Automist Smartscan®- BS8458 sprinkler performance

Gain approval with less disruption during installation

Automist Smartscan is a smarter, modern fire sprinkler system. Instead of the typical ceiling-mounted sprinkler head, this device consists only of a stainless steel panel that seamlessly integrates into the interior of almost any living space. As soon as the system is activated, the head of the unit rotates automatically to directly target fires with a powerful jet of water mist. This has been proven to achieve the same performance as other familiar sprinkler systems. However, one huge advantage it boasts is that this approach uses 90% less water. Therefore there's no need for a tank or an incoming water mains upgrade which are often required with traditional sprinklers.

It received the highest distinction in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, which goes to only 1.5% of all entries. Selected by an independent expert panel, according to criteria such as degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility. The jury awards the highest single distinction “Red Dot: Best of the Best” for ground-breaking design.

Red dot best of the best 2016 Automist Smartscan

Automist Smartscan is an LABC Registered Solution (EW534) and is suitable to be used in any application where a BS 8458:2015 compliant watermist system is deemed to be acceptable as a code-compliant automatic water fire suppression system, for example in accordance with the recommendations of BS 9991:2015. UKAS Accredited Certification Body, BSI have also issued a certificate of verification to BS 8458:2015 performance requirements (VC 656504).

Water mist is well known as an alternative fire suppression medium but is not widely applied. Now, however, Automist Smartscan has taken the technology to a new level. Exhaustively third-party tested, it exploits new science to deliver countless advantages that make it hard to resist.

Automist Smartscan can be used as a replacement for conventional water sprinkler systems. Activated by a heat detector, it comprises a wall-mounted swivelling misting nozzle whose inbuilt infrared sensor locks onto the seat of the fire and sprays it with water mist. In contrast to traditional sprinklers, it fills the air surrounding the fire with a fine fog, keeping the overall temperature down.

Smartscan helps you to keep people safe, avoid boxed-in compartmentation and, in retrofit projects, is more affordable and less disruptive than fitting water sprinklers.

From the point of view of the approving authorities, the Automist technology is proven to be fast-acting and effective, either extinguishing or delaying the growth of the fire long enough to allow people to escape and the fire and rescue services to attend. It keeps temperatures low, too, delaying flashovers.

Its use is of course supported in Approved Document B and BS 9991:2015, the new code of practice for fire safety in residential buildings. In acknowledgement that Smartscan falls outside of the prescriptive scope of traditional product standards, Plumis took the unusual step of pushing them to the limit in further third-party testing. In short, the Automist products are a safe bet for their intended use.

In a fire, traditional sprinklers tend to be a blunt instrument, usually fairly effective at stopping the blaze, but even more effective at soaking an entire area. For insurers, Automist Smartscan’s nozzle heads produce very fine water mist driven by high-pressure pumps that not only suppress fires effectively but also limit the kind of incidental damage that makes deluge sprinkler systems so unappealing.

For architects and other building designers, it frees up options for open-plan living without compromising on safety or falling foul of the Building Regulations. It occupies hardly any space and runs off the water mains, avoiding the need for separate storage tanks. More than that, it is elegant and discreet, designed to complement contemporary living.

After years of being thwarted by unviable sprinklers, homeowners, developers and designers are finally free to reconfigure their homes for free-flowing, uplifting, contemporary open-plan living thanks to the Automist Smartscan.

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