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Videofied optical smoke detector will reduce fire claims — Okeke

By CHINYERE ABIAZIEM

Continental Alarm Limited said its Videofied Optical Smoke Detector will make insurance companies in Nigeria stop groaning under the high claims paid out to fire and allied claims.

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Okwy Okeke, who stated this in Lagos, noted that his firm is the sole authorized Videofied agent in Nigeria.

According to Okeke, using a simple smoke detector with an embedded SIM Card, many losses due to fire can be curbed just as the auto-tracker has vehicle theft.

He said, “Our smoke detector will wirelessly transmit a text message and initiate a phone call to you besides just sounding an alarm in the event that it detects smoke. Conventional smoke detectors will sound an alarm on site, but what are the chances that the alarm will be heard and by the right person?”

According to him, “This Videofied Optical Smoke Detector is a simple device that will help insurance companies save on fire and allied claims, and here is the simple reason – fire outbreaks are particularly catastrophic in Nigeria because we do not detect them early enough.”

Okeke said that the device may as well be the silver bullet for fire and allied insurance same way the auto-tracker has been to auto insurance.

He said that the device comes with optical design which includes Light-Emitting-Diode (LED) and when smoke enters the optical chamber across the path of the light beam, some light is scattered by the smoke particles, directing it at the sensor thereby triggering the alarm.

“This is a significant improvement over traditional smoke detectors that rely on elevated temperature to sound an alarm. This means that even at a smouldering stage, this smoke detector will detect and trigger a fire alarm,” Okeke said.

According to him, the device is completely wireless and requiring no cables and is battery-powered that could last for up to 4 years.

“This is about the only monitored smoke detector in the market. Our control station monitors all our installed devices 24/7 and calls for help when threat is suspected,” Okeke said.

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