fire extinguisher

Automist vs. alternatives

Many of us are familiar with how a traditional fire sprinkler looks and works. While they can be effective, they're unpopular in homes: homeowners worry about water damage, large tanks, water supply upgrades, and maintenance costs. Automist Smartscan Hydra offers a modern solution to these problems:

Fit for purpose: It is particularly important when protecting the vulnerable, to activate at the earliest possible time to minimise the build-up of smoke. Automist can address a fire up to 2 minutes before traditional sprinklers. It uses water mist, which is recommended for use even on difficult liquid, gas, oil and electrical fires. It can even tackle difficult concealed fires, like white goods fires, as small droplets are entrained into the fire plume.

Water supply: Automist consumes only 6 litres per minute (lpm), that's a flow rate less than a power shower. It can be connected to an existing water supply because the water demand is so low. This avoids communal works, the need for a large tank or a water supply pipe upgrade.

Multi-domestic approach: Each system can be self-contained in a flat or a floor, instead of a centralised residential system with an independent tank/pump room. Individual dwellings can be retrofitted on a need or availability basis without the need for a collective disruption to all occupants. Installation can be done as part of a refurbishment or maintenance program.

Why Automist Smartscan?

  • Prevent False Activation – Automist Smartscan has a robust double knock trigger which uses a combination of smoke, heat, and rate of rise. Therefore, it is not prone to false activations.

  • Lack of disruption - Typically installed in just a few hours with minimal impact to the building—in part due to the use of flexible high pressure hoses, which do not need to go through the ceiling.

  • Traceability - Each installation is logged in a central database including everything from the software version to the component batch numbers. Each unit also has a 'black box' for capturing fire incident data which can be useful during an insurance claim.

  • Low Maintenance – Annual tests of the full system operation from detection to activation are quick and simple—usually taking only a few minutes.

  • Prevent damage to your property – Automist Smartscan uses 90% less water than traditional sprinkler systems—minimising consequential water damage, whilst providing the same performance.

  • Chain of accountability – Automist Smartscan can only be installed by Accredited Resellers who are regularly tested, and audited, ensuring high standards are maintained.

How does Automist Smartscan compare to a traditional sprinkler?


  Limiting the Toxic smoke - Why traditional fire sprinklers need to improve (0.191MB)
"One of our key design objectives is to maintain tenable conditions in the room of fire origin by limiting the build-up of smoke as well as heat. Automist raises the alarm early and can tackle some fires up to 2 minutes before traditional sprinklers"