Automist® Smartscan®

Fire suppression that is as effective as a traditional 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 other Automist® fire protection products, while actively targeting the fire to give the same fire performance as a full sprinkler system. It's the best fire suppression system available.

Automist Smartscan

Speedy approval

Automist® Smartscan® allows rapid approval by any local authority building control in England, Wales or Scotland, thanks to its Registered Detail EWS534. No other watermist system comes with this "type approval".


Automist® works as well as standard sprinklers

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


Less water = less water damage

In the event of a fire large enough to trigger your fire suppression system, you'll have some damage. But an Automist® Smartscan® unit will never spray more than 170 litres of water during an activation, 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.


Testing means confidence

No other UK domestic watermist system has been certified by BSi to perform equivalently to BS8458. This depth of testing and certification means that you, and your project's approver, can be confident that Automist® Smartscan® will do its job.


Stylish and minimalist 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 your water supply.

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Example of an open plan living area – Photo: Stephen Fletcher Architects
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Example of an open plan living area – Photo by D+FORM
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Example of an open plan living area – Photo by Clifton Interiors Ltd
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Example of an open plan living area – Photo: MW Architects
open plan living area MW Architects
Example of an open plan living area – Photo: MW Architects

How does Automist® Smartscan® work?

Automist heat alarm


Heat Alarm

Heat alarm detects fire and instructs Smartscan® to operate

Automist automated scanning



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

Automist Smartscan Fire Suppression Installation Colchester London Brighton


Suppress Fire

Pump activates, suppressing fire with
targeted watermist

How the Automist® Smartscan® fire suppression system operates 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 water mist through the nozzle and shooting a “blade” of water mist 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.

Installation choices: Smartscan® or Fixed Automist®?

For the property owner, the choice of Automist® 'Fixed' 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 a loft-converted house, as recommended in Approved Document B.

Book your installation with Intelligent Mist

01206 544223

With hundreds of Automist® systems installed, there's a good chance that we've seen a situation like yours before. We'd be delighted to talk to you about how Automist® could work with your project. Give us a call today, or send project details through our contact form.