Automist Smartscan

As effective as a sprinkler system - using 10x less water

Anyone that's had a fire sprinkler system installed will know that securing the right water supply for it is one of the biggest inconveniences. Yet in an emergency, most of that water doesn't reach the fire! Automist Smartscan changes that. Smartscan has the same low water consumption you expect from Automist, but actively targets the fire to give the same fire performance as a full sprinkler system.


Works just as well as standard sprinklers

In tests, Smartscan matched the performance standards for both standard domestic sprinklers (BS9252) and watermist sprinklers (BS8458). Independent test results are available from Exova Warringtonfire, and performance certification from BSi.


Minimal good looks

A room of up to 8.5m x 5m can often be served by a single, Smartscan wall head. We challenge you to find a more elegant-looking solution for high-end architectural spaces.


Suitable for retrofit

The wall-mounted position and smaller number of spray heads make Automist Smartscan eminently suitable for retrofit and refurbishment situations. In addition, the much lower water consumption (typically 10x less than BS9251 sprinklers) means you won't need to find space for a tank or upgrade the water supply.


Less water, less water damage

In the event of a fire large enough to trigger your suppression system, you'll have some damage. But an Automist Smartscan unit will never spray more than 170 litres of water, and can be easily stopped. A BS9251 sprinkler system will normally cause major flood damage: 2 tons of water gushing through your home every half hour.

Example open plan living area – Photo: STEPHEN FLETCHER ARCHITECTS
Example open plan living area – Photo by D+FORM
Example open plan living area – Photo by Clifton Interiors Ltd
Example open plan living area – Photo: MW Architects
Example open plan living area – Photo: MW Architects

How does it work?


Heat Alarm

Heat alarm detects fire and instructs Smartscan to operate



Spray head sweeps room back and forth looking for fire, then locks on target


Suppress Fire

Pump activates, suppressing fire with
targeted watermist

Operation in detail

While the Automist “fixed nozzle” system blankets the whole room with mist, Automist Smartscan introduces targeting, greatly upgrading fire performance. Because Automist products are activated by heat alarms, a significant fire will be present at activation time. Smartscan’s spray head then sweeps the room, using an infrared pyrometer to locate the angle at which it can “see” the highest average temperature. The fire is typically located in 6 to 12 seconds, but if the flames appear compact, distant, or partially obscured, the scan could continue for up to 2 minutes. The pump then activates, driving high pressure watermist through the nozzle and shooting a “blade” of watermist directionally into the fire. The fire is then brought under control and normally extinguished. If residents are present, the system can be easily switched off with a STOP button once the fire has been controlled.

Smartscan or Fixed Automist?

For the property owner, the choice of Automist or Automist Smartscan depends on what you hope to achieve. Smartscan is much more capable and its equivalence to sprinklers confers a much greater range of design freedoms (the same freedoms as other types of residential fire sprinkler). The Automist fixed-nozzle system is not equivalent to sprinklers and is intended for use in the particular layout of loft converted house recommended in Approved Document B.

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