Sinclair Fire have developed a next generation fire detector which uses sophisticated algorithms to monitor infra-red levels in your home to provide rapid flame detection. The ‘near zero’ feature can differentiate between a dangerous flame and a lit hob, reducing screeching false alarms, whilst maintaining a high level of safety.

How they’re disrupting

Sinclair Fire’s heat and flame detector uses infra-red technology to detect heat. A sapphire crystal within the device filters out a very specific wavelength of infra-red radiation, which is released by an open flame, and measures how much of this wavelength falls on the detector. An algorithm then monitors the rate at which the radiation is received and decides whether the radiation is coming from a safe source, such as a gas hob, or a dangerous source, such as a kitchen fire. The technology detects dangerous flames far quicker than heat sensors in traditional alarms.

Disruption potential

Typically saves 30% of fire damage costs by early detection through infra-red technology.

Investments and future

Sinclair Fire was a winner of the Mass Challenge 2015 Diamond Winner, receiving £50,000 of equity free investment. Founder James Popper also won the inaugural GradFactor competition for entrepreneurial students and graduates back in 2014 for the fire detector concept. The company are currently working with fire and rescue services, social housing providers and developers to widen their market reach.