as multinationals and governments the Asia-Pacific region. John Davies, managing director of TDSi, says: Litestar is a premium security installation expert with considerable technical expertise and unrivalled local market knowledge This is a very exciting region to be involved with and we look forward to growing our business together.

Though Singapore is a mature market for access control, it remains lucrative and Litestar is confident there is scope for growing its market share with TDSi. Singapore is a fast-paced and cosmopolitan state undergoing plenty of change. TDSi s scalable products are well suited to the local market. In addition the company offers a wide range of access control products, which can integrate with third party systems, which allows Litestar to offer customers a fully integrated security offering. Litestar Technologies was established in 2007 by a group of security professionals with the aim of bringing world-class technologies in security to all its customers that also provide a good return on investment. Check out the latest security solutions from TDSi at IFSEC International, 20-22 June 2017, London ExCeL. You can find them on stands A1250 and B1250. Get your free badge now. Can you afford not to attend?

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Dental Public Health Dental Public Health Introduction Topics Historical Development Dental Care Delivery in the United States around the world Financing Dental Care Legislative Initiatives Education and Promotion Target Populations Lesson Plan Program Planning Program Evaluation Oral Epidemiology Research Methods Biostatistics Evaluation of Literature and Products Careers in the Government Entreprenurial Initiatives Board Review The Prevention Movement Dental Hygiene s Relation to Dental Public Health Historical Development Dental Hygiene as Forerunner to the Prevention Movement Dr. Alfred Fones Founder of Dental Hygiene School and First Author of Dental Hygiene College Textbook Historical Development Continued Practice Settings Schools Industry Military Hospitals Professional Organizations Preventive Modalities Dental Hygiene Treatment Fluoridation Xylitol Dental Sealants Oral Cancer Exams and Tobacco Cessation Nutritional Counseling Atraumatic Restorative Treatment (ART) Mass Education/Media Dental Care Delivery In the United States Dental Care Delivery Vehicles of Dental Care in the United States FEDERAL Departments of the Federal Government NONGOVERNMENT Private Practice Institutions, Schools Insurance-Based Models STATE Departments of State State Prisons Community Clinics, Schools Dental Public Health The oral health care and education, with an emphasis on the utilization of dental hygiene sciences, delivered to a target population Factors Affecting Dental Health Access to Care ‘ Restriction of dental hygiene services ‘ Shortage of Medicaid providers ‘ Financial Situations Insurance Medicaid ‘ Transportation Factors Affecting Dental Health, Continued SES Relation to Dental Health Dental Hygiene Sciences Increase in the Geriatric Populations Malpractice Insurance Changes Federal Influence Executive Branch System Legislation Senate and House of Representatives President and Cabinet Federal Court Executive Judicial Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Service Operating Division Human Services Operating Division Public Health Service Operating Division National Institutes of Health Food and Drug Administration Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry Indian Health Services Health Resources and Services Administration Agency for Health Care Policy and Research Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Human Services Operating Division Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Medicaid Medicare Administration for Children and Families Administration on Aging Public Health Service PHS works toward improving and advancing the health of our nation. U.S.

Surgeon General Dental Hygienists work as Public Health Officers. Other Federal Departments Influencing Dental Care Agriculture Defense Education Justice Labor State Treasury Veteran s Affairs United States Peace Corps (which is an executive branch agency) Individual State Influence State Dental Divisions Medicaid S-CHIPS Prisons Tribal Clinics Institutions Community Clinics Dental Health Care Personnel Need Demand Utilization Supply Dental Hygiene Shortages Dental Hygienist to Dentist Employment Ratio = 1:2 Dental Finance Public and Private Funding of Dental Care Historical Funding of Dental Care Patient s Responsibility The Advent of Dental Insurance Medicaid Coverage for Dental Services Today s Dental Financing Payment Methods Fee-for-Service Capitation Plans Encounter Fee Plans Barter System Fee-for-Service A dental practice sets a fee, and a patient and/or third party pays for the fee. UCR: usual, customary and reasonable fee Indemnity plans pay fee-for-service. Discounted coverage available and sliding scales for certain patients in certain clinics Capitation Method Dental Managed Care A certain amount is paid to a dental practice for a certain number of patients. Payment is received whether treatment is provided or not. Many times employees will state that they are not paid for cleanings provided; however, this is not an accurate statement. Encounter and Barter Encounters are for an arrangement paid for each visit. Barter system is used when the dental provider negotiates payment by exchanging goods and services. Insurance Plans Dental Service Corporations Health Service Corporations Preferred Providers Organizations Individual Practice Associations Capitation Programs Dental Billing ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ ‘ Claim Form ADA CDT Payment Plans Dental Credit Cards Explanation of Benefits Government Role Research Disease Prevention Disease Control Program Planning and Operation Funding for the Education of Dental Professionals Regulation Government s Role U.S.

PHS Federal Block Grants State Governments Local Governments Medicaid Title XIX State/Federal Program Your State s Medicaid Program Other State s Medicaid Program Dental Care Delivery Around the World International Dental Health Care Dental Diseases Historical Perspective Demographics and the Dental Hygienist Global Education of the Dental Hygienist The Role of the Dental Hygienist Access to Care in Other Countries International Dental Health Care, Continued Dental Public Health Programs and Campaigns Oral Health Policies Lobbying Groups International Dental Organizations International Overview Related Dental Professionals Regulation of Dental Hygienists Independent Practice Portability of Licensure Future of Dental Hygiene Legislative Initiatives Affecting Dental Hygiene Practice In the United States Issues in the United States Preceptorship/Alternative Education On-the-Job Training for Supragingival Scaling Restrictive Supervision Laws Affecting Access to Care Advanced Dental Hygiene Practitioner State Governments Legislative Executive Judicial Major Bodies of Law Common Law Statutory Law Constitutional Law Administrative Law Laws Pertaining to Dental Hygiene State Dental Hygiene Practice Act, sometimes referred to as the statute Supervision Status State Dental Board Administrative Law Governs Dental Hygienists and the Practice of Dental Hygiene Rules and Regulations Self-Regulation Supervision Types Unsupervised Independent Practice Collaborative Practice General Supervision Indirect Supervision Direct Supervision International Overview Related Dental Professionals Regulation of Dental Hygienists Independent Practice Portability of Licensure Future of Dental Hygiene Dental Health Education and Promotion Health Education Principles Five Dimensional Health Model Physical Mental Social Spiritual Emotional Dental Health Education Goal: to prevent dental diseases utilizing appropriate dental health interventions Health Education Principles Health Education: the education of health behaviors that bring an individual to a state of health awareness Health Promotion: the informing and motivating of people to adopt health behaviors Health Behavior: an action that helps prevent illness and promotes health for a population Goals of Dental Health Education Provide Effective Dental Health Education. Change Values Aimed at Improving Health. Healthy Behaviors Stages of Learning Unawareness Awareness Self-Interest Involvement Action Habit Transtheoretical Model Precontemplation Contemplation Preparation Maintenance Action Theory of Reasoned Action Attitude toward the behavior Subjective norms Perceived behavioral control Intention Behavior Social Cognitive Theory Self-Efficacy Theory Knowledge Behavior Environment Empowerment Models Participant Oriented Social Environments Motivation Motivation is the will of the individual to act. Maslow s Heirarchy of Needs Self-Actualization Need for Self-Esteem Belongingness and Love Safety Needs Physiological Needs Behavioral Conditioning Classical Conditioning Operant Conditioning Modeling Lesson Plan Development Assessment Phase Assess target populations needs interests abilities Assess resources Dental Hygiene Diagnosis Formulate Findings from Assessment into a Diagnosis. Prioritize Goals. Planning Broad Goal Formulation Specific Objectives Select Teaching Methods. Implementation Be Prepared. Effective Teacher Characteristics Evaluation Qualitative Measurement Quantitative Measurement Information Provided to Appropriate Parties Target Populations For the Practicing Hygienist Target Populations A group of individuals with similarities of some sort whether it be age, race, educational background, life situations, and/or health conditions Specific Target Populations Family Caregivers Health Care Workers Hospice Workers Persons with Medical Conditions/ Diseases Developmentally Disabled Hearing Impaired Visual Impairments School Teachers Social Workers Ages Prenatal Infancy Children Adults Older Adults Cultural Diversity The social, ethnic, and cultural elements that compose a person. Barriers to Dental Hygiene and Dental Care Age Culture Education Transportation Illiteracy No providers Social Issues Language No Finances Values Attitudes Invulnerability Education Levels Habit Lack of Faith Safety Denial of Disease Convenience Provider Conflicts Misunderstanding Fear Program Planning For the Dental Hygienist What is a dental public health program?

Educational, clinical, and referral services to a target population Preventive Programs School Fluoride Mouthrinse Programs School Dental Sealant Programs Xylitol Programs Mouthguard Programs Dental Health Educational Programs Tobacco Cessation Programs Denture Identification Programs Dental Public Health Programs Healthy Smile Program Inner City Health Center Dental Program Soroptomist Dental Project Matthew 25 Operation Smile Dental Hygiene Program Planning Paradigm Assessment Population s dental needs Demographics Facility Personnel Existing Resources Funding Dental Hygiene Program Planning Paradigm, Continued Dental Hygiene Diagnosis Prioritization of needs Formulation of diagnosis to provide goals and objectives for blueprint Methods to measure goals Blueprint Address constraints and alternatives. Planning Dental Hygiene Program Planning Paradigm, Continued Implementation Program will begin operation. Revision and changes identified and employed Measuring goals Qualitative and quantitative evaluation Ongoing revisions employed Evaluation Program Evaluation Dental Public Health Program Evaluation Program Planning ‘ Objectives Measurement of Objectives Formative Summative Evaluation Techniques Traditional Nonclinical Measurements Interviews Surveys Basic BSS Dental Indexes Clinical Methods Government s Evaluation Healthy People 2010 Objectives and Evaluation Mechanisms NOHSS Call to Action Oral Epidemiology Study of Oral Diseases Multifactorial Nature of Disease Terminology Epidemic Endemic Pandemic Disease Rates Mortality Morbidity Prevalence Incidence Etiology Surveilance Risk Factors Index Oral Epidemiology Reports Morbidity and Mortality (MMWR) Healthy People Reports Surgeon General s Report Call to Action Global Oral Data Bank Epidemiology of Oral Diseases Periodontal Diseases Tooth Loss Dental Caries Oral Cancer Cleft Lip/Palate Injury Toothaches Research In Dental Hygiene Significance of Research to Dental Hygiene Dental public health is based upon programs that have demonstrated effectiveness in achieving health for the population. Types of Research Historical Descriptive Epidemiological Survey Observational Case Studies Correlational Longitudinal Cross-sectional Retroactive Experimental (Prospective) Quasi-experimental Beginning Research Research Question Does Brand X toothpaste whiten teeth? Positive Hypothesis Brand X toothpaste does significantly whiten teeth. There is no statistically significant difference between Brand X and a placebo when comparing the whitening of teeth. Null Hypothesis Research Design Formulating a hypothesis Review of the literature Methods and materials Statistical evaluation Experimental Approaches Two group pretest/post-test designs Time series Post-test only Solomon three and four group Factorial Placebos Control groups Sampling Techniques Randomization Systematic Convenience Stratifying Informed Consent Informed Consent is part of examining the ethics of the research project as a whole. Dental Research Biostatistics Categorizing Data Discrete or Continuous Nominal Ordinal Interval Ratio Descriptive Statistics Measures of Central Tendency Mean Median Mode Measures of Dispersion Range Variance Standard Deviation The Normal Distribution Gaussian Distribution Bell-Shaped Curve Skewed Data Graphing Data Frequency Distribution Table Grouped Frequency Table Bar Graph Histogram Polygon 90 80 70 60 50 40 30 20 10 0 1st Qtr 2nd Qtr 3rd Qtr 4th Qtr East West North Correlation Correlation Coefficients Positive Correlation Negative Correlation Strong Correlation Correlation Pearson Product Movement Correlation Coefficient Spearman Rank-Order Correlation Coefficient Statistical Decision Making Probability Type I Error Type II Error Degrees of Freedom Inferential Statistics Parametric Inferential Statistics Student t-test Analysis of Variance Nonparametric Inferential Statistics Chi Square Test Other Nonparametric Tests Interpretation of Data Statistical Significance Clinical Significance Research Results Validity: Results of the study can be inferred to the general population. Reliability: The study was conducted in a controlled manner and if repeated would lend the same results; thus, the study is reproducible.

Evaluation of Scientific Literature and Dental Products Regulation of Dental Care Products Food and Drug Administration American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance Dental Hygienist s Role Critical consumer Patient education Awareness of advertising techniques Evaluation of Scientific Literature Introduction Purpose Research Design Sample Selection Product Usage Examiners Statistical Significance Results Careers in Dental Public Health Positions for the RDH U.S.

PHS VA Hospitals Federal Prisons Military Base Clinics Other Agencies United States RDH Positions Commissioned Officer Positions Civil Service Positions National Health Service Corps Other Options Independent Contractor Employee of Dental Staffing Agency Student Opportunities COSTEP Strategies for Creating Dental Hygiene Positions In Dental Public Health Settings Populations Homebound Institutionalized Populations with Disabilities Rural Area Residents Population with Dental Phobias Populations faced with Language or Cultural Barriers Patients without Financing Proposed Plan for Action Dental Hygiene Program Planning Paradigm Assessment Dental Hygiene Diagnosis Planning Implementation Evaluation Practice Management Issues Patient tracking Appointment scheduling Practice promotion Collection of fees Proposal Development and Presentation Introduction Significance of Position Blueprint of the Operational Program Conclusion Contracts Teaching Strategies Dental Public Health Review Community Health/Research Principles Promoting health and preventing disease within groups Participating in community programs Analyzing scientific information, utilizing statistical concepts, and applying research results Dental Public Health: Contemporary Practice for the Dental Hygienist: The Dental Hygienist is the Premier Dental Public Health Provider.

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New video analytics standard in the pipeline courtesy of Euralarm

Security news Switzerland-based trade body Euralarm has been working on a new standard for assessing the performance of the various different video content analytics products on the market. Video content analytics, which first emerged in high-end security systems, is today a more mainstream technique, thanks to developments in IP communications, increasing the demand for the technology across a wider range of security applications. However, the growing use of video content analytics in critical and non-critical applications has not been covered by any standard.

End-users have no way of assessing and comparing the various options available, with some commercial offerings failing to meet expectations. WD 62676-6 Video Content Analysis Performance Testing and Grading is a new standard drafted to provide the security industry and end-users with a way of measuring the various criteria and reinforce confidence in the technique. A new work item based on the draft standard has been accepted by the International Electro-technical Commission s Technical Body TC79. Application guide Working Group 12 is in charge of defining the corresponding standard, which will define the evaluation procedure and criteria for both server-based and on-edge analytics. It will result in an application guide on how to install and calibrate video content analytics on site. A point of focus for the standard will a list of defined situations that are analysed and reproducible for testing the performance of video content analytic algorithms. These include scenarios such as abandoned baggage detection and doorway surveillance. The new standard will define specific operational requirements for creating scenarios and will also provide examples of evaluation video clips for the listed scenarios of the standard and define each scenario s parameters. Euralarm represents the electronic fire and security systems industry, providing leadership and expertise for industry, market, policy makers and standards bodies.

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Passive fire protection spring seminar programme from the ASFP and local authority building control

Fire training A series of regional CPD seminars on passive fire protection are being held during the spring around the UK by the ASFP and local authority building control. Kicking off with a breakfast roll at 8:45am and finishing around 12:30pm, these free morning events called Understanding Passive Fire Protection provide advice on all aspects of passive fire protection from its specification and installation to inspection and maintenance. The first event takes place on 26 April at the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre.

Book your place here. The programme includes presentations on all aspects of passive fire protection, including: The role of fire doors, frames and fire seals Door hardware maintenance and replacement Fire-resistant glazing Fire ducts and dampers Structural fire protection Compartment wall penetrations and firestopping Attendees can also find out about fire-risk assessment when it comes to passive fire protection. The event is aimed at anyone involved in specifying or inspecting passive fire protection or appointing trades that could cause damage to existing fire protection when carrying out their work will find the event useful. This encompasses practising fire-risk assessors, responsible persons, facilities managers or anyone who works for a local authority, building control or care-home provider. For those attending the first event on 26 April you can find the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre on Cassidy Close, Manchester M4 5HU. Further events are planned in Leeds, Scotland and London. Book you place on the Manchester seminar here. For information on upcoming events please call 01420 471612 or email the ASFP. Visit FIREX International for cutting-edge solutions, essential knowledge and the ability to grow your business by getting direct access to the whole fire safety industry.

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5 fire-safety innovations showcased at CES 2017

5 Fire-safety Innovations Showcased At CES 2017

A hearing aid that connects to smoke alarms via Wi-Fi (image above) and a smart oven that turns itself off to cut fire risk were among the innovations on show at the world s biggest consumer electronics event.

1. HomeKit-enabled smoke alarm can turn on lights as well as audio signal The HomeKit-compatible smart smoke alarm from Netatmo activates an 85-decibel chime when it detects smoke. Real-time smoke alert notifications are sent to paired smartphones, whether the homeowner is at home or not.

Unveiled at CES 2017 the alarm s most intriguing feature is the configuration of scenarios made possible by compatibility with HomeKit the software interface that links iPhones with smart-home appliances. Users could, for example, configure their phone to switch on all smart lights in the house as well as triggering an audio alarm. Otherwise, the alarm s features mirror those seen on competitor products from Nest, Halo and First Alert. An alert is sent when the battery is approaching the end of its lifetime but given this is supposedly a full 10 years there s a strong chance you ll have replaced the device with a more sophisticated model by then. The alarm performs regular battery and performance tests, generating self-check reports on the user s app. Netatmo s alarm is also sophisticated enough to distinguish between smoke from a fire and smoke from burnt toast or another false trigger. Using the Netatmo Security app users can silence the alarm with the Bluetooth LE hush feature and check its status on an integrated LED strip positioned on the front of the alarm. Another Netatmo product was credited with preventing tragedy following a house fire and it wasn t a smoke alarm.

2. Hearing aids that connect to IoT smoke alarms Oticon showcased a remarkable new hearing aid in Las Vegas.

Launched in June 2016 Opn (see image at top of page) is the world s first smart hearing aid that connects directly to internet of things (IoT) devices, including smart smoke alarms. The hearing aids, which could also link to things like smart doorbells or TVs, can receive signals direct from alarms and turn down competing background sounds so the alarm is unmistakable and unignorable. Oticon s Opn connects to the web via IFTTT, which in theory makes it compatible with any IoT device. Opn, which can be customised to the person s skin tone or tastes, is particularly invaluable in noisy environments, given that hearing loss often makes it difficult to separate individual sounds and their sources from a cacophony of noise. The smart hearing aids use machine learning to recognise voices through frequency ranges and patterns and turn the volume down on other background sounds. The specific sound profile can be acutely tailored to only address the areas of hearing loss they suffer from. Oticon Opn triumphed in the 2017 CES Innovations Awards in two categories: Tech for a Better World and Wearable Technologies. A Velox sound processor powers Oticon s proprietary BrainHearing technology. embedded content 3.

Oven that prevents fires and false alarms from GE Appliances GE Appliances collaborated with Nest Protect so that the latter s smart smoke alarms can be integrated with the former s ovens. The detector, which also detects carbon monoxide, sounds an alarm and sends notifications to the user s smartphone when the oven has been deactivated. Cooking should be an enjoyable experience, but we know that sometimes there are mishaps in the kitchen, said Paul Surowiec, vice president for cooking products at GE Appliances. Our integration with Nest Protect helps us ensure that our connected oven owners are safer when cooking, especially when the oven is left unattended. Nest Protect features a split-spectrum sensor that uses two wavelengths of light to distinguish between fast- and slow-burning fires. Residents can remotely silence an alarm using the app silence function, even when not at home. From their smartphone they can also conduct safety checkups on sensors, Wi-Fi connection, horn and speaker. Find out more about this innovation.

4. Airthings Wave detects deadly radon gas Airthings Wave alerts householders to the presence of a gas which is believed to be the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers.

Tens of thousands of deaths globally are attributed to radon, including 21,000 Americans more than six times the number of deaths attributed annually to house fires and carbon monoxide poisoning combined. Until now tests for radon usually involve charcoal canisters, which take a snapshot of radon levels and only provide results after samples have been sent for analysis in a lab. The constant, real-time monitoring offered by Airthings Wave represents a meaningful advance given that radon levels fluctuate depending on climate, ventilation levels and time of year, among other factors. The rise of the internet of things (IoT) has emboldened Airthings to believe that radon monitoring could and should become as affordable and commonplace as smoke detection. Find out more about this innovation.

5. Norton Cure IOT router OK, so we re cheating a bit here: it s not a fire safety innovation as such. But bear with us. Anything connected to the internet can conceivably be hacked and that includes smart smoke alarms. Therefore safeguarding your Wi-Fi network and attached devices against the nefarious intrusions of cybercriminals is wise.

Of course, you could draw the conclusion that the cyber risk which you can never 100% eliminate means that you ll stick to your analogue smoke alarm thank you very much. If you do want to go smart, then you may be interested in Symantec Norton s new product, which it claims is the most secure router in the world. If that s the most relevant insight about the product if the claim stands up to scrutiny then the most fascinating one to non-technophiles at any rate is surely its appearance. A geodesic orb, it looks like it could be an object of portentous power in a sci-fi fantasy film. One might presume that the shape is purely aesthetic. Not so, according to Symantec Norton. The antenna is apparently inspired by defense and weather radars for better wireless coverage. The Core will inspect every packet of data for known malware and will automatically quarantine any device running firmware known to be a security risk. It s powerful too, boasting a 1.7GHz dual-core chip processor and 802.11ac Wi-Fi broadcasting on both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands, with a maximum throughput of 2,500Mbps.

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