Industrial Internet of Things Can Prevent Building Fires

Industrial Internet of Things Can Prevent Building Fires

The Industrial Internet of Things can improve safety when it comes to electrical power distribution and monitoring for malfunctions, which could result in electrical fires.

Building fires can incur devastating losses in both residential and commercial settings. Industrial facilities are no exception. Foremost, building fires pose an immediate threat to human lives. Even with corporate insurance policies in place to help recover asset and property loss, the damage of a building fire often goes beyond what can be financially recovered. Business interruptions and a plummeting public image tend to follow a company after this sort of tragedy. And with all the excitement surrounding innovations made possible by the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), companies can overlook practical and obvious uses for this technology to prevent these sorts of losses. Notably, the Industrial Internet of Things can improve safety when it comes to electrical power distribution and monitoring for malfunctions, which could result in electrical fires.

How Can IIoT Be Used in Facilities?

Industrial Internet of Things-enabled devices and sensors collect and transmit data to a cloud-based platform. At commercial and industrial facilities, IIoT tech can be applied to all areas of energy and equipment usage. With it, building functions like lighting and HVAC systems are monitored and analyzed as carefully as critical operation equipment and machinery. In fact, the efforts to digitize electric power distribution to critical facilities work closely with adopting these smart sensors and analytical software solutions.

From there, facility managers rely on IIoT to give them a more in-depth view of their infrastructure and operational equipment. Predictive and preventative maintenance measures can be put in place to catch the first signs of issues like overheating or other malfunctions. Additionally, managers can use the comprehensive collected data to detect environmental problems like blocked ventilation and humidity levels that are conditions that increase the likelihood of a building fire to start. 

Facility Management Improvements

Leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things brings about operational efficiencies. But, it can also execute functions that assist facility managers with monitoring all aspects of their facility that, left unchecked, could lead to a preventable building fire incident. For example, sensors and live-data analysis systems can determine when equipment needs their scheduled maintenance or has reached the end of its lifecycle, requiring replacement. Overlooking these aspects can cause dangerous overheating and other mission-critical malfunctions. Essentially, IIoT tech keeps track of equipment status itself along with a multitude of facility conditions that may cause an electrical fire.

Schneider Electric Has The Products and Platform Solutions

Schneider’s range of EcoStruxure products and platforms can account for building fire risk mitigation. EcoStruxure Power allows facilities to monitor and optimize electrical distribution systems to regulatory compliance, as well as maximize business efficiency. In addition, EcoStrucxure Asset Advisor works similarly to anticipate IT or equipment issues, including providing resolutions, before incidents cause unexpected downtime or other significant losses.


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