Hikvision and iThermAI provide AI-based fire and smoke detection solutions

New Zealand Security Magazine - February-March 2024

The iThermAI algorithms can be customised for particular user scenarios.

Hikvision announces new technology partnership with Belgium-based iThermAI to bring advanced fire and smoke detection capabilities to Hikvision HEOP-enabled cameras.

Using Hikvision Embedded Open Platform (HEOP) 2.0, iThermAI has embedded its algorithms directly into a wide range of Hikvision cameras to provide early detection of smoke and fire risk.

iThermAI develops AI-driven algorithms that rapidly identify potential fire and smoke incidents using live feeds from security cameras, without the need for direct contact with heat or smoke. This technology promises peace of mind for high-risk environments, including manufacturing plants, warehouses, and waste collection and recycling sites.

Early detection of smoke and fire risks enables site managers or security teams to take measures quickly, minimizing the impacts for staff, equipment, and installations.

Hikivision cameras able to be embedded with the iThermAI algorithms include Hikvision 4K cameras with DarkFighterS technology and Hikvision bi-spectrum thermal cameras. These cameras ensure that high-quality videos and images are always available for iThermAI’s algorithms to analyse.

In the event of a fire, alarms are reported to a video management system, such as HikCentral Professional, at the monitoring centre.

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“Traditional fire systems can’t always detect fire or smoke quickly enough, especially in large warehouses or buildings where heat or smoke detectors are located high in the ceiling, or in outdoor or semi-outdoor locations where wind is a factor,” said Amir Jahanshahi, CEO at iThermAI.

“We can address these issues by capturing real-time images from the site, instantly processing them in Hikvision HEOP-enabled cameras, and then pushing the alarm to software systems for alarm management and video verification.”

The iThermAI algorithms can be customised for particular user scenarios and to ensure the most accuracy and compatibility. Operators are able to manipulate the algorithm’s sensitivity, smoke colour, differentiation of smoke in difficult condition and other advanced custom capabilities upon request.

“By integrating iThermAI’s tailored AI technology with Hikvision’s exceptional products, we demonstrate our dedication to ensuring the precise identification of fire threats in many scenarios,” said Adler Wu, Global Technology Partner Alliance Manager at Hikvision. “This powerful alliance is expected to bring situational awareness and enhanced security to all our users.”

In order to run the application, a HEOP-enabled camera, app and license is needed. The license is generated based on the serial number of the camera, which is activated for a specific duration based on the type of purchased license. The iThermAI app runs on the camera 24/7. iThermAI is active in the field of smart vision, and thermal vision in particular. The company is developing several on-the-edge applications using Hikvision bi-spectrum thermal cameras.