New hot spot detection system prevents vehicle fires in highway tunnels

cropped-nesph-newswire.jpg The new Hot Spot Detector system from SICK can prevent catastrophic vehicle fires in highway tunnels and help avoid loss of life, freight and vehicles as well as the immense cost of closure and reconstruction. Based on the SICK LMS511 laser sensor with the TIC 102 profiling system and integrated with thermal imaging cameras, the SICK Hot Spot Detector detects potentially dangerous situations in free-flow traffic so a suspect vehicle can be diverted before entering the tunnel.

‘Some of the most calamitous disasters have happened on major highways, where a vehicle fire has trapped people in a tunnel, subject to heat and poisonous smoke, with great difficulty in escaping,’ comments Gary Young, SICK (UK) traffic management segment manager.

‘The new system proved its potential within a week of the first installation in Austria in May 2013, where an overheating brake on a truck was picked up at the Karawanks Tunnel. On inspection, the truck also had two other cracked discs and was prevented from entering the tunnel.’

Developed by SICK’s Swiss subsidiary ECTN AG, the new Hot Spot Detector is able to detect potentially dangerous overheating on chassis or cargo in virtually any type of vehicle, from buses and low loaders to high sided trucks and tankers.

Every vehicle greater than 7.5 tons is guided into the lane where the Hot Spot detector is sited before entering the tunnel. Here, while the vehicle is moving freely, the laser sensor measures it in 3D and the thermal imaging cameras create a thermal profile of it.

The combined 3D thermal image is assessed against one of 28 categories, which each have the approved thermal thresholds for specific parts in locations appropriate to that class, including exhaust system, load, brakes, wheel bearings, engine etc. Any significant deviation from a normal temperature will alert the tunnel police who can pull the vehicle over and implement a thorough inspection.

The SICK Hot Spot Detector is an all weather IP66 protected system ensuring it offers assurance against fire hazard in all weathers from -250C to +550C, day and night. As many road tunnels are found in mountainous regions, with snow, low cloud and rain, or close to rivers and estuaries with fog and spray, resistance to environmental conditions is important.

Twitter launches emergency “alerts” service in UK

twitter-logoUK police forces and government agencies have signed up to an “alerts” service set up by microblogging site Twitter.

Twitter Alerts works by warning users of imminent emergencies such as flash-floods and severe storms by sending out a text message and an alert on their Twitter timeline.

The service was first introduced in the US, Japan and South Korea last September in response to the Japanese tsunami of 2011. If the service proves successful, it could make the social media giant an indispensable part of daily life.

“When news breaks about a weather or safety emergency, government agencies and emergency responders jump into action on the ground and on Twitter, delivering critical and timely information and engaging with constituents,” Twitter Partner Manager Bridget Coyne said in a blogpost at the time. “We saw this following Superstorm Sandy, the tsunami in Japan, and the manhunt in Boston. Continue reading

Programme replaces voice messages with data transmissions.

cropped-nesph-newswire.jpg Airwave has worked with the Highways Agency to implement a programme that makes greater use of the capabilities associated with the Airwave TETRA radio terminals used by the organisation.

Highways Agency have replaced a number of the voice messages previously used with data transmissions that carry the same message – a more effective, accurate and economical way.

According to Al Edwards, Highways Agency Traffic Technology: “Traffic officers traditionally generate a large volume of voice traffic. We have used the Airwave Network since 2004 – it is an integral part of our communications. By scrutinising the information relating to voice messages, we can now focus on making efficient and economical use of the features and functionality available to users.” Continue reading

ConsultationPlus – NESPH Supplier Feature

ConsultationPlus_Logo As budget constraints continue to be a significant issue for all our members, NESPH is keen to assess and promote service provisions that help to reduce costs. Innovative technology and software applications have become a key tool in this field, particularly in relation to back-office activities. NESPH supplier ConsultationPlus provide such a tool, which is driving significant savings for their customers.

Consultation has become an essential part of modern life. Governments are talking about the Big Society, e-Democracy and empowering citizens. Companies are engaging with the communities in which they operate and work with. The third sector and other public service providers are consulting on services they provide to their communities. But all consultations need to be effective and well managed if they’re going to be of any benefit to the organisations that run them and the individuals and groups that participate in them. That’s where the ConsultationPlus tool adds real value to the consultation and stakeholder engagement process. Continue reading

The New Lightweight Draeger HPS 7000

cropped-nesph-newswire.jpgDräger has listened to fire fighters around the world and with the launch of our new helmet, the HPS 7000, we are proud to be able to offer fire authorities the best possible solution in terms of comfort and safety.

The HPS 7000 is one of the lightest helmets of its class in accordance with product testing standards; robust whilst remaining incredible comfortable, with a streamlined ergonomic design it enables exceptional field of vision for a variety of different applications. Available in the widest size range it keeps the wearer feel safe and secure.

In co-operation with more than 100 fire authorities worldwide, Dräger has developed the new HPS 7000 in- house by conducting comprehensive studies on anthropometric data, materials, design and manufacturing technologies.

Vimpex and ISG team up to deliver advanced thermal imaging packages

Vimpex-Rescue-LogoThe partnership between Vimpex and ISG to combine advanced thermal imaging technology with established support facilities is delivering positive results for end users.

Coordination between the two companies is allowing them to offer a comprehensive support package that sees Vimpex mobile repair service offering infield support, and ISG able to offer servicing and component repairs This in turn is facilitating technical uptime and drives efficiencies for services using the equipment. It has ultimately led to the creation of a 48hr service charter that provides fire and rescues service with guarantees of the technology being available for operational activities. For more information on the Thermal Imaging technology available visit

ESMCP Moving Forward

cropped-nesph-newswire.jpg The ESMCP will replace the communication service delivered by Airwave with a new national mobile communication service for all 3 emergency services and other organisations that use the Airwave service. This will be called the Emergency Services Network. ESN will take advantage of the latest mobile technologies to provide a national critical voice and broadband data services. It’s a cross-government programme hosted by the Home Office. Following the Supplier Conference in July work is moving forward to establish frameworks for the delivery of the service and to work with suppliers to deliver innovative communications platforms that can utilise next generation 4G mobile technology. The benefits and opportunities of this program will be substantial across all services. The NESPH Communications Special Interest Group will be keeping members up to date on future progress. For more information visit