Fire suppression systems will typically be in service for a decade or more without the need for updating or changing out once installed. As a result, many fire suppression systems are not currently equipped to take advantage of certain recent advances in technology, especially when it comes to leveraging data.
Data has become one of the most valuable commodities to ever exist, and almost no business can afford to neglect it if they want to be competitive in the marketplace. Integrating sensors into key components makes it possible to easily collect, analyze, and aggregate data in ways never before possible. Building and facilities monitoring dashboards can collect and display critical information on systems such as natural gas and electricity consumption as well as HVAC system health and status. In fact, the HVAC industry was relatively quick to adopt integrated sensing technologies to monitor their systems and collect the appropriate data. But the fire suppression industry has not yet fully understood the benefits of data collection and integrated sensing, and OEMs have been slow to explore adding integrated sensing to their systems.